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  • Anthony Hopkins Biography

    Born: December 31, 1937 in West Glamorgan, Wales, UK

    ANTHONY HOPKINS received an Academy Award® for his performance in “The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and was subsequently nominated in the same category for his performances in “The Remains of the Day” (1993) and “Nixon” (1995). He was also given the Best Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for “The Silence of the Lambs.” In 1993, he starred in Sir Richard Attenborough’s “Shadowlands” with Debra Winger, winning numerous critics awards in the U.S. and Britain, including the BAFTA for Best Actor.

    In 1998, he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in “Amistad.”

    In 2001, Hopkins starred with Julianne Moore in “Hannibal,” the sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs.” Directed by Ridley Scott, the blockbuster film grossed over $165 million domestically. He also recorded the narration for the 2000 holiday season’s hit film Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

    In 1998, he starred in “Meet Joe Black,” directed by Martin Brest. The following year, he starred in “Instinct,” directed by Jon Turteltaub, and in “Titus” with Jessica Lange, Julie Taymor’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus.”

    In 1992 he appeared in “Howards End” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” before starring in “Legends of the Fall” and “The Road to Wellville.” He made his directorial debut in 1995 with “August,” an adaptation of Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya,” for which he composed the musical score and also played Vanya. He starred in the title role in “Surviving Picasso” and with Alec Baldwin in “The Edge,” a dramatic adventure written by David Mamet and directed by Lee Tamahori. “Amistad,” directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in December 1997. “The Mask of Zorro,” directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was released in July 1998.

    Earlier films include “84 Charing Cross Road,” “The Elephant Man,” “Magic” and “A Bridge Too Far.” “The Bounty” and “Desperate Hours” were his first two collaborations with Dino De Laurentiis’ company. On American television, he received two Emmy® Awards for “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” (1976), in which he portrayed Bruno Richard Hauptmann, and “The Bunker” (1981), in which he portrayed Adolf Hitler.

    Born December 31, 1937, in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, he is the only child of Muriel and Richard Hopkins. His father was a baker. He was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School. At 17, he wandered into a YMCA amateur theatrical production and knew immediately that he was in the right place. With newfound enthusiasm, combined with proficiency at the piano, he won a scholarship to the Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff where he studied for two years (1955-1957). Hopkins entered the British Army in 1958 for mandatory military training, spending most of his two years of duty clerking the Royal Artillery unit at Bulford.

    In 1960, he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theatre at the Old Vic. Two years later, Hopkins was Olivier’s understudy in Strindberg’s “Dance Of Death.” Hopkins made his film debut in 1967, playing Richard the Lionheart in “The Lion in Winter,” starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film was nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Picture.

    American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of Leon Uris’ “QB VII,” the first American miniseries, in which he played the knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kelno, who is ultimately destroyed by his wartime past. The following year, he starred on Broadway in the National Theatre production of “Equus” and later mounted another production of the play in Los Angeles where he lived for 10 years, working extensively in American films and television.

    After starring as Lieutenant Bligh in “The Bounty” (1984), he returned to England and the National Theatre in Dave Hare and Howard Brenton’s “Pravda,” for which he received the British Theatre Association’s Best Actor Award and the Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 1985 Laurence Olivier Awards. During this time at the National, he starred in “Antony and Cleopatra” and “King Lear.”

    Hopkins also appeared in the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s “Hearts in Atlantis” for director Scott Hicks; the action-comedy “Bad Company” co-starring Chris Rock; and “Red Dragon,” the box-office hit prequel to “The Silence of the Lambs,” co-starring Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson; and in Miramax Films’ adaptation of the Philip Roth novel “The Human Stain,” opposite Nicole Kidman and directed by Robert Benton.

    He also starred in Miramax Films’ “Proof,” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; “The World’s Fastest Indian” for director Roger Donaldson; “All the Kings Men” for director Steve Zaillian and co-starring Sean Penn, Jude Law and Kate Winslet; and the crime thriller “Fracture,” opposite Ryan Gosling. He wrote, directed and composed the score for his independent feature film “Slipstream,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and was seen in Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of “Beowulf” for Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures’ “The Wolfman” opposite Benicio Del Toro, and Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” in which he co-starred with Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts.

    Most recently, Hopkins was seen in “Hitchcock,” in which he portrayed the famed director opposite Helen Mirren; the Warner Bros./New Line Cinema thriller “The Rite”; and Paramount Pictures’ film adaptation of the Marvel comic “Thor.” He was recently seen in the ensemble spy-comedy “RED 2” opposite Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren.

    In addition to his busy filming schedule, Anthony Hopkins is also an accomplished composer whose work has been performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, he participated as a composer in the Festival Del Sole in Cortona, Italy, and recently released a CD collection of his compositions recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Entitled “Composer,” the album reached the No. 1 spot in England’s classical music charts.

    In 2004, Hopkins began painting, quickly gaining recognition as a prolific contemporary artist. His work is currently being exhibited in fine art galleries and has been acquired by prominent art collectors around the world.

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