Born In: Margam, Wales, United Kingdom
As the actor who personified evil in his chilling portrayal of a cannibalistic killer in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, Anthony Hopkins is regarded as one of the greatest actors alive. This highly celebrated character actor started his career as a stage performer. Impressed by the young man’s talents and dedication, the great British actor Laurence Olivier invited him to be his understudy at The Royal National Theatre. The young Anthony thrived under the guidance of the senior actor and was on the way to making it big as a theatre artist. However, he was bored of playing the same kind of roles and desired a change. He gradually moved away from the stage and entered the world of television and movies. He made his television debut in the BBC production of the play ‘A Flea in Her Ear’ and played a minor role in the short film ‘The White Bus’. He got his first major role in ‘The Lion in Winter’ which was a commercial as well as critical success. He went on to portray a variety of on-screen characters over his long and successful acting career. He reached the peak of success when he played the brilliant psychiatrist turned cold-blooded murderer Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence of the lambs’ for which he won an Academy Award. In a career spanning over six decades, he has earned numerous awards and accolades, including an 'honourary Golden Globe,' two 'Academy Awards,' two 'Primetime Emmy Awards,' three 'British Academy Film Awards,' a star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame,' a 'Laurence Oliver Award,' and 'BAFTA Fellowship.'
Also Known As: Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins
father: Richard Arthur Hopkins
mother: Muriel Anne (née Yeats)
children: Abigail Hopkins
Born Country: Wales
Notable Alumni: Cowbridge Grammar School
education: Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Cowbridge Grammar School
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937. He is the son of Richard Hopkins, a baker and his wife Muriel Anne. Growing up he was very close to his grandfather.
His parents sent him to West Monmouth Boys School in 1949, to teach him some discipline. But he left the school after some months and continued his education at Cowbridge Grammar School.
Anthony Hopkins began his career in 1960, with the play ‘Have a Cigarette’ produced by the Palace Theatre, Swansea.
He portrayed the soul-searching Pierre Bezukhov in the television drama series ‘War and Peace’ (1972-73) based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name. His performance earned him critical praise.
He had a very productive career in the 1980s, as well and appeared in a number of movies playing award winning roles in ‘The Bunker’ (1981), ‘Mussolini and I ’ (1985), and ‘84 Charing Cross Road’ (1987).
Anthony Hopkins played James Stevens in the 1993 film ‘The Remains of the Day’. The film was reviewed very positively and received several Academy Award nominations.
In 2005, he played the lead role in the biographical film The World’s Fastest Indian, which is based on the life of the New Zealand speed bike racer Burt Munro.
In 2008, he appeared in The Wolfman, while in 2011, he starred inThe Rite.
In 2011, Anthony Hopkins starred in Thor, followed by its sequels, Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
For the 2019 biographical film Two Popes, he won an Academy Award nomination, while for The Father (2020), he became the oldest Best Actor nominee (Academy Awards).
In the 1993 biographical movie ‘Shadowlands’, Anthony Hopkins was appreciated for his sensitive and poignant portrayal of the Oxford academic C.S.Lewis. This film earned him the BAFTA Award fro Best Actor in a Leading Role.
His award-winning portrayal of the New Zealand speed bike racer Burt Munro in the biographical movie ‘The World’s fastest Indian’ (2005) is one of his personal favourites.
Anthony Hopkins won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading role for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ in 1991.
He was presented The Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2006, for his “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment".
Anthony Hopkins has won Best Actor (Academy Awards) nomination for the films The Remains of the Day, Nixon, Amistad, The Two Popes and The Father.
Anthony Hopkins was first married to Petronella Barker from 1966 to 1972. The couple has a daughter, Abigail.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993, for his contribution to the arts.
Anthony Hopkins Movies
(Drama, Crime, Thriller)
(Drama, Crime, Thriller, Mystery)
(Drama, Biography, Sport)
(History, Biography, Drama)
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(Fantasy, Drama, Romance)
(Romance, Biography, Drama)
(Drama, Romance, Western, War)
|2021||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||The Father (2020)|
|1992||Best Actor in a Leading Role||The Silence of the Lambs (1991)|
|1981||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special||The Bunker (1981)|
|1976||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special||The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)|
|2021||Best Leading Actor||The Father (2020)|
|1994||Best Actor||The Remains of the Day (1993)|
|1992||Best Actor||The Silence of the Lambs (1991)|
|1973||Best Actor||War & Peace (1972)|
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