ANTHONY HOPKINS (Ethan
Powell) received an Academy Award as Best Actor for his performance
in "The Silence of the Lambs," and was subsequently
nominated in the same category for his performances in "The
Remains of the Day" and "Nixon." He received an
Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role
as John Quincy Adams in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad."
He was given the Best Actor award by BAFTA for "The Remains
of the Day." In 1993 he starred in Richard Attenborough's
"Shadowlands," winning numerous critic's awards in the
U.S. and Britain.
In 1992 he appeared in "Howards End" and in "Brain
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
Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" for which he composed the musical
score. Hopkins was recently seen in Lee Tamahori's "The Edge."
This past year he completed Martin Campbell's "The Mask of
Zorro" with Antonio Banderas, Martin Brest's "Meet Joe
Black," with Brad Pitt; and most recently, Julie Taymor's
Hopkins' other film credits include "Surviving Picasso,"
"84 Charing Cross Road," "The Bounty," "The
Elephant Man," "Magic," and 'A Bridge Too Far."
In American television he received two Emmy Awards; for "The
Lindbergh Kidnapping" in which he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann
and "The Bunker" in which he portrayed Adolf Hitler.
Born in Margam, near Port Talbot, Wales, he is the only child
of Muriel and Richard Hopkins. 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. He entered the British Army in 1958 for
mandatory military training, spending most of the two-year tour
of duty clerking in the Royal Artillery unit at Bulford.
In 1960 he joined the Manchester Library Theater as an assistant
stage manager, then went to the Nottingham Repertory Company where
he was advised to seek further training as an actor.
Hopkins auditioned for London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
in 1961 and was accepted on scholarship. He graduated a silver
medallist in 1963 and promptly joined the Phoenix Theater in Leicester.
In 1965 he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then
national director of the National Theater 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 Lionhearted in "The Lion in Winter,"
starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn.
Anthony Hopkins was named Commander of the Order of the British
Empire in the Queen's Honour List, June 1987. His knighthood was
announced December 31, 1992. The investiture was held at Buckingham
Palace on February 23, 1993.
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