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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 "Titus."

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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