WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?
BEN KINGSLEY co-stars as Graydon, leader of Harold's planet and mentor to
Kingsley won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his
performance in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. He also earned a Best Supporting
Actor nomination for his portrayal of Meyer Lansky in Warren Beatty's Bugsy.
Kingsley played a Holocaust survivor in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and
the Shakespearean fool Feste in Twelfth Night. He also starred opposite
Sigourney Weaver in both Death and the Maiden and Dave. His other films include
Searching for Bobby Fischer, Betrayal, Turtle Diary, Sneakers, Species and
Recent film work includes the William Friedkin-directed Rules
of Engagement, Spooky House for director William Sachs and The Confession with
Alec Baldwin and Amy Irving. He stars later this year as the eponymous Sexy
Beast in the new Jeremy Thomas production directed by Jonathan Glaser.
Kingsley will soon serve in the dual role of producer and
star of N, the tale of Napoleon's exile on the remote island of St. Helena.
On television, Kingsley has appeared in "Joseph"
(for which he received Emmy and CableAce Award nominations for Best Supporting
Actor in a Miniseries or Special), "Alice in Wonderland," "The
Tale of Sweeny Todd," "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal
Story," "Weapons of Mass Distraction," "Crime and
Punishment" and "Moses."
At age 19, Kingsley saw Ian Holm play Richard III for the
Royal Shakespeare Company; he decided at that moment to become an actor. By
1967, he was working at the RSC, where he appeared in literally dozens of
productions of the classics. He triumphed on stage in 1998 in Beckett's
"Waiting for Godot" at the Old Vic. Kingsley has also starred in two
one-man shows, "Judgment" and "Kean."
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