ANTHONY HOPKINS (Dr. Hannibal Lecter) 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 Remains of the Day. In 1993, he starred in Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands with Debra Winger,
winning numerous critics' awards in the U.S. and Britain. In 1998, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in
In 1998, he starred in Meet Joe Black, directed by Martin Brest, and Instinct, directed by Jon
Turteltaub. He most recently starred in Titus, Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with Jessica Lange.
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 Chekhov'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. The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was released in July 1998, and
Amistad, directed by Stephen Spielberg, was released in December 1997.
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 the Dino De Laurentiis Company. In American television, he received two Emmy Awards for
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976) in which he portrayed Bruno
Hauptmann, and The Bunker (1981) in which he portrayed Adolph Hitler.
Born December 31, 1938 in Margum near Port Talbot Wales, he is the only child of Muriel and Richard Hopkins. His father was a banker. 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).
He entered the British Army in 1958 for mandatory military training, spending most of the two-year tour of duty clerking the Royal Artillery unit at
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 Lionhearted in
The Lion in the Winter, starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received an Academy
Award as Best Picture.
American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of Leon
Uris' QBVII, the first American mini-series, in which he played the knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kleno 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 Captain Bligh in The Bounty (1984), he returned to England and the National Theatre in David Hare's
Pravada, for which he received the British Theatre Association's Best Actor Award and The Observer Award for Outstanding a
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