SIR BEN KINGSLEY (Benjamin O'Ryan) received Academy AwardÂ®, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in the recent film "House of Sand and Fog," based on the Andre Dubus novel, directed by Vadim Perelman and co-starring Jennifer Connelly. He will soon be seen starring in "Mrs. Harris" and "A Sound of Thunder," both currently in post-production.
Kingsley received an Oscar? nomination, a Broadcast Film Critics Award and both SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the psychotic Don Logan in "Sexy Beast." He also received a SAG Award, as well as Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nominations as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, for his portrayal of Anne Frank's father in the four-hour Disney/ABC production of "Anne Frank: The Whole Story." In 2001, Kingsley starred in Paramount Classics' "Triumph of Love," opposite Mira Sorvino. He was the narrator for director Steven Spielberg's "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," and in 2002, he appeared in the family favorite "Tuck Everlasting."
In 1982, Kingsley's extraordinary performance in the title role of "Gandhi" won him the Academy AwardÂ® for Best Actor as well as the British Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Actor and Best Newcomer. He followed with a startling performance in the film adaptation of Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal," which secured him the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor. Since the multi-Oscar?-winning "Gandhi," Kingsley has worked nonstop on screen and stage with many of the world's greatest directors and actors. Notable highlights among his varied screen roles include his performance in Barry Levinson's "Bugsy," with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, for which he received an Oscar? nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in Steven Zaillian's "Searching for Bobby Fischer," James Dearden's "Pascali's Island," Tony Palmer's "Testimony," Roman Polanski's "Death and the Maiden," Phil Alden Robinson's "Sneakers," with Robert Redford, and Ivan Reitman's "Dave," with Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. For his acclaimed portrayal of Itzhak Stern in Steven Spielberg's epic holocaust drama "Schindler's List," Kingsley won the London Evening Standard Award and a BAFTA nomination.
On television, among other distinguished performances, Kingsley received the SAG Award for Best Actor in John Schlesinger's "Sweeney Todd." He also portrayed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal in HBO's Emmy-winning production "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story," and he was nominated for an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the biblical epic "Joseph."
Originally a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kingsley returned to the stage at Stratford in 1985 to take the lead in "Othello," and again in 1997 to appear in the Old Vic's production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," directed by Sir Peter Hall.
After starring opposite Keanu Reeves in the Wachowski brothers' smash hit "The Matrix."
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