A SOUND OF THUNDER
SIR BEN KINGSLEY's (Charles Hatton) performances in both film and television have garnered numerous awards and honors. His recent starring role in Vadim Perelman's drama House of Sand and Fog earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations as well as nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and his peers at the SAG Awards. He also received an Oscar nomination and a Broadcast Film Critics Award, as well as both SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the psychotic Don Logan in Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed Sexy Beast. Kingsley's portrayal of Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father and the only family member who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, in the 4-hour Disney/ABC production of Anne Frank, earned a SAG Award as well as Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
Kingsley most recently starred in the psychological thriller Suspect Zero, with Aaron Eckhart and Carrie-Ann Moss, and the fantasy adventure Thunderbirds. Previously, he lent his distinctive voice to Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence; starred opposite Mira Sorvino in Paramount Classics' Triumph of Love, an 18th Century comedy of manners written and produced by Bernardo Bertolucci and directed by Claire Peploe; and the Buena Vista feature Tuck Everlasting, opposite William Hurt and Sissy Spacek.
Kingsley will next be seen starring opposite Annette Bening and Ellen Burstyn in the drama Mrs. Harris, based on the true story of famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower who was murdered by his jilted lover Jean Harris, as well as Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Dickens classic Oliver Twist.
In 1982, his extraordinary performance in the title role of Gandhi won an Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as BAFTA Awards for Best Actor and Best Newcomer. In addition, the film was rewarded with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director for Sir Richard Attenborough, and Best Cinematography. Gandhi was followed by 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 then, Kingsley has worked non-stop on screen and stage with many of the world's greatest directors.
Notable highlights among his varied screen roles include leads in 1992's Bugsy, with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, for which he received a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination; Searching for Bobby Fischer, for Stephen Zaillian; and Pascali's Island, directed by James Dearden. He treasures his performances in Tony Palmer's Testimony; Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden; Phil Alden Robinson's Sneakers, with Robert Redford; Ivan Reitman's Dave, with Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline; and his acclaimed portrayal of Ishtzak Stern in Steven Spielberg's epic holocaust drama Schindler's List. For the latter, he again won the London Evening Standard Award and a BAFTA nomination. The Spielberg film won Best Picture and six additional Oscars.
For television, among other distinguished performances, Kingsley earned the SAG Award for John Schlesinger's Sweeney Todd, and portrayed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal in HBO's Emmy-winning production Murderers Among Us. More recently, he was nominated for an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor for his role in TNT's 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 Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Old Vic, directed by Sir Peter Hall.
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