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ANTHONY HOPKINS (Hrothgar) 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 "Amistad.” In 2001, Hopkins starred in the sequel to "Silence of the Lambs” entitled "Hannibal,” opposite Julianne Moore. Directed by Ridley Scott, the blockbuster film grossed over $100 million domestically. He also recorded the narration for the 2000 holiday season's hit film "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

In 1998, he starred in "Meet Joe Black” directed by Martin Brest, "Instinct” directed by Jon Turteltaub and "Titus,” Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus” with Jessica Lange.

In 1992, he appeared in "Howard's 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 the title role. He also starred in the title role of "Surviving Picasso” and opposite 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 Laurentis 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 played Adolph Hitler.

Born December 31, 1937 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 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 in the Royal Artillery unit at Bulford.

In 1960, he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then 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 Lionheart in "The Lion in Winter” starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received an Academy Award® nomination as Best Picture.

American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of Leon Uris' "QBVII,” the first American miniseries, in which he played the knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kelno 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 "Th

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