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BEN KINGSLEY (Guru Tugginmypuddha) has, since earning an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards for his riveting portrayal of Indian social leader Mahatma Gandhi in "Gandhi,” continued to bring unequaled detail and nuance to each successive role. Garnering three additional Oscar® nominations for "Bugsy” (1991), "Sexy Beast” (2000) and "House of Sand and Fog” (2003), his roles have been as diverse as his talents, from a sturdy vice president in "Dave” to the scheming Fagin in "Oliver Twist.” Since being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve Honors List 2001, Kingsley has continued to earn honors as a truly international star.

Two films recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival give further perspective to his work: "The Wackness,” in which he plays a drug-addled psychiatrist opposite Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby and Mary-Kate Olsen, and the crime thriller "Transsiberian,” as a mysterious traveler opposite Woody Harrelson, Eduardo Noriega and Thomas Kretschmann. He is also the star of the sexually charged "Elegy,” which premiered at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Two other completed films include "Man on the Run,” a thriller set against the dangerous backdrop of 1980s Ireland, and the more lighthearted crime comedy "War, Inc.” He will next star in Martin Scorsese's 1950s drama "Shutter Island” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams.

Steeped in British theater, Kingsley marked the beginning of his professional acting career with his acceptance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in l967. From roles in "A Midsummer Night's Dream,” "The Tempest,” Brutus in "Julius Caesar” and the title roles in "Othello” and "Hamlet,” among others, his more recent and diverse stage roles include those in "The Country Wife,” "The Cherry Orchard,” "A Betrothal,” "The Elephant Man” and "Waiting for Godot.”

Kingsley's film career began in l972 with the thriller "Fear is the Key,” but his first major role came a decade later in the epic "Gandhi” directed by Richard Attenborough. He followed this Oscar®-winning performance with such films as "Betrayal,” "Turtle Diary,” "Harem,” "Pascali's Island,” "Without a Clue” (as Dr. Watson to Michael Caine's Sherlock Holmes) and "The Children,” opposite Kim Novak. During the ‘90s Kingsley distinguished himself through such roles as Mayer Lansky in "Bugsy,” "Sneakers,” "Searching for Bobby Fischer” and "Dave.” In 1994, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his memorable supporting role as Itzhak Stern in Steven Spielberg's seven-time Oscar® winner "Schindler's List.”

During the past decade, Kingsley has remained a coveted and ubiquitous talent. Beginning with such films as "Rules of Engagement,” "What Planet are You From?” and an Oscar®-nominated role as a brutal gangster in "Sexy Beast,” he received his most recent Oscar® nomination in 2004 for his performance as a proud Iranian emigrant in the highly acclaimed "House of Sand and Fog.”

Among his films in the last several years are Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist,” the crime drama "Lucky Number Slevin,” John Dahl's "You Kill Me” and the Roman Empire saga "The Last Legion.”


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