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ANTHONY HOPKINS (Odin), one of the industry's most venerated actors, has been honored for his work in a wide range of roles. He won an Academy Award® for Best Actor for his chilling performance as Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme's Oscar®-winning Best Picture, "The Silence of the Lambs,” for which Hopkins also won a BAFTA Award and several critics groups' awards in the same category. He has since earned three more Oscar® nominations, including two for Best Actor, for his work in James Ivory's "The Remains of the Day” and Oliver Stone's biopic "Nixon,” and another, for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad.”

His many other film acting awards include Golden Globe® Award nominations for all of the aforementioned films; another BAFTA Award for his role in the Richard Attenborough-directed drama "Shadowlands”; and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for "Nixon,” "Amistad” and "Bobby.” In 2006, he received the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his body of work.

Born in Wales, Hopkins made his feature film debut as Richard in 1968's "A Lion in Winter,” for which he received his first BAFTA Award nomination. He went on to earn praise for his work in such films as Tony Richardson's screen version of "Hamlet”; the Richard Attenborough-directed films "Young Winston,” "A Bridge Too Far” and "Magic”; Robert Wise's "Audrey Rose”; Roger Donaldson's "The Bounty”; Mike Newell's "The Good Father”; and David Jones' "84 Charing Cross Road.”

In the decade following his Oscar®-winning performance in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs,” his films included "Howard's End,” marking his first collaboration with James Ivory; Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula”; "Chaplin,” which reunited him with Attenborough; "Legends of the Fall”; "Surviving Picasso”; "The Edge,” written by David Mamet; "The Mask of Zorro”; "Meet Joe Black”; "Instinct”; and Julie Taymor's first feature, "Titus.” Additionally, he directed, starred in, and composed the score for the indie film "August.”

Hopkins reprised what is perhaps his most indelible role, Hannibal Lecter, in both "Hannibal” and "Red Dragon.” His more recent film credits include Scott Hicks' "Hearts in Atlantis”; Joel Schumacher's "Bad Company”; Robert Benton's "The Human Stain”; "Alexander,” for director Oliver Stone; John Madden's "Proof”; Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men”; "Slipstream,” which he also wrote, directed and scored; Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf”; and Joe Johnston's "The Wolfman.”

Hopkins has also been recognized for his work on the small screen, including two Emmy® Awards, for his work in the telefilms "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” and "The Bunker”; two more Emmy® nominations, for the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and the miniseries "Great Expectations”; and a BAFTA TV Award for the BBC miniseries "War & Peace.” Born in Wales, Hopkins trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began his career on the stage. His most notable early work was with the National Theatre, where he starred in such plays as "Pravda,” for which he won an Olivier Award; "King Lear,” in the title role; and "Antony and Cleopatra.” He made his Broadway debut in the 1976 production of Peter Shaffer's "Equus,” for which he won a Drama Desk Award.

In addition to his busy filming schedule, Anthony Hopkins is also an accomplished composer, whose work has been performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, he participated as a composer in the "Festival Del Sole” in Cortona Italy. In 2004 Hopkins started painting, quickly gaining recognition as a prolific contemporary artist. His work is currently being exhibited in fine art galleries, and has been acquired by prominent art collectors around the world.

In 1993, Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1993. He became a US citizen in 2000.

Anthony Hopkins was most recently seen in "The Rite,” directed by Mikael Håfström.


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