ANTHONY HOPKINS (Edward Bailey) 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 2012 he starred as legendary movie director Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock.
In 2001, Hopkins starred in the sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, in which he starred with
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
In 1998, he starred in Meet Joe Black, directed by Martin Brest and Instinct, directed by Jon
Turletaub, and in Titus, Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with Jessica
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 Vanya. He starred in
the title role in Surviving Picasso and with 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 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 portrayed 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 that 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 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 the Winter, starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received
an Academy Award as Best Picture.
American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of Leon Uris' QBVII,
the first American mini-series, in which he played the knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kleno
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 The Bounty (1984), he returned to England and the National
Theatre in David Hare's Pravda, for which he received the British Theatre Association's Best Actor Award
and The Observer Award for Outstanding achievement at the 1985 Laurence Oliver Awards. During this
time at the National he starred in Antony and Cleopatra and King Lear.
Hopkins also appeared in the feature adaptation of Stephen King's Hearts In Atlantis for director
Scott Hicks, the action comedy Bad Company, co-starring Chris Rock, and the box-office hit prequel to
Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, co-starring Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watkins and in
Miramax Films' adaptation of the Phillip Roth novel The Human Stain, opposite Nicole Kidman and
directed by Robert Benton.
He also starred in Miramax Films' Proof, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, The World's Fastest Indian,
for director Roger Donaldson, All The King's Men for director Steven Zallian and co-starring Sean Penn,
Jude Law, and Kate Winslet, and the crime thriller Fracture, opposite Ryan Gosling. He wrote, directed
and composed the score for his debut independent feature film Slipstream, which premiered at the 2007
Sundance Film Festival, and was seen in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Beowulf, for Paramount Pictures,
Universal Pictures' Wolfman, opposite Benicio Del Toro, and Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark
Stranger in which he co-starred with Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts.
More recently, Hopkins was seen in the thriller The Rite, and the film adaptation of the Marvel
Comic Thor. Concurrent with his work on Red 2, Hopkins was shooting Thor: The Dark World, also shot in London.
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, and recently released a CD collection of his
compositions recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Entitled "Anthony Hopkins:
Composer," the album reached the #1 spot on England's classical music charts.
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 (to view visit anthonyhopkinsart.com).
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