THOR: THE DARK WORLD
ANTHONY HOPKINS (Odin) 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 Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Amistad."
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 Christmas."
In 1998, he starred in "Meet Joe Black," directed by Martin Brest and "Instinct," directed
by Jon Turteltaub, and in "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 Chekov'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 Steven 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 Adolf 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 baker. He was educated at Cowbridge
Grammar School. At 17, he wandered in to 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 and
Drama in Cardiff where he studied for two years (1955?1957). Hopkins entered the
British Army in 1958 for mandatory military training, spending most of the two?year 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
Theatre 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 as Best
American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of Leon
Uris' "QB VII," the first American miniseries, 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 Dave 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 Olivier Awards. During this time at the National, he starred in
"Anthony 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 Ed
Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watkins and in Miramax Films' adaptation of the Philip
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 Kings Men" for director Steve
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
Most recently, Hopkins was seen in "Hitchcock," in which he portrayed the famed
director opposite Helen Mirren; the Warner Bros/Newline Films thriller "Rite," and
Paramount Pictures' film adaptation of the Marvel comic "Thor." He was recently seen
in the ensemble spy comedy "RED 2" opposite Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen
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
No. 1 spot in 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.
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