ANTHONY HOPKINS (Alfred Hitchcock) 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 Sir Richard
Attenborough's SHADOWLANDS with Debra Winger, winning numerous
critics awards in the United States 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, 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 Turletaub, and in TITUS, Julie
Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with
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 Ed 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
Most recently, Hopkins was seen in the Warner Bros./Newline
Films thriller RITE, and Paramount Pictures' film adaptation of the
Marvel Comic THOR.
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