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Also Known As: Christian Charles Philip Bale Died:
Born: January 30, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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After being tapped by Steven Spielberg to star in his epic period film, "Empire of the Sun" (1987), actor Christian Bale found himself thrust into the spotlight, causing enough apprehension about being a celebrity that he considered quitting his career before it really began. But Bale later overcame any initial misgivings to emerge as a gifted young talent worthy of serious consideration, thanks to career-making performances in "Little Women" (1994), "Metroland" (1997) and "Velvet Goldmine" (1998). But it was his leading turn as the serial killer Patrick Batman in "American Psycho" (2000) that turned more than a few heads and underscored his prodigious talents, though he followed up with more subdued performances in "Laurel Canyon" (2002) and "Reign of Fire" (2002). Bale took a page from Robert De Niro's playbook and dropped some 60-odd pounds to play an emaciated factory worker for an acclaimed performance in "The Machinist" (2004). After packing on the pounds and returning to even greater shape, Bale was near perfectly cast as Bruce Wayne in director Christopher Nolan's reboot "Batman Begins" (2005) and its much-hailed sequel, "The Dark Knight" (2008). Though his public persona took a hit when a...

After being tapped by Steven Spielberg to star in his epic period film, "Empire of the Sun" (1987), actor Christian Bale found himself thrust into the spotlight, causing enough apprehension about being a celebrity that he considered quitting his career before it really began. But Bale later overcame any initial misgivings to emerge as a gifted young talent worthy of serious consideration, thanks to career-making performances in "Little Women" (1994), "Metroland" (1997) and "Velvet Goldmine" (1998). But it was his leading turn as the serial killer Patrick Batman in "American Psycho" (2000) that turned more than a few heads and underscored his prodigious talents, though he followed up with more subdued performances in "Laurel Canyon" (2002) and "Reign of Fire" (2002). Bale took a page from Robert De Niro's playbook and dropped some 60-odd pounds to play an emaciated factory worker for an acclaimed performance in "The Machinist" (2004). After packing on the pounds and returning to even greater shape, Bale was near perfectly cast as Bruce Wayne in director Christopher Nolan's reboot "Batman Begins" (2005) and its much-hailed sequel, "The Dark Knight" (2008). Though his public persona took a hit when a recording of him berating the cinematographer on the set of "Terminator Salvation" (2009) leaked, Bale emerged the following year with an Oscar-winning supporting turn as a drug-addicted former professional boxer in "The Fighter" (2010), which helped the actor elevate his already exceptional career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Knight of Cups (2014)
2.
 Lawless (2014)
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4.
 American Hustle (2013)
6.
 Fighter, The (2010)
7.
 Public Enemies (2009)
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9.
 Dark Knight, The (2008)
10.
 I'm Not There (2007)
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Raised in Oxfordshire and Dorset in England, Portugal, and California
1983:
Made acting debut in a commercial for Pac-Man cereal
1984:
Made London stage debut in a West End production of the Larry Shue comedy "The Nerd," starring Rowan Atkinson
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Appeared on several British TV commercials
1986:
Made American TV debut as Alexie in the two-part NBC movie "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna"
1987:
Made TV miniseries debut as a spoiled brat in the BBC's "Heart of the Country"
1987:
Feature film debut, "Mio in the Land of Faraway," a children's fantasy co-produced by USSR, Norway, and Sweden; not released in U.S. until after "Empire of the Sun"
1987:
Landed first starring role in a U.S. feature, the Steven Spielberg directed "Empire of the Sun"
1990:
Played Jim Hawkins in the TNT movie "Treasure Island"
1992:
Made screen singing debut in the Disney musical "Newsies"
1994:
Portrayed Laurie opposite Wynona Ryder's Jo March in Gillian Armstrong's remake of "Little Women"; role revitalized career
1995:
Provided the voice of Thomas in Disney's animated "Pocahontas"
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Announced as the lead in the film version of "American Psycho" to be directed by Mary Harron; dropped when Lions Gate took on project and Leonardo DiCaprio was sought for the role; when DiCaprio opted to star in "The Beach," Bale and Harron rejoined the project
1997:
Landed first adult lead as Emily Watson's husband in "Metroland"
1998:
Played the lead in Todd Haynes' tribute to glam rock "Velvet Goldmine"
1999:
Played Demetrius in Michael Hoffman's all-star remake of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1999:
Cast as Jesus in the NBC movie "Mary, Mother of Jesus"
2000:
Portrayed Wall Street executive and serial killer Patrick Bateman in the screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho"
2000:
Played a villain in John Singleton's "Shaft"
2001:
Cast as one leg of a romantic triangle in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," co-starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz
2002:
Reunited with Emily Watson in the futuristic thriller "Equilibrium"
2002:
Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in "Reign of Fire"
2002:
Starred opposite Frances McDormand in "Laurel Canyon"
2004:
Played a haunted insomniac factory worker in "The Machinist"
2005:
Teamed with director Christopher Nolan to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in "Batman Begins"
2005:
Portrayed English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Terrence Malick's "The New World"
2006:
Portrayed a Victorian stage magician in "The Prestige"; reunited with Michael Caine and director Christopher Nolan
2006:
Cast as an ex-Army Ranger recently discharged from the military in David Ayer's directorial debut "Harsh Times"
2007:
Co-starred with Russell Crowe in "3:10 to Yuma," a Western directed by James Mangold
2007:
Portrayed Bob Dylan at one distinct stage of his life in Todd Haynes' ensemble biopic "I'm Not There"
2008:
Reprised role of Batman for the second installment of the Batman series "The Dark Knight"; again directed by Christopher Nolan
2009:
Played John Connor in "Terminator Salvation," the fourth film in the Terminator series; directed by McG
2009:
Portrayed FBI agent Melvin Purvis in Michael Mann's 1930s gangland flick "Public Enemies"
2010:
Cast as Dick 'Dickie' Eklund in David O. Russell's "The Fighter"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The Fighter")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Fighter")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
2011:
Starred in the Chinese historical drama "The Flowers of War"
2012:
Made third appearance as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"
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Education

Bournemouth School for Boys: -

Notes

His official website is located at www.christianbale.org.

On taking the part in "American Psycho": " ... frankly, I've always admired actors who appear not to pay a great deal of attention to the reaction but rather to their own choices and keeping themselves interested in their own careers and in the roles. It's something I'm happy to take flack for."

On his Internet fans: "It gives me a sort of smug smile that there are people who very thoroughly appreciate my work and talk about it. Some people would think it's creepy, but it doesn't enter into my daily life." --From Time Out New York, April 8-15, 1999.

About being hired by Steven Spielberg: "At that age you are completely fearless. I wasn't really a film fan at all. Probably the only director I could have named was Spielberg. But I mean, I was like, 'Yeah, so what?' I was only slightly intimidated by the fact that it was his film and that I had the burden of carrying it." --From The Dallas Morning News, December 25, 1998.

" ... I don't really live anywhere. I break up my time between [L.A.] and London. When I'm in London, I don't want to spend any time in L.A., and when I'm in here [in L.A.], I actually enjoy it." --Bale quoted in Flaunt, Fall/Winter 1998.

"It's important for an actor to have a certain amount of mystery. Personally, I love going to see a film where you can really watch a character. If you've just read some article about who the actor is sleeping with, that's gonna be in the back of your mind all the time you're watching the film. And obviously the more press you do, the less you're able to maintain that mystery." --Bale to Brendan Lemon in Interview, February 1998.

"I was living in Bournemouth and suddenly everybody knew who I was. I remember sitting in this cafe with some friends and this girl came up, who obviously didn't recognise me, and started going on about how she was going out with Christian Bale. I'd go down to the public toilets and see things written about me on the wall. Guys would start fights with me. The local paper took pictures of me getting back from school, then wrote features about I wouldn't open a girls' school fete. I just felt like a dick, you know? I was 14; I didn't want to stand there next to the mayor with a big pair of scissors, but they started saying I was big-headed, that I'd forgotten where I came from. I didn't come from there, anyway." --Christian Bale quoted in The Independent, August 6, 1998.

"I felt so dried up for a couple of years and wasn't interested in what I was doing. I was desperately struggling to be interested, but it wasn't happening ... I know some of the emotion went out of my work, but I think I've managed to get it back ... That's because I could risk making a complete fool of myself in front of the people I was working with, which is always when you give your best performances. You might say to yourself, What are you doing? But you just can't stop yourself doing it, and walking that line is the best feeling you can get as an actor." --Bale to Graham Fuller in Interview, December 1998.

About his role in "Newsies", Bale told Michael Atkinson in Movieline, March 1997: "I never had any interest in doing a musical. I still don't. In fact, when I first read the script, I thought it wasn't a musical. Later, after I realized it was, I asked Kenny [director Kenny Ortega] if maybe I could duck over here into the pub while the numbers were going on, and then come out when it was over. I hoped I could be the lead in a musical without doing any singing and dancing! Eventually I said, 'Fuck it, let's just do it.' But I had a lot of doubts about it--I never liked musicals, and even then I knew I'd never do anything like that again."

On negotiating the transition from child actor to adult performer: "I've been very lucky because there wasn't a sudden leap where people were saying, 'Oh, what a cute kid,' and then it's 'Bloody hell, what happened there, he's got zits and hair in his armpits--he must be spending a lot of time alone in his room.' Of course, I WAS spending a lot of time alone in my room." --From Movieline, March 1997.

"I have a fear of being boring. The more high-profile I get, the less I can surprise people anymore. I've managed it very well. Nobody has a clue who I am, so it's worked." --Christian Bale to Entertainment Weekly, October 11, 1996.

"I'm not at all surprised about his huge following. He's very personable, and he's very serious about his work." --Christopher Hampton, writer-director of "The Secret Agent", quoted in Entertainment Weekly, October 11, 1996.

"I like scary movies. As a kid I liked to take walks in the woods at night after a scary movie to see if I could get the hairs standing up on the back of my neck."---Bale quote in EW June 25/July 2, 2004

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wife:
Sibi Blazic. Freelance producer. Married on January 29, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Family close complete family listing

father:
David Bale. Entrepreneur former commercial pilot. Born c. 1939 in South Africa; divorced from Bale's mother; remarried and divorced; married Gloria Steinem on September 3, 2000; died on December 30, 2003, from brain lymphoma at the age of 62 .
mother:
Jane Bale. Former circus dancer. Divorced from Bale's father.
step-mother:
Gloria Steinem. Feminist; magazine founder, author. Married David Bale on September 3, 2000.
sister:
Erin Bale. Older.
sister:
Shannon Bale. Older.
sister:
Louise Bale. Theater director. Older.
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