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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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r his part, Bale released a statement that said his heart went out to the victims of the tragedy. Putting action to words, he went to Aurora just days after the horrific event to visit survivors at the Medical Center of Aurora, where he spent two-and-a-half hours with patients and posed for pictures with staff. He later went to a makeshift memorial at the theater, where he quietly paid his respects. Bale's visit was kept on the down-low and done on his own volition, though news outlets picked up the story once pictures hit the Internet.united him with "Metroland" costar Emily Watson. The film was released with little fanfare and to poor critical response. He fared better, however, in the intriguing ¿ albeit not artistically successful ¿ indie drama "Laurel Canyon" (2003), convincingly playing a Los Angeles-bred physician and the son of an iconoclastic rock producer (Frances McDormand) who returns to the affluent canyon community he has grown to look down upon with his fiancé (Kate Beckinsale). Bale's next film was the nightmarish thriller "The Machinist" (2004) by director Brad Anderson ¿ the actor played a drill press operator who grows emaciated after not sleeping for a year. Bale insanely dropped...

r his part, Bale released a statement that said his heart went out to the victims of the tragedy. Putting action to words, he went to Aurora just days after the horrific event to visit survivors at the Medical Center of Aurora, where he spent two-and-a-half hours with patients and posed for pictures with staff. He later went to a makeshift memorial at the theater, where he quietly paid his respects. Bale's visit was kept on the down-low and done on his own volition, though news outlets picked up the story once pictures hit the Internet.united him with "Metroland" costar Emily Watson. The film was released with little fanfare and to poor critical response. He fared better, however, in the intriguing ¿ albeit not artistically successful ¿ indie drama "Laurel Canyon" (2003), convincingly playing a Los Angeles-bred physician and the son of an iconoclastic rock producer (Frances McDormand) who returns to the affluent canyon community he has grown to look down upon with his fiancé (Kate Beckinsale). Bale's next film was the nightmarish thriller "The Machinist" (2004) by director Brad Anderson ¿ the actor played a drill press operator who grows emaciated after not sleeping for a year. Bale insanely dropped a whopping 63 pounds ¿ a third of his body weight ¿ by downing whiskey and diet pills, a true testament to his dedication for authenticity.

Bale built his body back into shape and rocketed to international superstardom when he was tapped by director Christopher Nolan to star in "Batman Begins," a serious-minded reboot of the faded franchise that explored the origins of the Dark Knight in his earliest days. Bale was the most comic book-accurate Batman yet, convincingly playing both his fearsome crime-fighting alter ego, the foppish public persona of Bruce Wayne and the third conflicted personality behind both masks. Bale next had a supporting role in Terrance Malick's "The New World" (2005), a lyrical, but ultimately meandering look at the settlement at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and the ensuing love affair between Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) and a young Native American girl, Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher). Bale played John Rolfe, a tobacconist who marries Pocahontas after the supposed death of Smith and brings her back to England where she's treated as a celebrity.

Bale next starred in "The Prestige" (2006), playing an obscure, but brilliant magician engaged in a game of one-upmanship with his flashier, more sophisticated rival (Hugh Jackman). Their rivalry starts off friendly enough, but a trick that g s horribly awry forces them to become bitter enemies, leading both down a path of a fierce competition that may ultimately end in death. Then in "Harsh Times" (2006), Bale was a Gulf War veteran struggling to cope with postwar life while hoping to become a policeman. His dream starts to slip away, however, when he joins his best friend (Freddy Rodriguez) on a violent rampage through South Central Los Angeles that eventually causes dire consequences. Meanwhile, Bale played Dieter Dengler in "Rescue Dawn" (2006), a true-life telling of the German-born pilot whose obsession with flying leads him to join the Air Force during Vietnam, only to be shot down during his first mission and captured by the Vietcong. Directed by famed lunatic Werner Herzog, "Rescue Dawn" put Bale through the wringer in the jungles of Thailand, where the actor endured harsh conditions, grueling takes and crew revolts ¿ just another day at the office of a Herzog production.

In "3:10 to Yuma" (2007), an earnest attempt by Hollywood to revive the once-dead Western genre, Bale played a rancher fallen on hard times who agrees to escort a notorious criminal (Russell Crowe) to prison in order to earn money to support his family. But the criminal has other plans, tempting the rancher into releasing him in exchange for a share of hidden loot worth much more than he is being paid. Both Bale and co-star Crowe gave fine, nuanced performances that helped underscore a strong revisionist take on an old favorite by director James Mangold. For a change of pace, Bale joined several other top performers ¿ including Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett ¿ to appear as Bob Dylan at different stages of his career in "I'm Not There" (2007). Bale played the earnest folk artist who eventually was reborn as a Christian preacher.

Bale reprised the role of the Caped Crusader in "The Dark Knight" (2008), arguably the best Batman film of the franchise. Co-starring Heath Ledger in an Oscar-winning role ¿ which he posthumously won, following his sudden death from an accidental overdose in January 2009 ¿ "The Dark Knight" was hailed by critics as a crime thriller masterpiece on its way to becoming one of the top grossing movies of all time. While the film enjoyed enormous attention and success, Bale ran into personal troubles behind the scenes. Just days after "The Dark Knight" released in North America, the actor was arrested by London police for allegedly assaulting his mother, Jenny, and sister, Sharon. After Bale denied the allegations, the police dropped the charges due to lack of evidence. In February 2009, Bale was lambasted in public for an on-set, profanity-laced tirade against Shane Hurlbut, the cinematographer on the actor's next film, "Terminator Salvation" (2009). Allegedly, Hurlbut crossed Bale's line of sight several times while filming a scene, which prompted the actor to explode into a long, heated rant that director McG failed to mitigate. While the incident occurred in July 2008, the audio recording was released several months later ¿ to both disgust and amusement (with some making audio remixes of the meltdown set to club beats). Though some celebrities came to his defense, Bale eventually apologized in public after initially remaining silent. Meanwhile, "Terminator" was released a few months later to scathing reviews, but a decent box office take in the midst of a competitive summer season.

Also that summer, Bale co-starred in "Public Enemies" (2009), director Michael Mann¿s compelling look at the criminal career of John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and his notorious gang. Bale played FBI man Melvin Purvis, whose dogged pursuit of Dillinger led to the gangster¿s unceremonious death outside a Chicago movie theater. Meanwhile, Bale returned to artistic form with a much-lauded performance in "The Fighter" (2010), playing a former welterweight boxer and the crack cocaine-addicted half brother of "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), a working-class fighter from Massachusetts who rose to fame for his dramatic fights with Arturo Gatti. Bale was widely praised by critics for his performance, which led to Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award wins for Best Supporting Actor. From there, he traveled to China to star in Zhang Yimou¿s historical drama, "The Flowers of War" (2011), which was set during the Nanking Massacre of 1937. While filming, Bale brought a CNN crew to a remote village to visit Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer living under house arrest for openly opposing China¿s One Child Policy. Bale and his crew were physically barred from seeing Chen, resulting in a black eye for the actor after he was bullied and punched by unidentified security personnel.

Meanwhile, Bale reprised Bruce Wayne/Batman for Nolan¿s third and final installment, "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012), where the Caped Crusader battled Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and leather-clad terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy), who is hell-bent on destroying Gotham City. Widely expected to eclipse its predecessors at the box office, "The Dark Knight Rises" was mired in tragedy when a lone gunman opened fire on a movie theater in Aurora, CO, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. The mass shooting ¿ one of the worst in U.S. history ¿ prompted a flood of sympathy for the victims, with Nolan expressing his heartfelt shock while Warner Bros. pulled advertising, canceled promotional events and withheld box office totals. Fo

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Promise, The (2016)
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 Knight of Cups (2016)
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 Big Short, The (2015)
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 Lawless (2014)
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 American Hustle (2013)
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 Fighter, The (2010)
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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.

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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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