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Also Known As: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Philip Anthony Hopkins Died:
Born: December 31, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, director, composer, conductor

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Like his fellow Welshman Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins left England and a celebrated stage career to enjoy the life of an A-list Hollywood actor. The restless thespian made an auspicious film debut in "The Lion in Winter" (1968) as the scheming Richard the Lionheart, as well as won Emmys for his TV movie performances in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC, 1976), as accused kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann, and "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981), as Adolph Hitler. But it was his Oscar-winning turn as Dr. Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) that brought the years of struggle and second-rate parts to an end, elevating him to full-fledged movie star status. With his stature elevated to that of a rarified performer, Hopkins turned in one exquisite performance after another in films as varied as "Howards End" (1992), "The Remains of the Day" (1993), "Legends of the Fall" (1994) and "Nixon" (1995), in which he aptly portrayed the disgraced U.S. president. He went on to further acclaim playing John Quincy Adams in "Amistad" (1997) and the titular "Titus" (1999) while having a bit of fun in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998). Of course, he reprised Lecter for the less well-received "Hannibal"...

Like his fellow Welshman Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins left England and a celebrated stage career to enjoy the life of an A-list Hollywood actor. The restless thespian made an auspicious film debut in "The Lion in Winter" (1968) as the scheming Richard the Lionheart, as well as won Emmys for his TV movie performances in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC, 1976), as accused kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann, and "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981), as Adolph Hitler. But it was his Oscar-winning turn as Dr. Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) that brought the years of struggle and second-rate parts to an end, elevating him to full-fledged movie star status. With his stature elevated to that of a rarified performer, Hopkins turned in one exquisite performance after another in films as varied as "Howards End" (1992), "The Remains of the Day" (1993), "Legends of the Fall" (1994) and "Nixon" (1995), in which he aptly portrayed the disgraced U.S. president. He went on to further acclaim playing John Quincy Adams in "Amistad" (1997) and the titular "Titus" (1999) while having a bit of fun in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998). Of course, he reprised Lecter for the less well-received "Hannibal" (2001) and "Red Dragon" (2002), before appearing in a supporting capacity in the likes of "Alexander" (2004), "All the King's Men" (2006), "Beowulf" (2007) and "Thor" (2011). Whether mannered costume dramas, historical epics or serial killer thrillers, Hopkins proved years ago that he was one of the greatest living actors of his time.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Slipstream (2007)
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  August (1995) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Autobahn (2014)
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 Solace (2014)
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 Arabian Nights (2014)
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 Noah (2014)
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 Red 2 (2013)
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 Hitchcock (2012)
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 Thor (2011)
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 Rite, The (2011)
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 Wolfman, The (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1958:
Served in the Royal Artillery
1960:
Stage debut in "The Quare Fellow" at the Library Theatre in Manchester, England
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Acted in repertory in Leicester, Liverpool and Hornchurch, England
1964:
London stage debut, "Julius Caesar" at the Royal Court Theater
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Invited to join The National Theater at the Old Vic where he played King Lear, Macbeth and Antony; first major role was when he understudied Laurence Olivier and eventually went on in "Dance of Death" (1966)
1965:
TV series debut, ""The Man in Room 17" (Granada Television)
1967:
Film debut in Lindsay Anderson's short, "The White Bus"
1968:
Feature film debut opposite Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn in "The Lion in Winter"
1969:
Played Claudius to Nicol Williamson's "Hamlet"
1972:
First of many collaborations with director Richard Attenborough in "Young Winston"
1974:
Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "QB VII"
1974:
Broadway debut, "Equus"
1976:
Won an Emmy as Bruno Richard Hauptmann in the TV-movie "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC)
1978:
Delivered a strong performance as a ventriloquist in "Magic"
1979:
Starred as Captain Christopher Jones in "Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure"
1980:
Portrayed Dr Frederick Treves in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man"
1981:
Earned second Emmy for his portrayal of Hitler in "The Bunker" (CBS)
1982:
Made debut as a conductor with the New Symphony Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall on March 21
1982:
Starred in the title role in the CBS adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
1984:
Returned to England after a decade in the U.S.
1984:
Portrayed mild-mannered British bookseller in David Jones' loving, literate and totally disarming film "84 Charing Cross Road"; starred opposite Anne Bancroft
1985:
Returned to the London stage as star of "Pravda"
1985:
Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Hollywood Wives"
1986:
Delivered a strong performance in the title role of "The Good Father"
1989:
Played Magwich in The Disney Channel miniseries "Great Expectations"
1991:
Provided the voice of Marcus Crassus (subbing for the late Lord Olivier) in the restored version of "Spartacus"
1991:
Won Oscar for his chilling portrait as killer Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs"
1992:
First movie with director James Ivory, the sumptuous and stimulating adaptation of E M Forster's "Howards End"
1993:
Fifth collaboration to date with Attenborough, "Shadowlands"
1993:
Garnered second Academy Award nomination for his performance as a repressed English butler in "The Remains of the Day"
1993:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1994:
Delivered an over-the-top performance as Dr. John Harvey Kellogg in Alan Parker's "The Road to Wellville"
1994:
Cast as the patriarch to Brad Pitt, Henry Thomas and Aidan Quinn in "Legends of the Fall"
1995:
Received third Best Actor Oscar nomination for title role in "Nixon," directed by Oliver Stone
1996:
Feature directorial debut, "August" an adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"; also starred and composed score
1996:
Third collaboration with Merchant-Ivory, "Surviving Picasso"; played title role
1997:
Portrayed John Quincy Adams in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
1998:
Teamed with Antonio Banderas for the remake "The Mask of Zorro"
1998:
Reteamed with Brad Pitt for "Meet Joe Black," loosely based on "Death Takes a Holiday"
1999:
Played anthropologist Dr Ethan Powell in "Instinct"
1999:
Had title role in "Titus," Julie Taymor's film version of "Titus Andronicus"
2000:
Starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible II," the John Woo-directed sequel to "Mission: Impossible"
2000:
Narrated the live-action version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
2001:
Reprised Oscar-winning role in the film adaptation of "Hannibal," Thomas Harris' sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"
2002:
Teamed with Chris Rock in the action comedy "Bad Company"
2002:
Once again essayed Hannibal Lecter in "Red Dragon"
2003:
Cast to play a fair-skinned African American who pretends to be white to avoid racism in the 1940s in "The Human Stain"
2004:
Cast as Ptolemy in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
2004:
Acted in Alec Baldwin's feature directorial debut, a remake of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" titled "Shortcut to Happiness"
2005:
Co-starred in the film adaptation of David Auburn's play "Proof," directed by John Madden and starring with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal
2006:
Cast in Steven Zaillian's big-screen adaptation of "All the King's Men"
2006:
Cast as the hotel doorman in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby," an ensemble centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination
2007:
Feature debut as a screenwriter with "Slipstream"; also directed, produced and starred in the film as a Hollywood screenwriter who begins to confuse his own life with the characters he is creating on the page; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2007:
Co-starred in the dramatic thriller "Fracture" as a man who confessed to killing his cheating wife
2007:
Portrayed King Hrothgar in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"
2010:
Played Benicio del Toro's father in the remake of classic horror film "The Wolfman"
2011:
Portrayed Asgard, father of the titular superhero (Chris Hemsworth) in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of "Thor"
2012:
Offered stellar portrayal of the legendary filmmaker in "Hitchcock"
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Education

Cowbridge Grammar School: - 1951 - 1955
College of Music and Drama: - 1955 - 1957
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1961 - 1963

Notes

Not to be confused with the British composer and conductor Antony Hopkins (born on March 21, 1921)

Named Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 2001.

The second story of Hopkins' London townhouse was severely damaged in a fire in January 2000.

"To be a romantic actor, you have to be physically almost perfect. But I can understand those parts that I play now because they are thwarted romances, and they're even more powerful, because they're about reality. No, I wouldn't play a romantic part in a month of Sundays."---Hopkins on why he's an atypical Hollywood lead, from New York Newsday, November 7, 1993.

"I love all the stupid Mickey Mouse quality of it ... Such a relief for one's brain."---Hopkins's take on Los Angeles, from Premiere, February 1994.

Made Commander of the British Empire (1987)

Received the Commander of Arts and Letters medal from the French government

About working with the Merchant-Ivory team: "Well, life is too short to hold resentments, but I was pretty angry at Ismail [Merchant] because they do spiteful things like not pay the crew. And they hold back money, to gain interest. They didn't pay me for a month. I was going to sue them, and I vowed never to work with them again. But Ismail's got the charm of the devil, you know. And I think, 'Well, I'm not going to hold a grudge.'"

"Jim [Ivory] is different. I think he's embarrassed by it all. I should take the high road, but, no, I think it's good to blow the whistle on them. James Ivory is an odd fish but a wonderful director. I don't think Ismail deserves him. I like Ismail, but they have a very underhanded way of dealing with people. They're really cheapskates. They'll take the stripes out of your socks. I'll keep my hand on my wallet next time."---Hopkins in Los Angeles Times, September 8, 1996.

"There's so much money being made here, beyond my wildest dreams, and I think it can corrupt you so quickly. Jenni [his wife] is fearful of this. She says, 'How can you possibly want to live there, they're crazy people! Don't be seduced by all that. You must be nuts!' I told her the other day that I'd bought a pair of cowboy boots, and I've got a baseball cap. She said, 'Well, there's no hope then.' She's very stable, very moderate in her appetites about everything, unlike me. She accepts reality, whereas I don't. When she comes out here, she sees it as Toytown. What I find wonderful, the enthusiasm, the friendliness, she sees as over the top."---Hopkins in Vanity Fair, October 1996.

"People talk about chemistry. If you know your lines, you know what you're doing, and the other actor shows up and they're good and you're good, that's chemistry. There's nothing special. It's not brain surgery."---Hopkins to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Petronella Barker. Married in 1967; divorced in 1972.
wife:
Jennifer Lynton. Former production secretary. Married on January 13, 1973; was production secretary on one of Hopkins's movies; separated in 1995; reconciled in 1996; Hopkins reportedly requested a divorce in 1999.
companion:
Joyce Ingalls. Actor, model. Born c. 1941; met at Alcoholics Anonymous meeting c. 1995; was married to screenwriter Darrell Fetty with whom she had two sons; separated from Hopkins in February 1996.
companion:
Francine Kay. Screenwriter. Born c. 1956; had "brief romance" in 1998.
wife:
Stella Arroyave. Antiques dealer. Married on March 1, 2003 in Malibu, California.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Arthur Hopkins. Baker. Died on March 30, 1981 of heart disease.
mother:
Muriel Anne Hopkins. Born c. 1913.
daughter:
Abigail Hopkins. Actor. Born c. 1969; mother, Petronella Barker; first acted together in a BBC TV biography of Welsh writer and talk show personality Gwyn Thomas; Abigail played the sister of her father's character.

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