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