Philip Anthony Hopkins, better known as Anthony Hopkins, is an actor and composer from Wales, with the North-American nationality.
Anthony Hopkins was born in Margam, Wales, United Kingdom, on December 31, 1937. He was encouraged by the also Welsh actor Richard Burton to begin acting during a brief encounter when Hopkins was 15. He ended up at a Welsh music and drama school in Cardiff, graduating in 1957. After 2 years in the army, he moved to London, where he continued studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1965 he was discovered by Laurence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre. Hopkins became Olivier’s understudy and, when he had appendicitis, the then young actor replaced him in the play ‘The Dance of Death’. The Welsh actor made his cinema debut portraying Richard I of England in ‘The Lion in Winter’. That was followed by roles in ‘Coriolanus’ (1971) and ‘Macbeth’ (1972). He made his Broadway debut with ‘Equus’ in 1975. This play earned him various awards.
In the 70s and 80s he took part in productions such as ‘The White Bus’ (1967), ‘Young Winsten’ (1971), ‘Andrey Ruse’ (1976), ‘Magic’ (1978), ‘The Elephant Man’ (1980) and ‘Bounty’ (1982). In 1991 he acted in what became one of his most iconic roles. He interpreted the cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and got his first Oscar Academy Award for his portrayal. He worked along Jodie Foster, who also won for Best Actress. Furthermore, the movie got the statuettes for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. In 1992 he had roles in ‘The Remains of the Day’, Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and ‘Howards End’ (with Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham-Carter and Vanessa Redgrave). A year later he was part of ‘Shadowlands’. In 1994 he portrayed the family patriarch in ‘Legends of the Fall’, and took part in ‘The Road to Wellville’ and ‘Inmortal Beloved’. The following year he became President Richard Nixon in ‘Nixon’. The role earned him an Oscar nomination.
In 1996, he had roles in ‘Surviving Picasso’ and ‘August’. A year later he did ‘The Edge’ and ‘Amistad’. In this last one he portrays ex-President John Quincy Adams as a criminal attorney who defends a group of slaves accused of riots and murder. In 1998 he embodies ‘El Zorro’, together with Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. In 1999 he plays millionaire Bill Parrish in ‘Meet Joe Black’, together with Brad Pitt. After that he had roles in ‘Instinct’ (1999, he was Ethan Powel, a scientist studying gorillas), ‘Hannibal’ (2001, a ‘Silence of the Lambs’ sequel), and ‘Red Dragon’ (2002’s prequel). In 2002 he also took part in ‘9 days’, an action comedy with Chris Rock.
Some other Hopkins’s movies worthy of mention in the beginnings of the 21st Century are: ‘The Human Stain’ (2003), ‘Alexander’ (2004, Oliver Stone), ‘All the King’s Men’ (2006), ‘Fracture’ (2007), Beowulf (2007), ‘The Wolfman’ (2010), and ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Strager’ (2010, Woody Allen).
After those, Anthony Hopkins became Odin, the Allfather or King of Asgard in the cinema adaptation of Marvel Comics’ ‘Thor’. He also portrayed legendary Alfred Hitchcock in the biopic ‘Hitchcock’, released in November, 2012. In 2013 he reprised his role as Odin in ‘Thor: the Dark World’. In 2014 he was Methuselah in ‘Noah’, directed by Darren Aronofsky. In October 2015, he took part in the BBC2’s production ‘The Dresser’. His appearance in the third Thor instalment is expected in 2017.
Anthony Hopkins has earned numerous prizes in his career. The Oscar, the Emmy, the Cecil B. DeMille at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA and the ‘Premio Donostia’ awarded by the San Sebastian International Film Festival, are just a few.
The silence of the lambs - Clarice meets Hannibal Lecter
Legends of the Fall - Tristian comes home !
The Mask of Zorro - Swordsmanship
Meet Joe Black (3/10) Movie CLIP - Am I Going to Die? (1998) HD
Thor Movie Clip "I Cast You Out" Official (HD)
André Rieu - And The Waltz Goes On
- His father, Richard Arthur Hopkins, was a baker. His mother, Anne Muriel, was a distant relative of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
- He is dyslexic.
- Richard Burton, another Welsh actor, encouraged him to start acting.
- Hannibal Lecter’s signature noise in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ was done ad-lib by the actor.
- In his career, he has worked several times with fellow British actor Gary Oldman. Hopkins had a supporting role in Oldman’s Dracula (Bram Stoker) and Oldman had a supporting role in ‘Hannibal’. The two even share a British theatre award.
- On April 12, 2000 Hopkins got the US He was allowed to keep his ‘Sir’ title, awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993.
- He is an alcoholic who has been sober since 1975. He has declared believing in God has been an important part of his healing process.
- He became a Greenpeace member in 2008.
- He is a vegetarian since 2010.
- Apart from uncountable theatre plays, Anthony Hopkins has taken part in more than 100 movies and TV-series.