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Date of Birth

Birth Place

Philip Anthony Hopkins

December 31, 1937

Margam, Wales (UK)

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Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE (born December 31, 1937) is a Welsh, Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning film, stage and television actor. He was born and raised in Wales, and also became a U.S. citizen on April 12, 2000.




Birth name Philip Anthony Hopkins

Born December 31, 1937 (1937-12-31) (age 70)

Port Talbot, Wales

Spouse(s) Petronella Barker

(1967-1972) (divorced)

Jennifer Lynton

(1973-2002) (divorced)

Stella Arroyave



Academy Awards

Best Actor

1991 The Silence of the Lambs

BAFTA Awards

Best TV Actor

1973 War and Peace

Best Actor

1991 The Silence of the Lambs

1993 Shadowlands

Emmy Awards

Outstanding Lead Actor - Mini-series/Movie

1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case

1981 The Bunker

Golden Globe Awards

Cecil B. DeMille Award

2006 Lifetime achievement

Other Awards

Saturn Award for Best Actor (film)

1991 The Silence of the Lambs

NYFCC Award for Best Actor

1991 The Silence of the Lambs






Early life

Hopkins was born in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, the son of Muriel Anne (née Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker.[1] His mother is a distant relative of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.[1] His schooldays were unproductive. A loner with dyslexia, he found that he would rather immerse himself in art, such as painting and drawing or playing the piano, than attend to his studies. In 1949, to instill some discipline, his parents insisted he attend Jones' West Monmouth Boys' School in Pontypool, Wales. He remained there for five terms and was then educated at Cowbridge Grammar School, Cowbridge, Wales.


Hopkins was influenced and encouraged to become an actor by Welsh compatriot Richard Burton, whom he met briefly at the age of 15. To that end, he enrolled at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales from which he graduated in 1957. After a two-year spell in the Army, he moved to London where he trained at RADA.




In 1965, after several years in repertory, he was spotted by Sir Laurence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre. Hopkins became Olivier's understudy, and filled in when Olivier was struck with appendicitis during a production of August Strindberg's The Dance of Death. Olivier later noted in his memoir, Confessions of an Actor, that, "A new young actor in the company of exceptional promise named Anthony Hopkins was understudying me and walked away with the part of Edgar like a cat with a mouse between its teeth".[2]


Despite his success at the National, Hopkins tired of repeating the same roles nightly and yearned to be in movies. In 1968, he got his break in The Lion in Winter playing Richard I, along with future James Bond star Timothy Dalton, who played Philip II of France.


Although Hopkins continued in theatre (most notably in the Broadway production of Peter Shaffer's Equus, directed by John Dexter) he gradually moved away from it to become more established as a television and film actor. He made his small-screen debut in a 1967 BBC broadcast of A Flea in Her Ear. He has since gone on to enjoy a long career, winning many plaudits and awards for his performances. Hopkins was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1987, and a Knight Bachelor in 1993. In 1996, Hopkins was awarded an honorary fellowship from the University of Wales, Lampeter.


Hopkins has stated that his role as Burt Munro, whom he portrayed in his 2005 film The World's Fastest Indian, was his favourite. He also asserted that Munro was the easiest role that he had ever played because both men have a similar outlook on life.[3]


In 2006, Hopkins was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.



Acting style

Hopkins is renowned for his firm preparation for roles. He has confessed in interviews that once he has committed to a project, he will go over his lines as many times as is needed (sometimes upwards of 200) until the lines sound natural to him, so that he can "do it without thinking". This leads to an almost casual style of delivery that belies the amount of groundwork done beforehand. While it can allow for some careful improvisation, it has also brought him into conflict with the occasional director who departs from the script, or demands what the actor views as an excessive number of takes. Hopkins has also stated that after he is finished with a scene, he simply discards the lines, not remembering them later on. This is unlike other actors that usually remember their lines from a film even years later.[4]


Richard Attenborough, who has directed Hopkins on five occasions, found himself going to great lengths during the filming of Shadowlands (1993) to accommodate the differing approaches of his two stars (Hopkins and Debra Winger), who shared many scenes. Whereas Hopkins liked to keep rehearsals to a minimum, preferring the spontaneity of a fresh take, Winger rehearsed continuously. To allow for this, Attenborough stood in for Hopkins during Winger's rehearsals, only bringing him in for the last one before a take. The director praised Hopkins for "this extraordinary ability to make you believe when you hear him that it is the very first time he has ever said that line. It's an incredible gift."[2]


In addition, Hopkins is a gifted mimic, adept at turning his native Welsh accent into whatever is required by a character. He duplicated the voice of his late mentor, Laurence Olivier, for additional scenes in Spartacus in its 1991 restoration. His interview on the 1998 relaunch edition of the British TV chat show Parkinson featured an impersonation of comedian Tommy Cooper.



Hannibal Lecter

Hopkins' most famous role is the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992) opposite Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, who also won for Best Actress. In addition, the film won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is the shortest lead performance to win an Oscar, as Hopkins only appears for about seventeen minutes. Hopkins went on to reprise his role as Lecter twice (Hannibal in 2001 and Red Dragon in 2002). His original portrayal of the character in The Silence of the Lambs has been labelled by the American Film Institute as the number-one film villain.[5] At the time he was offered the role, Hopkins was making a return to the London stage, performing in M. Butterfly. He had come back to Britain after living for a number of years in Hollywood, having all but given up on a career there, saying, "Well that part of my life's over; it's a chapter closed. I suppose I'll just have to settle for being a respectable actor poncing around the West End and doing respectable BBC work for the rest of my life."[2]


The character first appeared in the film Manhunter, which was loosely based on Red Dragon. Lecter (spelled "Lektor" in the film) was played by British actor Brian Cox. Since Red Dragon was considered a remake of Manhunter, it allowed Hopkins to play the iconic villain in adaptations of all three of the best-selling Lecter novels by Thomas Harris. The author was reportedly very pleased with Hopkins' portrayal of his antagonist. However, Hopkins stated that Red Dragon would feature his final performance as the character, and that he would not reprise even a narrative role in the latest addition to the series, Hannibal Rising.



Personal life

As of 2007, Hopkins resides in the United States. He had moved to the country once before during the 1970s to pursue his film career, but returned to Britain in the late 1980s. However, he decided to return to the U.S. following his 1990s success. He became a naturalized citizen on April 12, 2000, and celebrated with a 3,000-mile road trip across the country. As a dual national, despite having forgone his knighthood at the time, he later chose to retain it and uses the title "Sir" in the UK.[6] Hopkins has also stated that he only accepted the knighthood to make his wife happy.[7] Some disappointment and outrage ensued over his American citizenship although very little of this came from his native Wales.[citation needed] In common with other British theatrical knights, the title is omitted for professional credits.


Hopkins has been married three times. His first two wives were Petronella Barker (1967 – 1972) and Jennifer Lynton (1973 – 2003). He is now married to Colombia-born Stella Arroyave. He has a daughter from his first marriage, Abigail Hopkins (born 1967), an actress and singer.


He has offered his support to various charities and appeals, notably becoming President of the National Trust's Snowdonia Appeal, raising funds for the preservation of the Snowdonia National Park and to aid the Trust's efforts to purchase parts of Snowdon. A book celebrating these efforts, Anthony Hopkins' Snowdonia, was published together with Graham Nobles. Hopkins, who can speak some Welsh, also takes time to support various philanthropic groups. He was a Guest of Honour at a Gala Fundraiser for Women in Recovery, Inc., a Venice, California-based non-profit organization offering rehabilitation assistance to women in recovery from substance abuse. He is also a volunteer teacher at the Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica, California, where he resides.


Hopkins is an acknowledged[citation needed] alcoholic who has been sober since 1975. Hopkins is known to be a joker while on set, lightening the mood during production by barking like a dog when filming for a scene is started, according to a Tonight Show interview broadcast on 9 April 2007.


When Hopkins was asked by director Martin Campbell to star in The Mask of Zorro, he initially turned it down as he was suffering from back problems, but then received corrective laser surgery and agreed to appear in the film.[citation needed]



Other work

Hopkins is a talented pianist. In 1986, he released a single called "Distant Star". It peaked at #75 in the UK charts. In 2007, he announced he would retire temporarily from the screen to tour around the world.[8]


In 1996, Hopkins directed his first film, August, an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. His first screenplay, an experimental drama called Slipstream, which he also directed and scored, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.


Hopkins is a fan of the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and once remarked in an interview how he'd love to appear in the series. Writer John Sullivan saw the interview, and with Hopkins in mind created the character Danny Driscoll, a local villain. However, filming of the new series coincided with the filming of The Silence of the Lambs, making Hopkins unavailable. The role instead went to his friend Roy Marsden.[9]


Hopkins has played many famous historical and fictional characters including:


John Quincy Adams (Amistad, 1997)

William Bligh (The Bounty, 1984)

Charles Dickens (The Great Inimitable Mr Dickens, 1970)

John Frost (A Bridge Too Far, 1977)

Bruno Hauptmann (The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, 1976),

Abraham Van Helsing (Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1992)

Adolf Hitler (The Bunker, 1981),

C.S. Lewis (Shadowlands, 1993),

David Lloyd George (Young Winston, 1972)

Pierre Bezukhov (War and Peace, 1972)

Frederick Treves (The Elephant Man, 1980)

 Richard Nixon (Nixon, 1995)

St. Paul (Peter and Paul, 1981)

Othello (Othello, 1981)

Pablo Picasso (Surviving Picasso, 1996)

Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1982)

Yitzak Rabin (Victory at Entebbe, 1976)

Richard Lionheart (The Lion in Winter, 1968)

Marcus Crassus (Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of Spartacus, 1992)

Titus Andronicus (Titus, 1999)

Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro (The Mask of Zorro, 1998)

Burt Munro (The World's Fastest Indian, 2005)





Besides his win for The Silence of the Lambs, Hopkins has been Oscar-nominated for The Remains of the Day (1993), Nixon (1995) and Amistad (1997).


Hopkins won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in 1973 for his performance as Pierre Bezukhov in the BBC's production of War and Peace, and additionally for The Silence of the Lambs and Shadowlands. He received nominations in the same category for Magic and The Remains of the Day and as Best Supporting Actor for The Lion in Winter.


He won Emmy Awards for his roles in The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case and The Bunker, and was Emmy-nominated for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Great Expectations.[10] He won the directing and the acting award, both for Slipstream, at Switzerland's Locarno International Film Festival.




Year Film Role Other notes

1967 A Flea in Her Ear Etienne Plucheux TV

1968 The Lion in Winter Richard 

1969 The Looking Glass War John Avery 

Hamlet Claudius 

Department S Greg Halliday TV

1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens Charles Dickens 

The Three Sisters  

Hearts and Flowers Bob TV – Play for Today

1971 When Eight Bells Toll Philip Calvert 

1972 Young Winston David Lloyd George 

War and Peace Pierre Bezukhov 

A Doll's House Torvald Helmer 

1974 The Girl from Petrovka Kostya 

QB VII Dr. Adam Kelno 

Juggernaut Supt. John McCleod 

The Childhood Friend Alexander Tashkov TV – Play for Today

1976 Dark Victory Dr. Michael Grant TV

The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Bruno Richard Hauptmann Emmy Award

Victory at Entebbe Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 

1977 A Bridge Too Far Lt. Col. John D. Frost 

Audrey Rose Elliot Hoover 

1978 Magic Charles "Corky" Withers/Voice of Fats 

International Velvet Captain Johnson 

1979 Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure Capt. Jones 

1980 The Elephant Man Dr. Frederick Treves 

A Change of Seasons Adam Evans 

1981 The Bunker Adolf Hitler Emmy Award

Peter and Paul Paul of Tarsus 

Othello Othello TV

1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo TV

1983 A Married Man John Strickland TV

1984 The Bounty Lieutenant William Bligh 

1985 Hollywood Wives Neil Gray TV

Arch of Triumph Dr. Ravic TV

Guilty Conscience Arthur Jamison TV

Mussolini and I Count Galeazzo Giano TV

The Good Father Bill Hooper 

1987 84 Charing Cross Road Frank P. Doel 

1988 The Dawning Robert Knights 

1989 Great Expectations Abel Magwitch 

1990 Desperate Hours Tim Comell 

1991 The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter Academy Award for Best Actor

Howards End Henry J. Wilcox 

One Man's War Joel 

1992 Freejack Ian McCandless 

Chaplin George Hayden 

Spotswood Errol Wallace 

Bram Stoker's Dracula Professor Abraham Van Helsing 

1993 The Trial The Priest 

The Remains of the Day James Stevens 

The Innocent Bob Glass 

Shadowlands Jack Lewis BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

1994 Legends of the Fall Col. William Ludlow 

1995 The Road to Wellville Dr. John Harvey Kellogg 

Nixon Richard M. Nixon 

1996 August Ieuan Davies also directed, composed score

Surviving Picasso Pablo Picasso 

1997 Amistad John Quincy Adams 

The Edge Charles Morse 

1998 The Mask of Zorro Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro 

Meet Joe Black William Parrish 

1999 Instinct Ethan Powell 

Titus Titus Andronicus 

2000 Mission: Impossible II Mission Commander Swanbeck uncredited

The Grinch The Narrator 

2001 The Devil and Daniel Webster Daniel Webster 

Hannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Hearts in Atlantis Ted Brautigan 

2002 Red Dragon Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

Bad Company Officer Oakes 

2003 The Human Stain Coleman Silk 

2004 Alexander Old Ptolemy 

2005 Proof Robert 

The World's Fastest Indian Burt Munro 

2006 All the King's Men Judge Irwin 

Bobby John 

2007 Fracture Theodore ‘Ted’ Crawford’ 

Beowulf Hrothgar 

The City of Your Final Destination Adam 

Slipstream Felix Bonhoeffer 

2008 The Wolf Man Sir John Talbot pre-production — begins filming in 2008

Harry and the Butler  

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho Alfred Hitchcock 




1.       ^ a b Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2007

2.       ^ a b c Falk, Quentin (2004). Anthony Hopkins: The Biography, 4th, Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0999-7. 

3.       ^ The World's Fastest Indian. Solarnavigator.net. Retrieved on 2007-05-21.

4.       ^ "Anthony Hopkins: Lecter and Me" — Red Dragon DVD interview

5.       ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains. AFI.com. Retrieved on 2007-05-21.

6.       ^ Hopkins renounces knighthood. IMDb. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.

7.       ^ A Knight or not?. IMDb. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.

8.       ^ Associated Press (December 3, 2007). De gira como pianista.

9.       ^ Clark, Steve (1998). The Only Fools and Horses Story. BBC Books, p. 125. ISBN 0-563-38445-X. 

10.   ^ Anthony Hopkins: Awards. IMDb. Retrieved on 2007-05-21.






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