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Anthony Hopkins

Anthony HopkinsAKA Philip Anthony Hopkins

Born: 31-Dec-1937
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Wales

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Hannibal Lecter

Military service: British Army

"A. R. Hopkins and Son" was a bakery in the South Wales town of Port Talbot, and Anthony Hopkins was the "Son" on the sign, but he had little interest in baked goods. He was a poor student, dyslexic and often in trouble for his wandering attention in class.

He knew he wanted to be an actor from his first appearance on stage, in local YMCA productions in his teens. And he remembers well the day a regular customer at the bakery brought her brother -- Richard Burton -- into the shop for a pastry. As Burton strolled away and passers-by stopped to greet him, Hopkins decided that he would not only be an actor, but a famous actor.

He began his professional career in local and regional productions in 1960, but still supported himself with a day job in an office. He served as a gunner in the Royal Artillery, and after leaving the military he studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Success came slowly, but Laurence Olivier befriended the young actor and became his mentor, and by the mid 1960s Hopkins was a minor celebrity for his work on the London stage.

He first appeared on film in 1967, with a small role in a somewhat deranged road trip drama titled The White Bus. The next year he earned raves as King Richard in the royal drama The Lion in Winter with Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole.

Over subsequent decades Hopkins became a mid-level movie star. Prior to The Silence of the Lambs he was probably best known as the ventriloquist who battles his dummy in Magic with Ann-Margret, the doctor who cared for John Hurt in The Elephant Man, Captain Bligh in The Bounty with Mel Gibson, or the bookseller who became Anne Bancroft's dear pen pal in 84 Charing Cross Road. He also worked in numerous highbrow television miniseries like The Edwardians, War and Peace, QB VII, and Great Expectations.

Of course, he will always be known for his screen-stealing and Oscar-winning role as the murderous gourmet Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs with Jodie Foster. Hopkins obviously had a blast in the role, and lines like "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" quickly became comical catch phrases. After more than twenty years of film work, Hopkins was finally an A-list star, with his choice of roles.

He played the hypocritical widower in Howards End with Vanessa Redgrave, a stuffy C. S. Lewis in love with Debra Winger in Shadowlands, the heartbreakingly repressed British butler in Remains of the Day with Emma Thompson, an elderly swashbuckler in Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise's boss in Mission: Impossible II, and a speed-racing New Zealander in The World's Fastest Indian with Diane Ladd. He has played two American Presidents, a mildly deranged Richard M. Nixon in Oliver Stone's Nixon, and John Quincy Adams arguing for a slave's freedom in Amistad. He also narrated the 2000 film of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey.

His mother, Muriel Yeats, was distantly related to the poet William Butler Yeats. Hopkins' daughter, Abigail Hopkins, is a one-time actress who appeared in two of her father's films, Shadowlands and The Remains of the Day. She is now a recording artist of some renown in the UK, creating a "textured mixture of blues, folk, and rock." Father and daughter, however, have been estranged for years, and in a 2002 interview the actor admitted he did not know where his daughter was living, other than "in England somewhere."

Hopkins was married to his second wife for thirty years, but they spent very little of that time together -- she lived in London, he lived in Hollywood, and he has said their marriage devolved to a somewhat distant friendship, with little more than occasional chats by phone. His ex-wives describe Hopkins as a loner, a man who withdrew inside himself when he was not performing.

He struggled with alcoholism for many years beginning in the mid-1960s, and credits Alcoholics Anonymous for his success in that battle. "My name is Tony," he said at many meetings, "and I'm an alcoholic." He has been sober since a morning in 1975 when he woke up in Arizona with no notion how he got there.

Hopkins has lived in the United States since the early 1970s, and became a citizen in 2000. His oath of citizenship ceremony was filmed by longtime friend Steven Spielberg.

Father: Richard Arthur Hopkins (baker, d. 30-Mar-1981 heart disease)
Mother: Muriel Anne Yeats (b. 1913)
Wife: Petronella Barker (stage actress, m. Sep-1967, div. 1972, one daughter)
Daughter: Abigail Hopkins (musician, b. 20-Aug-1968)
Wife: Jennifer Lynton (secretary, m. 13-Jan-1973, div. 30-Apr-2002)
Mistress: Joyce Ingalls (actress-model, dated 1995-96)
Girlfriend: Francine Kay (writer, briefly engaged in late 1990s)
Mistress: Martha Stewart (TV celebrity, together 2001-02)
Wife: Stella Arroyave (antiques dealer, m. 1-Mar-2003)

    High School: Cowbridge Grammar School, Glamorgan, Wales (1954)
    University: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff (1957)
    University: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London UK (1963)

    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Oscar for Best Actor 1992 for The Silence of the Lambs
    Emmy 1976 for The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case
    Emmy 1981 for The Bunker
    Laurence Olivier Theatre Award 1986
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 24-Sep-2003 at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
    Commander of the British Empire 1987
    Knighthood 1993 New Year's Honours List
    Naturalized US Citizen 12-Apr-2000
    Wedding: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones (2000)
    Wedding: David Gest and Liza Minnelli (2002)
    Welsh Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Dyslexia, Depression, Former Smoker

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Slipstream (10-Feb-2007)
    August (16-Feb-1996)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Noah (10-Mar-2014)
    Thor: The Dark World (30-Oct-2013)
    Red 2 (18-Jul-2013)
    Hitchcock (1-Nov-2012)
    360 (9-Sep-2011) · Older Man
    Thor (21-Apr-2011)
    The Rite (28-Jan-2011) · Fr. Lucas Trevant
    You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (15-May-2010) · Alfie
    The Wolfman (27-Jan-2010) · Sir John Talbot
    The City of Your Final Destination (7-Feb-2009) · Adam Gund
    Beowulf (14-Nov-2007)
    Fracture (12-Apr-2007)
    Slipstream (10-Feb-2007)
    All the King's Men (10-Sep-2006) · Judge Irwin
    Bobby (5-Sep-2006)
    The World's Fastest Indian (10-Sep-2005) · Burt
    Proof (5-Sep-2005)
    Alexander (5-Nov-2004)
    The Human Stain (29-Aug-2003)
    Red Dragon (30-Sep-2002) · Hannibal Lecter
    Bad Company (26-Apr-2002)
    Hearts in Atlantis (7-Sep-2001) · Ted Brautigan
    Hannibal (9-Feb-2001) · Hannibal Lecter
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8-Nov-2000) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Titus (25-Dec-1999)
    Instinct (4-Jun-1999)
    Meet Joe Black (2-Nov-1998) · William Parrish
    The Mask of Zorro (17-Jul-1998) · Zorro
    Amistad (4-Dec-1997) · John Quincy Adams
    The Edge (6-Sep-1997) · Charles Morse
    Surviving Picasso (4-Sep-1996)
    August (16-Feb-1996) · Ieuan
    Nixon (20-Dec-1995) · Richard M. Nixon
    Legends of the Fall (16-Dec-1994) · Ludlow
    The Road to Wellville (28-Oct-1994)
    Shadowlands (25-Dec-1993) · Jack Lewis
    The Remains of the Day (5-Nov-1993)
    The Innocent (16-Sep-1993) · Glass
    The Trial (13-May-1993)
    Chaplin (25-Dec-1992) · George Hayden
    Bram Stoker's Dracula (13-Nov-1992) · Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
    Howards End (13-Mar-1992) · Henry Wilcox
    The Efficiency Expert (23-Jan-1992) · Wallace
    Freejack (17-Jan-1992) · McCandless
    One Man's War (20-Apr-1991)
    The Silence of the Lambs (30-Jan-1991) · Dr. Hannibal Lecter
    Desperate Hours (5-Oct-1990) · Tim Cornell
    The Tenth Man (4-Dec-1988) · Jean Louis Chavel
    The Dawning (Aug-1988)
    A Chorus of Disapproval (1988)
    84 Charing Cross Road (13-Feb-1987)
    The Good Father (Nov-1985)
    Guilty Conscience (1985) · Arthur Jamison
    Mussolini and I (1985)
    Arch of Triumph (19-Dec-1984)
    The Bounty (4-May-1984) · Lt. William Bligh
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (4-Feb-1982)
    Othello (4-Oct-1981)
    Peter and Paul (12-Apr-1981)
    The Bunker (27-Jan-1981)
    A Change of Seasons (1-Dec-1980)
    The Elephant Man (3-Oct-1980)
    Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure (21-Nov-1979)
    Magic (8-Nov-1978) [VOICE]
    International Velvet (13-Oct-1978) · Capt. Johnson
    A Bridge Too Far (15-Jun-1977)
    Audrey Rose (6-Apr-1977) · Elliot Hoover
    Victory at Entebbe (13-Dec-1976)
    The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (26-Feb-1976)
    Dark Victory (5-Feb-1976)
    Juggernaut (25-Sep-1974) · John McCleod
    The Girl from Petrovka (22-Aug-1974)
    QB VII (29-Apr-1974)
    All Creatures Great and Small (1974)
    A Doll's House (22-May-1973) · Torvald Helmer
    Young Winston (Jul-1972) · Lloyd George
    When Eight Bells Toll (9-Mar-1971)
    Hamlet (Sep-1969) · Claudius
    The Looking Glass War (Sep-1969) · Avery
    The Lion in Winter (30-Oct-1968) · Richard
    The White Bus (Dec-1967)


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