Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

His role as Hannibal Lecter in 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)
Born to Richard Arthur and Muriel, december 31, 1937 in Margam, near Port Talbot, Wales, Anthony Hopkins was the only child. He was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School. Then was drawn to the theatre while attending the YMCA at age 17, and later learned the basics of his craft at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1960, Hopkins made his stage bow in The Quare Fellow, and then spent four years in regional repertory before his first London success in Julius Caesar. He graduated a Silver Medalist in 1963 and promptly joined the Phoenix Theater in Leicester. His next move was to the Liverpool Playhouse and Hornchurch Repertory Company. In 1965 he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theater at the Old Vic. Two years later, Hopkins was Olivier’s understudy in Strindberg’s Dance of Death. Hopkins made his film debut in 1967, playing Richard the Lionhearted in The Lion in Winter, starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received an Academy Award as Best Picture. Anthony achieved international recognition for strong dramatic acting in the 1970s and 1980s, and notoriety for the monstrous credibility of his Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs (1990). A respected theatre and television actor, his best film performances are those which allow him a little scope for theatricality. His Captain Bligh in the 1984 version of The Bounty rivalled Charles Laughton's; Richard Attenborough discovered his sinister qualities in Magic (1978); and David Lynch cast him effectively as Dr Treves in The Elephant Man (1980). His more subdued acting skills are evident in 84 Charing Cross Road (1986), which began life as a BBC television play. More recently, he has taken out a patent on the emotional reticence of the middle-aged English male with a restrained performance as a repressed Edwardian patriarch in Howard's End (1991), as a butler struggling with feelings while the world turns in Remains of the Day (1993), and as the writer C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands (1993). More irrepressibly, he has punctuated this streak of constricted Englishness with a wonderfully over-the-top performance as the Dutchman Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). His more recent films include John Schlesinger's The Innocent (1993.), and the epically melodramatic Legends of the Fall (1994). He played the title role in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). Anthony Hopkins was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Honour’s List, June 1987. He received a knighthood in 1993. Source:netglimse.com 
I like to work. I don't like to disrupt my equilibrium. I don't like to change my head. I'd rather be a third-rate actor. It's a job, and I'm dedicated in my way. I enjoy it. I'm serious about it. But if it doesn't come off, I'm not going to die.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I know that the arts are important. I'm not denying that, but I can't associate myself with all the claptrap that goes on around it.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [08/30/2011 08:08:17]
Richard Burton came from the same town as me, so I thought I'd follow my nose, and follow my luck. I think I've been very lucky.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [08/30/2011 08:08:59]
Getting old ain't for the faint of heart.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It created in me a yearning for all that is wide and open and expansive. Something that will never allow me to fit in in my own country, with its narrow towns and narrow roads and narrow kindnesses and narrow reprimands.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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