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 don't know why they gave me a knighthood - though it's very nice of them - but I only ever use the title in the U.S. The Americans insist on it and get offended if I don't.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we're atheist.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Whether it's overeating or it's overworking or over-sex or whatever it is, alcoholism, drug addition, we push ourselves to the brink and then pull back because it's kind of exciting.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Acting is constricted because you have the lines. But I improvise with it and what I learn on the set. I improvise rhythms and just changes.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I read a lot, that's my main hobby. I've got an iPad which I store books on and I read voraciously. I'm a slow reader but I'm obsessive. I make references, underline things, cross-reference. I'm an autodidact.More Anthony Hopkins quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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