Anthony Hopkins

Born Dec 31, 1937

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer. Considered to be one of the greatest living actors, Hopkins is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, its sequel Hannibal and the prequel Red Dragon.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Anthony Hopkins.


1937 Birth Hopkins was born on New Year's Eve 1937, in Margam, a suburb of Port Talbot, Glamorgan. … Read More


1949 11 Years Old In 1949, to instill discipline, his parents insisted he attend Jones' West Monmouth Boys' School in Pontypool. … Read More
1957 19 Years Old Hopkins promptly enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, from which he graduated in 1957. … Read More


1960 22 Years Old Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance in the Palace Theatre, Swansea, in 1960 with Swansea Little Theatre's production of Have a Cigarette.
1965 27 Years Old In 1965, after several years in repertory, he was spotted by Laurence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre in London. … Read More
1967 29 Years Old Despite his success at the National, Hopkins tired of repeating the same roles nightly and yearned to be in films. He made his small-screen debut in a 1967 BBC broadcast of A Flea in Her Ear. … Read More


1968 30 Years Old In 1968, he got his break in The Lion in Winter playing Richard I. … Read More
1970 32 Years Old He portrayed Charles Dickens in the BBC television film The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens in 1970, and Pierre Bezukhov in the BBC's mini series War and Peace (1972).
1972 34 Years Old In 1972 he starred as WWI British Prime Minister David Lloyd George in Young Winston, and in 1977 he played British Army officer John Frost in Richard Attenborough's WWII film A Bridge Too Far.


1980 42 Years Old In 1980, he starred in The Elephant Man as the English doctor Sir Frederick Treves, who attends to Joseph Merrick (portrayed by John Hurt), a severely deformed man in 19th century London. … Read More
1984 46 Years Old In 1984, he starred opposite Mel Gibson in The Bounty as William Bligh, captain of the Royal Navy ship the HMS Bounty, in a retelling of the mutiny on the Bounty.


1990 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 54 Years Old In 1992, Hopkins portrayed Abraham Van Helsing in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. … Read More
1993 55 Years Old Hopkins portrayed Oxford academic C. S. Lewis in the 1993 British biographical film Shadowlands, and received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. … Read More
1997 59 Years Old In 1997, Hopkins narrated the BBC natural documentary series, Killing for a Living, which showed predatory behaviour in nature. … Read More


1998 - 2000 2 More Events
2003 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
2005 - 2008 3 More Events
2010 72 Years Old On 24 February 2010, it was announced that Hopkins had been cast in The Rite, which was released on 28 January 2011. … Read More
2011 73 Years Old 1 More Event
On 21 September 2011, Peter R. de Vries named Hopkins in the role of the Heineken owner Freddy Heineken in a future film about his kidnapping.
On Christmas Eve 2012, he celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary by having a blessing at a private service at St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire in the most westerly point of Wales. … Read More
2015 77 Years Old In October 2015, Hopkins appeared as Sir in a BBC Two production of Ronald Harwood's The Dresser, alongside Ian McKellen, Edward Fox and Emily Watson. … Read More
2016 78 Years Old In June 2016, Hopkins was confirmed to star in Transformers: The Last Knight which is set to be released in June 2017.
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