Anthony Hopkins
Actor
Anthony Hopkins
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.
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Former Sony Music Chairman has advice for Creative Entrepreneurs
Huffington Post - 2 months
Today we launch The Business of Creativity Series, which will be 12-part You-Tube series of interviews with leading figures in the Creative Sector. Our subjects may be names you don't automatically know, but these are the 'power behind the thrones' of the global entertainment and creative sector and you most likely have interacted with their work. In hearing their stories, we can receive inspiration from them and a generation of creative entrepreneurs and Start-ups can learn how to pursue their craft and pay their bills. The Creative Sector is a massive sector globally in terms of economics and employment, but few operators within it truly understand both the business and the creative elements and struggle to combine them successfully. All too often creatives find money 'a dirty word', and investors find creatives fun, but not serious business people. According to a report by UNESCO and EY in 2015, the creative economy employed nearly 30 million people worldwide and generated ...
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Killing Reagan: A Film in Need of Life Support
Huffington Post - 4 months
Sunday night, I found myself in the crosshairs of the long-awaited Killing Reagan, and, well, I was not exactly slain. That was not due to any preconceived political ideas about Reagan. Frankly, now trapped in the political hospice called the Trump and Hillary room, even a passing revisit of Reagan's life, albeit at his nadir, swept in a momentary breath of optimism. The inspiration for this biopic was the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, another in the Killing Series page-turners; this one is a fairly effective work, as was their earlier attempt, Killing Kennedy. The O'Reilly-Dugard formula is to collect the lesser-known facts of history --usually about someone slain, or in the case of Reagan, nearly assassinated --and to weave a new narrative, from the melodramatic, even salacious details. As someone under the same microscope of biopic filmmaking (www.silencepatton.com), I applaud O'Reilly for convincing a general audience to watch anything about history beyond the his ...
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Aisle View: <em>Liaisons</em>, What's Happened to Them?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Photo: Joan Marcus Christopher Hampton's 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses last appeared locally in a middling 2008 production starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels at the Roundabout that was, despite the dazzling dialogue and amorous action, pretty much dull as ditchwater. Compared to which, this new production at the Booth--which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Janet McTeer, and with Liev Schreiber added to the mix for New York--rehabilitates the play's reputation. This new Liaisons, directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly). Call it a solid B+. It is questionable--or perhaps dangereus?--to compare an all-new production with the original; one has to assume that the majority of the potential audience is coming to the play innocent. (In this particular case, it is al ...
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The 'Gravest' Detail You Totally Missed On 'Westworld'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Good luck ever having a deep and dreamless slumber after this. A lot of messed up things happen on “Westworld.” On Sunday’s episode, “Dissonance Theory,” you saw, as always, a ton of robots get shot and killed, one guy get his face blown off with a cigar and Maeve (Thandie Newton) get shot while getting her romance on. Yup. It’s messed up. But through all of that, it’s easy to miss one of the most disturbing details. On the show, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is on a bounty hunt with William (Jimmi Simpson), and they make it to a small town. It’s the same town that the Man in Black (Ed Harris) visited in a previous episode. In the town, Dolores appears to run into the little girl that previously gave the Man in Black a clue about the park’s maze. The little girl then causes Dolores to remember things in quick flashbacks. Dolores remembers a past time when she saw the little girl and recalls being at a church. There’s one other notable thing, though: It goes by quickly, but D ...
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9 WWII Novels Beyond Europe's Shores
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf With readers around the world embracing novels like Gone to Soldiers, The Nightingale, and Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it's clear that I'm not the only one who loves stunning and beautiful World War II fiction. Several months ago, I read All the Light We Cannot See by Marge Piercy and fell in love with its unique kaleidoscopic perspectives on the war. I have since been on a hunt for more World War II fiction that portrays the war from viewpoints outside of Europe. I have discovered many novels that show the war as it played out in Asia, America, and the Pacific. Here are just a few I most look forward to reading.   The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan After a lifetime of keeping the terrible truth about her past a secret, Winnie finally tells her daughter about her life on a small island outside Shanghai during World War II, detailing both the happy and desperate events that led her to immigrate to America after the war.   A Town Like ...
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All-star cast for new sci-fi series "Westworld"
Reuters.com - 5 months
LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - An all-star cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton, come together in television drama "Westworld", an HBO sci-fi thriller series inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film.
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Anthony Hopkins delights in his 'dark, mysterious' character in 'Westworld'
LATimes - 6 months
Anthony Hopkins is the elder statesman of “Westworld,” both among the cast and within the show itself as Dr. Robert Ford, the mastermind behind the adult theme park concept and its “hosts.” The Oscar winner recently sat for a quick chat that included an impromptu voice appearance by a frightening...
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Republicans Are Having A Meltdown Over Bradley Cooper's Presence At The DNC
Huffington Post - 7 months
On Wednesday night, Bradley Cooper attended the Democratic National Convention in full-bearded glory. Of course, you already knew that because of the cameraman’s clearly evident love affair with the “American Sniper” actor. Politician does anything ... Bradley Cooper reaction shot! ... Nothing is happening ... Bradley Cooper reaction shot! ... Obama addresses the nation ... Bradley Cooper reaction shot! Cooper’s attendance with his model girlfriend, Irina Shayk, however, was not as well-received by a contingent of conservative Twitter users seemingly unable to discern the difference between real life and Hollywood films. The actor, of course, starred as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” which, to no one’s surprise, became the go-to movie at conservative sleepovers.  But in his own life, Cooper is a tried-and-true Democrat, donating to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008, as well as supporting Obamacare and the president’s gun safety initiatives.  In the most ...
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Anthony Hopkins avoided being consumed by the stage, unlike his 'The Dresser' character
LATimes - 8 months
In the Starz-BBC co-production of “The Dresser,” Anthony Hopkins plays a past-his-prime Shakespearean actor known only as Sir who is on the way to mental breakdown. Ian McKellen costars as Norman, the faithful assistant of the title whose own career and identity depend entirely on Sir.  With Sir,...
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Anthony Hopkins avoided being consumed by the stage, unlike his 'The Dresser' character
LATimes - 8 months
In the Starz-BBC co-production of “The Dresser,” Anthony Hopkins plays a past-his-prime Shakespearean actor known only as Sir who is on the way to mental breakdown. Ian McKellen costars as Norman, the faithful assistant of the title whose own career and identity depend entirely on Sir.  With Sir,...
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Anthony Hopkins avoided being consumed by the stage, unlike his 'The Dresser' character
LATimes - 8 months
In the Starz-BBC co-production of “The Dresser,” Anthony Hopkins plays a past-his-prime Shakespearean actor known only as Sir who is on the way to mental breakdown. Ian McKellen costars as Norman, the faithful assistant of the title whose own career and identity depend entirely on Sir.  With Sir,...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anthony Hopkins
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 78
    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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  • 2015
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Dresser is set in a London theatre during the Blitz, where an aging actor-manager, Sir, prepares for his starring role in King Lear with the help of his devoted dresser, Norman.
  • 2012
    Age 74
    In January 2012, Hopkins released an album of classical music, entitled Composer, performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and released on CD via the UK radio station Classic FM.
    More Details Hide Details The album consists of nine of his original works and film scores, with one of the pieces titled "Margam" in tribute to his home town near Port Talbot in Wales.
    In a 2012 interview, Hopkins stated, "I've been composing music all my life and if I'd been clever enough at school I would like to have gone to music college.
    More Details Hide Details As it was I had to settle for being an actor." In 1986, he released a single called "Distant Star", which peaked at No. 75 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2007, he announced he would retire temporarily from the screen to tour around the world. Hopkins has also written music for the concert hall, in collaboration with Stephen Barton as orchestrator. These compositions include The Masque of Time, given its world premiere with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in October 2008, and Schizoid Salsa.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hopkins 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 Snowdonia National Park in north Wales. In 1998 he donated £1 million towards the £3 million needed to aid the Trust's efforts in purchasing parts of Snowdon. Prior to the campaign, Hopkins authored Anthony Hopkins' Snowdonia, which was published in 1995. Due to his contributions to Snowdonia, in addition to his film career, in 2004 Hopkins was named among the 100 Welsh Heroes in a Welsh poll. Hopkins has been a patron of the YMCA centre in his hometown of Port Talbot, South Wales for more than 20 years, having first joined the YMCA in the 1950s. He supports other various philanthropic groups. He was a Guest of Honour at a Gala Fundraiser for Women in Recovery, Inc., a Venice, California-based non-profit organisation 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. Hopkins served as the Honorary Patron of The New Heritage Theatre Company in Boise, Idaho from 1997-2007, participating in fundraising and marketing efforts for the repertory theatre.
  • 2011
    Age 73
    Hopkins portrayed Odin, the Allfather or "king" of Asgard, in the 2011 film adaptation of Marvel Comics' Thor.
    More Details Hide Details Hopkins portrayed Alfred Hitchcock in Sacha Gervasi's biopic Hitchcock, following his career while making Psycho. The film was released on 23 November 2012. In 2013, he reprised his role as Odin in Thor: The Dark World. In 2014, he portrayed Methuselah in Darren Aronofsky's Noah.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 72
    On 24 February 2010, it was announced that Hopkins had been cast in The Rite, which was released on 28 January 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He played a priest who is "an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional". Hopkins, who is quoted as saying "I don't know what I believe, myself personally", reportedly wrote a line--"Some days I don't know if I believe in God or Santa Claus or Tinkerbell"—into his character in order to identify with it. On the other hand, in other sources from the same time, he is quoted as saying that he did believe in God and had done so for decades.
  • 2008
    Age 70
    In 2008, he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, the highest award the British Film Academy can bestow.
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  • 2006
    Age 68
    In 2006, Hopkins was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
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  • 2005
    Age 67
    Hopkins stated that his role as Burt Munro, whom he portrayed in his 2005 film The World's Fastest Indian, was his favourite.
    More Details Hide Details He also asserted that Munro was the easiest role that he had played because both men have a similar outlook on life.
  • 2003
    Age 65
    He married Stella Arroyave in 2003.
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    Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
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  • 2000
    Age 62
    In 2000, Hopkins narrated Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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  • 1998
    Age 60
    Hopkins was Britain's highest paid performer in 1998, starring in The Mask of Zorro and Meet Joe Black, and also agreed to reprise his role as Dr Hannibal Lecter for a fee of £15 million.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 59
    In 1997, Hopkins narrated the BBC natural documentary series, Killing for a Living, which showed predatory behaviour in nature.
    More Details Hide Details He narrated episode 1 through 3 before being replaced by John Shrapnel. Hopkins is a fan of the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and once remarked in an interview how he would 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 Roy Marsden. On 31 October 2011, André Rieu released an album including a waltz which Hopkins had composed many years before, at the age of nineteen. Hopkins had never heard his composition, "And the Waltz Goes On", before it was premiered by Rieu's orchestra in Vienna; Rieu's album was given the same name as Hopkins' piece.
  • 1993
    Age 55
    Hopkins portrayed Oxford academic C. S. Lewis in the 1993 British biographical film Shadowlands, and received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1990s, Hopkins had the chance to work with Bart the Bear in two films: Legends of the Fall (1994) and The Edge (1997). According to trainer, Lynn Seus, "Tony Hopkins was absolutely brilliant with Bart He acknowledged and respected him like a fellow actor. He would spend hours just looking at Bart and admiring him. He did so many of his own scenes with Bart."
  • 1992
    Age 54
    In 1992, Hopkins portrayed Abraham Van Helsing in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.
    More Details Hide Details Set in 1950s post-war Britain, Hopkins starred opposite Emma Thompson in the critically acclaimed The Remains of the Day (1993). Hopkins was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, and the film frequently ranks among the best British films of all time.
  • 1991
    Age 53
    Hopkins' most famous role is as the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991, with Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, who also won for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details The film won Best Picture, Best Director and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hopkins reprised his role as Lecter twice; in Ridley Scott's Hannibal (2001), and Red Dragon (2002). His original portrayal of the character in The Silence of the Lambs has been labelled by the AFI as the number-one film villain. 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."
  • 1990
    Age 52
    In 1990, Hopkins directed a film about his Welsh compatriot, poet Dylan Thomas, titled Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, which was his directing debut for the screen.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, as part of the restoration process for the Stanley Kubrick film Spartacus, Hopkins was approached to re-record lines from a scene that was being added back to the film; this scene featured Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis, with Hopkins recommended by Olivier's widow, Joan Plowright to perform her late husband's part thanks to his talent for mimicry. In 1996, he directed August, an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya set in Wales. His first screenplay, an experimental drama called Slipstream, which he also directed and scored, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That year he also starred opposite Shirley MacLaine in A Change of Seasons and famously said "she was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 32
    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).
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  • 1968
    Age 30
    In 1968, he got his break in The Lion in Winter playing Richard I.
    More Details Hide Details Although Hopkins continued in theatre (most notably at the National Theatre as Lambert Le Roux in Pravda by David Hare and Howard Brenton and as Antony in Antony and Cleopatra opposite Judi Dench as well as in the Broadway production of Peter Shaffer's Equus) he gradually moved away from it to become more established as a television and film actor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His first starring role in a film came in 1964 in Changes, a short directed by Drewe Henley, written and produced by James Scott and co-starring Jacqueline Pearce.
  • 1965
    Age 27
    In 1965, after several years in repertory, he was spotted by Laurence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre in London.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • 1960
    Age 22
    Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance in the Palace Theatre, Swansea, in 1960 with Swansea Little Theatre's production of Have a Cigarette.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 19
    Hopkins promptly enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, from which he graduated in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details After two years in the British Army doing his national service, he moved to London, where he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • 1949
    Age 11
    In 1949, to instill discipline, his parents insisted he attend Jones' West Monmouth Boys' School in Pontypool.
    More Details Hide Details He remained there for five terms and was then educated at Cowbridge Grammar School in the Vale of Glamorgan. Hopkins was influenced and encouraged by Welsh compatriot Richard Burton, whom he met at the age of 15.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Hopkins was born on New Year's Eve 1937, in Margam, a suburb of Port Talbot, Glamorgan.
    More Details Hide Details His parents are Annie Muriel (née Yeates) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His school days were unproductive; he would rather immerse himself in art, such as painting and drawing, or playing the piano, than attend to his studies.
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