Ben Kingsley

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Ben Kingsley

Born

12/31/1943, Snaiton, North Yorkshire, England

Birth Name

Krishna Bhanji

Gender

Male

Also Known As

<b>Sir Ben Kingsley</b>
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Biography

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By origin half-Indian and half-European, Ben was born and brought up in the north of England. His father, Dr Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, who was born in Kenya of Indian descent, was educated in England, while Ben's mother, Anna, was an English actress and fashion model of Russian and…more

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  • Trivia

    • Ben has been nominated for four SAG awards. In 1999 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for The Tale of Sweeney Todd. In 2002 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Sexy Beast. In 2002 he won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Anne Frank:The Whole Story. In 2004 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The House of Sand and Fog.

    • For the movie, The Wackness, 63-year-old Sir Ben Kingsley was required to passionately kiss 21-year-old Mary-Kate Olsen.

    • Ben provided narration for the movie A.I Intelligence.

    • Ben has said his character of Don Logan in the film Sexy Beast is largely based on his grandmother. In the film Don Logan is an unhappy racist. Ben has frequently stated his disdain for his grandmother calling her an "extremely violent and unpleasant woman".

    • Ben's mother, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a physician.

    • In 2000,Ben was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

    • In 2006, Ben's performance in Sexy Beast was ranked No.97 on Premiere Magazine's "100 Greatest Performances of All Time".

    • Ben has four children; Jasmine, Thomas, Ferdinand and Edmund.

    • Ben married his second wife ,Alison Sutcliffe, in 1978 and they divorced in 1992.

    • Ben was married to actress Angela Morant between 1966 to 1972 and together they had two children.

    • Ben was knighted in the 2001 New Years Honours list.

    • When he was young he wanted to study medicine and become a doctor like his father.

    • Ben grew up hating his maternal grandmother. He's said that she was cold and venomous, aggressive and occasionally physically violent. She was always joking at the expense of others. He also says that she was fascist, racist and anti-semitic.

    • His height is 5' 8".

  • Quotes

    • Ben: People think if you play a man like Gandhi, somehow it rubs off on you. They were convinced I must have evolved spiritually when I did that film. I didn't. I worked my socks off, learned my lines, lost a lot a lot of weight and acquired probably the most eccentric set of mannerisms ever seen on screen. I had no time to evolve spiritually.

    • Ben: That screenplay reads like a poem. The camera in that film is a witness to what's going on. There is no acting in Schindler's List'. It's all behaviour. The actors allowed the camera to film the behaviour under terrible circumstances. It taught me that the camera does not like acting. The camera is only interested in filming behaviour. So you damn well learn your lines until you know them inside out, while standing on your head!.

    • Ben (speaking about the Holocaust): It's like a big, hulking monster squatting in the middle of our history and it won't go away.

    • Ben: As a child I was neither seen nor heard. I was not taken seriously. Everything I attempted to articulate was diminished, distorted or interrupted. It's a miracle that I got out of that; affluent, middle class, horrible. That is why I honour that child and voice in me by saying 'They're going to hear and see me, and I'm not going to be interrupted. I'll put them in a place where they can't interrupt me'.

    • Ben (speaking about his maternal grandmother): When I play great heroic Jews and great heroic dark people I'm sticking two fingers up at her.

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    9.0
    One great actor that does not get the attention that he should. He is one awesome actor, and I think that he is one of the best. He acts so well. I love him in Schindler's List, he was the perfect actor to play his character, and a lot of other unnoticed works that are actually pretty good, like "House of Sand and Fog" was very good. I like Ben Kingsley's style a lot.moreless
  • The epitome of the transformational actor.

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    Sir Ben Kingsley is the epitome of the transformational actor. There are few actors who successfully transform into a real and distinct human being with each role they take on. Ben Kingsley is almost unrecognizable (as himself) if we look at his work in Sexy Beast. Compare that to his roles in Ghandi or Schindler's List where his portrayals are totally distinct in their own rights. So many actors market and sell their own personalities making careers out of their celebrity image, where Ben Kingsley has made a career out of his ability to transform using his compassionate imagination. What an Extraordinary creative genius of our time!moreless
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