Sir Anthony Hopkins

Sir Anthony Hopkins


12/31/1937, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Birth Name

Philip Anthony Hopkins


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After a brilliant career on stage and film, Anthony Hopkins finally received wide public recognition-and genuine movie stardom-in the unlikely but compelling role of cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and capped it off with an Academy Award as Best Actor. Although his…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Sir Anthony was featured in a show by photographer Simon Annand. The pictures included in the exhibition are of the 30 minutes before an actor steps on the stage in theatres.

    • In a poll conducted for Virgin media by, fellow actors Sir Sean Connery and Sir Anthony Hopkins were voted Britain's favourite actor.

    • In 1996, 1998, and 2007, Anthony Hopkins was nominated for SAG Awards. In 1996, Anthony was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Nixon. In 1998, he was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" for Amadeus. In 2007, he was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" for Bobby.

    • Anthony resides in the Pacific Palisades area of LA. In April 2000 he took out dual citizenship with America.

    • After graduating from the Cardiff College of Music and Drama, Anthony was called for National Service in 1958.

    • Anthony's father ran a bakery business, 'A. R. Hopkins and Son' in Port Talbot.

    • Anthony won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2006.

    • In 1998, Anthony received the ShoWest Award for Actor of the Year at the ShoWest Convention, USA.

    • In 2002, Anthony received the Master Screen Artist Tribute at the USA Film Festival.

    • In 1994, Anthony won the SEFCA Award for Best Actor for his role in The Remains of the Day.

    • In 2003, Anthony received his Star on the Walk of Fame. It's located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • In 1995, Anthony won the Bronze Wrangler Award for Theatrical Motion Picture for the film Legends of the Fall.

    • In 1992, Anthony won a Saturn Award for Best Actor for The Silence of the Lambs.

    • Anthony appeared in a TV commercial (voiceover) for Agilent Technologies in 1999.

    • In 1992, Anthony narrated Jeff Wayne's musical version of Spartacus on a double-album.

    • Anthony appeared in a TV commercial for Barclays Bank in 2000.

    • In 2000, Anthony received $5,000,000 for his role in the film Mission: Impossible II.

    • Anthony earned $15,000,000 for his appearance in the film Hannibal.

    • In 2002, Anthony earned $20,000,000 for his appearance in Red Dragon.

    • Anthony is a Member of the RADA Council.

    • Anthony is related to the poet William Butler Yeats on his mother's side of the family.

    • Anthony is a noted piano virtuoso.

    • Anthony is often compared with fellow Welshman Richard Burton.

    • Anthony's parents were Richard Arthur and Muriel Hopkins.

    • Anthony is 5'8½" tall.

    • Anthony has been nominated for 6 Golden Globes as of 1998, but has never won.

    • Anthony volunteers at the Ruskins School of Acting in Santa Monica, California, where he teaches everything from Shakespeare to scenes, theory, and monologues.

    • Anthony received his Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs eleven years to day of his father's death.

    • Anthony passed on the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

    • Anthony became a U.S. citizen on April 12, 2000, but is allowed to retain his British knighthood and the title of Sir.

    • One of Anthony's greatest pleasures in past years on his frequent visits to the USA, was to get in a car and drive across the country, enjoying its immensity as well as his own anonymity.

    • In the 1991 restoration of Spartacus, scenes were reintroduced which had been cut from the picture's 1967 reissue. One such segment has Laurence Olivier, in the role of Marcus Crassus, attempting to seduce the slave Antoninus (played by Tony Curtis). But the original soundtrack for this segment had become lost. And so, Olivier having died in 1989, Anthony Hopkins imitated the voice of Olivier (whom Hopkins had understudied at the Old Vic) for the scene's re-created soundtrack. (The surviving Tony Curtis presumably supplied his own voice.)

    • Anthony conquered his alcoholic addiction in 1975.

    • Anthony was knighted in the 1993 New Year Honors List.

    • Anthony received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales on July 16, 1988.

    • Anthony was awarded Commander, Order of the British Empire in 1987.

    • Anthony is proud of his improvisational touches as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, such as: the unnerving effect on Jodie Foster when he mocked her character's West Virginia accent; the distorion of the word "chianti" and the vile slurping sound he makes after he describes eating the "census-taker." Hopkins also notes that Hannibal never blinked his eyes when he spoke.

    • Anthony has been married twice: Petronella Barker (1968-1972), and Jennifer Lynton (Jan. 13, 1973-April 30, 2002). He has one daughter, Abigail, with Barker.

  • Quotes

    • Anthony: I was in North London, I remember, doing a play, and the news came through that Robert Kennedy had been assassinated. I thought, 'The world has completely gone insane.'

    • Anthony: I said, 'I can't play Nixon. I'm not an American'.

    • Anthony: (on working with Gwyneth Paltrow) I was so glad that I did it (the film). I think it was probably one of those more satisfying films to be in. Working with Gwyneth is, I think, one of the greatest experiences because she's a spectacularly good actress.

    • Anthony: I almost missed the part because I forgot to read the script.

    • Anthony: I've had the great fortune to work with many great directors [and] great actors, and I just want to thank them.

    • Anthony: I don't look like him; I'm Welsh and have a rugby player's build. Burt was long and sinewy, but that was OK. He said [in the documentary] he liked having pretty ladies about, and I thought that was the essence of the guy. He enjoyed life.

    • Anthony: This industry has been really good to me. It's been a great life. I'm not through yet. I'm ready when you are, Mr. DeMille.

    • Anthony: When I became an actor my dream was ... to come here to Hollywood. You know Hollywood is a state of mind ... it's synonymous with a dream factory.

    • Anthony: I'm one of the slowest drivers on the road. I mosey along. If you're doing anything too fast, including living life too fast, that creates sudden death. If I have to be somewhere on time, I make sure I leave early enough

    • Anthony: I've had the great fortune to work with many great directors and great actors, and I just want to thank them.

    • Anthony: I still don't know what the film was about because all I remember is a whole lot of technical dialogue about a body in a suitcase.

    • Anthony: Just because I went buggers, doesn't mean you will. This stuff is not strictly hereditary, they know that now. Listen to me, you're going to be OK.

    • Anthony: I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.

    • Anthony: I love life because what more is there?

    • Anthony: I have a punishing workout regimen. Every day I do 3 minutes on a treadmill, then I lie down, drink a glass of vodka and smoke a cigarette.

    • Anthony: Blank face is fine. The computer works faster than the brain, don't forget. The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more, what you show them, in fact is bad acting.

    • Anthony: I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen.

    • Anthony: I give 115 percent of myself. I learn my lines, know what I'm saying and I'm very good at what I do -- and I don't give a f*** what the critics or all those assholes say, because that's their problem. I come, I do it and I go home. The check is in the bank and that's it. People say that's a cynical attitude, but it's not. It's practical.

    • Anthony: Be bold and mighty things will come to your aid.

    • Anthony: I've got no need to prove to myself that I can do Shakespeare. I've done it.

    • Anthony: (joking about his Hannibal Lector mask) I've got it at home. I wear it to bed every night.

    • Anthony: Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then.

    • Anthony: (on his most famous character, Dr. Hannibal Lecter) I think he might be a very interesting person to have lunch with, provided that *you* weren't the lunch.

    • Anthony: (on his days as an alcoholic, hooked on the Mexican spirit, tequila) I was really sort of on a prolonged acid trip. I saw things and had peculiar quasi-religious experiences. I thought I was John The Baptist, and I would talk to the sea at Malibu and the sea would talk back to me. It was weird.

    • Anthony: (on becoming a U.S. citizen in 2000) America has been very generous to me, magnanimous really. I thought it would be good to give something back. It was a decision of the heart.

    • Anthony: To hell with this stupid show business, this ridiculous showbiz, this futile waste of life. I look back and see a desert wasteland. All those years spent in a fake environment. Everything was a fake.

    • Anthony: The Welsh people have a talent for acting that one does not find in the English. The English lack heart.

    • Anthony: (Interviewed on Inside the Actors Studio) I once asked a Jesuit priest what was the best short prayer he knew. He said, 'f**k it,' as in 'f**k it; it's in God's hands.'

    • Anthony: I was lousy in school. Real screwed-up. A moron. I was antisocial and didn't bother with the other kids. A really bad student. I didn't have any brains. I didn't know what I was doing there. That's why I became an actor.

    • Anthony: (talking about Gary Oldman) He is just like I was at his age.

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    Sir Anthony Hopkins is easily one of the most talented actors ever to grace the big screen. The man can pull of the villain like no other actor.