Born: 31 December 1937
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Wales
Best known as:
Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs
An enduring star of stage and screen, Anthony Hopkins is now best known as the creepy and manipulative serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. After first making a name for himself as a stage actor in England, Anthony Hopkins made his big screen debut in the 1968 film The Lion in Winter (co-starring Katharine Hepburn). He worked in television and movies throughout the 1970s and '80s, including the ventriloquist's-dummy-gone-wild feature film Magic (1978) and David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), but his star-making role was as the killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991, with Jodie Foster), for which he won an Oscar. Hopkins appeared in several films in the 1990s, becoming a reliable character actor as well as leading man. In 1993 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, but in order to become a United States citizen he renounced his title. His other roles have included playing writer C. S. Lewis in 1993's Shadowlands and Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). Hopkins played Lecter again in Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002, starring Ralph Fiennes). His other films include The Edge (1997, opposite Alec Baldwin), The Human Stain (2003, with Nicole Kidman) and Bobby (2006, with William H. Macy).
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