Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor, director, composer and film producer. He is a well-known mimic, adept at turning his native Welsh accent into whatever is required by a character. He was granted multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Philip Anthony Hopkins was born on 31 December 1937, in Margam, a suburb of Port Talbot, Glamorgan. His father’s name is Richard Arthur Hopkins and his mother is Muriel Anne Hopkins. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. His father was a baker. His school days were unproductive, he rather immersed himself in art, such as drawing and painting , or playing the piano than attend to his studies. He was inspired by Welsh compatriot Richard Burton, whom he met at the age of 15.
In 1949, His parents insisted he attend Jones’ West Monmouth Boys’ School in Pontypool for discipline. He remained there for five years and then educated at Cowbridge Grammar School in the Vale of Glamorgan. In an interview, he stated, “I was a poor learner, which left me open to ridicule and gave me an inferiority complex. I absolutely grew up convinced I was stupid.”
Encouraged and inspired by Richard, the course of his life dramatically changes, he promptly enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, from which he graduated in 1957. After two year’s they moved to London where he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1960 (After 3 years), Anthony Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance in the Palace Theatre, in Swansea, with Swansea Little Theatre’s production of Have a Cigarette. In 1965 after several years, Laurence Olivier invited Anthony Hopkins to join the Royal National Theatre in London and become his understudy. When Laurence Olivier was struck with appendicitis during a production called “The Dance of Death”, the young Anthony Hopkins stepped in, making waves with his performance.
Despite his success at the National, they tired of repeating the same roles nightly.
They sulk to be in film’s then he made his small-screen debut in a 1967 BBC broadcast of A Flea in Her Ear. He got his break in The Lion in Winter playing Richard the Lionheart in 1968, a performance which saw him nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
He won an Emmy Award for his role as Bruno Richard Hauptmann in The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976). In 1978, they starred in the psychological horror film Magic about a demonic ventriloquist’s puppet. His career began growing up in the 1970s and ’80s. Throughout the 1980s, Anthony Hopkins continued to impress the critics with his work in film and TV, winning multiple Emmy Awards and a BAFTA Award.
In 1980, they starred in The Elephant Man as the English doctor Sir Frederick Treves. In 1983, he became a company member of The Mirror Theater Ltd’s Repertory Company. In 1986, they starred his favorite Shakespeare play, in David Hare’s production of King Lear at the National Theatre.
Anthony Hopkins was appointed a CBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1987 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (Queen of the United Kingdom) for “services to the arts” at Buckingham Palace in 1993.
Anthony Hopkins won great acclaim among critics and audiences as the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. His unforgettable, seventeen-minute performance in The Silence of the Lambs frightened and wowed fans and critics alike. They won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991 for this, with Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, who also won for Best Actress. He was Britain’s highest paid performer in 1998, starring in The Mask of Zorro and Meet Joe Black.
Anthony Hopkins had married three times. First marriage with Petronella Barker (from 1966 to 1972). He and Petronella had one daughter, Abigail Hopkins (She is an actress and composer). Jennifer Lynton his second wife (from 1973 to 2002). Since 2003, to Stella Arroyave (She is a writer and actress) his third wife. He is a recovering alcoholic; he has stayed sober since he stopped drinking just after Christmas 1975. He had moved to the US and became an American citizen on 12 April 2000, but returned to London in the late 1980s.
Major awards & nominations:
Anthony Hopkins received a Golden Globe Award (2006) and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award (2008). He won Emmy Awards for his performances “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” (1976) and “The Bunker” (1981). Many Academy Awards they won and nominated for the; The Silence of the Lambs, The Remains of the Day, Nixon, Amistad, The Two Popes.