Friday, February 18, 2011

Anthony Hopkins

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins born December 31st 1937 in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales. His parents Muriel Anne (née Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins who was a baker. Anthony Hopkins is considered to be one of the greatest living actors. In his younger days he seemed to be more interested in playing the piano, painting or even drawing rather than school. In 1949 his parents insisted he attend Jones West Monmouth Boys School in Pontypool, Wales. A disciplinary school where he attended for 5 terms. Then he went to Cowbridge Grammar School in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.



When Anthony was 15 years old he briefly met Richard Burton. It was thenthat he got the inspiration to act. After that he attended Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from there in 1957. Then Anthony spent two years in the British Army doing hes national service. In London he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for services to the arts.  He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.
Still a citizen of he Britain, he also became a U.S. citizen on April 12th 2000 as well.  He has won an Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Of course his most popular movie that had a role in would have to be The Silence of the Lambs as Hannibal Lecter.  Which I thought was a pretty messed up movie but that's what they going for.  Being a Horror film and all.
He was also good in The Bounty,Bram Stoker's Dracula, Legends of the Fall,The Edge,The Mask of Zorro,Meet Joe Black,Instinct,Hannibal,Hearts in Atlantis,Bad Company and Red Dragon.

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