Anthony Hopkins

Actor, Director, Composer
Like his fellow Welshman Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins left England and a celebrated stage career to enjoy the life of an A-list Hollywood actor. The restless thespian made an auspicious film debut in "The Lion in ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1937 in United Kingdom


Actor (141)

Autobahn 2015 (Movie)

Hagen Kahl (Actor)

Go With Me 2015 (Movie)


Kidnapping Mr. Heineken 2015 (Movie)

Freddy Heineken (Actor)

Solace 2015 (Movie)

John Clancy (Actor)

Westworld 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Noah 2014 (Movie)

Methuselah (Actor)

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)


Thor: The Dark World 2013 (Movie)

Odin (Actor)

360 2012 (Movie)

Older Man (Actor)

Hitchcock 2012 (Movie)

Alfred Hitchcock (Actor)

Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Jimmy Kimmel Live 2011 (Tv Show)


The Rite 2011 (Movie)

Father Lucas Trevant (Actor)

Thor 2011 (Movie)

Odin (Actor)

The City of Your Final Destination 2010 (Movie)

Adam Gund (Actor)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

Sir John Talbot (Actor)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2010 (Movie)

Alfie (Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Scream 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

King Hrothgar (Actor)

Fracture 2007 (Movie)

Ted Crawford (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1988, 2007 (Tv Show)


Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

Daniel Webster (Actor)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

Felix Bonhoffer/Lloyd (Actor)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

Judge Irwin (Actor)

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

John Casey (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Proof 2005 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

The World's Fastest Indian 2005 (Movie)

Burt Monro (Actor)

Alexander 2004 (Movie)

Old Ptolemy (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Bo Derek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The Human Stain 2003 (Movie)

Dr Coleman Silk (Actor)

Bad Company 2002 (Movie)

Gaylord Oakes (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Dr Hannibal Lecter (Actor)

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

Hannibal Lecter (Actor)

Hearts in Atlantis 2001 (Movie)

Ted Brautigan (Actor)

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Instinct 1999 (Movie)

Ethan Powell (Actor)

Siegfried & Roy: the Magic Box 1999 (Movie)


Titus 1999 (Movie)

Titus Andronicus (Actor)

A Charlie Rose Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

William Parrish (Actor)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

Zorro--Don Diego De La Vega (Actor)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

John Quincy Adams (Actor)

The Edge 1997 (Movie)

Charles Morse (Actor)

August 1996 (Movie)

Ieuan Davies (Actor)

Smithsonian Fantastic Journey 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Surviving Picasso 1996 (Movie)

Pablo Picasso (Actor)

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Richard M Nixon (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


The Innocent 1995 (Movie)

Bob Glass (Actor)

1993: A Year at the Movies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

Colonel William Ludlow (Actor)

Marlon Brando, Wild One 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The Road to Wellville 1994 (Movie)

Dr John Harvey Kellogg (Actor)

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Shadowlands 1993 (Movie)

Jack Lewis (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

Stevens (Actor)

The Trial 1993 (Movie)

The Priest (Actor)

Anthony Hopkins Talking With David Frost 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Actor)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

George Hayden (Actor)

Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Freejack 1992 (Movie)

McCandless (Actor)

Howards End 1992 (Movie)

Henry Wilcox (Actor)

Spotswood 1992 (Movie)

Wallace (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Year of the Generals 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Antarctica: The Last Frontier 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


One Man's War 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

Dr Hannibal Lecter (Actor)

Wild River No More 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Desperate Hours 1990 (Movie)

Tim Cornell (Actor)

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

Dafydd Ap Llewellyn (Actor)

Australia: The Last Barrier 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Great Expectations 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The Dawning 1988 (Movie)

Major Angus Barry-- (Actor)

84 Charing Cross Road 1987 (Movie)

Frank Doel (Actor)

The Good Father 1987 (Movie)

Bill Hooper (Actor)

Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Arch of Triumph 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Blunt 1985 (Movie)

Guy Burgess (Actor)

Hollywood Wives 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


A Married Man 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


The Bounty 1984 (Movie)

Lieutenant William Bligh (Actor)

The Bunker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


The Elephant Man 1980 (Movie)

Frederick Treves (Actor)

A Change of Seasons 1979 (Movie)

Adam Evans (Actor)

International Velvet 1979 (Movie)

Captain Johnny Johnson (Actor)

Magic 1978 (Movie)

Corky Withers (Actor)

The Arcata Promise 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Audrey Rose 1977 (Movie)

Elliot Hoover (Actor)

Childhood 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel John Frost (Actor)

Dark Victory 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


The Ascent of Man 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Juggernaut 1974 (Movie)

McCleod (Actor)

War and Peace 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Girl From Petrovka 1973 (Movie)

Kostya (Actor)

A Doll's House 1972 (Movie)

Torvald Helmer (Actor)

Young Winston 1972 (Movie)

Lloyd George (Actor)

When Eight Bells Toll 1971 (Movie)

Philip Calvert (Actor)

Hamlet 1969 (Movie)

Claudius (Actor)

The Looking Glass War 1969 (Movie)

John Avery (Actor)

The Lion in Winter 1968 (Movie)

Prince Richard (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

of Marcus Crassus (Voice)

All Creatures Great and Small (Movie)

Siegfried Farnon (Actor)

Guilty Conscience (TV Show)


Peter and Paul (TV Show)


Qb VII (TV Show)


Selected Exits (TV Show)


Six Centuries Of Verse (TV Show)


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Show)


The Lost Children of Berlin (TV Show)


To Be the Best (TV Show)


Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Music (6)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

("Pop Goes The Weasel") (Song Performer)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

Piano Trumpet (Performer)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

(Original Music)

August 1996 (Movie)


Billy Budd 1962 (Movie)


Decameron Nights 1952 (Movie)

Producer (2)

Go With Me 2015 (Movie)


Bobby 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (2)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)


August 1996 (Movie)

Writer (1)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)



Like his fellow Welshman Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins left England and a celebrated stage career to enjoy the life of an A-list Hollywood actor. The restless thespian made an auspicious film debut in "The Lion in Winter" (1968) as the scheming Richard the Lionheart, as well as won Emmys for his TV movie performances in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC, 1976), as accused kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann, and "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981), as Adolph Hitler. But it was his Oscar-winning turn as Dr. Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) that brought the years of struggle and second-rate parts to an end, elevating him to full-fledged movie star status. With his stature elevated to that of a rarified performer, Hopkins turned in one exquisite performance after another in films as varied as "Howards End" (1992), "The Remains of the Day" (1993), "Legends of the Fall" (1994) and "Nixon" (1995), in which he aptly portrayed the disgraced U.S. president. He went on to further acclaim playing John Quincy Adams in "Amistad" (1997) and the titular "Titus" (1999) while having a bit of fun in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998). Of course, he reprised Lecter for the less well-received "Hannibal" (2001) and "Red Dragon" (2002), before appearing in a supporting capacity in the likes of "Alexander" (2004), "All the King's Men" (2006), "Beowulf" (2007) and "Thor" (2011). Whether mannered costume dramas, historical epics or serial killer thrillers, Hopkins proved years ago that he was one of the greatest living actors of his time.


Stella Arroyave Actor

Married March 1, 2003 in Malibu, CA

Petronella Barker Actor

Married September 1967 Divorced in 1972

Richard Hopkins

Died on March 30, 1981 of heart disease

Muriel Hopkins

Born c. 1913 Died c. 2003

Abigail Hopkins

Born Aug. 20, 1968; mother, Petronella Barker First acted together in "Selected Exits" (1993), a BBC/PBS TV biography of Welsh writer and talk show personality Gwyn Thomas; Abigail played the sister of her father's character

Joyce Ingalls Actor

Met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting c. 1995 Split in February 1996

Francine Kay

Had a brief romance in 1998

Jennifer Lynton

Married on Jan. 13, 1973 Was production secretary on one of Hopkins' movies Separated in 1995 Reconciled in 1996 Split again in 1999 Divorced on April 30, 2002


Cowbridge Grammar School

1951 - 1955

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1961 - 1963
Silver medalist at graduation

College of Music and Drama

1955 - 1957
Graduated in 1957



Offered stellar portrayal of the legendary filmmaker in "Hitchcock"


Portrayed Asgard, father of the titular superhero (Chris Hemsworth) in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of "Thor"


Played Benicio del Toro's father in the remake of classic horror film "The Wolfman"


Feature debut as a screenwriter with "Slipstream"; also directed, produced and starred in the film as a Hollywood screenwriter who begins to confuse his own life with the characters he is creating on the page; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival


Portrayed King Hrothgar in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"


Co-starred in the dramatic thriller "Fracture" as a man who confessed to killing his cheating wife


Cast in Steven Zaillian's big-screen adaptation of "All the King's Men"


Cast as the hotel doorman in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby," an ensemble centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination


Co-starred in the film adaptation of David Auburn's play "Proof," directed by John Madden and starring with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal


Acted in Alec Baldwin's feature directorial debut, a remake of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" titled "Shortcut to Happiness"


Cast as Ptolemy in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"


Cast to play a fair-skinned African American who pretends to be white to avoid racism in the 1940s in "The Human Stain"


Once again essayed Hannibal Lecter in "Red Dragon"


Teamed with Chris Rock in the action comedy "Bad Company"


Reprised Oscar-winning role in the film adaptation of "Hannibal," Thomas Harris' sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"


Narrated the live-action version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"


Starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible II," the John Woo-directed sequel to "Mission: Impossible"


Had title role in "Titus," Julie Taymor's film version of "Titus Andronicus"


Played anthropologist Dr Ethan Powell in "Instinct"


Reteamed with Brad Pitt for "Meet Joe Black," loosely based on "Death Takes a Holiday"


Teamed with Antonio Banderas for the remake "The Mask of Zorro"


Portrayed John Quincy Adams in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor


Feature directorial debut, "August" an adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"; also starred and composed score


Third collaboration with Merchant-Ivory, "Surviving Picasso"; played title role


Received third Best Actor Oscar nomination for title role in "Nixon," directed by Oliver Stone


Cast as the patriarch to Brad Pitt, Henry Thomas and Aidan Quinn in "Legends of the Fall"


Delivered an over-the-top performance as Dr. John Harvey Kellogg in Alan Parker's "The Road to Wellville"


Garnered second Academy Award nomination for his performance as a repressed English butler in "The Remains of the Day"


Fifth collaboration to date with Attenborough, "Shadowlands"


Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II


First movie with director James Ivory, the sumptuous and stimulating adaptation of E M Forster's "Howards End"


Won Oscar for his chilling portrait as killer Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs"


Provided the voice of Marcus Crassus (subbing for the late Lord Olivier) in the restored version of "Spartacus"


Played Magwich in The Disney Channel miniseries "Great Expectations"


Delivered a strong performance in the title role of "The Good Father"


Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Hollywood Wives"


Returned to the London stage as star of "Pravda"


Returned to England after a decade in the U.S.


Portrayed mild-mannered British bookseller in David Jones' loving, literate and totally disarming film "84 Charing Cross Road"; starred opposite Anne Bancroft


Starred in the title role in the CBS adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"


Made debut as a conductor with the New Symphony Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall on March 21


Earned second Emmy for his portrayal of Hitler in "The Bunker" (CBS)


Portrayed Dr Frederick Treves in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man"


Starred as Captain Christopher Jones in "Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure"


Delivered a strong performance as a ventriloquist in "Magic"


Won an Emmy as Bruno Richard Hauptmann in the TV-movie "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC)


Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "QB VII"


Broadway debut, "Equus"


First of many collaborations with director Richard Attenborough in "Young Winston"


Played Claudius to Nicol Williamson's "Hamlet"


Feature film debut opposite Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn in "The Lion in Winter"


Film debut in Lindsay Anderson's short, "The White Bus"


TV series debut, ""The Man in Room 17" (Granada Television)


London stage debut, "Julius Caesar" at the Royal Court Theater


Stage debut in "The Quare Fellow" at the Library Theatre in Manchester, England


Served in the Royal Artillery

Invited to join The National Theater at the Old Vic where he played King Lear, Macbeth and Antony; first major role was when he understudied Laurence Olivier and eventually went on in "Dance of Death" (1966)

Acted in repertory in Leicester, Liverpool and Hornchurch, England

Bonus Trivia


He was not to be confused with the British composer and conductor Antony Hopkins (born March 21, 1921).


Hopkins was made Commander of the British Empire in 1987.


He also received the Commander of Arts and Letters medal from the French government.


"To be a romantic actor, you have to be physically almost perfect. But I can understand those parts that I play now because they are thwarted romances, and they're even more powerful, because they're about reality. No, I wouldn't play a romantic part in a month of Sundays." – Hopkins on why he's an atypical Hollywood lead, quoted in New York Newsday, Nov. 7, 1993


"I love all the stupid Mickey Mouse quality of it...Such a relief for one's brain." – Hopkins' take on Los Angeles, from Premiere, February 1994


About working with the Merchant-Ivory team: "Well, life is too short to hold resentments, but I was pretty angry at Ismail [Merchant] because they do spiteful things like not pay the crew. And they hold back money, to gain interest. They didn't pay me for a month. I was going to sue them, and I vowed never to work with them again. But Ismail's got the charm of the devil, you know. And I think, 'Well, I'm not going to hold a grudge.'""Jim [Ivory] is different. I think he's embarrassed by it all. I should take the high road, but, no, I think it's good to blow the whistle on them. James Ivory is an odd fish but a wonderful director. I don't think Ismail deserves him. I like Ismail, but they have a very underhanded way of dealing with people. They're really cheapskates. They'll take the stripes out of your socks. I'll keep my hand on my wallet next time." – Hopkins in The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 8, 1996


"There's so much money being made here, beyond my wildest dreams, and I think it can corrupt you so quickly. Jenni [his wife] is fearful of this. She says, 'How can you possibly want to live there, they're crazy people! Don't be seduced by all that. You must be nuts!' I told her the other day that I'd bought a pair of cowboy boots, and I've got a baseball cap. She said, 'Well, there's no hope then.' She's very stable, very moderate in her appetites about everything, unlike me. She accepts reality, whereas I don't. When she comes out here, she sees it as Toytown. What I find wonderful, the enthusiasm, the friendliness, she sees as over the top." – Hopkins in Vanity Fair, October 1996


The second story of Hopkins' London townhouse was severely damaged in a fire in January 2000.


Hopkins was named Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 2001.


"People talk about chemistry. If you know your lines, you know what you're doing, and the other actor shows up and they're good and you're good, that's chemistry. There's nothing special. It's not brain surgery." – Hopkins to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004


"I've led a fantastic life. But I realize what it is...Just enjoy, and don't take anything too seriously, because it will be somebody else tomorrow. I'm at that stage in my life now where I look at younger actors and their behavior and I think, 'I've been there. Done that.'" – Hopkins to Movieline's Hollywood Life, September/October 2005


"Only nuts stay in character between takes." – Hopkins quoted to Empire, April 2006


"Quite honestly, I don't care anymore. I've done it all, I've run the race. If the well dried up tomorrow, I don't think I'd really care." – Hopkins quoted in Empire magazine, October 2009


Hopkins' interest in art began as a boy. At 9, he took lessons from an art teacher who dated Richard Burton. The actor also doodled on movie scripts for several years before his wife Stella encouraged him to pursue his lifelong dream. Hopkins' paintings have fetched up to $150,000 and shown in galleries from London to Hawaii. – from People magazine, Dec. 12, 2011