Christian Bale

Actor
After being tapped by Steven Spielberg to star in his epic period film, "Empire of the Sun" (1987), actor Christian Bale found himself thrust into the spotlight, causing enough apprehension about being a celebrity that ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1974 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (53)

Knight of Cups 2016 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014 (Movie)

Moses (Actor)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

Irving Rosenfeld (Actor)

Out of the Furnace 2013 (Movie)

Russell Baze (Actor)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

2012 MTV Movie Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

Bruce Wayne/Batman (Actor)

The Flowers of War 2011 (Movie)

John MIller (Actor)

The Fighter 2010 (Movie)

Dicky Eklund (Actor)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

Melvin Purvis (Actor)

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

John Connor (Actor)

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Bruce Wayne/Batman (Actor)

3:10 to Yuma 2007 (Movie)

Dan Evans (Actor)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

Pastor John/Jack (Actor)

Rescue Dawn 2007 (Movie)

Dieter (Actor)

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Harsh Times 2006 (Movie)

Jim Davis (Actor)

The Prestige 2006 (Movie)

Alfred Borden (Actor)

Batman Begins 2005 (Movie)

Bruce Wayne/Batman (Actor)

Howl's Moving Castle 2005 (Movie)

Howl (Voice)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

John Rolfe (Actor)

The Machinist 2004 (Movie)

Trevor Reznik (Actor)

Laurel Canyon 2003 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Equilibrium 2002 (Movie)

John Preston (Actor)

Reign of Fire 2002 (Movie)

Quinn (Actor)

Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 (Movie)

Mandras (Actor)

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

Patrick Bateman (Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Walter Wade Jr (Actor)

All the Little Animals 1999 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Metroland 1999 (Movie)

Chris Lloyd (Actor)

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1999 (Movie)

Demetrius (Actor)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

Arthur Stuart (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Edward Rosier (Actor)

The Secret Agent 1996 (Movie)

Stevie Verloc (Actor)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

of Thomas (Voice)

Little Women 1994 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

Amled (Actor)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Jack Kelly/Frances Sullivan (Actor)

Treasure Island 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry V 1989 (Movie)

Boy (Actor)

China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Mio min Mio 1988 (Movie)

Jum-Jum (Actor)

Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

A Murder of Quality (TV Show)

Actor

Mary, Mother of Jesus (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Photograph (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

After being tapped by Steven Spielberg to star in his epic period film, "Empire of the Sun" (1987), actor Christian Bale found himself thrust into the spotlight, causing enough apprehension about being a celebrity that he considered quitting his career before it really began. But Bale later overcame any initial misgivings to emerge as a gifted young talent worthy of serious consideration, thanks to career-making performances in "Little Women" (1994), "Metroland" (1997) and "Velvet Goldmine" (1998). But it was his leading turn as the serial killer Patrick Batman in "American Psycho" (2000) that turned more than a few heads and underscored his prodigious talents, though he followed up with more subdued performances in "Laurel Canyon" (2002) and "Reign of Fire" (2002). Bale took a page from Robert De Niro's playbook and dropped some 60-odd pounds to play an emaciated factory worker for an acclaimed performance in "The Machinist" (2004). After packing on the pounds and returning to even greater shape, Bale was near perfectly cast as Bruce Wayne in director Christopher Nolan's reboot "Batman Begins" (2005) and its much-hailed sequel, "The Dark Knight" (2008). Though his public persona took a hit when a recording of him berating the cinematographer on the set of "Terminator Salvation" (2009) leaked, Bale emerged the following year with an Oscar-winning supporting turn as a drug-addicted former professional boxer in "The Fighter" (2010), which helped the actor elevate his already exceptional career.

Relationships

David Bale

Father
Born c. 1939 in South Africa Divorced from Bale's mother Married Gloria Steinem Sept. 3, 2000 Died Dec. 30, 2003 from brain lymphoma

Jane Bale

Mother
Divorced from Bale's father

Emmaline Bale

Daughter
Born April 3, 2005 in Santa Monica, CA; mother, Sibi Blazic

Erin Bale

Sister
Older

Louise Bale

Sister
Older

Shannon Bale

Sister
Older

Sibi Blazic Assistant

Wife
Married Jan. 29, 2000 in Las Vegas, NV

Gloria Steinem Actor

Step-Mother
Married Christian's father David Bale on Sept. 3, 2000

EDUCATION

Bournemouth School for Boys

Dorset

Milestones

2012

Made third appearance as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The Fighter")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Fighter")

2011

Starred in the Chinese historical drama "The Flowers of War"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

2010

Cast as Dick 'Dickie' Eklund in David O. Russell's "The Fighter"

2009

Portrayed FBI agent Melvin Purvis in Michael Mann's 1930s gangland flick "Public Enemies"

2009

Played John Connor in "Terminator Salvation," the fourth film in the Terminator series; directed by McG

2008

Reprised role of Batman for the second installment of the Batman series "The Dark Knight"; again directed by Christopher Nolan

2007

Portrayed Bob Dylan at one distinct stage of his life in Todd Haynes' ensemble biopic "I'm Not There"

2007

Co-starred with Russell Crowe in "3:10 to Yuma," a Western directed by James Mangold

2006

Portrayed a Victorian stage magician in "The Prestige"; reunited with Michael Caine and director Christopher Nolan

2006

Cast as an ex-Army Ranger recently discharged from the military in David Ayer's directorial debut "Harsh Times"

2005

Teamed with director Christopher Nolan to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in "Batman Begins"

2005

Portrayed English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Terrence Malick's "The New World"

2004

Played a haunted insomniac factory worker in "The Machinist"

2002

Reunited with Emily Watson in the futuristic thriller "Equilibrium"

2002

Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in "Reign of Fire"

2002

Starred opposite Frances McDormand in "Laurel Canyon"

2001

Cast as one leg of a romantic triangle in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," co-starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz

2000

Played a villain in John Singleton's "Shaft"

2000

Portrayed Wall Street executive and serial killer Patrick Bateman in the screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho"

1999

Played Demetrius in Michael Hoffman's all-star remake of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1999

Cast as Jesus in the NBC movie "Mary, Mother of Jesus"

1998

Played the lead in Todd Haynes' tribute to glam rock "Velvet Goldmine"

1997

Landed first adult lead as Emily Watson's husband in "Metroland"

1995

Provided the voice of Thomas in Disney's animated "Pocahontas"

1994

Portrayed Laurie opposite Wynona Ryder's Jo March in Gillian Armstrong's remake of "Little Women"; role revitalized career

1992

Made screen singing debut in the Disney musical "Newsies"

1990

Played Jim Hawkins in the TNT movie "Treasure Island"

1987

Made TV miniseries debut as a spoiled brat in the BBC's "Heart of the Country"

1987

Feature film debut, "Mio in the Land of Faraway," a children's fantasy co-produced by USSR, Norway, and Sweden; not released in U.S. until after "Empire of the Sun"

1987

Landed first starring role in a U.S. feature, the Steven Spielberg directed "Empire of the Sun"

1986

Made American TV debut as Alexie in the two-part NBC movie "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna"

1984

Made London stage debut in a West End production of the Larry Shue comedy "The Nerd," starring Rowan Atkinson

1983

Made acting debut in a commercial for Pac-Man cereal

Appeared on several British TV commercials

Announced as the lead in the film version of "American Psycho" to be directed by Mary Harron; dropped when Lions Gate took on project and Leonardo DiCaprio was sought for the role; when DiCaprio opted to star in "The Beach," Bale and Harron rejoined the p

Raised in Oxfordshire and Dorset in England, Portugal, and California

Bonus Trivia

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"I have a fear of being boring. The more high-profile I get, the less I can surprise people anymore. I've managed it very well. Nobody has a clue who I am, so it's worked." – Bale to Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 11, 1996

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"I'm not at all surprised about his huge following. He's very personable, and he's very serious about his work." – Christopher Hampton, writer-director of "The Secret Agent," quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 11, 1996

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On negotiating the transition from child actor to adult performer: "I've been very lucky because there wasn't a sudden leap where people were saying, 'Oh, what a cute kid,' and then it's 'Bloody hell, what happened there, he's got zits and hair in his armpits, he must be spending a lot of time alone in his room.' Of course, I WAS spending a lot of time alone in my room." – Bale to Movieline, March 1997

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"It's important for an actor to have a certain amount of mystery. Personally, I love going to see a film where you can really watch a character. If you've just read some article about who the actor is sleeping with, that's gonna be in the back of your mind all the time you're watching the film. And obviously the more press you do, the less you're able to maintain that mystery." – Bale to Brendan Lemon in Interview, February 1998

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"I was living in Bournemouth and suddenly everybody knew who I was. I remember sitting in this cafe with some friends and this girl came up, who obviously didn't recognize me, and started going on about how she was going out with Christian Bale. I'd go down to the public toilets and see things written about me on the wall. Guys would start fights with me. The local paper took pictures of me getting back from school, then wrote features about I wouldn't open a girls' school fete. I just felt like a d*ck, you know? I was 14; I didn't want to stand there next to the mayor with a big pair of scissors, but they started saying I was big-headed, that I'd forgotten where I came from. I didn't come from there, anyway." – Bale quoted in The Independent, Aug. 6, 1998

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"I don't really live anywhere. I break up my time between [L.A.] and London. When I'm in London, I don't want to spend any time in L.A., and when I'm in here [in L.A.], I actually enjoy it." – Bale quoted in Flaunt, Fall/Winter 1998

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"I felt so dried up for a couple of years and wasn't interested in what I was doing. I was desperately struggling to be interested, but it wasn't happening. I know some of the emotion went out of my work, but I think I've managed to get it back. That's because I could risk making a complete fool of myself in front of the people I was working with, which is always when you give your best performances. You might say to yourself, What are you doing? But you just can't stop yourself doing it, and walking that line is the best feeling you can get as an actor." – Bale to Graham Fuller in Interview, December 1998

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About being hired by Steven Spielberg: "At that age you are completely fearless. I wasn't really a film fan at all. Probably the only director I could have named was Spielberg. But I mean, I was like, 'Yeah, so what?' I was only slightly intimidated by the fact that it was his film and that I had the burden of carrying it." – from The Dallas Morning News, Dec. 25, 1998

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On his Internet fans: "It gives me a sort of smug smile that there are people who very thoroughly appreciate my work and talk about it. Some people would think it's creepy, but it doesn't enter into my daily life." – from Time Out New York, April 8-15, 1999

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"I like scary movies. As a kid I liked to take walks in the woods at night after a scary movie to see if I could get the hairs standing up on the back of my neck." – Bale quoted in EW June 25/July 2, 2004

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"I enjoy obsession. It makes you feel alive when you've got something that you're generally obsessed with and something to really fixate on. But I believe I've been able to maintain a kind of sense of humor with it, you know? An enjoyable playing with it, so that it hasn't really – I hope – affected any of my family in a negative way whatsoever." – Bale on some of the extreme measures he takes to prepare for his acting roles, to the The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 12, 2006

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"I've gone through periods of depression during lengthy hiatuses. Everybody wants a sense of purpose, and when your mind's set on doing one thing and it's not happening, you just feel useless." – Bale to GQ magazine, March 2007

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Bale was arrested on July 22, 2008 over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister. The British media reported that Bale's mother and sister complained he had assaulted them at the Dorchester Hotel in London on the night of July 20, a day before the European premiere of his film "The Dark Knight." Three weeks after Bale's arrest, all charges were eventually dropped reportedly due to insufficient evidence.

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