Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins was born in December 31, 1937, Port Talbot, Glamorgan and he is one of the most prestigious actors in contemporary cinema.
Heritage :$160 million
Date of Birth :1937-12-31
Height :5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)
Profession :Actor, film score composer, musician, film director
Nationality :United States of America
Anthony Hopkins Biography
He was born on New Year’s Eve in 1937, in Wales, into a typical working-class family. The actor has always highlighted the work ethic instilled in him by his parents.
However, he was a poor student, who preferred “practical” activities such as painting or playing the piano to sinking his elbows, so his grades were very bad and it was difficult for him to pass compulsory education.
At the age of fifteen, he enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff and later, after completing his military service in the British Army, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
There he would meet who would become his mentor, the famous actor and director Laurence Olivier, who was already a true legend of British theater. Olivier invited him to join the Royal National Theater and chose him to be his own understudy.
As a curious tribute to who was his teacher, in 1991, when one of his most important films in which Olivier had acted , Spartacus by Stanley Kubrick , was restored, offered to imitate his voice in certain scenes that were added to the final cut.
Anthony Hopkins Career
Little by little, the good fame he acquired as a theatrical actor made him be sought after by cinema and television.
He agreed to his first relevant role in 1968, with The Lion in Winter , where he had as co-stars great stars of the time such as Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole, and in which he played a young Ricardo Corazón de Leon .
During the following decade, he would appear, usually as a supporting player, in numerous productions, including the shocking action film The Enigma Is Called Juggernaut (1974), and the war epic A Bridge Too Far (1977).
At that time, the drinking problems that the actor had been dragging on since his youth worsened and prompted him to join Alcoholics Anonymous to overcome them.
It was not until 1980 that he was entrusted with a major leading role: in David Lynch ‘s The Elephant Man , as the English physician Sir Frederick Treves , the caretaker of Joseph Merrick , a terribly deformed man in nineteenth-century London.
That same year, he also starred in Adults Only , the filming of which he has described as an ordeal, due to the lousy relationship he had with his co-star, Shirley MacLaine , which may explain such a remarkable actor being nominated for a razzie.
The following year, however, he was showered with praise for his powerful depiction of Hitler ‘s last days in the miniseries The Bunker .His next big film would be Mutiny on Board (1984), alongside Mel Gibson. In 1987 he would lead the magnificent dramatic comedy La carta final.
However, the film that would establish he as one of the great actors of our time would be The Silence of the Lambs , for which he would win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991.
Co-star Jodie Foster would also win the best actress award; and the film would be considered an instant classic and one of the best thrillers of the 1990s. He returned to play the suave cannibalistic murderous psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter created by novelist Thomas Harris in Hannibal (2001) and The Red Dragon (2002).
Become one of the most appreciated performers in today’s cinema, he continued to give great performances in films such as James Ivory ‘s Return to Howards End (1992) , Francis Ford Coppola ‘s Dracula (1992) , Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) , Shadowlands (1993) by Richard Attenborough or the moving Remains of the Day (1993), again with James Ivory.
He has often shown his spectacular versatility by putting himself in the shoes of real characters, such as in The Bath of Battle Creek (1994), in which he was the eccentric doctor John Harvey Kellogg .
Nixon (1995) or Surviving Picasso (1996). In 1998 he became the highest paid British actor in history, for his role in The Mask of Fox , alongside Antonio Banderas and Catherine Z. Jones .
Throughout the new century, he has alternated Hollywood blockbusters (such as the Thor Trilogy or Transformers: The Last Knight ) with more complex roles, such as his stupendous recreation of the Wizard of Suspense in Hitchcock (2012). In 2016, he also appeared in the HBO sci-fi series Westworld .
His great hobby has always been music, and he has composed several songs and orchestral pieces. He has also directed three films: Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, a biopic of poet Dylan Thomas .
He has stated that music was his first love before acting, and he has dabbled in it throughout his career.
The single “Distant Star” was released in 1986, while her composition The Masque of Time debuted with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra more than 20 years later.
In 2012 he produced Composer, a complete album of classical music that included many of her own creations.
The adaptation of Chekhov August (1995) and Slipstream (2007). Likewise, it is necessary to highlight his activity as a philanthropist, focused on his native Wales. Thanks to his donations, Snowdonia National Park was created in North Wales.
He also provided funds for the renovation of a wing of his alma mater, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, which was named the Anthony Hopkins Center in his honour. He is also a member of Greenpeaceand has been featured in many of their environmental protection campaigns.
He has been a member of the Order of the British Empire since 1987 and was knighted by the Queen in 1993. Throughout his long career, he has won, in addition to the Oscar, the Emmy, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Bafta and the Donostia at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
In 2019 and 2020 he received further nominations for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pope Benedict XVI in The Two Popes and for his performance in the film The Father .
He is renowned for his hilarious stage-munching as an actor, but many in the profession admire him for his thorough preparation.
His ability to memorize pages of dialogue has been linked to his commitment to going over lines hundreds of times rather than any intrinsic aptitude on his behalf from his fellow performers and filmmakers.
He is also noted for his ability to adopt a wide range of accents and dialects for the various parts he has played during his career.
Anthony Hopkins Awards
He is a stage actor who has won two Oscars, two Emmy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, and the Cecille B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Golden Globes.
Anthony Hopkins Philanthropy
Since his big Hollywood debut, he has supported a variety of organizations and causes, eventually being elected chairman of the National Trust’s Snowdonia Appeal, which raises funds to conserve Snowdonia National Park in his native Wales.
He financially supported the YMCA when he was younger, and has also worked as a member of the environmental activist group Greenpeace, narrating television commercials for the organization since 2008.
Anthony Hopkins Net Worth
He is a Welsh stage and film actor, composer and director with a net worth of $160 million .
His primary residence is a $7 million mansion in the Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles. He spent $13 million on nearby homes over the course of three months in 2019.
He also owns a mansion in Malibu and two additional properties in the Palisades.
He has real estate worth at least $30 million in the Los Angeles area alone. He paid $3.8 million for his Malibu mansion in 2001. In February 2020, he put this house on the market for $11.5 million.
He was one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood in the late 1990s and early 2000s, receiving $15 million to reprise his role as Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 sequel Hannibal and $20 million for the follow-up.
His other big paychecks include $5 million for Mission: Impossible II (in a modest supporting part) and $15 million for The Wolfman, a horror remake released in 2010.
Anthony Hopkins Personal Life
He has had three marriages. From 1966 to 1972 he was married to actress Petronella Barker, from 1973 to 2002 to Jennifer Lyton and from 2003 to Stella Arroyave.
He has a daughter from his first marriage, Abigail Hopkins, who is also an actress and singer, but the two have been separated for a long time, with the actor saying in a 2018 interview that he didn’t know or care if he had any grandchildren.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for “services to the arts,” shortly after rising to worldwide prominence in the role of Hannibal Lecter.