Sir Anthony Hopkins Biography
(Philip Anthony Hopkins)
- Born: 31-12-1937
- Birth Place: Port Talbot, Wales
He received a honoree degree of doctor of letters from the University of Wales.
After battling Alcoholism in the 70's he has been sober for 32 years.
Can play the piano.
Became a legal U.S. citizen in 2000, but is still allowed to keep his English title of "Sir".
He volunteers at a Californian acting school Where he teaches among other things, Shakespeare and monologues.
Hopkins nearly died while filming the 1997 film, The Edge when he fell into a river and was rushed to hospital with hypothermia.
He was often called George and Charlie by his father and grandfather as a child.
Has played a US president in two separate films, Nixon and in received. He received an Oscar nomination for both films.
Prefers to be called Tony.
His father Richard Hopkins died in 1981, 11 years later to the day, Hopkins won the Best Actor Award at the Oscars for his role of Dr Hannibal Lecter.
Has been married three times, he has a daughter Abigail from his first marriage who is a singer and actress.
Very serious about the roles he portrays, he often takes unusual steps to get into his character before filming. This included eating the same menu as Picasso did whilst filming 'Picasso'.
Rarely blinked for his role in 'Silence Of The Lambs' and often reads each script out loud before filming to improve his memory.
Hopkins was only on screen for 16 minutes in 'Silence of The Lambs'.