Biography of Anthony Hopkins (1937-VVVV)

Actor and director of British cinema, born December 31, 1937 in Port Talbot (South Wales).

Despite his long career in film, theater and television, Anthony Hopkins finally reached a well deserved international prestige from the beginning of the 1990s. His masterful performances, embodying almost always secondary characters, reported him until then praise from a small sector of the criticism, but for the public it was little more than a stranger whose name was, in any case, together with numerous public scandals that had nothing to do with its cinematographic activity. In this sense, both the silence of the lambs as back to Howards End definitely catapulted to fame, taking of sort of purgatory that wandered for a long time.

Hopkins, who has always had as a mythical reference to his countryman Richard Burton, was born in a humble family of bakers. The environment of poverty that surrounded him, as well as the problems of most of its neighbors with alcohol and crime, marked his childhood until the end transformed into a lousy student expelled from various schools. After graduating as a Bachelor with enormous difficulties, and although his real vocation was to become a pianist, enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academic of Dramatic Art in London and later at the Cardiff College of Drama, where he met in classrooms future actors of prestige such as Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon. His intervention as an amateur in several plays began to shape an enthusiasm for the scenarios even he felt, increasingly sophisticated world surrounding him. That is why already before his debut in cinema with The White Bus (1937), at the age of thirty, he manifested acute drinking problem which, at the end of the 1980s, ended up leading him to a detoxification treatment and subsequent membership in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Despite this circumstance, Hopkins was able to add to the embers of the British Free Cinema in the hands of several of its most well-known members as the Directors Lindsay Anderson or Tony Richardson. However, his encounter with the actor and director Richard Attenborough in 1971, thanks to the young Winston, offered a sponsorship of luxury which later would results outstanding titles such as Magic, Chaplin, or, above all, land of shadows. His chameleon-like ability to mimic reported to well-known historical figures (from David Lloyd George to Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, C. S. Lewis, Yitzhak Rabin and Pablo Picasso) on the other hand a fame of actor ductile, able to make credible any role that could present him.

So things at the beginning of his career joined her acting profile both political leaders and humble stewards, passing by a curious Gallery of murderous psychopaths, case of the threatening stranger of the two lives of Audrey Rose (1977) or the ventriloquist madman of Magic (1978). However, this initial stretch of his career would be mostly dump in the scenarios, and from 1966 to 1973 he was part of the National Theatre, one of the largest in Britain, before you make the leap to Broadway with the musical "Equus" controversial.

After nearly three decades as a performer, the first success of his film career provided it is David Lynch with the male elephant (1980), one of the peaks of the gothic horror in which Anthony Hopkins knew how to give sober retort to the gestural excesses of John Hurt. This capacity to give their characters a mix of expressive restraint and at the same time in the background little moral accompanied him thereafter as a lifestyle brand and verged on its popular Hannibal Lecter of the silence of the Lambs (1991), a film that he won an Oscar. Precisely this role of a dangerous killer series, penetrating gaze and murky way of speaking, opened the era of splendour for Hopkins.

The diptych composed back to Howards End (1992) and the remains of the day (1993), both titles directed by James Ivory academic and coprotagonizados by the magnificent Emma Thompson, you was on the other hand the scope of interpretative respectability. The economy of gestures and the internalization of the feelings shown in these films were fundamental to locate him as one of the most prestigious and acclaimed performers internationally. A line of work that reached its star point with melodrama lands of darkness (1993), directed by his friend Attenborough, and the romantic legends of the fall (1994), where Hopkins was able to impose his acting chops against a number of young emerging as Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond.

However, histrionic vein from which both use had previously turned out significantly in their interpretation of Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula (1992), Francis Ford Coppola and, especially, his comic incarnation of the creator of cereals for breakfast John Harvey Kellogg in Battle Creek (1994) Spa. Their interpretations of Nixon (1995) for the always controversial Oliver Stone and the Malaga painter Pablo Picasso in surviving Picasso (1996), performed by Ivory, put the icing on this second facet of Anthony Hopkins, so admired by young viewers.

In the mid-1990s his career seemed to linger largely by the barrage of official honors received both wrong election, some films and in his appointment as sir of the British Crown which took the highlight. Thus, in titles such as the mask of Zorro, starring alongside Antonio Banderas, or do you know Joe Black?, where he returned to coincide with Brad Pitt on the crest of the wave, Anthony Hopkins was limited just to put your presence before the cameras without too much involved in the projects.

Interpreter meticulous and able to make the most of their characters without therefore become a second skin that accompanies you outside filming, seemed to live a certain situation of fatigue failures as instinct and his typecasting as an actor in roles that repeat old successes. Thus, after the epic blockbuster Titus and a sequel to silence of the Lambs (Hannibal) to dismiss the 20th century, announced his withdrawal professional exhaustion and boredom. Leaving after of a past of undeniable successes, deep personal depressions and sporadic incursions behind the scenes as director of the seudobiografica Dylan Thomas: Return Journey and the August period drama. Fortunately for his many followers, Hopkins did not meet his desire to leave the interpretation and in 2002 accepted the script for Red Dragon, a film that recreates the first steps of Hannibal Lecter, the character hopelessly attached to the professional career of the actor.

In 2003 starred, opposite Nicole Kidman, the thriller the Human Stain, while in 2004 he appeared in the epic Alexander, which recreates the life of Alejandro Magno, in the role of Ptolemy I. In 2005, for his part, starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow Proof, and received the Cecil B. DeMille to a career award, awarded by the Association of the press foreign of United States during the Golden Globe awards gala.

In May 2006 he presented Burt Munro, a dream, a legend, feature film which is partly a remake of a film from the 1970's who also starred in Hopkins and which gave life to Donald Campbell, a loco of Motorsport who was killed trying to beat the record for speed on water, although in this case the "biopic" focuses on the figure of Burt Munroanother lover of speed that tried the same madness, but this time on a motorcycle.


As an actor

1960: Espartaco.1967: The White Bus. 1968: The lion in winter. 1969: The mirror of the spies; Hamlet. 1971: The young Winston; The eight bells; The House of velvet. 1972: House of dolls. 1974: The girl from Petrovka; The enigma called Juggernaut; All Creatures Great and Small. 1977: The two lives of Audrey Rose; A distant bridge. 1978: Dictionary; Double win; International Velvet. 1980: Only for adults; The elephant man; A Change of Seasons. 1984: Mutiny on board. 1986: The final letter; The Good Father. 1988: The Dawning. 1989: a Chorus of Disapproval. 1990: Thirty-seven desperate hours. 1991: The silence of the lambs; Back to Howards End; Without identity. 1992: Dracula; Chaplin; The process of Kafka; Spotswood. 1993: Lands of darkness; The remainder of the day; The innocent; The Trial; Earth and the American Dream. 1994: Legends of the fall; Battle Creek Spa. 1995: Nixon; August. 1996: Surviving Picasso. 1997: Friendship; The challenge. 1998: The mask of Zorro; Do you know Joe Black? 1999: Instinct; Siegfried & Roy; The Magic Voice. 2000: mission impossible II; Titus; How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 2001: Hannibal. 2002: Network Dragon.2003: the human stain. 2004: Alexander. 2005: Proof. 2006: Burt Munro, a dream, a legend; Bobby; All the King's men. 2007: Slipstream; Perfect crime; Beowulf. 2008: city of Your Final Destiantion. 2010: The Wolf Man; You will meet the man of your dreams. 2011: Thor; The rite.

As a director

1990: Dylan Thomas: Return Journey. 1995: August.