Anthony Hopkins’ biographyAnthony Hopkins ... Oh, that Oscar-winning, motionless gaze of cold eyes and a subtle ironic smile of Hannibal Lecter! The American Academy awarded him the prize for the best male role of a serial maniac in The Silence of the Lambs picture, shocked and even frightened not by the character, but the genius of the actor.
Childhood: Margam - PontypoolThe Welsh family of bakers — Richard Arthur and Muriel Annie Hopkins — could hardly imagine what fate was awaiting their son, born on the last day of 1937. The homeschooling of the child revealed that he had congenital dyslexia. The father, a testy but cold-tempered man at the same time, sent the boy to a private school of Pontypool, hoping that in the team of the John West Monmouth school Anthony would get rid of the strange disease.
Only entering the eighth decade Hopkins fond out that he had an autism spectrum disorder and that it was what interfered his studies.But still, he stayed in this best Welsh Boys’ School for almost three years, during which he made his first independent decision: his future profession would be creative. The twelve-year-old boy decided for himself that playing the piano or painting can make good money. But life had other plans for him.
Youth: Wales - LondonHopkins received the accidental acquaintance with the rising star of English cinema Richard Burton and his advice to try himself in acting with enthusiasm. After winning a grant to study, in 1955 Anthony became a student of an acting college. The young man’s desire to take revenge on everyone who laughed at him at school played a significant role in the fact that he graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with excellency.
Career: America - HollywoodHaving played the role of Prince Richard in The Lion in Winter film (which legendary Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole participated in) and several episodes, Hopkins moved to America, where he was invited to play Philip Calvert in the When Eight Bells Toll action film. Then there was Pierre Bezukhov in a multi-series television film played by Anthony. The actor received a BAFTA television award for the best male role.
Ask for nothing, expect nothing was my credo. We, humans, are just a bunch of sinners wandering in the dark.In 1980 David Lynch invites Anthony to the ambitious The Elephant Man project for the role of surgeon Frederick Treves. Claimed for the Oscar in eight nominations the film was eventually marked only by the British Academy and the French Cesar.
In 2017 the actor also received a role in the HBO series Westworld. In the second season, his character surprised the audience with unexpectedly realistic rejuvenation using computer effects.