ANTHONY HOPKINS (William Parrish) received an Academy Award®, the New York Film Critics Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and the Boston Film Critics Award as Best Actor for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He was nominated for Academy Awards® as Best Actor for his performances in Nixon (1995), and The Remains of the Day (1993), for which he also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. Most recently, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for Steven Spielbergs Amistad (1997). In 1993 he also starred in Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands, winning the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and The National Board of Review Award for Best Actor. He was also given the Best Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for Silence of the Lambs and The Remains of the Day.
In 1992, Hopkins appeared in Howard's End and in Bram Stoker's Dracula before starring with his future Meet Joe Black co-star Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, and also made The Road to Wellville. He made his directorial debut in 1995 with August, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya for which he composed the musical score, and also appeared in the title role in Merchant/Ivory's Surviving Picasso, which was released in 1996.
Hopkins other film credits include: The Edge, The Mask of Zorro, 84 Charing Cross Road, The Bounty, The Elephant Man, Magic, A Bridge Too Far, Titus, Instinct and Hannibal.
For his work on American television he has received two Emmy Awards for The Lindbergh Kidnapping (1976) in which he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, and for The Bunker (1981) in which he played Adolf Hitler. He was also given the Best Television Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for the UK production of War and Peace (1973).
Born in Margam near Port Talbot, Wales, Anthony Hopkins is the only child of Muriel and Richard Hopkins, and was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School. At 17, he participated in a YMCA amateur theatrical and, with proficiency at the piano, won a scholarship to the Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff where he studied for two years.
After two years in the British service, Hopkins joined the Manchester Library Theater in 1960 as assistant stage manager, then went to the Nottingham Repertory Company and later won a scholarship to attend London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He graduated a Silver Medalist, joined the Pheonix Theater in Leicester, the Liverpool Playhouse and Hornchurch Repertory Company.
In 1965, Hopkins was invited to audition for Laurence Olivier, then director of Britain's National Theater. Two years later he was Olivier's understudy in Strindberg's Dance of Death. He made his film debut in 1967 playing Richard the Lionheart in The Lion In Winter, starring Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. His performance was highly acclaimed and the film received and Academy Award® as Best Picture.
In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Equus, winning the New York Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. He later mounted another production of the play in Los Angeles where he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award.
In 1984, Hopkins returned to Britain and the National Theater in David Hare's Pravda, for which he received the British Theater Association's Award as Best Actor and the Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 1985 Laurence Olivier Awards. He later appeared in repertory alternating in Anthony and Cleopatra, King Lear and in the London production of M. Butterfly.
In England, he was awarded a CBE in 1987 and later a Knighthood (Knights Bachelor) in the New Years Honours List (1993) for Services to the Performing Arts, and in France he became a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1996.
Hopkins has many charity involvements in the UK, in particular, the National Trust Snowdonia Appeal, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and financially assisting acting and film students through his own Foundation.