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Welsh film, stage and television actor


Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh film, stage and television actor. Considered to be one of film's greatest living actors, he is best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, its sequel, Hannibal, and its prequel, Red Dragon. Other prominent film credits include Magic, The Elephant Man, 84 Charing Cross Road, Dracula, Legends of the Fall, The Remains of the Day, Amistad, Nixon and Fracture. Hopkins was born and brought up in Wales. Retaining his British citizenship, he became a U.S. citizen on 12 April 2000. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.

Anthony Hopkins Info

Birth namePhilip Anthony Hopkins
Date of BirthDecember 31, 1937
Place of BirthPort Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
Spouse (s)Petronella Barker (1967–1972; divorced), Jennifer Lynton (1973–2002; divorced), Stella Arroyave (2003–present)
Years active1967–present
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 Yes, I do. I’m not an atheist. I don’t know what it is. None of us do. But everything is God. Everything is particle physics. I’ve read everything I can. I started reading Charles Darwin’s The Origin of the Species … I believe in a God that Einstein believed in, a sort of Spinoza kind of interpretation. 
— Anthony Hopkins believes in God / February 07, 2011
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 I think it is dangerous. Certainty is responsible for some of the most awful terrors in the world. 
— Anthony Hopkins / February 07, 2011
 I made a point in The Rite, I was saying to the young priest, ‘So what do you believe in? The truth? Oh, yes, the truth. Look where that got us. Hitler, Stalin – they know the truth.’ 
— Anthony Hopkins / February 07, 2011
 I know atheists, brilliant atheists. I enjoy reading Christopher Hitchens, I’ll examine everything. But, what I enjoy is uncertainty. There’s lines in this movie where I say, ‘Cherish your doubts because there God is hiding.’ I don’t know. You don’t know. None of us know. 
— Anthony Hopkins / February 07, 2011
 I’m not a creature of the theatre. People say I am, but I wasn’t at all. I couldn’t fit in with anyone. I’m not a team player. Couldn’t do Shakespeare, walking around in wrinkled tights for the rest of my life. I wanted to be back in movies. A script came over to the theatre one afternoon. My agent said read it. So I read it... Jonathan Demme came over, the director he saw me and met me, and I started on it. I thought, ’This is one of those parts that come up once in a lifetime.’ I just knew how to play that part. It’s the shadow at the top of the stairs that terrifies all little kids. This nightmare of our lives. 
— Anthony Hopkins in an interview with Piers Morgan on why he took up the role of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs / February 06, 2011

 She met me ten years ago when I was shut down. Shut down for some years. I didn’t feel shut down at that time. I felt I was quite happy. But I was dealing with slight depression. Not trusting anyone. Certainly not trusting women. Everyday she wakes up happy. She’s very positive about everything. I learnt from her just to take life as it comes. So I live my life in non -expectation. 
— Anthony Hopkins saying his wife saved him from depression / January 31, 2011
 My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier. 
— Anthony Hopkins says he doesn't care what people think of him anymore / January 31, 2011
 When I first came to LA in the seventies I was drinking up a storm. Everyone else was doing drugs but I just thought: ‘This is it. No more booze’. I’d had a couple of warnings. People told me: ‘You’ve got a nice career ahead of you, you should clean yourself up.’ But I didn’t do it for the work, I did it for me. 
— Anthony Hopkins had a tendency to drink too much alcohol during his youth days / January 31, 2011