Some celebrities are rich with fame and fortune, while others are flooded with emotions and legacies. Anthony Hopkins is in the latter group.
I was a 7-year-old whose family didn’t pay attention to MPAA ratings when I first saw the psychological horror film “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). In the Jonathan Demme classic, Hopkins portrays the terrifying serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who helps young FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) track down another killer.
Despite my young age, I don’t remember being intimidated by Hopkins’ evil turn. Did I recognize that he is not a “good guy”? Yes. However, his smooth and quiet line delivery was hypnotic, drawing me into his world of cannibalistic horror without creating a caricature of the character.
A critically acclaimed performer whose career spans more than 60 years, Hopkins has worked with legends including Katharine Hepburn (“The Lion in Winter”) and Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End” and “The Remains of the Day”). Plus, with over $4.2 billion in gross ticket sales, he’s a bankable star among the top 100 worldwide.
His big film break came as Richard the Lionheart, eldest son of Henry II (Peter O’Toole) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn) in Anthony Harvey’s historical drama “The Lion in Winter” (1968).
Never tied to a particular genre, he has shone in horror flicks like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992) and biopics like “The Wolfman” (2010), “Shadowlands” (1993) and “Nixon” (1995) and Dabbled in the superhero space with “The Mask of Zorro” (1998) and the “Thor” franchise.
After winning Best Actor for “Lambs” he received further accolades from the Academy with “The Remains of the Day” (1993), “Nixon” (1995), “Amistad” (1997), “The Two Popes” (1997) . 2019) and “The Father” (2021), for which he earned his second Oscar for Best Actor, becoming the oldest person to win for acting.
Hopkins is still a formidable force in the industry, coming off a year with two supporting turns in James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” and Florian Zeller’s “The Son.” Next on the docket, Hopkins will play British humanitarian Nicholas Winton, who saves children from being murdered in Nazi Germany, in the biographical drama “One Life,” co-starring Johnny Flynn, Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce. He will also have a voiceover role in Zack Snyder’s anticipated “Rebel Moon” from Netflix.
Below to celebrate Anthony Hopkins’ birthday on December 31st diversity Listed as the 19 best film performances of her career so far.
honorable mention: “84 Charing Cross Road” (1987), “Meet Joe Black” (1998), “Hannibal” (2001), “Red Dragon” (2002), “Bobby” (2006), “Hitchcock” (2012), ” Armageddon Time” (2022), “The Son” (2022)