Who is Anthony Hopkins?
Anthony Hopkins is a big name in the entertainment industry. He is a professional actor as well as producer who has even directed some movies. This 82-year-old player of a Welsh ethnicity is well-known for his role as Hannibal Lecter in the movie The Silence of the Lambs and its sequels. Furthermore, Hopkins also served in the military for two years in the Royal Artillery Unit for the rank of Bombardier.
Anthony Hopkins was born on the 31st of December, 1937 under the name Philip Anthony Hopkins in Margam, a suburb of Port Talbot in the Welsh County borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales. He is the son of Richard Arthur Hopkins and Annie Muriel. Richard was a baker by profession. Furthermore, information about his siblings is not known.
Personal Information of Anthony Hopkins
Anthony’s star sign is Capricorn. Furthermore, his nationality is Welsh and he had British citizenship, which he retained later and gained American citizenship. His height is around 5 feet and 8 inches. Talking about his educational qualifications, Anthony was not bright or excellent in studies. However, he occupied himself in arts and music. For early education, he joined the Jones’ West Monmouth Boys’ School located in Pontypool in South Wales. He then attended the Cowbridge Grammar School. He then decided formal education was not something he should pursue and then attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. His choice of college was greatly influenced by Richard Burton, an actor. Anthony graduated from college in the year 1957. He then joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
Dating and Marriage
Anthony married Petronella Barker, an English actress in 1966. The couple has a daughter together named Abigail Hopkins, who is a singer, songwriter as well as an actor. However, the couple divorced in 1972. He then married Jennifer Lynton in 1973 and divorced in 2002. Later, in 2003, he married Stella Arroyave and the couple is still together to date.
The Professional Career of Anthony Hopkins
At the initial stage of his acting career, Hopkins appeared in various theatre productions. Seeing his acting skills and potential, Laurence Olivier made Anthony his understudy in the theatrical play titled The Dance of Death. He made his movie debut with the short film titled The White Bus, where he played the role of Brechtian in 1967. In 1968 he played the role of Richard in the movie The Lion in Winter. Similarly, the next year, Hopkins played in two movies titled The Looking Glass War and Hamlet for the roles of Avery and Claudius respectively.
Anthony played the role of Philip Calvert in the movie When Eight Bells Toll in 1971. Similarly, in 1972, he played the role of David Lloyd George in the movie Young Winston. He then played in the movie A Doll’s House, the role of Torvald Helmer. In 1974, Anthony Hopkins played in two movies titled The Girl from Petrovka and Juggernaut for the roles of Kostya and Supt. John McCleod respectively. He then did not play any movies for three years. In 1977, he played the roles of Lieutenant Colonel Frost and Elliot Hoover for the movies A Bridge Too Far and Audrey Rose respectively. Similarly, he played in movies Magic and International Velvet in 1978.
In 1980, Hopkins played the role of Frederick Trever in the historic movie titled The Elephant Man. In the same year, he played in the movie A Change of Seasons, the role of Adams Evans. He did not play any movies for 4 years and then appeared again in 1984 with the movie The Bounty, where he played the role of Lt. William Bligh. The next year, he played the role of Bill Hooper in the movie The Good Father. Later, after two years in 1987, he appeared with the role of Frank Doel in the movie 84 Charing Cross Road. Furthermore, he played the role of Maj. Angus “Cassius” Barry in the 1988 movie The Dawning. In the 1980 decade, his final movie was A Chorus of Disapproval, released in 1989. He played the role of Dafydd Ap Llewellyn in this movie.
Hopkins started his directing career in 1990 with the movie Dylan Thomas: Return Journey. In the same year, he also played the role of Tim Cornell in the movie Desperate Hours. In 1991, he played in the movie The Silence of the Lambs as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. This movie rose him to immense fame. Furthermore, Anthony Hopkins played a total of 5 movies in 1992 titled Freejack, Spotswood, Howards End, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Chaplin. Similarly, he played in movies The Trial, The Innocent, The Remains of the Day, Shadowlands, The Road to Wellville and Legends of the Fall in 1994 alone.
Hopkins then played the role of Richard Nixon in the movie Nixon in 1995. Furthermore, he played in movies August and Surviving Picasso for the roles of Ieuan Davies and Pablo Picasso respectively. Furthermore, he was the director of the movie titled August. Hopkins then played in movies The Edge and Amistad in 1997 and The Mask of Zorro and Meet Joe Black in the year 1998. Finally, in 1999 he played a narrating role in Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box and the role of Titus Andronicus in the movie Titus.
In 2001, Anthony played the roles of Hannibal Lecter and Ted Brautigan in the movies titled Hannibal and Heart in Atlantis respectively. Furthermore, he played in movies Bad Company and Red Dragon in the year 2002. In 2003, he played the roles of Daniel Webster and Coleman Silk in the movies Shortcut to Happiness and The Human Stain respectively. Anthony played only one movie in 2004 titled Alexander as Ptolemy I Soter. Similarly, in 2005, he played the roles of Robert and Burt Munro in the movies Proof and The World’s Fastest Indian. Furthermore, he played roles in movies Bobby and All the King’s Men. Anthony was also the executive producer for the movie Bobby along with playing the role of John.
In 2007, he helped in writing the script and directing the movie titled Slipstream. He also played the role of Felix Bonhoeffer in this movie. The same year, he played the roles of Theodore Crawford and Hrothgar in the movies Fracture and Beowulf respectively. Similarly, Anthony only played in a documentary titled Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story as a narrator. In 2009, Anthony played in the movie The City of Your Final Destination as Adam Gund.
Furthermore, Anthony played two movies (The Wolfman and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) and a short movie titled The Third Rule in 2010. In 2011, he played the roles of Father Lucas, Odin, and John in the movies The Rite, Thor and 360 respectively. Similarly, Anthony played only one movie in 2012 titled Hitchcock as Alfred Hitchcock. In 2013, he played in the movies Red 2, and Thor: The Dark World as Edward Bailey and Odin respectively. Hopkins then played in the movie Noah, where he played the role of Methuselah.
Similarly, Anthony played in three movies (Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, Solace and Blackway) in 2015. In 2016, he played in the movies Misconduct and Collide. He then played the role of Sir Edmund Burton in the movie Transformers: The Last Knight. In the same year, he played the role of Odin in Thor: Ragnarok. He then played in the movies The Two Popes and The Father in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The Net Worth of Anthony Hopkins
Anthony is a wonderful actor and producer who has been in the industry for a long period. His net worth is estimated to be around $160 million. Furthermore, he owns properties worth approximately $7 million for a single property.