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Born December 31, 1937, Port Talbot, Wales, UK - British and American film and theater actor, film director, screenwriter, composer.

In 1949, at the insistence of his parents, he enters the Jones 'West Monmouth Boys' School in Pontypool. After studying there for five semesters, Hopkins transferred to the Cowbridge Grammar School (Vail of Glamorgan, South Wales). The boy was dyslexic and could not fully study at school. After some time, young Anthony came to the conclusion that he would rather devote himself to art, for example, painting or playing the piano, than continue his studies.

A short meeting at the age of 15 with 1960s Hollywood star Richard Burton, who overwhelmingly supported the boy's choice, played a decisive role in Hopkins' choice of acting profession. As a result, Anthony Hopkins applied to the Royal Wales College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and graduated in 1957. After two years of military service, in 1959 he moved to London, where he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

In 1965, after working for some time in the repertory theater, Anthony Hopkins joined the troupe of the Royal National Theater at the invitation of Laurence Olivier. Hopkins became Olivier's stunt double and replaced the latter when his appendicitis worsened during the production of "Dance of Death" by August Strindberg. He was a member of the theater troupe until 1970, then he moved to the United States and began acting in films and television.

The first major work in cinema was the film "Lion in Winter", filmed in 1968 based on the play of the same name by James Goldman, where Hopkins played the young Richard "The Lionheart".

In the 1970s and 1980s, he starred mainly in television films. In 1972, he played Pierre Bezukhov in the English television version of War and Peace, for which he received his first BAFTA award in the Best Actor category (two other awards were for The Silence of the Lambs and the Land of Shadows).

Anthony Hopkins is a two-time Emmy winner: for the biographical roles of Bruno Hauptmann (The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, 1976) and Hitler (Bunker, 1981).

In 1992 he won an Oscar for his role as the maniac killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Two years later, he was nominated for the same award for his role as the ideal British butler Stevens in the melodrama The Rest of the Day.

For outstanding services, the actor was awarded special honorary awards - the Golden Globe (Cecil B. DeMille Award, 2006) and BAFTA (Britain Award, 1995; Fellowship Award, 2008).

Hopkins' directorial work - films "August" 1996 (based on the work of Anton Chekhov "Uncle Vanya") and the art house "Whirlwind" 2007.

In 1987, Hopkins received the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth, and in 1993 - the title of knight-bachelor, giving the right to the prefix "sir" before the name. Thus, his many services in art and the popularization of Great Britain throughout the world were appreciated.

Hopkins is the author of a number of works for piano, violin and orchestra. Hopkins' waltz And The Waltz Goes On (And the waltz continues; German - Life goes on) became popular performed by Andre Rieu, accompanied by the orchestra of Johann Strauss.

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