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Sir Anthony Hopkins, CBE (born December 31, 1937) is a British-born American actor who was born Philip Anthony Hopkins in Margam, near Port Talbot, Wales to Richard and Muriel. He was strongly influenced and encouraged to become an actor by fellow Welshman Richard Burton, whom he met briefly at the age of fifteen. He also conquered an alcohol addiction in 1975 and has not touched a drop since, drinking carbonated apple juice at his March 2003 wedding. He now resides in the United States where he became a naturalized citizen on April 12, 2000. However, as a dual national, he retains his knighthood and can use the title 'Sir' in the UK, but not in the US, since it is considered 'inappropriate' according to the British consulate.
He's been married three times. His first two wives were Petronella Barker (1967-1972) and Jennifer Lynton (1973-2003). He's currently married to Stella Arroyave. He has a daughter named Abigail Hopkins (born 1968) from his first marriage.
His most famous role was as the character Hannibal Lecter in the film The Silence of the Lambs for which he also won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He reprised the role twice in Hannibal and Red Dragon. Lecter's slurping sound from Silence of the Lambs was apparently improvised. Anthony Hopkins showed his brilliance with character behavior as Dr. Adam Kelno in the 1974 TV mini-series QB VII based on the Leon Uris novel of the same name. Overlooked in those days because it was television, his portayal of Dr. Kelno on the witness stand during his trial provided an early sign of Hopkins' acting brillance.
He has played many great characters including: Zorro (The Mask of Zorro 1998), Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1982), Othello (Othello 1981), Pablo Picasso (Surviving Picasso 1996), Richard Nixon (Nixon 1995), Titus Andronicus (Titus 1999), John Quincy Adams (Amistad 1997), Adolf Hitler (The Bunker 1981), Charles Dickens (The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens 1970), William Bligh (The Bounty 1984), Richard Lionheart (The Lion in Winter 1968), and Abraham Van Helsing (Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992).
Today, Hopkins also takes time to support various philanthropic groups. Hopkins was past Gala Fundraiser Guest of Honor for Women in Recovery, Inc., a Venice, California-based non-profit organization offering a live-in, 12-Step program of rehabilitation for women in need. Other past Honorees of this organization have included Jamie Lee Curtis; the 2005 Honoree will be Angela Lansbury.
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