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Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe Biography

Her real name is Norma Jean Baker. She was born on June 1 of 1926, in Los Angeles, California. She was given up for adoption six weeks after birth. Much of his childhood was spent between houses of adoptive families and orphanages. Her father had abandoned her and her mother was admitted to an hospital for the mentally illness with symptoms of depression.

In 1942, at the age of 16, Norma Jean married James Dougherty, a 21-year-old policeman who joined the Navy and was sent to Australia.

In 1945, the photographer Henrik Manukyan portrayed Norma while working with her mother-in-law in a factory, in order to show the work of women during World War II. The photographs were published in the Yank magazine, which worked as a boost for her career as a model. Her image was the cover of more than thirty magazines.

In 1946, she divorced and began working as an extra in different movies. Her agent changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. “Marilyn” in honor of actress Marilyn Miller and “Monroe” for being her mother’s maiden name.

In 1946, she got a contract with 20Th Century Fox which meant the beginning of her film career with “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim” (1947) directed by George Seaton. Shortly after, while returning to her modeling duties, she signed a contract with Universal, debuting for the studio in a Phil Karlson film. “Blonde Orchid” (1948).

Hollywood: They’ll Pay You a Thousand Dollars for a Kiss, and Fifty Cents for Your Soul

In 1949, she met Johnny Hyde, (who discovered among others Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner) William Morris Agency, and this became her mentor and lover. The same year she appeared nude on the, possibly, most famous calendar of all time. A year later, Marilyn reappeared in the big screen to have a briefly role in “Love Happy” (1950), a film by United Artists that was starring the Marx Brothers.

The same year of the premiere she signed with Metro Goldwyn Mayer and appeared in John Huston’s masterpiece “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950) and in the cast of another important film, “All about Eve” (1950) a film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter.

In 1951, Marilyn Monroe enrolled in night classes in art and literature at the University of California. Throughout this time, she interpreted characters like secondary actress in titles like “The Fireball” (1950), film of Tay Garnett that was carried out by Mickey Rooney; “Let’s Make It Legal” (1951), comedy by Richard Sale with Claudette Colbert; “Love Nest” (1951), a film made by Joseph M. Newman with June Haver; “Clash by Night” (1952), title of Fritz Lang with Barbara Stanwyck as main charachter; “Monkey business” (1952), Howard Hawks comedy with Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers; and “We’re Not Married” (1952), Edmund Goulding’s film, again with Ginger Rogers as a female star.

In 1953, a gap was made between the best-known faces of Hollywood thanks to the musical comedy “Gentlemen prefer blondes” (1953) by Howard Hawks and “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) by Jean Negulesco, titles in which she shared the head of a poster with other stunning women of the time: Jane Russell, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable. “The gentlemen prefer blondes” is based on an ingenious novel by Anita Loos and tells the story of the confrontation of two choristers, a brunette, the turgid Jane Russell, and another blonde, Marilyn Monroe, who try to hunt one of the most desirable bachelors and rich man of America. In this film, full of excellent gags and provocative musical numbers, Marilyn showed that she was, in addition to a good comedy actress, a remarkable singer, and dancer with a personal style and very suggestive.

“Niagara” (1953), a film directed by Henry Hathaway and co-starring Joseph Cotten, helped her to achieve more fame because her eroticism was seen in its greatest intensity so far, becoming, after its exhibition, a great star.

As a result of these sensational works, in 1954, the prestigious Golden Globe was awarded to her in the category of best actress.

On January 14, 1954, she married the legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio, one of the first American sportsmen whose popularity was comparable to that of a movie star.

In 1955, she went to the prestigious New York Actors Studio to take classes with Lee Strasberg. Induced by Strasberg, she studied psychoanalysis to know more about herself and bring out her interpretative potential.

She never stopped fighting to show that she was more than a pretty face and a spectacular body. The more she became a sex symbol, the more she tried not to succumb to the conformist image she projected. Both in “The seven year itch” (1955), by Billy Wilder, and “Bus Stop” (1956), by Joshua Logan, Marilyn offered two unimpeachably performances.

On June 29, she married the playwright Arthur Miller. In 1957, she founded her own production company: The Marilyn Monroe Inc. debuted with “The Prince and the Showgirl”. It was filmed in London and directed and interpreted by Laurence Olivier. Her next film was “Some like it hot” (1959), great and scathing comedy about love and transsexualism directed Billy Wilder. Marilyn’s work was awarded in 1960 with a new Golden Globe. This time in the category of best comedy or musical actress. In 1960, she co-starred with the French actor Yves Montand, George Cukor’s film “Let’s make love”.

Her last cinematographic appearance was for many critics and fans the best work Marilyn Monroe had made. Directed by John Huston and scripted by Marilyn’s husband at that time, Arthur Miller, “The Misfits” (1961) was an elegiac film, played with the rare quality of the unrepeatable, which united in the screen three great actors, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe. A history of losers, intense and emotional; perhaps this role was the best gift Arthur Miller could ever give to Marilyn, whom he would divorce shortly after, on January 21, 1961, just a week before the premiere of “The Misfits”. She was again rewarded in 1962 with a new Golden Globe.

The last months of Marilyn’s life present a series of dark sides that probably never come to light, such as her relationship with the, back then, president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and his brother, the senator Robert Kennedy.

Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962, by an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Brentwood, California.

The image of “The seven year itch” with a white pleated blouse and skirt that rises and flutters when it passes over a vent of the New York subway has been inseparably linked to Marilyn’s name. Her disappearance in full youth, and in the climax of her fame as an actress and as a living erotic myth, only added to the legend.



Leonardo DiCaprio

Biography of Leonardo DiCaprio
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Biography of Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is a renowned actor and film producer who has won numerous awards within the film industry. He was born on November 11, 1974, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

DiCaprio is an only child of Irmelin Indenbirken, a secretary born in Germany, and George DiCaprio, an underground comic artist and producer/distributor of comics. On his father’s side, he has half-Italian (from Naples) and half-German (from Bavaria) ancestry. On the other hand, on his mother’s side, his grandfather Wilhelm Indenbirken was German and his grandmother Helene Indenbirken was a German citizen born in Russia under the name Yelena Smirnova.

He was named Leonardo because, while his pregnant mother was looking closely at a painting by the great artist Leonardo da Vinci in a museum, DiCaprio gave a strong kick inside her belly. His parents divorced when he was only one year old, and they shared custody of Leonardo until 1997.

Studies, beginnings in acting.

As for his education, he did not attend university and only took basic courses at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. His career in the world of image and acting began when he followed his older stepbrother, Adam Farrar, in television advertising, starring in a commercial for the Matchbox car brand at the age of fourteen and subsequently participating in educational films. At the age of five, he was also part of the children’s television series “Romper Room”, but had to leave it as it was detrimental to him.

“1990 – 1991: Debut in television and cinema”

In 1990, he made his true television debut when he was cast to be a part of the “Parenthood” ensemble, a series based on the film of the same name. He then landed minor roles in several series, including “The New Lassie” and “Roseanne,” as well as a brief part in “Santa Barbara.” His work in “Parenthood” and “Santa Barbara” earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor. His big screen debut came in 1991 with the science fiction and horror movie “Critters.” Later on, he became a recurring member of the cast of the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains,” playing Luke Brower. However, DiCaprio didn’t achieve success in the film industry until 1992, when he was selected by Robert De Niro from among 400 young actors for the lead role in “This Boy’s Life,” which also starred Ellen Barkin and De Niro himself.

1993 – 1996

Later, in 1993, DiCaprio played the mentally disabled younger brother of Johnny Depp in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” The film’s director, Lasse Hallström, admitted that he initially sought a less attractive actor, but he decided on DiCaprio because he had become “the most observant actor” among all who auditioned. The film was a great financial and critical success, resulting in Leonardo being highly praised for his performance, which led to him being awarded the National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actor and nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Subsequently, he had roles in films such as “The Quick and the Dead” (1995) and was one of the leads in “Romeo + Juliet” (1996).

But his big break came with director James Cameron, who offered him the lead male role in Titanic (1997), a movie that not only won a considerable number of Academy Awards but also became a social phenomenon. Afterwards, DiCaprio gained greater acceptance in the cinematic world, so he was part of numerous films such as:

  • The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
  • The Beach (2000)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • The Aviator (2004)
  • The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
  • Blood Diamond (2006)
  • Gardener of Eden (2007)
  • Body of Lies (2008)
  • Orphan (2009, as producer)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Django Unchained (2012)
  • The Great Gatsby (2013)
  • Runner Runner (2013)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • The Revenant (2015)
  • The Audition (2015).


Interestingly, he was nominated for an Oscar five times: Best Supporting Actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Best Actor for The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street. This generated a lot of jokes and talk of a supposed “curse” in Hollywood. But in 2015, he finally won the award thanks to his great performance in “The Revenant”.

It should also be noted that DiCaprio is a committed environmentalist who has received praise from environmental groups for choosing to fly on commercial flights instead of private planes like most celebrities, and for driving an electric hybrid vehicle and having solar panels in his home.

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Denzel Washington

Biography of Denzel Washington
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Biography of Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is an African American actor born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York, United States. His father was a Pentecostal minister and his mother, belonging to the Baptist Church, owned a beauty salon. Upon graduating from school, he initially thought about studying medicine but later decided to study journalism at Fordham University. During his time as a counselor at a summer camp, he decided to participate in a theatrical production, and from then on, he began to develop a passion for acting. Upon his return, he began taking acting classes with Professor Robinson Stone.

Debut as an actor

Later, he moved to San Francisco to study at the American Conservatory Theater. Denzel was not inexperienced, having studied intensively at the ACT. After leaving the conservatory, he returned to New York to look for work as an actor. His debut in film was in 1965, when he played a minor role in the movie The Cincinnati Kid, which was called The King of the Game in Spain. Later, in 1977, he starred in the movie Wilma. Fortunately, he got his first leading role in Carbon Copy. In 1987, Washington played the role of South African black activist Stephen Biko in the film Cry Freedom, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

During this period, films based on events that sought to narrate the struggle for civil rights of African Americans, or the lives of Black men and women, had Denzel’s participation, and he felt very honored to collaborate in them. He is a very committed actor to his community. In 1989, he played one of the lead roles in Glory, about the participation of African Americans in the American Civil War, and he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a result.

1990 – Consolidation as one of the best actors.

Starting in the 90s, Denzel Washington became a critically acclaimed actor and was also placed alongside the great Eddie Murphy, as both were the most successful African American actors of the time. Alongside Spike Lee, he filmed the biographical movie Malcolm X (1992), about the life of this activist of the American black community who was assassinated in 1965. He then played Tom Hanks‘ defense attorney, who was fired from his company for contracting AIDS in the movie Philadelphia (1993). In the world of theater, one of the most significant works he participated in was Much Ado About Nothing (1993), directed by actor and director Kenneth Branagh.

Throughout the 90s, Denzel’s popularity was undeniable as he starred in numerous films, including:

  • The Pelican Brief (1993)
  • Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • Courage Under Fire (1996)
  • Fallen (1998)
  • The Siege (1998)
  • The Bone Collector (1999), a story about a paralyzed police officer investigating a series of murders.
  • The Hurricane (1999). This film marked a change in his career, as he played boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was the victim of a racist police setup and spent 22 years in prison despite being innocent. Many years before, his story had inspired a famous Bob Dylan song.

Throughout his career, Denzel Washington has participated in commercial films, such as some in the action genre directed by Tony Scott. However, despite the changes in the world of cinema and the turn of the century, Denzel has remained one of the most highly regarded actors, characterized by his interpretive ability. Among his recent films, we highlight:

  • Training Day (2001), which earned him an Oscar for Best Leading Actor. It is worth noting that this award marked a milestone, as no African American actor had won it since the days of Sidney Poitier.
  • John Q (2001)
  • As a curious fact, he made his directorial debut in 2002 with the drama Antwone Fisher.
  • He starred in Out of Time (2003)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • Inside Man (2006)
  • Déjà vu (2006)
  • American Gangster (2007)
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Unstoppable (2010)
  • Flight (2012).

In The Safe House (2012), he starred alongside Ryan Reynolds. He then acted in 2 Guns (2013). In 2014, Denzel participated in several productions, one of which was The Equalizer (2014), a film co-starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Two years later, he played one of The Magnificent Seven (2016) and directed Fences, a film in which he also starred. Some years later, he was again nominated for the Oscar Award for his portrayal of an idealistic and driven defense attorney whose life is turned upside down when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. The movie is called Roman J. Israel, Esq, written and directed by Dan Gilroy. In addition to the Oscar nomination, Washington was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his work.

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Ryan Reynolds

Biography of Ryan Reynolds
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Biography of Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, Canada, and he is a well-known actor. When Ryan was born, his mother, Tammy, was a student and a salesperson, while his father, Jim, worked in wholesale food sales and also excelled as a semi-professional boxer. In addition, Ryan has three older siblings.

He studied in his hometown of Vancouver until 1994 when he decided to join a theater group as an extracurricular activity while attending Kwantlen College. However, his passion for acting became a vocation, and Ryan dropped out of college to devote all his time and energy to his acting career.

Debut as an actor

He quickly landed small roles in successful and memorable TV series such as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “The X-Files”. In 1998, his big break came with the series “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place”, which ran until 2001 and catapulted him to fame. The show became very popular thanks to its great comedic content, an area where Reynolds demonstrated perfect skill, but this was not the first time that Ryan had made a name for himself in a Hollywood comedy, as he had already been in “Life During Wartime” in 1997.


After working in several minor jobs, Ryan got his first major role as a protagonist in the crazy “Van Wilder – Animal Party”, where he played a college party organizer. The success of the film opened doors for him to work alongside Michael Douglas in “Till Death Do Us Part”, support Wesley Snipes in “Blade Trinity” or star in the horror movie “The Amityville Horror”. However, at this stage of his career, Ryan stood out mainly as a protagonist in comedies such as “Just Friends”, “Waiting” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”. This led him to want to leave his comedic side behind, getting involved in different projects such as the thriller “Smokin’ Aces”, the independent film “Adventureland” and the action film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Later on, he also participated in romantic films such as “The Proposal” and “Definitely, Maybe”. However, recognition of his acting ability did not come until Ryan was nominated for a Goya Award for his demanding role in “Buried”. It is worth noting that he also brought to life the comic book hero “Green Lantern” and the renowned “Deadpool”.

Contracts, curiosities

Prestigious brands like Hugo Boss have not been oblivious to Ryan Reynolds’ popularity, charisma, and good looks, offering him contracts to be the face of one of their fragrances: Boss Bottled Night, a fragrance that, through great advertising, managed to convey an irresistible seductive effect.

Two curiosities can be highlighted from his work: first, the nearly 10 kilos of solid muscle he gained thanks to rigorous physical training to bring Hannibal King to life in “Blade: Trinity”; and second, his appearance on the animated TV series Zeroman, in which he lent his voice to the character Ty Cheese. In addition, like many Hollywood stars, Ryan Reynolds has an eccentricity outside the world of entertainment: a great passion for motorcycles, of which he owns three collector’s items, one of which was designed exclusively for him and is none other than a Harley Davidson.

Romantic relationships

Regarding his personal life, Ryan Reynolds was in a romantic relationship with singer Alanis Morissette from 2002 to 2007. The couple got engaged in 2004, but in July 2006, People magazine reported that they had separated, although neither of them officially confirmed the news. Shortly after, in February 2007, they decided to end their engagement by mutual agreement. In May 2008, Reynolds announced his engagement to actress Scarlett Johansson, and they got married on September 27 of the same year. However, in December 2010, the couple announced in a statement to People magazine that they had decided to end their marriage.

So, on September 9, 2012, he married the actress Blake Lively in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. In October 2014, they announced that they were expecting their first child, and in December of that same year, Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively became parents with the birth of their daughter: Ines. Later, on April 14, 2016, his wife’s second pregnancy was confirmed, and on September 30, 2016, he became a father for the second time to a boy named James.

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Brad Pitt

Biography of Brad Pitt

Biography of Brad Pitt

William Bradley Pitt, better known as Brad Pitt, was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Jane Etta, a high school secretary, and William Alvin Pitt, owner of a truck manufacturing company, Brad grew up practicing the Baptist religion in Springfield, Missouri, a place where his family moved shortly after his birth. During his teenage years at Kickapoo High School, Brad showed himself to be a very active young man, participating in sports teams such as golf, tennis, and swimming, as well as student clubs such as Key and Forensics, where he participated in debates and musicals. After graduating from high school, Brad attended the University of Missouri in 1982, where he studied journalism and advertising.

Beginnings in acting

After graduation, finding employment proved to be a difficult task and Brad felt unsure about his readiness for the job market. However, his passion for film was growing stronger. Therefore, Brad dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting classes and to pay for them, he had to take various temporary jobs, including being a limousine driver and a rope attendant. Over time, Brad began to get bigger roles on television, appearing on shows such as “Growing Pains”, “Dallas”, “Young Police” and “Thirty and Something”.

First movie

Since then, his acting ability has been brought to light. His first role on the big screen was as an extra in the movie “Blow Out the American Dream” (1987), directed by Marek Kaniewska. Then, his first leading role was in “The dark side of the sun”, a movie filmed in the former Yugoslavia in 1988. Unfortunately, due to the effects of the war, the footage was lost. However, six years later, his producer Angelo Arandjelovic found the movie and released it when Brad was already internationally recognized.

His performance in the movie “Thelma & Louise”

He managed to have an important role in “Thelma and Louise” (1991), directed by Ridley Scott; one of the most famous and controversial films of the nineties. Pitt had a secondary, but important role: that of J.D., a small-time thief who interacts with the protagonists throughout the film, with a total appearance time of thirty minutes. Nevertheless, even though brief, his appearance completely changed his life and made him the fashion actor of the nineties; he was cataloged as one of the most attractive men in the world.

Other movie performances

In his next film, A River Runs Through It (1992), directed by Robert Redford, in that role he managed to make one of the best interpretations of his career. Pitt began to work on higher quality productions, that doesn’t mean he has stopped collaborating on small productions such as Johnny Suede (1992), directed by Tom DiCillo, in which he portrayed an improbable haired rocker obsessed with the memory of Elvis and succeeding in the world of music. In Cool World (1992), directed by animation specialist Ralph Bakshi, he shared the screen with Kim Basinger and Gabriel Byrne.

As a way to broaden his repertoire, he also interpreted darker roles, such as the psychopath of “Kalifornia” (1993), directed by Dominic Sena. In “Legends of Passion” (1994), directed by Edward Zwick, he repeated the pattern of “The River of Life” to some extent. In it, he plays Tristan Ludlow, a restless young man who enlists in the army to fight in World War I, escaping from a thwarted love with Julia Ormond and following the example of his father, a retired former cavalry colonel. Then he was in “Interview with the Vampire” (1994), an adaptation of the mythical novel written by Anne Rice in 1977.

Love relationships

Now, we must state that although most of Pitt’s fame was due to his talent and image, another part was thanks to his romances with some of the most famous actresses of the moment. This is why he was on the front pages of gossip magazines. Among his relationships are his co-stars Geena Davis, Juliette Lewis, television star Jennifer Aniston, or Gwyneth Paltrow, with whom he participated in one of his best films, Seven (1995), directed by David Fincher.

Some of his won awards

He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “Twelve Monkeys” (1995) directed by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. The film tells the story of Bruce Willis’s time-traveling journey to save humanity from the attack of the “Twelve Monkeys,” an eco-terrorist group. Brad Pitt received a well-deserved nomination for Best Supporting Actor. A year later, he appeared in “Sleepers” (1996), directed by Barry Levinson. He was privileged to share scenes with great actors such as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and the Italian Vittorio Gassman. Pitt played Michael Sullivan, the assistant district attorney who had to accuse two of his friends of murder. Unfortunately, the film did not meet expectations and is not among Pitt’s best works, like “The Devil’s Own” (1997).

One of the most successful stars in the 90s.

With steady steps, he continued in “Seven Years in Tibet” (1996), by French director Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film openly uses Pitt’s name as a publicity stunt and joins the Buddhism trend that invades Hollywood in the late nineties. Afterwards, the Chinese government declared the actor persona non grata and banned him from entering its territory. During this period, he consolidated himself as one of the biggest box office stars of his generation and as a sexual symbol. He was in the film “Meet Joe Black” (1997), directed by Martin Brest and based on “Death Takes a Holiday” (1934), by Mitchell Leisen.

It’s true that Brad Pitt’s film career has experienced a continuous growth year after year. Some of his movies:

  • Fight Club (1999).
  • Snatch (2000).
  • The Mexican (2001).
  • Spy Game (2001).
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001).
  • Remembering Jack (2001).
  • Full Frontal (2002).
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002).
  • Troy (2004).
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). This work earned him a first nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as his fourth nomination for the Golden Globes and his second nomination for the Oscar in the “Best Actor” category. The film, in turn, raised 329 million dollars worldwide.

From 2011 to 2016, he had significant roles in commercial films. But he made an impact with “Allied,” a World War II melodrama directed by Robert Zemeckis, which he starred in alongside Marion Cotillard. At that time, the actor had ended his relationship with Angelina Jolie. In 2017, he starred in the film “War Machine,” where he played the role of United States Army General Glen McMahon.

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Anthony Hopkins

Biography of Anthony Hopkins
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Biography of Anthony Hopkins

Philip Anthony Hopkins (born December 31, 1937) is a Welsh-American actor, writer and producer. He is known for his performances in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Hannibal” (2001), and “The Rite” (2011). After studying in Wales and London, he started his career in theater before debuting on television with “A Matter of Degree” (1960) and in film with “The White Bus” (1967). Over time, he achieved fame thanks to his performances in “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Hannibal”. He has also appeared in other films such as “The Remains of the Day”, “Nixon”, “Surviving Picasso”, “Instinct”, “Hitchcock”, and “Thor”.

Early years.

His parents are Richard and Muriel Hopkins. During his adolescence, he discovered his passion for acting and later trained at the College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. After completing his studies, he began his theater career by performing several roles at the National Theatre at the prestigious Old Vic. There, he stood out for his versions of Shakespeare’s classics.

Acting career

Known in the theater world, Philip Anthony Hopkins made the leap to television in the 60s, debuting in the series “A Matter of Degree” (1960). He then appeared in “The Man in Room 17” (1965) and in the telefilm “A Flea in Her Ear” (1967). That same year, he made his film debut with “The White Bus” (1967) and a year later he premiered “The Lion in Winter” (1968), a film in which he shared credits with Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. After establishing himself in the United States, he began a long and successful career in television and film, and also succeeded in theater, especially on the New York scene during the 70s.

At that time, he starred in:

  • “War & Peace” (1972-73).
  • “The Girl from Petrovka” (1974).
  • “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” (1976)
  • “Audrey Rose” (1977).
  • He starred in “A Change of Seasons” (1980) with Shirley MacLaine; “Peter and Paul” (1981) with Robert Foxworth; and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1982) with Lesley-Anne Down.
  • He also appeared in the series “A Married Man,” “Hollywood Wives,” and “Mussolini & I.”

1991 – 1996

In 1991, he would achieve international recognition with “The Silence of the Lambs,” a thriller in which he played the role of Doctor Hannibal Lecter. For this, he would be nominated for an Oscar, as well as for his performance in “The Remains of the Day” (1993), a dramatic film in which he shared credits with Emma Thompson. Later, he shared credits with Brad Pitt in “Legends of the Fall” (1994) and portrayed former President Nixon in “Nixon” (1995). He then portrayed Picasso in “Surviving Picasso” (1996), sharing credits with Julianne Moore.

1996 – 2006

In the same year, he made his directorial debut with August (1996). Two years later, he released The Mask of Zorro (1998), with Antonio Banderas, and in 1999, he starred in Instinct. Starting the new millennium, he would surprise the audience by once again playing Doctor Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal (2001). Later, he could be seen in Alexander (2004), with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie, and in All the King’s Men (2006), with Sean Penn, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet.

  • In 2005, he starred in “Burt Munro,” “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” in 2010, “The Rite” in 2011 and “Hitchcock” in 2012, where he portrayed the famous filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock.
  • In 2015, he played the role of Freddy Heineken, the beer entrepreneur, in “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” and then a pharmaceutical millionaire in “Misconduct” in 2016 alongside Al Pacino.
  • He then worked with Mark Wahlberg in “Transformers: The Last Knight” in 2017 and portrayed King Lear in the TV film of the same name. During that same period, he played Dr. Robert Ford in “Westworld.”
  • He starred in the Netflix film “The Two Popes” in 2019, alongside Jonathan Pryce (Pope Francis), where he portrayed Pope Benedict XVI. His upcoming projects include “The Father,” “The Virtuoso,” and “Elyse.”

Private life

Hopkins has been married several times. His first wife was Petronella Baker, whom he separated from in 1972 and had a daughter named Abigail. He then married Jennifer Lynton, separating in 2002. Only a year later he married Colombian producer Stella Arroyave.


  • Two Academy Awards.
  • Three British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.
  • A British Academy Television Award.
  • Two Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • A Laurence Olivier Award.
  • An honorary Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his career.
  • In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to the arts.
  • In 2003, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in the film industry.

At 84 years old, he became the oldest actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in The Father. This was in 2022.

Hopkins is a true icon of film, having acted in over ninety films and television shows.

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