One of the most brilliant actors of this age, Anthony Hopkins, also happens to be one of my favorite. I decided to take a more in-depth look into his film work and create this list.
Anthony Hopkins was born in 1937, in Margam, Wales. He was interested in acting from an early age and being Influenced by Richard Burton, he chose to study at the College of Music and Drama. Later, in 1965, he moved to London and began working with the National Theatre. He was there at the invitation of the great Laurence Olivier, who apparently saw talent in the young man. In 1967, he finally made his film debut on the television movie, A Flea in Her Ear. In 1975 after a long battle, he finally conquered his fight with alcoholism.
In 1977, he appeared in several very well-known films, including A Bridge Too Far. He continued making his name as an actor and in 1987 he was awarded the Commander of the order of the British Empire. This same year he made the brilliant 84 Charing Cross Road, which won him major acclaim. As you would eventually expect, in 1993, he was knighted by the Queen.
In the 1990’s, Sir Anthony Hopkins made well-known movies like Howards End, The Mask of Zorro, and Instinct, but his most memorable film was, of course The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. It was this movie that made his name known to those who weren’t yet familiar, as he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He was also awarded a BAFTA for this film. I could keep going for pages, but to be concise, in total he has acted in around 126 movies, directed 3 and written 1. The following is a list of my favorites, and the ones I consider his best.
#6 – Meet Joe Black (1998)
Director: Martin Brest
Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani
Hopkins plays a media mogul who acts as a kind of mentor to the spirit of Death, who in this case is taking the form of a young man, played by Brad Pitt. He decided to visit this world to learn about people and life. Strangely enough he falls in love with the mogul’s daughter. This is a rather odd film, but Hopkins is his charming self.