Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, better known as Anthony Hopkins, is a Welsh actor, director, and producer who began his career in 1990. This award-winning actor has received great critical acclaim, and he has starred in multiple commercially successful movies throughout his career. It is now estimated that Anthony Hopkins has a net worth of $160 million. So, how did this talented man become so wealthy?
According to IMDb, Anthony Hopkins was born in Port Talbot, Wales, on December 31, 1937. As a child, Hopkins struggled at school as he had difficulties in learning. His life changed when he was 15 and he met actor Richard Burton. This prompted him to enroll in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff to study acting. He then completed two years of National Service before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Hopkins’ Early Career
For the first few years of Hopkins’ acting career, he predominantly worked in theater. He did not appear in a film until 1964, when he made his film debut in ‘Changes’. Although he had some television roles after this film, he continued to work in theater. His big break came when he landed the role of Richard the Lionheart in the 1968 film ‘The Lion in Winter’. This led to him gradually moving away from theater to concentrate on his film and television career.
During the early 1970s, he began to make a name for himself in television when he landed major roles in British television films. He became associated with Richard Attenborough after starring in several films directed by him. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he starred in films including ‘Magic’, ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘A Change of Seasons’, ‘The Bounty, and ‘’Bram Stoker’s Dracula’. During the 1980s, he also resumed his career as a theater actor.
His Career from 1990 to 2010
The 1990s was the most successful decade in Anthony Hopkins’ career. He starred in the 1993 film ‘The Remains of the Day’ with Emma Thompson, and he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance. In the same year, he played his next major role, which was portraying C.S. Lewis in the film ‘Shadowlands’. Other films starring Hopkins from this decade are ‘Legends of the Fall’, ‘The Edge’, ‘The Mask of Zorro’, ‘Meet Joe Black’. It was also during the 1990s that Hopkins began playing the role for which he is best known. He starred as the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 movie ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ opposite Jodie Foster. For his performance in this film, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA for Best Actor.
Hopkins’ success continued following the turn of the Millennium. He narrated for the 2000 film ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, and then played Burt Munro in the 2003 film ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’. Some of the other films starring Anthony Hopkins from this decade include ‘Hearts in Atlantis’, ‘Bad Company’, ‘Alexander’, ‘Proof’, ‘All the King’s Men’, ‘Fracture’, and ‘The City of Your Final Destination’. It was also during this decade that Hopkins resumed his role as Hannibal Lecter. He portrayed this character in the 2001 film ‘Hannibal’ and then in ‘Red Dragon’ in 2002. Although there has since been another film featuring this character, Hopkins made the decision to make Red Dragon the last film in which he appeared as this character.
Hopkins’ Career Since 2010
Since 2010, Hopkins has starred in 19 films, including playing Odin in all three films in the ‘Thor’ series of films, including ‘Thor’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, and ‘Thor: Ragnorak’. Most recently, he has played Pope Benedict XVI in the 2019 film ‘The Two Popes’ and Anthony in the 2020 film ‘The Father. Although he is now in his early 80s, Anthony Hopkins continues to act, and he has expressed no desire to retire from his career in the entertainment industry.
Anthony Hopkins’ Net Worth
Now, it is estimated that Anthony Hopkins has a net worth of $160 million, says Celebrity Net Worth. He has made most of this money from his work as an actor. While the majority of this money has come from film appearances, his television and theater work have also contributed to his fortune.
Additionally, Hopkins has made money from several other sources. He has composed music all his life, and he released the 1986 single ‘Distant Star’ and the 2012 classical album ‘Composer’ with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Hopkins has also worked as a director. Some of the films that he has directed include ‘Dylan Thomas: Return Journey’ and ‘August’. Another film he directed was ‘Slipstream’, for which he also wrote the score.
Hopkins’ Personal Life
In his personal life, Anthony Hopkins has been married three times. His first wife was Patronella Barker, to whom he was married from 1966 to 1972. From this marriage, he has a daughter, Abigail, who was born in1968. His daughter, from whom he is estranged, is an actress and singer. He was then married to Jennifer Lynton from 1973 until 2002. Since 2003, Hopkins has been married to Stella Arroyave.
During the 1970s, Hopkins moved from Wales to the United States to pursue his acting career, but he made the decision to return to the UK in the 1980s. He later returned to the United States in the 1990s at the height of his acting career, so he has dual citizenship. Currently, he lives in Malibu, California. Hopkins has always been open about the fact that he is a recovering alcoholic. He gave up drinking just after Christmas in 1975, and he has remained sober since. He is also a former smoker who has successfully quit this habit. Hopkins revealed in an interview that he has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
Written by Allen Lee
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