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->''"If you do things, whether it's acting or music or painting, do it without fear - that's my philosophy. Because nobody can arrest you and put you in jail if you paint badly, so there's nothing to lose."''

[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]] Philip Anthony Hopkins (born December 31, 1937) is a Welsh-born American actor (he became a naturalized US citizen in 2000) who is best known for playing [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]], for which he won an Oscar, but has had a long and illustrious career most often playing refined characters with a touch of mischief. Generally considered one of the world's best actors. Has played Theatre/TitusAndronicus, UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams, Yitzhak Rabin, William Bligh, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, Creator/PabloPicasso, [[Film/{{Thor}} Odin]], UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Creator/CSLewis, Creator/AlfredHitchcock and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Burt]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro Munro]]. Almost every film he's in is good, and in some cases, it's just because he's in it. He's also known for his deep, smooth voice.

Hopkins is sometimes considered a ClassicallyTrainedExtra, but he's really closer to an inversion. Once touted as the Next Big Shakespearean Actor, he ''deliberately'' chose to come to Hollywood to make loud, stupid movies because ''that's what he likes to do''. In his own words, "I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash." He has also admitted that what drives his choice in roles is nothing but [[MoneyDearBoy cold, hard cash]]. Though one suspects that he also [[HamAndCheese genuinely enjoys the roles he plays, no matter how ridiculous they are]]. Pay him his money, and he will show up and '''''[[DoingItForTheArt act.]]''''' And your movie will be [[OneSceneWonder remembered forever for it]].

Despite being known for playing one of Cinema's most famous monsters, Hopkins is known as [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor a very sweet and friendly man]] who likes to be called Tony. After initially doodling on his scripts, the man has taken up painting and now has his own collection in galleries for sale, the proceeds of which go to charity. On top of this, he is also a talented composer who has written [[http://youtu.be/M57Fi19vcSI some cracking good music]], which is guaranteed to [[EarWorm get stuck in your head for the rest of the day]].

He has also [[OneOfUs admitted to being a huge fan]] of ''Series/BreakingBad'', even writing a [[http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/17/anthony-hopkins-bryan-cranston-breaking-bad-fan-letter fan letter]] to Creator/BryanCranston when he finished the series. This became HilariousInHindsight when he was nominated for the "Best Actor in a Drama Series" Emmy alongside Bob Odenkirk for the show's spinoff ''Series/BetterCallSaul''.

!!He has appeared in:

* ''Film/{{Amistad}}''
* ''Film/BadCompany''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' - King Hrothgar
* ''Film/{{Blackway}}'' - Lester
* ''Film/TheBounty'' - Lieutenant Bligh
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' - Van Helsing
* ''Film/TheBunker'' - UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler
* ''Film/{{Chaplin}}''
* ''Film/TheEdge''
* ''Film/TheElephantMan'' - Dr. Frederick Treves
* ''Film/{{Fracture|2007}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/{{Freejack}}'' - [[BigBad Ian McCandless]]
* ''Series/HallmarkHallOfFame'' - 3 films, including ''The Tenth Man'' ('82) and ''Hunchback of Notre Dame'' ('82)
* ''Film/HeartsInAtlantis''
* ''Film/{{Hitchcock}}'' - Creator/AlfredHitchcock
* ''Film/HowardsEnd''
* ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' - The Narrator
* ''Film/TheHumanStain''
* ''Film/{{Juggernaut}}''
* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall''
* ''Film/TheLionInWinter'' - His first major film role.
* ''Film/{{Magic}}''
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse as Odin:
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (2011)
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' (2013)
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' (2017)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' - Don Diego de la Vega, aka [[spoiler: the original]] Zorro
* ''Film/MeetJoeBlack''
* ''Film/{{Nixon}}'' - UsefulNotes/RichardNixon
* ''Film/{{Noah}}'' - Methuselah
* ''Film/Red2''
* ''Film/TheRemainsOfTheDay''
* ''Film/TheRite''
* ''Film/TheRoadToWellville''
* ''Film/{{Shadowlands}}'' - C.S. Lewis
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' & sequels - Hannibal Lecter
* ''Film/{{Solace}}''
* ''Film/{{Titus}}''
* ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight''
* ''Film/VictoryAtEntebbe''[[note]] A 1976 made-for-TV movie about Operation Entebbe. It also starred Burt Lancaster, Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Richard Dreyfuss, Kirk Douglas and Linda Blair[[/note]] - Yitzhak Rabin
* ''Series/{{Westworld}}''
* ''Film/{{The Wolfman|2010}}''
* ''Film/TheWorldsFastestIndian''
* Commercials for the Creator/WillRogers Institute.
-->'''Anthony Hopkins''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMPsO1kVaMs Okey, dokey?]]