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Anthony Hopkins Timeline

Dec. 31, 1937: Born as Philip Anthony Hopkins at 9:15 am in Wern Road, Margam, near Port Talbot, South Wales to Muriel and Richard Arthur.

1945/1946: Because he's dyslexic, he has a horrible time at school. He's anti-social, and would rather be playing his piano, drawing, or painting. During this period of time he acquires the nickname "Mad Hopkins", to help separate him from the many other Hopkins attending Port Talbot's Central School.

1949: Due to the fact he is failing at Port Talbot's Central School, his parents send him to West Monmouth boarding school in Pontypoo for some discipline.

Early 1950s: After five miserable terms at West Monmouth boarding school, his parents send him to Cowbridge Grammar where he spends four years.

1957: Graduates from Cardiff's College of Music and Drama.

1958: Joins the Royal Artillery as 23449720 Gunner Hopkins.

1960: After two years of typewriter-punching, he leaves the National Service with the rank of Bombardier.

1960: Moves in with his parents who are living in Laleston, near Bridgend.

1960: At Palace Theater, Swansea, makes stage debut in Have A Cigarette.

1963: Graduates from RADA.

1965: Gets an invitation to join Laurence Olivier's National Theatre.

1967: Is Laurence Olivier's understudy in Strindberg's Dance Of Death. When Olivier falls ill to appendicitis, Hopkins takes over lead role.

Sept. 1967: Marries Petronella Barker.

Dec. 1967: Makes film debut in The White Bus.

Aug. 20, 1968: Petronella gives birth to Abigail Hopkins.

Oct. 30, 1968: Plays Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in the Winter, with Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn.

1969: His marriage begins to sour and he eventually separates from his wife and child. The thought of abandoning his baby girl leads to drinking.

Jan. 1, 1969:: Plays John Avery in The Looking Glass War.

Mar. 9, 1971: Plays secret serviceman Philip Calvert in When Eight Balls Toll.

1972: Divorces Petronella Barker.

1972: Plays Pierre Bezuhov in War And Peace, which gets him
noticed internationally.

1973: During a drinking episode, he walks out of the National Theatre production of Macbeth.

Jan. 13, 1973: Marries Jennifer Lynton.

Dec. 29, 1975: Conquers his alcohol addiction.

Oct. 3, 1980: Plays Dr. Frederick 'Freddie' Treves in Elephant Man.

May 4, 1984: Plays Lieutenant William Bligh in The Bounty, with Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, and Laurence Olivier.

1987: Awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

July 16, 1988: Receives honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales.

Jan. 30, 1991: Plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, with Jodie Foster. This role earns him the respect of his peers and scares his fans.

Nov. 13, 1992: Plays Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula, with Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves. He could have had the part of Dracula, but turns it down due to other engagements.

Nov. 5, 1993: Plays Stevens in Remains of the Day, with Hugh Grant and Christopher Reeve.

Dec. 16, 1994: Plays Col. William Ludlow in Legends of the Fall, with Brad Pitt.

Dec. 25, 1999: Plays Titus Andronicus in Titus.

Apr. 12, 2000: Becomes a U.S. citizen. Allowed to keep his British knighthood and the title of Sir.

Feb. 9, 2001: Plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal.

Sept. 7, 2001: Plays Ted Brautigan in Hearts of Atlantis.

Apr. 30, 2002: Divorces Jennifer Lynton. They both agree that he is too deep into his roles.

Sept. 30, 2002: Plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Red Dragon, with Edward Norton.

Mar. 1, 2003: Marries Stella Arroyave.

Sept. 24, 2003: Gets his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nov. 5, 2004: Plays Old Ptolemy in Alexander, with Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer.

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