Sir Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor who has played many roles and has received many awards for his performances. He began acting at the age of 18. At 82, he was the oldest actor to have received an Academy Award for Best Actor (in 2020) in the movie, The Father. Learn more about him with these videos and activities.
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Performers like Anthony Hopkins practice acting often. This is a fun game to practice improvising. Give it a try.
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Anthony Hopkins lived his early life in Wales. Wales is known for its rugged coastline and beautiful beaches. What do you see that is similar and different to the place you live? Draw a diagram of your observations.
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At 77, Sir Anthony Hopkins learned he was on the autism spectrum. Autism can present both strengths and challenges for people on the spectrum.
Mr. Hopkins says that he doesn’t have many friends and doesn’t like to go to parties, but he does like people. He is quoted as saying, ‘I definitely look at people differently. I like to deconstruct, to pull a character apart, to work out what makes them tick and my view will not be the same as everyone else.’
He also exhibits an impressive memory, which is a trait some people on the autism spectrum also share. Hopkins astounded the production crew [of a movie] with his memorization of a seven-page courtroom speech, delivering it in a single take.
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Next, think of one way that you are different from some of the people around you. Do you think this difference can be seen as a good thing? What is one way that you like to express yourself?
Now decide how to share your thoughts and CELEBRATE your differences using one of these ways that you like to express yourself. Some ideas include:
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This is an old biographical video showing interviews with Anthony Hopkins. It shares some insights that help us get to know Sir Hopkins as a person. He explains a few of his experiences, his thoughts about the choices he has made in life, and how he feels about some of the roles that he has played over the years.
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Sir Hopkins recently received an award. He was the oldest person at the time to receive it. Which award was it?
Anthony Hopkins has a trait that is common for some people on the autism spectrum. What is this?
Which of these activities does Anthony Hopkins NOT enjoy?