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Born:
December 31, 1943

Hometown:
North Yorkshire

Ben Kingsley

BIO:

Ben Kingsley is one of the industry’s most respected film, television and stage actors. In 2002, he was honored with Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) nominations for his searing performance in Jonathan Glazer’s critically acclaimed "Sexy Beast." He also won Best Supporting Actor awards from a number of critics groups, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Award. The same year, Kingsley won a SAG Award and earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for his portrayal of Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, in the widely praised miniseries "Anne Frank: The Whole Story."

Kingsley first gained international acclaim in 1982 for his performance in the title role of Richard Attenborough’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Gandhi." Kingsley’s portrayal of the martyred leader of India’s independence brought him an Academy Award® for Best Actor, as well as two BAFTA Awards for Best Actor and Best Newcomer, and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor and New Star of the Year. He also won the National Board of Review and New York, Los Angeles and London Film Critics Awards. In addition, Kingsley received the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his work in both "Gandhi" and Harold Pinter’s screen version of his semi-autobiographical play "Betrayal."

Kingsley later received Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for his work in "Bugsy," and he also won a London Evening Standard Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his role in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar®-winning holocaust drama "Schindler’s List." Additionally, he garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story."

Kingsley’s many other film credits include Bernardo Bertolucci’s "The Triumph of Love," Steven Spielberg’s "A.I.," Roman Polanski’s "Death and the Maiden," Steven Zaillian’s "Searching for Bobby Fischer," Ivan Reitman’s "Dave," Tony Palmer’s "Testimony," and James Dearden’s "Pascali’s Island."

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