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Ben Kingsley

Highest Rated:   100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Lowest Rated:   4% BloodRayne (2006)
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Birthplace:   Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, UK
Chameleon-like British actor Ben Kingsley has proven he can play just about anyone, from Nazi war criminals to Jewish Holocaust survivors to quiet British bookshop owners. For many viewers, however, he will always be inextricably linked with his title role in Gandhi, a film that won him an Oscar and the undying respect of critics and filmgoers alike.Of English, East Indian, and South African descent, Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Snaiton, Yorkshire, England. The son of a general practitioner, Kingsley started out in amateur theatricals in Manchester before making his professional debut at age 23. In 1967 he made his first London appearance at the Aldwych theater and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, devoting himself almost exclusively to stage work for the next 15 years (with the exception of two obscure films, Fear Is the Key [1972] and Hard Labour [1973]). When asked about his favorite stage roles, he listed Hamlet, The Tempest's Ariel, and Volpone's Mosca.American audiences first saw Kingsley in 1971, when he made his Broadway debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1982, actor and director Richard Attenborough selected Kingsley for the demanding title role in the epic Gandhi. The film swept the international awards that year, earning the 39-year-old actor overnight success. Among the several awards he was honored with, Kingsley won a Best Actor Oscar. Adamantly refusing to recycle the same roles, Kingsley spent the next decade playing a wide spectrum of characters. Among his more notable parts were an Arab potentate in Harem (1985), an introverted bibliophile and "social rebel" in Turtle Diary (also 1985), a spy of little import in Pascali's Island (1988), an incorruptible American vice president in Dave (1992), New York gangster Meyer Lansky in Bugsy (1992), a Jewish bookkeeper in Schindler's List (1993), and a suspected Nazi war criminal in Death and the Maiden (1994). So many of his characters have been either taciturn or downright villainous that, upon being cast in a good-guy role in the escapist sci-fier Species (1995), Kingsley publicly expressed his relief in several widely circulated magazine articles.In the latter half of the 1990s, Kingsley continued to embrace a variety of eclectic roles, with turns as the Fool in Trevor Nunn's 1996 film adaptation of Twelfth Night, a media mogul in the 1997 made-for-HBO satire Weapons of Mass Distraction, and the barbarous barber Sweeney Todd in John Schlesinger's 1998 The Tale of Sweeney Todd. Kingsley also took Broadway by storm with his one-man show Edward Kean (later taped for cable), which was directed by his wife, Alison Sutcliffe. Though Kingsley had retained the variety in his career that he had so diligently pursued, the ever-sharp actor remained as focused as ever heading into the new millennium. For his role as a manipulative criminal with a strong power for persuasion in Sexy Beast (2001), Kingsley earned both a Golden Globe nomination and a third Oscar nomination. His fourth Academy nod would come just 2 years later with his role as a proud Arab-American patriarch in The House of Sand and Fog. Along with the Best Actor Oscar nomination, the role also netted Kingsley Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild nominations. Kingsley lost his Oscar bid for House to Sean Penn, who collected the statue for his contribution to Clint Eastwood's Mystic River. Over the next several years, Sir Ben Kingsley's acting choices often demonstrated the degree of difficulty that A-listers may encounter when seeking multilayered roles in respectable films, with solid scripts and direction; like many of his contemporaries, the magnificent thespian Kingsley turned up in more than one schlocky Hollywood stinker after House of Sand and Fog -- from Jonathan Frakes's ugly Thunderbirds revamp (2004) to Uwe Boll's horrendous, gothic fx-extravaganza BloodRayne (2006) (as evil ruler Lor

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Ottoman Lieutenant
  • Woodruff
2017
19% Collide
  • Geran
2017
95% The Jungle Book
  • Bagheera
2016
46% Knight of Cups
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Backstabbing for Beginners
  • Actor
2016
61% Life
  • Jack Warner
2015
84% The Walk
  • Papa Rudy
2015
66% Learning To Drive
  • Darwan
2015
19% Self/less
  • Damian
2015
61% Robot Overlords
  • Robin Smythe
2015
No Score Yet Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse
  • Drago
2015
No Score Yet The Secret Of The Sahara
  • Actor
2015
48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Merenkahre
2014
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Nun
2014
No Score Yet The Physician
  • Ibn Sina
2014
52% Stonehearst Asylum
  • Actor
2014
75% The Boxtrolls
  • Archibald Snatcher
2014
50% War Story
  • Albert
2014
44% Walking With The Enemy
  • Regent Horthy
2014
No Score Yet Tcm Presents And The Oscar (R) Goes To...
  • Actor
2014
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything
  • Lawrence Conrad
2014
60% Ender's Game
  • Mazer Rackham
2013
79% Iron Man 3
  • The Mandarin
2013
No Score Yet A Common Man
  • The Man
2013
62% It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl
  • Narrator
2012
57% The Dictator
  • Tamir
2012
No Score Yet Shoot the Moon: The Making of 'Hugo'
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Number 13
  • Actor
2012
94% Hugo
  • Georges Méliès
2011
88% The Desert Of Forbidden Art
  • Igor Savitsky
2011
60% Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Teen Patti
  • Perci Trachtenberg
2010
36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Nizam
2010
68% Shutter Island
  • Dr. Cawley
2010
No Score Yet Aral. El mar perdido
  • Narrator
2010
88% Journey to Mecca
  • Narrator
2009
86% Fifty Dead Men Walking
  • Fergus
2008
93% Transsiberian
  • Grinko
2008
69% The Wackness
  • Dr. Squires
2008
14% The Love Guru
  • Guru Tugginmypuddah
2008
30% War, Inc.
  • Walken/The Videroy
2008
75% Elegy
  • David Kepesh
2008
14% The Ten Commandments
  • the Narrator Narrator
2007
No Score Yet China's Stolen Children
  • Narrator
2007
16% The Last Legion
  • Ambrosinus/Merlin
2007
78% You Kill Me
  • Frank Falenczyk
2007
80% I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life And Legacy Of Simon Wiesenthal
  • Actor
2007
51% Lucky Number Slevin
  • The Rabbi
2006
4% BloodRayne
  • Kagan
2006
No Score Yet Testimony - The Story Of Shostakovich
  • Actor
2006
60% Oliver Twist
  • Fagin
2005
6% A Sound of Thunder
  • Charles Hatton
  • Director
2005
33% Mrs. Harris
  • Dr. Herman Tarnower
2005
18% Suspect Zero
  • Benjamin O'Ryan
2004
19% Thunderbirds
  • The Hood
2004
No Score Yet Spooky House
  • The Great Zamboni
2004
No Score Yet Parting Shots
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Helena: First Pilgrim to the Holy Land
  • Narrator
2003
74% House of Sand and Fog
  • Behrani
2003
No Score Yet Unlikely Heroes
  • Narrator
2003
61% Tuck Everlasting
  • Man in the Yellow Suit
2002
No Score Yet The Magic Never Ends - The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis
  • Actor
2002
48% The Triumph of Love
  • Hermocrates
2002
No Score Yet All for Nothin'
  • Actor
2002
73% A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Specialist
2001
No Score Yet Anne Frank
  • Otto Frank
2001
No Score Yet Jesus and His Times
  • Actor
2000
36% Rules of Engagement
  • Ambassador Mourain
2000
86% Sexy Beast
  • Don Logan
2000
42% What Planet Are You From?
  • Graydon
2000
No Score Yet Islam: Empire of Faith
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Parting Shots
  • Renzo Locatelli
1999
33% Alice in Wonderland
  • Major Caterpillar
1999
No Score Yet The Confession
  • Harry Fertig
1999
No Score Yet Millennium From CNN
  • Actor
1999
82% Photographing Fairies
  • Rev. Templeton
1998
74% Twelfth Night
  • Feste
1998
No Score Yet Crime And Punishment
  • Porfiry
1998
No Score Yet The Tale of Sweeney Todd
  • Sweeney Todd
1998
No Score Yet Peace Is Every Step: Meditation in Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Actor
1998
60% The Assignment
  • Amos
1997
No Score Yet Weapons of Mass Distraction
  • Julian Messenger
1997
No Score Yet From Tragedy to Triumph - The Jewish Experience 1933-1967
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Moses
  • Moses
1995
34% Species
  • Xavier Fitch
1995
84% Death and the Maiden
  • Dr. Roberto Miranda
1995
No Score Yet Joseph
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Liberation
  • Actor
1994
96% Schindler's List
  • Itzhak Stern
1993
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • Bruce Pandolfini
1993
94% Dave
  • Vice President Nance
1993
81% Sneakers
  • Cosmo
1992
No Score Yet Freddie as F.R.O.7
  • Freddie the Frog
1992
85% Bugsy
  • Meyer Lansky
1991
No Score Yet Children, The
  • Martin Boyle
1991
No Score Yet Tiger and the Brahmin
  • Narrator
1991
20% O Quinto Macaco
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The 5th Monkey
  • Cunda
1990
20% Slipstream
  • Avatar
1989
No Score Yet Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story
  • Simon Wiesenthal
1989
67% Pascali's Island
  • Basil Pascali
1988
60% Without a Clue
  • Dr. John Watson
1988
91% Maurice
  • Lasker-Jones
1987
No Score Yet Ladakh: in Harmony with the Spirit
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Silas Marner
  • Silas Marner
1985
90% Turtle Diary
  • William Snow
1985
No Score Yet Harem
  • Selim
1985
No Score Yet Camille
  • Duval
1984
86% Betrayal
  • Robert
1983
No Score Yet The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Frank Ford
1982
88% Gandhi
  • Mahatma Gandhi
1982
No Score Yet Dickens of London
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Antony and Cleopatra
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Hard Labour
  • Naseem
1973
No Score Yet Fear Is the Key
  • Royale
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Himself
100% Garfunkel and Oates
2014
  • Himself
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
39% Tut
2015
  • Ay
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
Lip Sync Battle
2015
  • Performer

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