Ben Kingsley

Lowest Rated: 4% BloodRayne (2006)
Birthday: Dec 31, 1943
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 Lord Kagan). If anyone could ferret out the creme-de-la-creme of roles, howe

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
80% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché Actor 2019
60% Operation Finale Adolf Eichmann 2018
39% Backstabbing for Beginners Pasha 2018
38% An Ordinary Man The General 2018
No Score Yet Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood Actor 2018
No Score Yet Intrigo: Tod eines Autors Henderson 2018
No Score Yet The Red Sea Diving Resort Actor 2018
No Score Yet Nomis Actor 2018
48% War Machine Actor 2017
18% The Ottoman Lieutenant Woodruff $0.2M 2017
22% Collide Geran $2.2M 2017
No Score Yet Security Actor 2017
95% The Jungle Book Bagheera $364M 2016
46% Knight of Cups Actor $0.4M 2016
64% Life Jack Warner 2015
83% The Walk Papa Rudy $8.1M 2015
66% Learning To Drive Darwan 2015
19% Self/less Damian 2015
61% Robot Overlords Robin Smythe 2015
No Score Yet The Secret Of The Sahara Actor 2015
No Score Yet Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse Drago 2015
48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Merenkahre $81.6M 2014
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings Nun 2014
No Score Yet The Physician Ibn Sina 2014
53% Stonehearst Asylum Actor 2014
76% The Boxtrolls Archibald Snatcher $52.1M 2014
50% War Story Albert 2014
46% Walking With The Enemy Regent Horthy $0.4M 2014
No Score Yet Tcm Presents And The Oscar (R) Goes To... Actor 2014
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything Lawrence Conrad 2014
61% Ender's Game Mazer Rackham $61.7M 2013
80% Iron Man 3 The Mandarin $409M 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 $57.8M 2012
No Score Yet Shoot the Moon: The Making of 'Hugo' Actor 2012
93% Hugo Georges Méliès $73.9M 2011
88% The Desert Of Forbidden Art Igor Savitsky 2011
No Score Yet Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny Actor 2011
No Score Yet Teen Patti Perci Trachtenberg 2010
36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Nizam $90.8M 2010
68% Shutter Island Dr. Cawley $125.1M 2010
No Score Yet Aral. El mar perdido Narrator 2010
88% Journey to Mecca Narrator 2009
83% Fifty Dead Men Walking Fergus $1.8M 2008
93% Transsiberian Grinko $2.1M 2008
70% The Wackness Dr. Squires $2.2M 2008
14% The Love Guru Guru Tugginmypuddah $32.2M 2008
30% War, Inc. Walken/The Videroy $0.6M 2008
74% Elegy David Kepesh $3.5M 2008
14% The Ten Commandments the Narrator Narrator $0.9M 2007
No Score Yet China's Stolen Children Narrator 2007
15% The Last Legion Ambrosinus/Merlin $6M 2007
78% You Kill Me Frank Falenczyk $2.4M 2007
80% I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life And Legacy Of Simon Wiesenthal Actor 2007
51% Lucky Number Slevin The Rabbi $22.5M 2006
4% BloodRayne Kagan $1.6M 2006
No Score Yet Testimony - The Story Of Shostakovich Actor 2006
60% Oliver Twist Fagin $2M 2005
6% A Sound of Thunder Charles Hatton Director $1.8M 2005
43% Mrs. Harris Dr. Herman Tarnower 2005
18% Suspect Zero Benjamin O'Ryan $8.6M 2004
19% Thunderbirds The Hood $6.8M 2004
No Score Yet Spooky House The Great Zamboni 2004
No Score Yet Helena: First Pilgrim to the Holy Land Narrator 2003
74% House of Sand and Fog Behrani $13M 2003
No Score Yet Unlikely Heroes Narrator 2003
61% Tuck Everlasting Man in the Yellow Suit $19.1M 2002
No Score Yet The Magic Never Ends - The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis Actor 2002
49% The Triumph of Love Hermocrates $0.4M 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 $6M 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
40% The Confession Harry Fertig 1999
No Score Yet A Force More Powerful Narrator 1999
82% Photographing Fairies Rev. Templeton 1998
76% 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 Moses Moses 1995
44% 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
97% Schindler's List Itzhak Stern 1993
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer Bruce Pandolfini 1993
95% Dave Vice President Nance 1993
78% 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
33% 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
95% 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
86% 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

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No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2018
77% Watership Down
2018
Voice
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Performer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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  • 2015
37% Tut
2015
Ay
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2001
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2014
100% Garfunkel and Oates
2014
Himself
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2011
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
Himself
  • 2006

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