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Christian Bale

Highest Rated:   100% Henry V (1989)
Lowest Rated:   28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
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Birthplace:   Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Christian Bale is one of the few actors in Hollywood whose child stardom has successfully translated to steady and respectable adult employment. With a wistful handsomeness to complement his impressive, sometimes underrated talent, Bale has become something of a quiet sensation, netting choice roles in a number of unconventional, critically acclaimed films.Born January 30, 1974, in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Bale was raised in England, Portugal, and the U.S. The product of a creative family (his mother was a dancer and both of his grandfathers were part-time actors), Bale made his stage debut at the age of ten, playing opposite British comedian Rowan Atkinson in The Nerd. In 1986, he debuted on television as Alexis in the miniseries Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. His film debut came the following year with the lead role in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun. Although the film met with very mixed reviews, Bale received almost ubiquitous praise for his portrayal of a young boy interned in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Following a starring role in a Swedish film, Mio min Mio, Bale next appeared in Kenneth Branagh's celebrated 1988 adaptation of Henry V and in 1990, starred opposite Charlton Heston in a highly-regarded cable adaptation of Treasure Island. In 1992, Bale appeared in his first adult role in the musical Newsies, in which he could be seen singing, dancing, and sporting a fairly convincing American accent. His next film, Swing Kids (1993), also featured him dancing, this time alongside Robert Sean Leonard in wartime Germany. Although the film failed to impress most critics, it succeeded in making a favorable impact on teenage girls and swing afficionados everywhere. The following year, Bale appeared as Laurie in Gillian Armstrong's acclaimed adaptation of Little Women and then went on to lend his voice to Disney's animated film Pocahontas, which proved to be one of 1995's biggest box-office draws. The actor next appeared in The Secret Agent (1996), which, despite a strong cast including Gérard Depardieu, Bob Hoskins, and Patricia Arquette, was widely unseen in the U.S. After a tragically small role in the same year's The Portrait of a Lady, Bale was finally given the opportunity to step into the limelight with the 1997 film Metroland, an adaptation of Julian Barnes' novel. Starring alongside Emily Watson, Bale played a young husband and father wallowing in discontented nostalgia and received overwhelmingly positive notices for his thoughtful, complex portrayal. The film was not released in the U.S. until the following year, when he also had lead roles in Todd Haynes' eagerly anticipated Velvet Goldmine and All the Little Animals, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to strong reviews. The following year, Bale starred alongside Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rupert Everett in a lavish adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In addition to the exposure he (literally) received in his role as Demetrius, Bale got a different kind of recognition for his part in the well-documented controversy surrounding the casting of Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho. After winning and then losing the film's lead role to Leonardo DiCaprio, Bale then won it back, prompting a wave of media coverage and at least one publication's decision to describe him as everyone's favorite underdog. It was a title that, deserved or not, seemed to fit an actor who, beneath all of the hyperbole and hype, was one of Hollywood's most engaging and underrated treasures. Bale next starred in the humans versus dragons opus Reign of Fire (2002), followed by the dystopian thriller Equilibrium before returning to the present day with the low-key sexual comedy drama Laurel Canyon (2002). Bale was about to make a breakthrough move into blockbuster film, however, as he was cast as the superhero Batman in Christopher Nolan's latest entry in the franchise, Batman Begins. The franchise reboo

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Jungle Book
  • Bagheera
2018
75% Hostiles
  • Captain Joseph J. Blocker
2017
91% Intent to Destroy
  • Actor
2017
49% The Promise
  • Chris Myers
$8.2M 2017
45% Knight of Cups
  • Rick
$0.4M 2016
88% The Big Short
  • Michael Burry
2015
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Moses
2014
No Score Yet The Last Photograph
  • Actor
2014
93% American Hustle
  • Irving Rosenfeld
$99.2M 2013
54% Out of the Furnace
  • Rodney Baze, Jr.
$8.4M 2013
No Score Yet Untitled Ice Cube/David O. Russell Project
  • Irving Rosenfeld
2013
87% The Dark Knight Rises
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman
$448.2M 2012
42% The Flowers of War
  • John Miller
$0.4M 2011
No Score Yet Killing Pablo
  • Actor
2011
90% The Fighter
  • Dicky Eklund
$93.6M 2010
68% Public Enemies
  • Melvin Purvis
$97M 2009
33% Terminator Salvation
  • John Connor
$125.3M 2009
94% The Dark Knight
  • Batman/Bruce Wayne
$533.4M 2008
77% I'm Not There
  • Jack Rollins/Pastor John
$4M 2007
89% 3:10 to Yuma
  • Dan Evans
$53.6M 2007
91% Rescue Dawn
  • Dieter Dengler
$5.4M 2007
48% Harsh Times
  • Executive Producer
  • Jim Luther Davis
$3.4M 2006
75% The Prestige
  • Alfred Borden
$53.1M 2006
84% Batman Begins
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman
$204.2M 2005
62% The New World
  • John Rolfe
$12.5M 2005
77% The Machinist
  • Trevor Reznik
$1M 2004
68% Laurel Canyon
  • Sam
$3.6M 2003
38% Equilibrium
  • John Preston
2002
40% Reign of Fire
  • Quinn Abercromby
$43M 2002
29% Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  • Mandras
$25.3M 2001
68% Shaft
  • Walter Wade Jr.
$70.4M 2000
68% American Psycho
  • Patrick Bateman
2000
64% Metroland
  • Chris
1999
No Score Yet Mary, Mother of Jesus
  • Jesus
1999
65% All the Little Animals
  • Bobby
1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Demetrius
1999
56% Velvet Goldmine
  • Arthur Stuart
1998
43% The Portrait of a Lady
  • Edward Rosier
1996
50% Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent'
  • Stevie
1996
57% Pocahontas
  • Thomas
1995
90% Little Women
  • Laurie
1994
No Score Yet Royal Deceit (Prince of Jutland)
  • Amled
1994
43% Swing Kids
  • Thomas Berger
1993
39% Newsies
  • Jack Kelly
1992
No Score Yet A Murder of Quality
  • Tim Perkins
1991
No Score Yet Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure)
  • Jim Hawkins
1990
100% Henry V
  • Falstaff's Boy
1989
71% Empire of the Sun
  • Jim "Jamie" Graham
1987
No Score Yet Mio in the Land of Faraway
  • Jum-Jum/Benke
1987
No Score Yet Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
  • Alexis
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002

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