1/01: He ranked second in the Orange Film Survey of the greatest British films actors.
10/97: Ranked #57 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
1975: Conquered his alcoholic addiction.
1987: Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1993: Knighted in the New Year Honors List.
2006: His performance as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is ranked #70 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
4/12/00: Became a U.S. citizen, but is allowed to retain his British knighthood and the title of Sir.
7/16/88: Received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales.
9/20/05: On "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986), he said that he is most proud of The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Remains of the Day (1993) and Proof (2005).
9/24/03: Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
9/99: Was selected by an Entertainment Weekly on-line movie poll as the Best Modern Actor and the Best Villain for his role as Hannibal Lecter.
A Member of the RADA Council.
Admitted that he felt very intimidated by the real Lt. Col. John Frost, who he played in the movie A Bridge Too Far (1977) when Frost visited the set one day to see how things were going.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he served two years in the British Army before beginning his acting career.
An accomplished painter, he has allowed some of his landscape paintings to be exhibited in San Antonio, Texas.
Appears in Nixon (1995) with Dan Hedaya, and The Good Father (1985) with Jim Broadbent. Hedaya later played Nixon in Dick (1999), and Broadbent played Nixon in Dirty Tricks (2000) (TV).
As a child, he was very close to his maternal grandfather, who for some reason called him "George", while his father called him "Charlie".
Ate the same menu as Pablo Picasso during the filming of Surviving Picasso (1996), in which he played Picasso.
Attended Cowbridge boys grammar school as a youth.
Born at 9:15am-UT