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Ben Kingsley

Birth Name: 
Krishna Pandit Bhanji
Birthday: 
Friday, December 31, 1943
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Birth Place: 
Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Height: 
5'8"

Ben Kingsley was born in England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was of Gujrati descent. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to have roles in films and TV. His birth name was Krishna Bhanji - but he changed his name to "Ben Kingsley" soon after gaining fame as a stage actor, fearing that a foreign name could hamper his acting career.

Ben Kingsley first earned international fame for his performance in the 1982 movie, Gandhi (1982). His performance as "Mohandas Gandhi" earned him international fame. He won many awards - including an Oscar for Best Actor. He also won Golden Globe, BAFTA and London Film Critics' Circle Awards. After acting in Gandhi (1982), Ben was recognized as one of the finest British actors.

After his international fame for appearing in Gandhi (1982), Kingsley appeared in many other famous movies. His success as an actor continued. In 1993, his performance as "Itzhak Stern" in the movie, Schindler's List (1993) earned him a BAFTA nomination. Schindler's List (1993) won seven Oscars, including Best Picture. During the late 1990s, Kingsley acted in many successful movies. He played "Sweeney Todd" in the 1998 TV movie, The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1997) (TV). For his performance in this movie, he was nominated for the Screen Actors' Guild Award. His other notable role was as "Otto Frank" in the TV movie "Anne Frank: The Whole Story" (2001), for which he won a Screen Actors' Guild Award.

Ben Kingsley lives in Spelsbury, Oxfordshire, in England.

Awards and Nominations

2004 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (House of Sand and Fog)
2002 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sexy Beast)
1992 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bugsy)
1983 - Won - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gandhi)

Interviews

Sir Ben Kingsley (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)

We sit down with Sir Ben Kingsley to talk about his role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, out on DVD September 14.... Read more
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News

Ben Kingsley in Talks to Join 'Iron Man 3'

Ben Kingsley is in negotiations to play a villain in Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3. Kingsley, however, will not be the primary villain, according to insiders, and it is not clear what role he will play.... Read more
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View the 'Shutter Island' Super Bowl spot here

After a few delays, Martin Scorcese's 'Shutter Island' is finally seeing the light of day, opening February 19.  The delay, caused by what Paramount claimed was a "lack of proper funding" in the last quarter of 2009, is being treated with full pockets now as they put up the big bucks for what the... Read more
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Reviews

Self/Less

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A Common Man

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Schindler's List

Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is an amazing film. Its black and white imagery (colored in at times for incredible moments of reflection), its passionate performances, its no holds barred look the atrocities of the Holocaust.... Read more
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The Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen has done it again…made a mockery of society on the big screen for us all to laugh at.  Sacha stars in The Dictator and plays Aladeen, a dictator to an African nation wealthy with oil.  Aladeen has been the ruler of his people since elementary age and at the pre... Read more
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is based on the popular video game series that is currently developed by Ubisoft. The fact that this is a film adaptation of a video game probably sends shivers down your spine but don't be so quick to judge.... Read more
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Videos

Exodus: Gods And Kings (Trailer)

Exodus: Gods And Kings (Trailer)

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire.... Read more
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Exodus: Gods And Kings (Creating The Action Featurette)

Exodus: Gods And Kings (Creating The Action Featurette)

Exodus: Gods And Kings - Creating The Action Featurette ... Read more
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Exodus: Gods And Kings (The World Featurette)

Exodus: Gods And Kings (The World Featurette)

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Stonehearst Asylum (Trailer #1)

Stonehearst Asylum (Trailer #1)

Stonehearst Asylum starring Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Caine, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley ... Read more
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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Trailer #1)

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Trailer #1)

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. ... Read more
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