Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley was born on 1943-12-31 at Snainton, United Kingdom. His net worth is $70 Million. He is British born Actor, Producer. He has been seen in movies “Gandhi” (1982), “Schindler's List” (1993), "Bugsy" (1991), "Sexy BeastH (2000), House of Sand and Fog" (2003), “Oliver Twist” (2005), “You Kill Me” (2007), “The Wackness” (2008), “Elegy” (2008), “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010), “The Jungle Book” (2016),....

Facts of Ben Kingsley

Full NameBen Kingsley
Net Worth$70 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 31, 1943
Age76 years 8 months
Place Of BirthSnainton, United Kingdom
Height5' 8" (1.73 m)
ProfessionActor, Producer
EducationPendleton College, University of Salford, Manchester Grammar School
SpouseDaniela Lavender (m. 2007), Alexandra Christmann (m. 2003–2005), Alison Sutcliffe (m. 1978–1992), Angela Morant (m. 1966–1976)
ChildrenEdmund Kingsley, Thomas Kingsley, Jasmin Kingsley
ParentsAnna Lyna Mary Goodman, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji
AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Award for Best Actor, Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (1982), Screen Actors Guild Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (1991), BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (1993), Academy Award for Best Actor (2003), Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (2003)
Movies“Gandhi” (1982), “Schindler's List” (1993), "Bugsy" (1991), "Sexy BeastH (2000), House of Sand and Fog" (2003), “Oliver Twist” (2005), “You Kill Me” (2007), “The Wackness” (2008), “Elegy” (2008), “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010), “The Jungle Book” (2016),...
TV ShowsTut, Anne Frank: The Whole Story, Jackanory, The Love School, The Adventurer, Pardon the Expression, Dickens of London, The Secret of the Sahara, BBC2 Playhouse, Seitenblicke, Watership Down, Orlando, Playing Shakespeare, 50 Films to See Before You Die, Wessex Tales, The Directors, Magician of Samar...
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Quotes of Ben Kingsley

1Glue all of my films together and arrange them in a certain kind of way and you'll have the history of 20th and 21st century by SBK [Sir Ben Kingsley].
2I actually don't ever really socialize on the film-set. I'm hermit-like. I go home, get room service and I work on the lines for tomorrow, because that's my job. I can have fun other ways, other times, but for me the joy of acting is to know what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.
3[on Hailee Steinfeld] She's very focused, very mature in her work, and I can see her simply going from strength to strength. She's very well-rooted in her craft. There's nothing woolly or peripheral about her.
4[on his heritage] I'm not Jewish... and though there might be some Russian-Jewish heritage way back on my mother's side, the thread is so fine there's no real evidence.
5[on actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan] It was a pleasure working with Aishwarya in The Last Legion (2007), and her fans are in for a big surprise. She is an excellent and outstanding actor. She is a shining example of beauty from India, and I'm sure we will be seeing her in more Hollywood movies real soon. (August 2006)
6[on the holocaust] It's like a big, hulking monster squatting in the middle of our history and it won't go away.
7But comedy I'd love to do as much as humanly possible.
8Being a leading man on a film set under the direction of somebody like Dickie Attenborough [Sir Richard Attenborough] is very empowering, and you have to be extremely careful how you use that power.
9As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves. I wonder if I'd still be alive by now.
10All the great writers root their characters in true human behavior.
11Hopefully, as I get older in the business, I make my choices more accurately, and I perhaps know from either the script or the first meeting that it isn't going to work.
12As an actor, there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared to risk the possibility of starving.
13[on winning the Oscar for Best Actor in Gandhi (1982)] If I knew I was going to win, I would not have gone dressed as a waiter.
14In an ideal way, in an ideal world, myself and the director are one. And as you rightly say, in an ideal world, you can't see the horizon between sky and sea. I felt that the times with Spielberg [Steven Spielberg] on Schindler's List (1993), we were moving as one creature.

Quick Facts of Ben Kingsley

1Has worked with eight directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Sir Richard Attenborough, Barry Levinson, Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, William Friedkin, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis.
2He played Mohandas K. Gandhi between the ages of 23 (in 1893) and 78 (in 1948) in Gandhi (1982).
3Has appeared in three productions depicting the Exodus: Moses (1995), The Ten Commandments (2007) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).
4Was approached for the Bollywood movie Shikhar (2005) but declined the role as he was not comfortable speaking Hindi. The role eventually went to Javed Shaikh.
5Is shown being eaten by a "Grasshopper-raptor" in an episode of The Simpsons (1989).
6According to Kingsley, one of his fondest movie memories is watching his father go hysterical while viewing Danny Kaye as a car salesman in Knock on Wood (1954). After that his father often jokingly referred to him as the "Danny Kaye of the Family".
7Kingsley considers this an extraordinary coincidence that five days before Sir Richard Attenborough called him for the lead role in Gandhi (1982), he was given a library book on Gandhi.
8Kingsley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987.
9As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Gandhi (1982), Bugsy (1991), Schindler's List (1993) and Hugo (2011). Of those, Gandhi (1982) and Schindler's List (1993) won in the category.
10Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, degree ceremony on July 18, 2008.
11Was awarded the Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording" in 1985 for "The Words of Gandhi".
12He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 27, 2010. Offering their support at the event were his son Edmund Kingsley, wife Daniela Lavender, friends Bruce Willis and Jerry Bruckheimer.
13The initials of his professional name are a reversal of the initials of his birth name.
14Is one of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki, Sessue Hayakawa, Mako, Haing S. Ngor, Pat Morita, Ken Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi.
15On September 3, 2007, he married his fourth wife Daniela Lavender at Eynsham Hall in North Leigh, Oxfordshire.
16At the age of ten, he went busking outside a cinema with his friend Shirley Edwards in Llanelli, South Wales.
17Has three films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time: Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) at #96, Gandhi (1982) at #29, and Schindler's List (1993) at #3.
18His performance as Don Logan in Sexy Beast (2000) is ranked #97 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
19Was originally cast as Ephraim in Munich (2005), but later had to withdraw from the project due to scheduling conflicts. The role went to Geoffrey Rush.
20Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1998.
21Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2005 and 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category on the 2005 ballot for his role in the film Thunderbirds (2004). And he was suggested again the next year in the Worst Supporting Actor category of the 2006 Razzie nominating ballot for his performance in the film A Sound of Thunder (2005). He failed to receive either nomination. The very next year (2007) though, he got a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie Nomination for his performance in the film BloodRayne (2005).
22Made his London stage debut in 1966 as the narrator of "A Smashing Day" produced by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. He wrote the music for the production as well as sang and played guitar for same. After one performance, John Lennon and Ringo Starr came backstage and told him that he should go into music and that if he didn't, "he would regret it for the rest of his life." He was subsequently offered a deal by the same publishers who handled The Beatles, but he chose to remain an actor. The next year, he was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company and his choice was made.
23Has four children: Jasmin Bhanji and Thomas Alexis Bhanji, with Angela Morant; and Edmund Kingsley and Ferdinand Kingsley, with Alison Sutcliffe.
24Ben Kingsley's paternal family was from the Indian state of Gujarat, the same state Mohandas K. Gandhi was from.
25Kingsley's father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born physician of Gujrati Indian descent. Kingsley's mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman) Bhanji, was an English fashion model and actress; she appeared in films in the 1920s and 1930s. Kingsley's maternal grandfather was believed by the family to have been of Russian Jewish or German Jewish descent, while Kingsley's maternal grandmother was of English background, and worked in the garment district of East London. Kingsley's mother was born outside of marriage, and was raised by her own mother.
26Derived his stage name from his grandfather's nickname "Clove King". His grandfather was a spice trader in Zanzibar.
27He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2002 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.
28Attended and graduated from Manchester Grammar School in Manchester, England.

Trademarks of Ben Kingsley

1Rich, mellifluous voice and Shakespearean bearing
2Performances which are often both very reserved and yet vocally animated
3Often portrays sinister villains or sympathetic friends of the main character
4Shaved head

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