Sorting the Stars: Hopkins, Hoskins and Keitel

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Last week, I sorted rappers turned actors. This week, I’m going with older men who are somewhat iconic, and yet, at the same time, interchangeable in my mind. Two of them were also mention by a reader in the comments last week, so I’m glad I’m not along. I KNOW Anthony Hopkins was Hannibal Lecter. I KNOW Bob Hoskins was in Hook, I KNOW Harvey Keitel was in Reservoir Dogs. But who was it in Nixon? Or Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Or The Piano? This is when I get confused.

In searching IMDB.com, I learned all three men are close in age, and two of the three were born in the UK. Here’s a cheat sheet for you!

Sir Anthony Hopkins, photo from IMDB

Given Name: Phillip Anthony Hopkins

Born: 1937 in Wales

Notable: Was knighted in 1993

Notable Roles: Most famous for the super-creepy Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, he also played Nixon in Nixon, James Stevens in Remains of the Day

Biography: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000164/bio 

 

Bob Hoskins, photo from IMDB

Given Name: Rober William Hoskins

Born: 1942 in England

Notable: Has played Smee in both Hook and Neverland

Notable Roles: J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon (Ha! See! They were both in it!), Sir Pitt Crawley in Vanity Fair, George in Mona Lisa, and Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Biography: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001364/bio

 

 

Harvey Keitel, photo from IMDB

Given Name: Harvey Keitel

Born: 1939 in Brooklyn, NY

Notable: Married for 11 years to Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi from “the Sopranos”)

Notable Roles: Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs, George Baines in The Piano, the Lietenant in Bad Lieutenant,  Dad in Little Nicky (maybe not notable, but still)

Biography: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000172/bio

 

Pretty much, if there’s a New York accent, it’s probably Keitel. If it’s an extremely proper character, it’s probably Hopkins. If it’s Smee, Captain Hook’s right hand man, it is, without a doubt, Hoskins.

What other actors do you confuse? I’m here to help!

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    Skimbleshanx

    I hate to do this, but it’s Lecter, not Lector.  I only mention this because Silence of the Lambs gave me a huge crush on Anthony Hopkins when I was ten years old.  Kinda-creepy ten-year-old me is indignant!

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      [E] Rachel

      I don’t put in Oxford commas if they aren’t already there, and Sally J is Team Hates Clarity. I mean, Team Anti-Oxford. I mean Team Awesome In Spite Of Dubious Punctuation Choices.

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