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!
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
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
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)
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!