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Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 44 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 An Ordinary Man (completed)
The General
 2017 Security (completed)
 2016 The Ottoman Lieutenant
 2016/I Collide
 2016 The Jungle Book
Bagheera (voice)
 2015/II The Walk
Papa Rudy
 2015 Self/less
 2015/I Life
Jack Warner
 2015 Knight of Cups (voice)
 2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Merenkahre (Ahk's Father)
 2014 Robot Overlords
Robin Smythe
 2014 Learning to Drive
 2014 Stonehearst Asylum
Silas Lamb
 2014/I War Story
 2013 Walking with the Enemy
Regent Horthy
 2013 A Common Man
The Man
 2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything
Lawrence Konrad
 2012/III Noah
Narrator (voice)
 2010 Teen Patti
Perci Trachtenberg
 2009 Journey to Mecca
 2008 Fifty Dead Men Walking
 2008/I Elegy
David Kepesh
 2006 Lucky Number Slevin
The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2005 BloodRayne
 2005 A Sound of Thunder
Charles Hatton (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2002 Spooky House
The Great Zamboni
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
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 1999 The Confession
Harry Fertig
 1997 Photographing Fairies
Reverend Templeton
 1992 Sneakers
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
Freddie (voice)
 1991 L'amore necessario
 1990 O Quinto Macaco
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Father Capulet (voice)
 1990 Una vita scellerata
 1989 Slipstream
 1988 Pascali's Island
Basil Pascali
 1985 Harem
 1983 Betrayal
 1972 Fear Is the Key
  Ich bin dann mal Charlie
Bernard Maris (rumored)
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He acted in William Shakespeare's plays, "Henry IV Part I and II", "Henry V" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor", at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Alan Howard, Brewster Mason, Emrys James, Ian Richardson, Charles Dance, Brenda Bruce and Barbara Leigh-Hunt in the cast. Terry Hands was director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 6 Interviews | 14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Sir Ben Kingsley


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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[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. See more »


Kingsley'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... See more »


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