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Ben Kingsley


Ben Kingsley was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, is of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother Anna Lyna Mary, was English. 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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 49 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 The Jungle Book (filming)
Bagheera (voice)
 2015/II Autobahn (completed)
Geran
 2015/II The Walk (completed)
  Brooklyn Bridge (pre-production)
Washington Roebling, Sr.
 2015 Self/less
Damian
 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
Darwan
 2014 Stonehearst Asylum
Silas Lamb
 2014/I War Story
Albert
 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
Narrator
 2008 Fifty Dead Men Walking
Fergus
 2008/I Elegy
David Kepesh
 2006 Lucky Number Slevin
The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2005 BloodRayne
Kagan
 2005 A Sound of Thunder
Charles Hatton (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2002 Spooky House
The Great Zamboni
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Specialist (voice)
 1999 The Confession
Harry Fertig
 1997 Photographing Fairies
Reverend Templeton
 1992 Sneakers
Cosmo
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
Freddie (voice)
 1991 L'amore necessario
Ernesto
 1990 O Quinto Macaco
Cunda
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Father Capulet (voice)
 1990 Una vita scellerata
Governor
 1989 Slipstream
Avatar
 1988 Pascali's Island
Basil Pascali
 1985 Harem
Selim
 1983 Betrayal
Robert
 1972 Fear Is the Key
Royale
  Ich bin dann mal Charlie
Bernard Maris (rumored)
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Alan Howard, Sara Kestelman, David Waller, Christopher Gable, John Kane, and Norman Rodway in the cast. Peter Brook was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Sir Ben Kingsley

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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[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. See more »

Trivia:

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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Star Sign:

Capricorn

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