Welsh-born, veteran actor Anthony Hopkins has spent over five decades refining his skills resulting in a distinct style of acting that is admired the world-over, bringing something different to each and every Anthony Hopkins movie. No Anthony Hopkins biography would be complete without crediting his superbly dedicated acting methods. The thorough learning of script is one of Anthony Hopkins main strengths in acting expertise, (despite being dyslexic). He studies each script precisely 250 times. The great actor believes 250 to be the magical number and once said "I save the acting for when the director says, Action". This is the method regularly employed by the RADA trained actor in all Anthony Hopkins movies, firmly having the opinion that rehearsals are not absolutely necessary and much to the added annoyance of directors, he isn't happy to do retakes! Anthony Hopkins began his acting career on the stage alongside his legendary mentor Sir Laurence Olivier, touring in the early years and often scratching around for work. At that time he began to take solace in alcohol, an addiction to which he was to battle against for many years. Hopkins had always been a loner and the more successfull he became, the more he shunned the glare of publicity. Following the stage, Anthony Hopkins movies were first TV films and dramas. Following the TV epic "War and Peace", in which he plays Pierre, Anthony Hopkins had become by then well-known in the UK and his movie career began to take off in the States. Anthony Hopkins the actor is particularly keen on roles where he can study a character well, relishing the challenge he cleverly executes so often, as he did in The Bunker 1981, where he plays Adolph Hitler, during his downfall and last days before he was defeated. Hopkins award-winning performance was so convincing, particularly in the final scenes of Hitlers ranting hysteria and madness - an early confirmation in Hopkins career of his ability to portray madmen and monsters skillfully. However, it was not until 1991 when Anthony Hopkins finally achieved his Oscar for best actor, for his depiction of the ultimate cannibalistic monster Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of The Lambs, the movie that sealed Anthony Hopkins' worldwide fame and was the catalyst for a string of memorable Anthony Hopkins movies. Hopkins played President Richard Nixon in the movie Nixon 1995, to start with incensed by director Oliver Stones proposition of himself, a British actor playing an American President. Nonetheless, Hopkins gradually came round to embarking upon the character, while he knew it was taking a chance at this time when he was at the pinnacle of his acting career, following his Oscar-winning performance in 1991. Anthony Hopkins spent over 50 hours watching video footage of the, by then departed, President in preparation for the movie Nixon, perfecting his mannerisms and accent, capturing the meaning of the man, as opposed to purely his physical appearance. An Oscar nomination was forthcoming for Hopkins' powerful performance in the lead, and combined with the memorable photography and music score, the movie is a really enjoyable drama from beginning to end, being one of the all-time favourite Anthony Hopkins movies. Other Anthony Hopkins movies linking the eminent actors exceptional skill at character study include Surviving Picasso 1996, where Hopkins portrays the artist Pablo Picasso, playing out the monster in the womanizing, self-centred, controlling artist, and character study comes into play again - this time he even looks like Picasso, so the accomplishment is even more believable. Several books of Anthony Hopkins biography have been written, one of the best being "A Three Act Life" by Michael Feeney Callan, detailing the actor's fascinating life from 1937 to present day.