Born: 31 December 1943
Birthplace: North Yorkshire, England
Best known as: Star of the movie Gandhi
Name at birth: Krishna Bhanji
One of England's most respected stage actors, Ben Kingsley became internationally famous after his Oscar-winning performance as Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi. Kingsley's was accepted as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, and throughout the '60s and '70s he performed on stage and in television programs, usually in productions of William Shakespeare and Harold Pinter plays. Since Gandhi he has played a number of supporting and lead roles in the movies, in addition to numerous stage productions in England and the U.S. (including Edmund Kean in 1983). Kingsley's other Oscar nominations include for Bugsy (1991, starring Warren Beatty), Sexy Beast (2000) and The House of Sand and Fog (2003, co-starring Jennifer Connelly). His other movies include Sneakers (1992, with Robert Redford, Death And The Maiden (1994, with Sigourney Weaver) and Roman Polanski's version of Oliver Twist (2005).
Extra credit: He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on his birthday in 2001.
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