Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. Known for his versatility and physical transformations for his roles, he has been a leading man in films of several genres. He has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.
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Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer \\"Jenny\\" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood, including England, Portugal...
His first acting job was a cereal commercial in 1983; amazingly, the next year, he debuted on the West End stage in \\"The Nerd\\". A role in the 1986 NBC mini-series Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) caught Steven Spielberg's eye, leading to Bale's well-documented role in Empire of the Sun (1987). For the range of emotions he displayed as the st...
Bale roared into the next decade with a lead role in American Psycho (2000), director Mary Harron's adaptation of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel. In the film, Bale played a murderous Wall Street executive obsessed with his own physicality - a trait for which Bale would become a specialist. Subsequently, the 10th Anniversary issue for \\"E...
Two more cult films followed: Equilibrium (2002) and The Machinist (2004), the latter of which gained attention mainly due to Bale's physical transformation - he dropped a reported 60+ pounds for the role of a lathe operator with a secret that causes him to suffer from insomnia for over a year. Anticipation for The Dark Knight (2008) was spun into ...
For all his acclaim and box-office triumphs, Bale would earn his first Oscar in 2011 in the wake of The Fighter (2010)'s critical and commercial success. Bale earned the Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund, brother to and trainer of boxer \\"Irish\\" Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg. Bale again showed his ability to resha...
Bale capped his role is Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012); in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, Bale made a quiet pilgrimage to the state to visit with survivors of the attack that left theatergoers dead and injured. He also starred in the thriller Out of the Furnace (2013) with Crazy Heart (2009) writer/director Scott Coop...
Bale will re-team with The New World (2005) director Terrence Malick for two upcoming projects: Knight of Cups (2015) and an as-yet-untitled drama.
In his personal life, he devotes time to charities including Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation. He lives with his wife, Sibi Blazic, and their two children.
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Christian Bale is an English actor who has starred in various movies. Bale's role in Empire of the Sun, as a young boy interned in China by the Japanese, received praise from most film critics.   Two years later, Bale had a minor role in Henry V, a drama film based on William Shakespeare 's play The Life of Henry the Fifth.
Oct 04, 2022 · Christian Bale, in full Christian Charles Philip Bale, (born January 30, 1974, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales), Welsh-born English actor who was known for his portrayal of complex psychologically tormented characters. Bale made his big-screen debut, with little formal training as an actor, at age 13 in Empire of the Sun (1987).
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