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Christian Bale

Highest Rated:   100% Henry V (1989)
Birthplace:   Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Christian Bale is one of the few actors in Hollywood whose child stardom has successfully translated to steady and respectable adult employment. With a wistful handsomeness to complement his impressive, sometimes underrated talent, Bale has become something of a quiet sensation, netting choice roles in a number of unconventional, critically acclaimed films.Born January 30, 1974, in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Bale was raised in England, Portugal, and the U.S. The product of a creative family (his mother was a dancer and both of his grandfathers were part-time actors), Bale made his stage debut at the age of ten, playing opposite British comedian Rowan Atkinson in The Nerd. In 1986, he debuted on television as Alexis in the miniseries Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. His film debut came the following year with the lead role in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun. Although the film met with very mixed reviews, Bale received almost ubiquitous praise for his portrayal of a young boy interned in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Following a starring role in a Swedish film, Mio min Mio, Bale next appeared in Kenneth Branagh's celebrated 1988 adaptation of Henry V and in 1990, starred opposite Charlton Heston in a highly-regarded cable adaptation of Treasure Island. In 1992, Bale appeared in his first adult role in the musical Newsies, in which he could be seen singing, dancing, and sporting a fairly convincing American accent. His next film, Swing Kids (1993), also featured him dancing, this time alongside Robert Sean Leonard in wartime Germany. Although the film failed to impress most critics, it succeeded in making a favorable impact on teenage girls and swing afficionados everywhere. The following year, Bale appeared as Laurie in Gillian Armstrong's acclaimed adaptation of Little Women and then went on to lend his voice to Disney's animated film Pocahontas, which proved to be one of 1995's biggest box-office draws. The actor next appeared in The Secret Agent (1996), which, despite a strong cast including GĂ©rard Depardieu, Bob Hoskins, and Patricia Arquette, was widely unseen in the U.S. After a tragically small role in the same year's The Portrait of a Lady, Bale was finally given the opportunity to step into the limelight with the 1997 film Metroland, an adaptation of Julian Barnes' novel. Starring alongside Emily Watson, Bale played a young husband and father wallowing in discontented nostalgia and received overwhelmingly positive notices for his thoughtful, complex portrayal. The film was not released in the U.S. until the following year, when he also had lead roles in Todd Haynes' eagerly anticipated Velvet Goldmine and All the Little Animals, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to strong reviews. The following year, Bale starred alongside Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rupert Everett in a lavish adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In addition to the exposure he (literally) received in his role as Demetrius, Bale got a different kind of recognition for his part in the well-documented controversy surrounding the casting of Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho. After winning and then losing the film's lead role to Leonardo DiCaprio, Bale then won it back, prompting a wave of media coverage and at least one publication's decision to describe him as everyone's favorite underdog. It was a title that, deserved or not, seemed to fit an actor who, beneath all of the hyperbole and hype, was one of Hollywood's most engaging and underrated treasures. Bale next starred in the humans versus dragons opus Reign of Fire (2002), followed by the dystopian thriller Equilibrium before returning to the present day with the low-key sexual comedy drama Laurel Canyon (2002). Bale was about to make a breakthrough move into blockbuster film, however, as he was cast as the superhero Batman in Christopher Nolan's latest entry in the franchise, Batman Begins. The franchise reboo


Highest Rated Movies



92% Ford v Ferrari
  • Ken Miles
65% Vice
  • Dick Cheney
53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
  • Bagheera
71% Hostiles
  • Captain Joseph J. Blocker
$29.5M 2018
92% Intent to Destroy
  • Actor
51% The Promise
  • Chris Myers
$8.2M 2017
47% Knight of Cups
  • Rick
$0.4M 2016
89% The Big Short
  • Michael Burry
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Moses
No Score Yet The Last Photograph
  • Actor
92% American Hustle
  • Irving Rosenfeld
$99.2M 2013
54% Out of the Furnace
  • Rodney Baze, Jr.
$8.4M 2013
No Score Yet Untitled Ice Cube/David O. Russell Project
  • Irving Rosenfeld
87% The Dark Knight Rises
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman
$448.2M 2012
41% The Flowers of War
  • John Miller
$0.4M 2011
No Score Yet Killing Pablo
  • Actor
91% The Fighter
  • Dicky Eklund
$93.6M 2010
68% Public Enemies
  • Melvin Purvis
$97M 2009
33% Terminator Salvation
  • John Connor
$125.3M 2009
94% The Dark Knight
  • Batman/Bruce Wayne
$533.4M 2008
77% I'm Not There
  • Jack Rollins/Pastor John
$4M 2007
89% 3:10 to Yuma
  • Dan Evans
$53.6M 2007
90% Rescue Dawn
  • Dieter Dengler
$5.4M 2007
48% Harsh Times
  • Jim Luther Davis
  • Executive Producer
$3.4M 2006
76% The Prestige
  • Alfred Borden
$53.1M 2006
84% Batman Begins
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman
$204.2M 2005
63% The New World
  • John Rolfe
$12.5M 2005
77% The Machinist
  • Trevor Reznik
$1M 2004
69% Laurel Canyon
  • Sam
$3.6M 2003
41% Equilibrium
  • John Preston
42% Reign of Fire
  • Quinn Abercromby
$43M 2002
28% Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  • Mandras
$25.3M 2001
67% Shaft
  • Walter Wade Jr.
$70.4M 2000
69% American Psycho
  • Patrick Bateman
64% Metroland
  • Chris
No Score Yet Mary, Mother of Jesus
  • Jesus
65% All the Little Animals
  • Bobby
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Demetrius
59% Velvet Goldmine
  • Arthur Stuart
46% The Portrait of a Lady
  • Edward Rosier
50% Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent'
  • Stevie
55% Pocahontas
  • Thomas
93% Little Women
  • Laurie
No Score Yet Royal Deceit (Prince of Jutland)
  • Amled
56% Swing Kids
  • Thomas Berger
39% Newsies
  • Jack Kelly
No Score Yet A Murder of Quality
  • Tim Perkins
No Score Yet Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square
  • Actor
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure)
  • Jim Hawkins
100% Henry V
  • Falstaff's Boy
75% Empire of the Sun
  • Jim "Jamie" Graham
No Score Yet Mio in the Land of Faraway
  • Jum-Jum/Benke
No Score Yet Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
  • Alexis


No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2002

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