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Christian Bale ACTOR




CHRISTIAN BALE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Christian Bale was born on January 30th, 1974 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire in the United Kingdom with the birth name Christian Charles Philip Bale.  He was born to parents, David Bale and Jenny James who worked as a talent manager.  He was the youngest of four siblings and received his early years education at Shiplake Church of England Primary School, the independent Dolphin School in Berkshire and Bournemouth School.
 
As a young boy he took ballet lessons and also learned how to play the guitar.  It was his sister, Louise who peaked his interest in acting.  His first introduction to acting was working on a fabric softener commercial at the age of eight.  He also appeared on a  Pac-Man cereal commercial and then on stage in a production called, "Nerd" (1984).
 
By 1986 he made his film debut in the television movie, "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" which soon followed with roles in such films as, "Heart of the Country" and "Mio in the Land of Faraway".
 
When he appeared in the Steven Spielberg film, "Empire of the Sun" (1987) he earned the "Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor" award from the National board of Review of Motion Pictures. 
 
At one point in his life he applied to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech And Drama.  He was accepted to all three locations, however his career was going so strong, his parents convinced him to keep working and not further his education at that time.  
 
Soon more prominent roles followed such as, "Treasure Island", "Swing Kids", "Little Women", "Velvet Goldmine" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  His career continued to soar with more roles in a number of highly successful films such as, "American Psycho" (1999), "Shaft" (2000), "Laurel Canyon" (2002), "Reign of Fire" (2002), "Equilibrium" (2002) and "The Machinist" (2004).
 
One of his biggest roles came next in 2005 in, "Batman Begins" a role for which he had to do the opposite of his role for "Machinist" and actually put on weight and muscle.  The film turned out to be a huge success for Warner Brothers and was followed with the sequel later in his career in the film, "The Dark Night" (2008) which grossed over $1 billion at the box office worldwide.   
 
Bale continued working in the industry and appeared in a number of independent films later in his career such as, "Harsh Times" (2005), "Rescue Dawn" (2006), "The Prestige" (2006) and "3:10 to Yuma" (2007).
 
Although his professional career has been highly successful he did grace media coverage when a audio was released of him becoming very angry while filming on the set of "Terminator Salvation" (2008) where he is heard yelling and using profanity at the director, Shane Hurlbut.  Bale ended up quitting working on this film but the incident was parodied a number of times on such shows as, "The Colbert Report", "Family Guy" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien".  Later, Bale made a public apology for his behavior and soon it became an issue of the past having no affect on future film roles being offered to him.
 
Some of his latest roles have been on, "The Fighter" (2010) for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor.  He also starred in, "The Flowers of War" (2011) and soon to release, "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012), "Lawless" (2013) and "Knight of Cups" (2013).  
 
He has been married only once to make up artist for actress, Wynona Ryder, Sibi Blazic, whom he wed in 2000 and together they have one daughter, Emmeline.  He lives in Los Angeles, California with his family and remains active in the entertainment industry.
 
Along with acting, Bale is very involved in such environmental groups as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.  He is a big animal lover and is also involved with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the Redwings Sanctuary and the Happy Child Mission.


Filmography

2013 Knight of Cups
2013 Lawless
2012 The Dark Knight Rises
2011 The Flowers of War 
2010 The Fighter
2009 Public Enemies
2009 Terminator Salvation
2008 The Dark Knight
2007 I'm Not There
2007 3:10 to Yuma
2006 The Prestige
2006 Rescue Dawn
2005 The New World 
2005 Harsh Times 
2005 Batman Begins
2004 Howl's Moving Castle 
2004 The Machinist 
2002 Equilibrium
2002 Reign of Fire
2002 Laurel Canyon
2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin 
2000 Shaft 
2000 American Psycho 
1999 Mary, Mother of Jesus 
1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream 
1998 All the Little Animals 
1998 Velvet Goldmine 
1997 Metroland 
1996 The Secret Agent 
1996 The Portrait of a Lady 
1995 Pocahontas 
1994 Little Women 
1994 Royal Deceit 
1993 Swing Kids 
1992 Newsies 
1991 A Murder of Quality
1990 Treasure Island 
1989 Henry V 
1987 Empire of the Sun 
1987 Mio in the Land of Faraway 
1987 Heart of the Country 
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna







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