Happy 75th Birthday, Anthony Hopkins! The Acclaimed Actor’s Career in 8 Clicks (PHOTOS)

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Dec. 31 marks the end of 2012, but it’s the beginning of Anthony Hopkins’ 75th year on Planet Earth.

One of the most acclaimed and sought-after actors in the world, Hopkins has been entertaining audiences for more than 40 years, remarkably getting the break that made him a true movie star – Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lecter — at the age of 54.

To commemorate Hopkins’ birthday, Celebuzz has assembled a gallery of some of his most memorable movie roles, celebrating the actor’s versatility and consistency as one of the best in Hollywood.

Although he’d been acting on stage and television since 1960, Hopkins made a significant U.S. breakthrough in 1980, when he starred as a doctor trying to help a deformed man in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man.

After working in films including 1984’s The Bounty helped establish him as part of a new generation of English actors who could contribute substantive performances to films from virtually any country, Hopkins exploded in the public consciousness with his turn in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. Played cold-blooded serial killer Lecter, the actor not only scored an Academy Award, but earned a place in the pop culture pantheon as one of the scariest and most memorable villains in film history.

Sincee then, Hopkins has played everything from butlers to kings to gods, most recently stepping into Alfred Hitchcock’s corpulent frame to plat the iconic filmmaker as he embarked on the production of Psycho in the 2012 film Hitchcock.

Click through our gallery for a good look at some of the actor’s most famous roles. And let us know which of them are your favorites – or which ones we forgot – in the comments section below!

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