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Ben Kingsley

Mostly Credited As: Ben Kingsley
Sometimes Credited As: Sir Ben Kingsley

Birth Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji
Date Of Birth: December 31, 1943 (Age 70)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)

Ben Kingsley


Prodigiously talented British leading man of Indian descent. Kingsley was born to an Indian physician and English fashion model, and as a young man gravitated toward the theater. He honed a subtle acting style in numerous Shakespearean productions, but his film debut, in Fear Is the Key (1972), was disappointing by comparison. One year later he had a small part as a Pakistani taxi company owner in Mike Leigh's Hard Labour Kingsley was content to remain on stage until winning the title role in Sir Richard Attenborough's epic Gandhi (1982). His subtle, heartfelt performance as the pacifist leader not only brought international fame, but a Best Actor Academy Award in his first major leading role. Kingsley has since appeared in many "smaller" pictures, including several written by Harold Pinter. Among them are Betrayal (1983), Turtle Diary, Harem (both 1985), Testimony, Maurice (both 1987), Pascali's Island, Without a Clue (a rare stab at comedy, playing a brilliant Dr. Watson to Michael Caine's inept Sherlock Holmes, both 1988), Slipstream (1989), The Children (1990), and Bugsy (1991, in an Oscar-nominated turn as gangster Meyer Lansky). Since then he has turned up in a number of films, in an impressive variety of character parts: as the voice of Freddie in the animated Freddie as F.R.O.7 the onetime student radical in Sneakers (both 1992), the timid but honest Vice President of the United States in Dave the quietly determined chess master in Searching for Bobby Fischer the title character's Jewish accountant (and conscience) in Schindler's List (all 1993), and the accused torturer in Death and the Maiden (1994). He also starred in the 1989 TV movie Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story as the fabled Nazi-hunter.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Tut (2015)As: Ay
Coronation Street (1960)As: Ron Jenkins (1966-1967)
Episode Cast Credits 

Conan (2010) 
  Ben Kingsley, Al Madrigal, Kenny Chesney 04x142: (Sep/29/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Ben Kingsley, Bojana Novakovic 11x20: (Sep/26/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Kingsley, Alia Shawkat 09x85: (May/27/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Sir Ben Kingsley, Laura Prepon, Lupe Fiasco 04x09: (Jan/14/2008) As Himself 
  Sir Ben Kingsley, Mary McCormack, Jesse Malin 03x102: (Jun/21/2007) As Himself 

The Queen Latifah Show (2013) 
  Academy Award Winning Actor Sir Ben Kingsley. Plus, "Scandal" Gladiator Guillermo Diaz. 02x09: (Sep/25/2014) As Himself 

Richard Attenborough A Life in Film (2014) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Aug/25/2014) As Himself (Participant) 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  After the Oscars (Mar/02/2014) As Himself, [Featuring]

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (2013) 
  Muse of Fire: A Shakesperean Road Movie 01x01: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Daybreak (2010) 
  October 17, 2013 04x34: (Oct/17/2013) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  June 11, 2013 14x162: (Jun/11/2013) As Himself 
  November 29, 2011 12x333: (Nov/29/2011) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Ben Kingsley 31x174: (May/02/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Summer Fun Week: Ben Kingsley, Luke Perry 26x219: (Jul/03/2008) As Himself 

Tavis Smiley (2004) 
  Ben Kingsley 10x79: (May/02/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  Ben Kingsley 09x58: (May/02/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) 
  Ben Kingsley, Kal Penn, Johnny Marr 05x71: (May/01/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Ben Kingsley, Larry the Cable Guy, the Band Perry 21x84: (Apr/29/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The One Show (2006) 
  April 12, 2013 07x165: (Apr/12/2013) As Himself 
  February 10, 2010 04x144: (Feb/10/2010) As Himself 
  April 10, 2009 03x172: (Apr/10/2009) As Himself 

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  Ben Kingsley, Audrey Tautou, Carl Froch, Alt-J 04x14: (Apr/06/2013) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Ben Kingsley, Mary J. Blige 17x97: (Feb/16/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Kingsley, Artie Lange, Emmylou Harris 15x132: (Jun/12/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 81st Annual Academy Awards 57x01: (Feb/22/2009) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 76th Annual Academy Awards 52x01: (Feb/29/2004) As Nominee: Best Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 74th Annual Academy Awards 50x01: (Mar/24/2002) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 55th Annual Academy Awards 31x01: (Apr/11/1983) As Winner: Best Actor (for 'Gandhi') 

The Sopranos (1999) 
  Luxury Lounge 06x07: (Apr/23/2006) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Ben Kingsley, Juvenile 05x44: (Apr/11/2006) As Himself 
  Sir Ben Kingsley, Greg Giraldo, Jack Johnson with G. Love 02x134: (Dec/16/2003) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Season 5, Episode 76 05x76: (Apr/16/2002) As Himself 

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Ben Kingsley 08x10: (Mar/17/2002) As Himself 

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) 
  8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 08x01: (Mar/10/2002) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (for 'Anne Frank') 

TFI Friday (1996) 
  Ben Kingsley, Uri Geller, Mehgan Heaney-Grier 03x04: (Oct/03/1997) As Himself 

Pebble Mill At One (1972) 
  October 11, 1985 15x20: (Oct/11/1985) As Himself 

Oxbridge Blues (1984) 
  Sleeps Six 01x07: (Dec/19/1984) As unknown 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Camille 34x01: (Dec/11/1984) As Duval 

Breakfast Time (UK) (1983) 
  Episode 285 02x36: (Feb/21/1984) As Himself 
  Episode 104 01x104: (Jun/09/1983) As Himself 
  Episode 43 01x43: (Mar/16/1983) As Himself 

Six Fifty-Five (1983) 
  Series 3, Episode 3 03x03: (Jul/06/1983) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards 40x01: (Jan/29/1983) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama / New Star Of The Year - Actor (for 'Gandhi') 

BBC Television Shakespeare (1978) 
  The Merry Wives of Windsor 05x03: (Dec/28/1982) As Frank Ford 

Turn Out the Lights (1967) 
  The Boyhood Haunt 01x01: (Jan/02/1967) As Andre Bazir 
Trivia

He is 5'8'' (1.73 m) tall.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve Honors List 2001.

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