Name:
Christian Bale
Birth Date:
January 30, 1974
Birth Place:
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Height:
6'
Nationality:
Welsh
Famous for:
His role as James Graham in 'Empire of the Sun' (1987)
Profession:
Actor, Producer
Education:
College in Southern California in the mid-1990s
BIOGRAPHY
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Bale, the American Psycho

Background:

"I enjoyed making the film, but I was shocked when I received all the attention when I got home to Bournemouth. Girls were all over me, boys wanted to fight me, and I was being asked to open local fetes when all I wanted to do was ride my BMX bike in the woods. I told my parents I wasn't interested in doing anything again because the attention ruined it." Christian Bale.

Hailed as one of the Hottest Actors Under 30, Welsh born actor Christian Bale first caught public attention playing Jim in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987). He also perked the audience's interest with his role of psychopath Patrick Bateman in the controversial American Psycho (2000). Bale will star as Batman in the upcoming film Batman Begins (2005).

Bale, an animal lover that does not eat red meat, has been involved in such environmental organizations as Ark Trust, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Foundation, the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Redwings Sanctuary. He also supports a school for neglected children in Rio de Janeiro called the Happy Child Mission.

Animal Devotee

Childhood and Family:

The youngest child of the family, Christian Charles Philip Bale was born on January 30, 1974 to a former commercial pilot and circus dancer, David (died December 30th, 2003) and Jennifer Bale. Born in Haverford, West Pembrokeshire, Wales, Bale, along with his three sisters, Erin (musician), Sharon (computer professional) and Louise (director and actress) was raised in England, Portugal and California. In the mid 90s, Bale attended a college in Southern California.

After his parents divorced Bale's South African-born father married American feminist Gloria Steinem on September 3, 2000.

Christian Bale, whose great uncle is actor Rex Bale, married Czech-descended Sibi Blasic (a.k.a. Sandra Bale, former personal assistant to actress Winona Ryder) on January 29, 2000 in Las Vegas.

An animal lover like his father, Bale currently lives between America and England with his two dogs (Mojo and Ramone) and three cats (Miriam, Molly and Lilly). During shoot-breaks Bale spends his time surfing, snowboarding, reading (his favorites are "The Moon and Sixpence" and "Borstal Boy"), swimming, riding horses and listening to dance music.

Bale's Batman

Career:

"I started my career without fans." Christian Bale.

A model for Pac Man cereal and Lenor laundry detergent at age 9, ten-year-old Christian Bale debuted on the West End Stage in the play The Nerd, alongside Rowan Atkinson. His first small screen appearance was Alexei in the 1986 film Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.

1987 proved to be Bale's breakthrough year. After playing Ben Harris in the mini-series Heart of the Country and in the fantasy film The Land of Faraway (a.k.a. Mio min Mio), Bale nabbed the lead role of James Graham in Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated Empire of the Sun. The role earned Bale praise and awards as well as scoring him roles in such films as Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989) and TV's Treasure Island (1990).

Accompanied by his father and sister, Bale flew to L.A. to star in Disney's musical Newsies (1992), Swing Kids (1993, worked with Robert Sean Leonard) and provide his voice for the blockbuster Disney animated film Pocahontas (1995). Other challenging roles followed including the obsessed neighbor Laurie in Gillian Armstrong's commended adaptation of Little Women (1994) and Jesus Christ in the TV film Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999).

During 1996 Bale's star faded a bit as he played small roles in The Secret Agent and The Portrait of a Lady. However, he regained the spotlight starring in Julian Barnes' novel adaptation film Metroland (1997, opposite Emily Watson), Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine (1998) and All the Little Animals (1998). Bale also teamed with Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Everett in the adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played the role of Demetrius.

Bale's next breakthrough was portraying psychotic serial killer Patrick Bateman in the controversial Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho (2000). Bale later appeared in the 2002 films Reign of Fire, Laurel Canyon, and Equilibrium.

Cast as Trevor Reznik in Maquinista, El (2004), Bale will also play Batman in Batman Begins (2005), and star in The New World (2005) and in the 2006 film Harsh Times.

"An actor should never be larger than the film he's in." Christian Bale.

Awards:

  • Young Artist: Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, Empire Of The Sun, 1989
  • National Board of Review Special Citation: Best Juvenile Performance, Empire of the Sun, 1987
  • National Board of Reviews: Outstanding Juvenile Performance, Empire of the Sun, 1987
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