Christian Bale

    January 30, 1974
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
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A Welsh-born English actor. In addition to starring roles in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in films produced by independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 13, playing an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Since then, he has portrayed a wide range of characters. Bale is especially noted for his cult following: the tenth anniversary issue of Entertainment Weekly hailed him as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade", citing his cult status on the Internet. EW called Bale one of the "Most Creative People in Entertainment" in anticipation of the release American Psycho (2000). The Guardian named Bale as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales to parents of English descent. His father, David Bale, was an entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and talent manager and his mother, Jenny James, was a circus clown and performer. He is the youngest of four children. After leaving Wales in 1976, Bale spent his childhood in several countries, including England, Portugal and the United States. Settling for four years in Bournemouth and Henley-on-Thames, Bale was educated at Shiplake C of E Primary School, the independent Dolphin School in Berkshire, and at Bournemouth School. He participated actively in rugby union. Bale has described his childhood, with respect to his mother being in the circus, as "interesting". He recalled his first kiss was with an acrobat named Barta. As a child, he trained in ballet and guitar. His sister Louise's work in theatre also influenced his decision to become an actor. Bale's father was very supportive of his son's acting, resigning from his job as a commercial pilot to travel and manage Bale's burgeoning career. Bale's first foray into acting was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982, when he was eight years old. He appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a child rock star a year later and in 1984 made his stage debut in The Nerd, opposite Rowan Atkinson. On 29 January, 2000, Bale married Sandra "Sibi" Blažić (born 1970), a one-time model, make-up artist and personal assistant to Winona Ryder; the couple have a daughter, Emmeline, who was born on 27 March 2005, in Santa Monica, California. Since 1992, Bale has resided in Los Angeles.

Ford v. Ferrari Ken Miles 2019
Vice Dick Cheney 2018
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Bagheera 2018
Hostiles Captain Joseph J. Blocker 2017
Spielberg Himself 2017
The Promise Chris Myers 2017
Knight of Cups Rick 2016
The Big Short Michael Burry 2015
Keepers of the Covenant: Making 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Himself 2015
Exodus: Gods and Kings Moses 2014
American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld 2013
Out of the Furnace Russell Baze 2013
The Flowers of War John Miller 2012
The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne / Batman 2012
The Batmobile Himself 2012
The Fighter Dick "Dicky" Eklund 2010
Public Enemies Melvin Purvis 2009
Terminator Salvation John Connor 2009
The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne / Batman 2008
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene Himself 2008
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight himself 2008
I'm Not There. Jack/Pastor John 2007
3:10 to Yuma Dan Evans 2007
Rescue Dawn Dieter Dengler 2007
Harsh Times Jim Luther Davis 2006
The Prestige Alfred Borden 2006
The New World John Rolfe 2005
Batman Begins Bruce Wayne / Batman 2005
Tankman Begins Batman (archive footage) (uncredited) 2005
The Machinist Trevor Reznik 2004
Laurel Canyon Sam 2003
Equilibrium John Preston 2002
Reign of Fire Quinn Abercromby 2002
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Mandras 2001
Shaft Walter Wade, Jr. 2000
American Psycho Patrick Bateman 2000
All the Little Animals Bobby Platt 1999
Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square Himself 1999
Mary, Mother of Jesus Jesus of Nazareth 1999
A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius 1999
Metroland 1999
Velvet Goldmine Arthur Stuart 1998
The Portrait of a Lady Edward Rosier 1996
The Secret Agent Stevie 1996
Pocahontas Thomas (voice) 1995
Little Women Theodore "Laurie" Laurence 1994
Royal Deceit Amled 1994
Swing Kids Thomas Berger 1993
Newsies Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly 1992
A Murder of Quality Tim Perkins 1991
Treasure Island Jim Hawkins 1990
Henry V Robin the Luggage-Boy 1989
Mio in the Land of Faraway Jum-Jum / Benke 1987
Empire of the Sun Jim 'Jamie' Graham 1987
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Alexei 1986
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Christian Bale embodied the total complexity of Batman / Bruce Wayne.

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