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  • Ben Kingsley

    Born on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England

awards & nominations

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Ben Kingsley as "Massoud Amir Behrani"

Reformed drug addict Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly) has her California coast house, which she inherited from her father, taken away by the county due to a misunderstanding about back taxes. The place is bought by Iranian immigrant Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley), who intends to fix it up and sell it in order to provide a better life for his wife (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and son (Jonathan Ahdout). However, Kathy, desperate to get the house back, begins harassing Behrani so he will return it.

Academy Award (2003) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (2003) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Sexy Beast (2000)

Ben Kingsley as "Don Logan"

Ex-villain Gal Dove (Ray Winstone) has served his time behind bars and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. The idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job. Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Dove is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with Logan, and takes part in a sensational underwater heist, risking everything to protect the woman he loves.

Academy Award (2000) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (2000) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Schindler's List (1993)

Ben Kingsley as "Itzhak Stern"

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

Bugsy (1991)

Ben Kingsley as "Meyer Lansky"

New York mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (Warren Beatty) leaves New York City to dip into the glamour of Hollywood, Calif., and to build up syndicate gambling rackets. Bowled over by actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), the dapper Siegel courts her, despite having a wife and children. Obsessed with creating a gambling haven, Siegel takes racketeering to the Nevada desert and helps develop Las Vegas, only to find himself in deep water over his reckless construction of the Flamingo Hotel.

Academy Award (1991) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1991) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Gandhi (1982)

Ben Kingsley as "Mohandas K. Gandhi"

This acclaimed biographical drama presents major events in the life of Mohandas Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), the beloved Indian leader who stood against British rule over his country. Dedicated to the concept of nonviolent resistance, Gandhi is initially dismissed by English officials, including the influential Lord Irwin (John Gielgud), but eventually he and his cause become internationally renowned, and his gatherings of passive protest move India towards independence.

Academy Award (1982) Won Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982) Won Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982) Won Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Golden Globe (1982) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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