Ben Kingsley stars in Hollywood Walk of Fame
Friday 28 May 2010
British Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Thursday, a milestone in his long acting career he said he never suspected of achieving.
"Dear friends, standing here today amongst you is one of the many things I thought growing up in England that would never happen to me and it has and I'm thrilled," Kingsley, 66, said at the unveiling ceremony attended by his wife, fellow actor Bruce Willis and around 100 admirers.
The unveiling of the 2,410th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame came on the eve of the release of Kingsley's latest film, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," based on the video game of the same name. Kingsley plays the evil nobleman Nizam in the film.
The four-time Oscar nominee clinched Hollywood's top award in 1983 for his riveting, internationally acclaimed performance in "Gandhi." He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.
Born in Scarborough, Britain as Krishna Pandit Bhanji to a British mother and Indian-origin father, Kingsley made his stage debut in London in 1966 as the narrator of "A Smashing Day," which was produced by former Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
After changing his name fearing his original one would hurt his career, Kingsley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and made his film debut in a supporting role in "Fear Is the Key" (1972).
In February, he made his debut in a Bollywood film - the thriller "Teen Patti" (Three Cards), in which he plays a brilliant mathematician.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food