Anthony, took up acting after a brief meeting with Richard Burton and this encouraged him to enrol at the Royal Welsh Collage of the Arts, Cardiff. After completing his National Service he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.
He has been married three times, his first wife was Petronella Barker 1967 then to Jennifer Layton 1973 with whom he had one daughter Abigail. Anthony is now married to Columbian born Stella Arroyave.
His acting accomplishments, BAFTA and Oscar nominations are numerous, amongst them are the films Hamlet, Amistad, The Great Mr Dickens, When 8 Bells Toll, Young Winston, Juggernaut, A Bridge Too Far, Shadow Lands, The Lion in Winter, Magic and his Oscar winning portrayal of Nixon in the film Nixon.
Anthony will always be best remembered for his incredible portrayal of the human liver, eating Hannibal Lecter, in Silence of the Lambs, and the follow up films Hannibal, and Red Dragon.
AmeriCymru is pleased and proud to announce that Welsh artist and illustrator Jeff Phillips is donating a series of original artworks to help raise money for the 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod in L.A.. We'll let Jeff expalin a little more about the project in his own words:-
"As part of a project that I am involved with in the setting up of a new travel group using Welsh stars and Icons birth places as visiting sites, it has fallen on me to create a series of portrait drawings for our brochures and fliers. As with this type of work once the artwork is scanned in and put onto disc, the original artwork is discarded and is usually filed away in one of my port folios' never again to see the light of day.
However this time I thought I could donate all the original artwork for auction prizes to raise funds for a good cause and I think that the West Coast Eisteddfod is a very worthy cause.
Each Drawing is in Pencil on art card size A4 / Each will be in it's own mount to fit a frame size of 14ins x 11ins / They will be individually packed in a cellophane sleeve, that will also contain a signed printed Biography sheet and a certificate of authenticity. I am targeting 30 images altogether ."
More of Jeff's work can be seen on his website , on his AmeriCymru home page and on the Dlyan Thomas Experience site.
If you would like a chance to win these unique works of art please click on the Donate button on the AmeriCymru home page ( left hand column near the top ) and donate whatever you can afford for the West Coast Eisteddfod 2011. Every dollar you give entitles you to one chance in the prize draw which will take place at the Eisteddfod in L.A. in September this year. All donations go to the Meriwther Lewis Memorial Eisteddfod Foundation and are tax deductible in the USA.