Christian Bale


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Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood, including England, Portugal,... See full bio »

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Known For

The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne
(2008)
Batman Begins Bruce Wayne / Batman
(2005)
Vice Dick Cheney
(2018)
American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld
(2013)

Filmography

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 2019 Ford v Ferrari
Ken Miles
 2018/I Vice
Dick Cheney
 2018 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
Bagheera (voice)
 2017 Hostiles
Capt. Joseph J. Blocker
 2016/II The Promise
Chris Myers
 2015 The Big Short
Michael Burry
 2015 Knight of Cups
Rick
 2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings
Moses
 2013 American Hustle
Irving Rosenfeld
 2013 Out of the Furnace
Russell Baze
 2012 The Dark Knight Rises
Bruce Wayne
 2011 The Flowers of War
John Miller
 2010/I The Fighter
Dicky Eklund
 2009 Public Enemies
Melvin Purvis
 2009 Terminator Salvation
John Connor
 2008 The Dark Knight
Bruce Wayne
 2007 I'm Not There
Jack / Pastor John
 2007 3:10 to Yuma
Dan Evans
 2006 The Prestige
Alfred Borden
 2006 Rescue Dawn
Dieter Dengler
 2005 The New World
John Rolfe
 2005 Harsh Times
Jim Luther Davis
 2005 Batman Begins (Video Game)
Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
 2005 Batman Begins
Bruce Wayne / Batman
 2004 Howl's Moving Castle
Howl (English version, voice)
 2004 The Machinist
Trevor Reznik
 2002 Equilibrium
John Preston
 2002 Reign of Fire
Quinn Abercromby
 2002 Laurel Canyon
Sam
 2000 Shaft
Walter Wade, Jr.
 2000 American Psycho
Patrick Bateman
 1999 Mary, Mother of Jesus (TV Movie)
Jesus of Nazareth
 1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Demetrius
 1998 All the Little Animals
Bobby Platt
 1998 Velvet Goldmine
Arthur Stuart
 1997 Metroland
Chris
 1996 The Secret Agent
Stevie
 1996 The Portrait of a Lady
Edward Rosier
 1995/I Pocahontas
Thomas (voice)
 1994 Little Women
Laurie
 1994 Royal Deceit
Amled
 1993 Swing Kids
Thomas Berger
 1992 Newsies
Jack Kelly
 1991 A Murder of Quality (TV Movie)
Tim Perkins
 1990 The Dreamstone (TV Series)
Wildit
- The Dreamstone (1990) ... Wildit (voice)
 1990 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
Jim Hawkins
 1989 Henry V
Robin the Luggage-Boy
 1987 Empire of the Sun
Jim
 1987 Mio in the Land of Faraway
Jum-Jum / Benke
 1987 Heart of the Country (TV Mini-Series)
Ben Harris
- 'Till I'm on My Feet (1987) ... Ben Harris
- You Have to Have Someone (1987) ... Ben Harris
- What You Need Is a Helping Hand (1987) ... Ben Harris
- Why Wasn't I Told? (1987) ... Ben Harris
 1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (TV Mini-Series)
Alexei
- Part II (1986) ... Alexei
- Part I (1986) ... Alexei
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Other Works:

Bale was invited to speak at the American Film Institute Tribute to director Steven Spielberg. The gala event aired on A&E in North America on September 7, 1995. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 21 Interviews | 34 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 22 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

I always like that. Whenever there's a project where everyone's going, "Oooooh, it's a bit dodgy", I always like it. If you actually look at it, there tends not to be anything risky at all. Why did I start acting in the first place? I didn't do it to be mediocre or to please everybody all the time. See more »

Trivia:

Born on the same date as Olivia Colman. See more »

Trademark:

Often gains or loses weight for particular roles such as gaining muscle for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)), losing weight for The Machinist (2004) and The Fighter (2010), as well as gaining fat for American Hustle (2013) and Vice (2018) See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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