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Hollywood star for Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Hopkins was forced to pull out of an awards ceremony last week
Port Talbot-born actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is to get his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Oscar winning star of Silence of the Lambs and Mission Impossible Two among his many films will receive the honour next year.

Started in 1958 as a lasting tribute to Hollywood personalities, the walk is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

Johnny Grant, who is chairman of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Kevin Costner and Glenn Close would also receive stars.

The induction ceremonies will generate a lot of excitement for our residents and visitors from around the world
Johnny Grant

"There is a favourite on next year's list for everybody," he said.

"We have both young and veteran performers and local, national and international stars.

"The induction ceremonies will generate a lot of excitement for our residents and visitors from around the world."

Last week, Hopkins, who is 65, was forced to cancel a trip to the Maui Film Festival in Hawaii where he was due to collect the Silversword Award Tribute citing family reasons.

Adrien Brody, who won this year's Oscar for his role in The Pianist, accepted the award on his behalf.

Hopkins sent a letter saying he was "extremely sorry" that he couldn't attend and added "Please know that I am there with you in my mind and spirit".

The Silversword Award "honours a special film artist for their contributions to the art of filmmaking and their personal commitment to effect positive change in the world," the festival said.

Hopkins is arguably the biggest movie star Wales has produced since Richard Burton, although Swansea's Catherine Zeta Jones provides fierce competition.

His most famous role was playing the flesh-eating serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs for which he won his Oscar.

He has also attracted critical acclaim for his work in films such as Remains of The Day, Nixon and Shadowlands, and for directing the film August.




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