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Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on New Year's Eve, 1943, in Yorkshire, England. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and achieved a reputation as a musical performer. By the time he made his film debut, in 1972's Fear Is the Key, Kingsley was a familiar face in British theatre and television.

Ten years later, his career-defining performance in the title role of the biopic Gandhi won Kingsley the Best Actor Oscar. Later concentrating on (often real-life) character roles, he received Supporting Actor Oscar nominations as mob boss Meyer Lansky in Bugsy and a sadistic U.K. gangster in Sexy Beast.

He was also memorable as Isaac Stern, right-hand man to Liam Neeson's Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List (1993). He earned his fourth Oscar nomination as a retired Iranian-American military man in House of Sand and Fog (2004) and copped an Emmy nod for the 2005 TV drama Mrs. Harris.

Ben Kingsley in The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016)

2016 PG

Inspired by the animated Disney classic, this live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's beloved novel follows young Mowgli as he navigates a jungle full of wonder and peril with his animal allies Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear.

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  • Ben Kingsley in Shutter Island Shutter Island
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  • Ben Kingsley in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Ben Kingsley in Selfless Selfless
  • Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3 Iron Man 3
  • Ben Kingsley in House of Sand and Fog House of Sand and Fog
  • Ben Kingsley in Sneakers Sneakers
  • Ben Kingsley in Exodus: Gods and Kings Exodus: Gods and Kings
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  • Ben Kingsley in The Walk The Walk
  • Ben Kingsley in Walking with the Enemy Walking with the Enemy
  • Ben Kingsley in The Boxtrolls The Boxtrolls
  • Ben Kingsley in Bugsy Bugsy
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  • Ben Kingsley in The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis
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  • Ben Kingsley in Transsiberian Transsiberian
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  • Ben Kingsley in Hugo Hugo
  • Ben Kingsley in The Confession The Confession
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  • Ben Kingsley in Life Life
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  • Ben Kingsley in Thunderbirds Thunderbirds
  • Ben Kingsley in Robot Overlords Robot Overlords
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  • Ben Kingsley in Tuck Everlasting Tuck Everlasting
  • Ben Kingsley in Oliver Twist Oliver Twist
  • Ben Kingsley in A Sound of Thunder A Sound of Thunder
  • Ben Kingsley in Mrs. Harris Mrs. Harris
  • Ben Kingsley in You Kill Me You Kill Me
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  • Ben Kingsley in Dickens of London Dickens of London
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