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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 Ottoman Lieutenant

The Ottoman Lieutenant

2017 R

Against the turbulent landscape of World War I, an idealistic American nurse accompanies a doctor in his work overseas, but soon finds her loyalties and affections tested when she falls for an officer from the marauding Ottoman Army.

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