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Today is Friday, Dec. 31, the 366th and last day of 2004.
By United Press International

Kevorkian bio film in the works

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Ben Kingsley tops the list of actors being considered to play Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a film about the U.S. assisted-suic Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple, w

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By United Press International

British poll ranks top movie gangsters

LONDON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Marlon Brando's portrayal of Don Vito Corleone in the "Godfather" has been voted the top movie don of all time, a poll in Britain found. A UCI Cinema survey of gangster greats found Robert De Niro's role as Vito Corleone in the follow-up "Godfather II"

Ben Kingsley in gangster drama

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Ben Kingsley will join the cast of the upcoming gangster drama "Lucky Number Sleven," Daily Variety said Monday.

Roman Polanski filming 'Oliver Twist'

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 27 (UPI) -- Producer Roman Polanski will film a new version of the popular Charles Dickens children's classic "Oliver Twist" in Prague.

Spielberg plans to film Olympic massacre

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- Director Steven Spielberg plans to make a film about the kidnap and killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, the BBC said Thursday.

Jennifer Aniston to star in 'Gambit' redo

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- "Friends" actor Jennifer Aniston is set to star in the Hollywood remake of the 1966 British classic caper "Gambit."

Feature: The 'Sunset Blvd.' all-stars

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- An all-star cast headed by Oscar-winners Anjelica Huston and Sir Ben Kingsley is preparing for a reading of Billy Wilder's classic film "Sunset Blvd." in Hollyw
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: Spielberg, Schindler and Shoah

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- Steven Spielberg is steering clear of the controversy over Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," but at a Los Angeles appearance to promote the DVD release
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Bening, Kingsley star in 'Mrs. Harris'

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley have begun filming "Mrs. Harris," a U.S. film about love and obsession written by playwright Phyllis Nagy.

Sevigny to star in three new projects

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Chloe Sevigny has three new film and television projects in the works, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

Depp, Theron, 'Rings' take top SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won top film honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.

Oscar actor nominations announced

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Diane Keaton, Bill Murray, Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, fresh off winning Golden Globe Awards for acting, were nominated Tuesday for acting Oscars.

10th Annual SAG Awards acting nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Screen Actors Guild Thursday announced its nominees for outstanding performance for the 10th annual SAG awards.
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Ben Kingsley
Actor Sir Ben Kingsley (L) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on April 6, 2005. Kingsley, who portrayed Gandhi in the movie of that name is involved in a project to show the movie, dubbed in Arabic, in West Bank and Gaza communities to offer an alternative to violence. (UPI Photo/Omar Rashidi)

Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji (Gujarati:કૃષ્ણા પંડિત ભાનજી); 31 December 1943) is an English actor. He has won Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in his career. He is known for starring as Mohandas Gandhi in the film Gandhi in 1982, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji in Snainton, near Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, the son of Anna Lyna Mary (née Goodman), an actress and model, and Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, a medical doctor.

Kingsley's father was born in Kenya of Gujarati Indian descent; Kingsley's paternal grandfather was a spice trader who had moved from India to Zanzibar, where Kingsley's father lived until moving to England at the age of 14. Ben Kingsley's mother, born out of wedlock, was "loath to speak of her background"; she was the daughter of an English East London garment worker mother and a father who was believed by the family to have been a Russian or German Jew.

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