Hannibal Lecter

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Snafu the Great

Hannibal Lecter will seriously screw with your mind before killing you and serving you up with a side of fava beans. And the fact that Anthony Hopkins just nailed the role down sends chills up your spine.

So here's to 'The Cannibal.'

Hannibal's Bio

Full Name: Hannibal Lecter VIII
Aliases: Dr. Fell, Mr. Closter, Lloyd Wyman
Nicknames: The Chesapeake Ripper, Hannibal the Cannibal
Nationality: Originally Lithuanian by birth. Later gains both French and American citizenship.
Ancestry: Lithuanian nobility on his father's side, Italian nobility on his mother's side
Date of Birth: January 20, 1933
Age: varies, depending on the film
Height: 5'8" (Hopkins' actual height)
Weight: Unknown
Family: Parents killed during World War II; Mischa Lecter, younger sister (deceased - murdered, later cannibalized); Count Robert Lecter, uncle (deceased) Lady Murasaki Shikibu Lecter, aunt-by-marriage
Romantic Interest: Lady Murasaki Shikibu Lecter
Education: Institut De Medicine St Marie - Paris, France (M.D.), Johns Hopkins University Hospital - Baltimore, Maryland (Psychiatry Residency Training)
Modus Operandi: Cannibalism and Torture
Total number of Victims: Over 29
Occupation: Formerly a Forensic Psychiatrist
Portrayed By: Brian Cox (Manhunter); Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon); Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising); Aaran Thomas (Hannibal Rising - child)

Hannibal Lecter, M.D. is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. Lecter is introduced in the thriller novel Red Dragon as a genius psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. This novel and its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, feature Lecter as one of two primary antagonists. In the third novel, Hannibal, Lecter becomes the main character. His role as protagonist occurs in the fourth novel, Hannibal Rising, which explores his childhood and development into a serial killer. Lecter's character also appears in all five film adaptations.

The first movie, Manhunter, was loosely based on Red Dragon, and features Brian Cox as Lecter, spelled as "Lecktor". In 2002, a second adaptation of Red Dragon was made under the original title, featuring Anthony Hopkins, who had previously played Lecter in the motion pictures The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Hopkins won an Academy Award for his performance of the character in The Silence of the Lambs in 1991 despite the fact that he only appeared on screen for 24 minutes in the entire film. In 2003, Hannibal Lecter (as portrayed by Hopkins) was voted by The American Film Institute to be the most memorable villain in film history.

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