A reluctant movie megastar, this Wales-born actor got his big break at age 13 when he landed the role of a spoiled British boy who comes of age in a World War II internment camp in 1987's Empire of th...
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
|Lost more than 60 pounds for 2004's The Machinist, dropping to a super skinny 120 lbs.|
|At age 10 in 1984, made his London stage debut as Thor in The Nerd opposite Rowan Atkinson.|
|Trained for 10 weeks to sing and dance in the 1992 musical Newsies.|
|For his incredible performance in 1987's Empire of the Sun, the 13-year-old Bale won Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor from the National Board of Review, an honor created specifically for hi|
|Became the stepson of Gloria Steinem, one of the pioneers of the feminist movement, when she married his father in 2000.|
|Born in Wales, he split his childhood between London, California and Portugal, which may account for his uncanny facility with accents.|
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