The 25 Greatest Actors Of The '90s

“He’s a character actor in the best sense of the word.” — OLIVER STONE

Four Oscar nominations in the past seven years make him one of the decade’s most honored actors. Even more impressive: The performance for which he won took up only 27 minutes of actual screen time (hint: It goes well with fava beans and a nice Chianti, ffpt, ffpt, ffpt). But no matter what the role—an emotionally starchy English butler in The Remains of the Day, a foulmouthed unindicted coconspirator in Oliver Stone’s Nixon—Hopkins, 60, is the sort of sublimely subtle actor who makes you glad there will always be a Wales.

DON’T MISS: The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Remains of the Day (1993), Nixon (1995)

NEXT: The thriller Meet Joe Black, costarring Brad Pitt (Nov. 13)