Christian Bale

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Oct. 18 2011, Published 3:42 p.m. ET

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The Welsh-born actor began his movie career at the age of 13 when he won the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. Already a huge success, the Hollywood star continued taking on roles years later and wowed audiences with his memorable performances in movies like Little Women and American Psycho. In 2005, Christian put on the bat suit and 100 lbs. of muscle for the remake of Batman Begins and went on to star in the super successful sequel, The Dark Knight. Mr. Bale may have stirred up some controversy when he angrily reprimanded a crew member on the set of Terminator Salvation in 2009, but at least the 37-year-old redeemed himself when he won an Oscar for his riveting performance in The Fighter in 2011. 

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