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Christian Bale is an award winning actor who as a child starred in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, and is also know for his roles in Batman movies.
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"He was something of a kindred spirit to myself ... I hope in a small way that The Dark Knight can be a celebration of his work."
In 2009, Bale stepped into the role of John Connor in the film in the Terminator series, Terminator Salvation. He also starred in the film Public Enemies about mobster John Dillinger. In 2010,
Bale received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in The Fighter (2010). Bale teamed up with Christopher Nolan again in 2012, performing in the Nolan's third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.
Outside of acting, Bale prefers to keep his private life under wraps. However, allegations on July 22, 2008, thrust Bale into the spotlight. He was accused of assaulting his mother, Jenny, and sister, Sharon, who called the authorities. He was later released on lack of evidence. That same month, it was reported that Bale had a meltdown on the set of his new film, Terminator Salvation. Audio of the outburst was later released and widely published. Hollywood figures such as Whoopi Goldberg and Ron Howard publicly defended his actions, but his reputation remained marred by the incident.
Bale has been married to independent producer Sibi Blazic since 2000. The couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter, in 2005.
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