Christian Bale accepts the trophy for Best Supporting Actor on stage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Christian Bale poses with his award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for "The Fighter" in the press room at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Actors Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Mark Wahlberg are shown in a scene from "The Fighter." Bale earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as boxer-turned-addict Dickie Eklund in the film.
Actor Christian Bale and his wife, Sandra Blazic, attend the 2011 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Jan. 11, 2011, in New York.
Cast member Christian Bale arrives at the premiere of "Public Enemies" in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
Christian Bale, star of "Terminator Salvation," gives a thumbs-up to fans at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 14, 2009.
Actors, from left, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Christian Bale and Maggie Gyllenhaal attend the world premiere of "The Dark Knight" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Monday, July 14, 2008, in New York.
Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic attend the world premiere of "The Dark Knight" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Monday, July 14, 2008 in New York.
Co-stars Christian Bale and Maggie Gyllenhaal pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Monday, July 14, 2008.
Actors Heath Ledger and Christian Bale star as The Joker and Batman in a scene from "The Dark Knight," which hits theatres July 18, 2008.
"He was a good man, and I was glad to have spent time with him. ...He was something of a kindred spirit to myself," Bale said in Parade magazine of his late co-star.
Actor Christian Bale presents the Distinguished Director/Producer Award to "3:10 To Yuma" producer Cathy Konrad and director James Mangold at the 10th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in February 2008.
Actors Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale, director Christopher Nolan and producer Charles Roven pose during a November 2007 news conference in Hong Kong for the second installment of Nolan's Batman series, "The Dark Knight."
Christian Bale as Alfred Borden and Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier in a scene from the 2006 movie "The Prestige." Jackman and Bale were taught magical techniques by Ricky Jay, who played a magician in the film.
A scene from 2007's "3:10 TO Yuma." Russell Crowe and Christian Bale stared in the Western about a captured outlaw whose gang aims to free him. Crowe, director James Mangold, and producer Cathy Konrad unanimously chose Bale as co-lead for the film.
Bale accepts "Best Hero" at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards, for his role in "Batman Begins." Bale thanked his wife, whom he called "my own personal Wonder Woman."
Christian Bale and his wife Sibi Blazic arrive for the European premiere of the film "Batman Begins" in 2005. Bale met his wife through "Little Women" co-star Winona Ryder. Blazic was Ryder's personal assistant. The couple has a daughter born in March 2005.
Bale with co-stars Morgan Freeman and Katie Holmes at the premiere of "Batman Begins" in 2005. "Batman Begins" made Bale the seventh actor to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in the string of live-action films based on the comic book character.
Freddy Rodriguez as Mike and Christian Bale as Jim in a scene from the 2005 movie "Harsh Times." Whenever Bale plays an American character, he says he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film so that the audience isn't confused.
Christian Bale appears in a scene from Lions Gate Films' 2000 thriller "American Psycho." Bale played Patrick Bateman, a financial whiz kid whose interest in mergers and acquisitions gives way to "murders and executions."
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born January 30, 1974, in Wales. "The Dark Knight" star made his professional debut on the London West End stage opposite "Mr. Bean" comedian Rowan Atkinson.