Stage and TV work followed, but it wasn't until his affecting performance as a boy interned in a Japanese prison camp in Empire of the Sun (1987) that Bale gained widespread notice. Quickly establishing himself as a talent to watch, he continued to choose noteworthy films -- from Henry V (1989) to Little Women (1994). Moving into more mature roles by the late '90s, Bale earned acclaim for his work in Metroland and A Midsummer Night's Dream before delivering a savagely brilliant turn as the title character in American Psycho (2000).
Bale later donned the cloak of the Caped Crusader in Batman Begins (2005). He won his first Oscar and a Golden Globe Award in 2011 for his supporting work in The Fighter.