christian bale birthday
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Happy birthday, Christian Bale! The actor rings in his 41st year today. Bale, who is best known for his role as Batman in The Dark Knight films, got his first big break in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 14. Several years and dozens of movies later, the English actor boasts countless nominations and awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Bale has come a long way since first starting out in the industry as a teenager (when he rocked a sleek hairdo!) Ahead, see his changing looks through the years, from blossoming star to full-fledged Hollywood A-lister.