Antonio Banderas

Highest Rated: 100% Law of Desire (1987)
Birthday: Aug 10, 1960
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain
Internationally known for his charisma and smoldering good looks, Antonio Banderas is the ultimate manifestation of the Latin heartthrob. Born in Málaga, Spain on August 10, 1960, Banderas wanted to become a professional soccer player until a broken foot sidelined his dreams at the age of fourteen. He went on to enroll in some drama classes, eventually joining a theatre troupe that toured all over Spain. His work in the theatre, and his performances on the streets, eventually landed him a spot with the National Theatre of Spain. While performing with the theatre, Banderas caught the attention of director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in his film debut, Laberinto de Pasione (Labyrinth of Passion) (1982). He went on to appear in the director's La Ley del Deseo (Law of Desire) (1984), making headlines with his performance as a gay man, which required him to engage in his first male-to-male onscreen kiss. After Banderas appeared in Almodóvar's Matador (1986), the director cast him in his internationally acclaimed Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) (1988). The recognition Banderas gained for his role increased two years later when he starred in Almodóvar's controversial Atame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) as a mental patient who kidnaps a porn star (Victoria Abril) and keeps her tied up until she returns his love.Banderas made his first stateside appearance as an unwitting object of Madonna's affections in Truth or Dare (1991). The following year, still speaking next to no English, he starred in his first American film, The Mambo Kings. It was a testament to his acting abilities that, despite having to learn all of his lines phonetically, Banderas still managed to turn in a critically praised performance as a struggling musician. He broke through to mainstream American audiences as the gay lover of AIDS-afflicted lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) in Philadelphia (1993). The film's success earned Banderas wide recognition, and the following year he was given a substantial role in Neil Jordan's high-profile adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, which allowed him to share the screen with the likes of Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Banderas subsequently appeared in a number of films of widely varying quality, doing particularly strong work in Desperado (1995), Evita (1998), and The Mask of Zorro (1998). In 1999, he made his first foray into directing with Crazy in Alabama, a black comedy starring Melanie Griffith, to whom he had been married since 1996. The following year he starred as an aspiring boxer opposite Woody Harrelson in Play It to the Bone, portrayed a Cuban tycoon with a bad seed bride (Angelina Jolie) in Original Sin, and starred alongside Bob Hoskins and Wes Bentley in The White River Kid. Well established as a hearthrob and a talented dramatic actor by the end of the 1990s, the fact that Desperato director Robert Rodriguez was the only director to have expolored Banderas' comic potential (Banderas provided one of the few memorable performances in Rodriguez's segment of the otherwise abysmal Four Rooms (1995)) hinted at a heretofore unexplored but potentially lucrative territory for the actor. Later approached by Rodriguez to portray the super-spy patriarch in the family oriented adventure comedy Spy Kids (2001), Banderas charmed children and adults alike with his role as a kidnapped agent whose children must discover their inner stregnth in order to rescue their mother and father. After reprising his role in the following year's Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Banderas would next return to more adult oriented roles in both Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale and the ill-fated Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (both 2002). After essaying a more historic role in the dramatic biopic Frida (also 2002), the remarkably diverse actor would one again team with Rodriguez for the sprawling Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). In 2004 he joined the highly successful Shrek fran

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Actor 2020
No Score Yet Dolor y Gloria Actor 2019
13% Life Itself Mr. Saccione 2018
0% The Music of Silence Maestro 2018
No Score Yet Beyond the Edge Gordon 2018
59% Bullet Head Actor 2017
50% Acts of Vengeance Frank Valera 2017
0% Gun Shy Turk Henry 2017
42% Black Butterfly Paul 2017
No Score Yet Security Actor 2017
69% Finding Altamira (Altamira) Marcelino 2016
46% Knight of Cups Tonio $0.4M 2016
47% The 33 Mario Sepulveda $9.2M 2015
80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Burger-Beard 2015
29% Autómata Jacq Vaucan Producer 2014
32% The Expendables 3 Galgo $34.8M 2014
29% Machete Kills El Camaléon 4 $5.7M 2013
47% I'm So Excited! León $1.4M 2013
11% Day of the Falcon Emir Nesib 2013
13% Justin and the Knights of Valour Producer Sir Clorex 2013
78% Ruby Sparks Mort $2.6M 2012
No Score Yet Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos Actor 2012
80% Haywire Rodrigo $19M 2012
85% Puss in Boots Puss in Boots $149.3M 2011
80% The Skin I Live In Robert Ledgard $3.2M 2011
19% The Big Bang Ned Cruz 2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics Actor 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
No Score Yet Dali Salvador Dali 2011
No Score Yet Scared Shrekless Puss in Boots 2010
46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Greg Clemente $3.3M 2010
58% Shrek Forever After Puss in Boots $238.4M 2010
No Score Yet Thick as Thieves (The Code) Gabriel Martin 2009
15% The Other Man Ralph 2008
No Score Yet El Lince Perdido (Missing Lynx) Producer 2008
No Score Yet My Mom's New Boyfriend Tommy 2008
76% Chevolution Actor 2008
No Score Yet Bordertown Alfonso Diaz 2008
No Score Yet Shrek the Halls Puss In Boots 2007
41% Shrek the Third Puss in Boots $320.8M 2007
No Score Yet Homeland Security Actor 2007
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now Actor 2007
43% Take the Lead Pierre Dulaine $34.8M 2006
No Score Yet Summer Rain (El camino de los ingleses) Producer Director 2006
26% The Legend of Zorro Zorro/Don Alejandro de la Vega $45.4M 2005
No Score Yet Champion Actor 2005
No Score Yet Far Far Away Idol Actor 2004
No Score Yet Meet the Cast of Shrek 2 Actor 2004
31% Imagining Argentina Carlos Rueda 2004
89% Shrek 2 Puss In Boots $436.5M 2004
No Score Yet And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Pancho Villa 2003
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico El Mariachi $56M 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Gregorio Cortez 2003
49% Femme Fatale Nicolas Bardo $6.6M 2002
75% Frida David Alfaro Siqueiros $25.7M 2002
0% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Jeremiah Ecks $14.3M 2002
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Gregorio Cortez 2002
12% Original Sin Luis Vargas $15.2M 2001
13% The Body Father Matt Gutierrez 2001
93% Spy Kids Gregorio Cortez 2001
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Many Faces of Zorro Actor 2000
11% Play It to the Bone Cesar Dominguez 1999
No Score Yet The White River Kid Morales Executive Producer 1999
30% Crazy in Alabama Director 1999
33% The 13th Warrior Ahmad Ibn Fadlan 1999
82% The Mask of Zorro Alejandro/Zorro 1998
No Score Yet 10 More Minutes... Anatomy of a Shootout Actor 1998
14% Four Rooms Father 1996
63% Evita Che 1996
20% Of Love and Shadows Francisco 1996
14% Two Much Art/Bart Dodge 1996
96% The Celluloid Closet Actor 1996
No Score Yet Outrage! Actor 1996
15% Never Talk to Strangers Tony Ramirez 1995
15% Assassins Miguel Bain 1995
61% Desperado El Mariachi 1995
45% Miami Rhapsody Antonio 1995
62% Interview with the Vampire Armand 1994
30% The House of the Spirits Pedro 1994
79% Philadelphia Miguel Alvarez 1993
No Score Yet Benito Benito Mussolini 1993
No Score Yet Si Te Dicen Que Cai Actor 1992
81% The Mambo Kings Nestor Castillo 1992
No Score Yet Aventis Actor 1992
85% Madonna: Truth or Dare Himself 1991
No Score Yet Terra Nova Actor 1991
No Score Yet Terranova Actor 1991
70% Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) Ricky 1990
No Score Yet Against the Wind Juan 1990
No Score Yet Bajarse al moro (Going Down in Morocco) Alberto 1989
No Score Yet If They Tell You That I Fell Marcos 1989
89% Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios) Carlos 1988
No Score Yet Bâton rouge Antonio 1988
100% Law of Desire Antonio Benitez 1987
90% Matador Ángel 1986
No Score Yet Requiem Por Un Campesino Espanol Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Stilts (Los Zancos) Alberto 1984
100% Labyrinth of Passion Sadec 1982

TV

CREDIT
69% Genius
2017-2018
Pablo Picasso (older)
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Performer
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001

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