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Antonio Banderas



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). <

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
46% Knight of Cups
  • Tonio
2016
45% The 33
  • Mario Sepulveda
2015
80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • Burger-Beard
2015
No Score Yet SpongeBob Schwammkopf 3D
  • Burger-Beard
2015
No Score Yet SpongeBob: na suchym l?dzie 3D
  • Pirat Burger-Beard
2015
28% Autómata
  • Producer
  • Jacq Vaucan
2014
32% The Expendables 3
  • Galgo
2014
28% Machete Kills
  • El Camaléon 4
2013
48% I'm So Excited!
  • León
2013
13% Day of the Falcon
  • Emir Nesib
2013
8% Justin and the Knights of Valour
  • Producer
  • Sir Clorex
2013
78% Ruby Sparks
  • Mort
2012
No Score Yet Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos
  • Actor
2012
80% Haywire
  • Rodrigo
2012
84% Puss in Boots
  • Puss in Boots
2011
80% The Skin I Live In
  • Robert Ledgard
2011
19% The Big Bang
  • Ned Cruz
2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dali
  • Salvador Dali
2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Scared Shrekless
  • Puss in Boots
2010
45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  • Greg Clemente
2010
58% Shrek Forever After
  • Puss in Boots
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
80% 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
2007
No Score Yet Homeland Security
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now
  • Actor
2007
44% Take the Lead
  • Pierre Dulaine
2006
No Score Yet Summer Rain (El camino de los ingleses)
  • Producer
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Benito
  • Actor
2006
26% The Legend of Zorro
  • Zorro/Don Alejandro de la Vega
2005
No Score Yet Champion
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Meet the Cast of Shrek 2
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Far Far Away Idol
  • Actor
2004
33% Imagining Argentina
  • Carlos Rueda
2004
88% Shrek 2
  • Puss In Boots
2004
No Score Yet And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
  • Pancho Villa
2003
68% Once upon a Time in Mexico
  • El Mariachi
2003
46% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Gregorio Cortez
2003
48% Femme Fatale
  • Nicolas Bardo
2002
76% Frida
  • David Alfaro Siqueiros
2002
0% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  • Jeremiah Ecks
2002
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Gregorio Cortez
2002
12% Original Sin
  • Luis Vargas
2001
13% The Body
  • Father Matt Gutierrez
2001
93% Spy Kids
  • Gregorio Cortez
2001
No Score Yet Andrew Lloyd Webber - Spotlight Performance
  • Actor
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
83% The Mask of Zorro
  • Alejandro/Zorro
1998
No Score Yet 10 More Minutes... Anatomy of a Shootout
  • Actor
1998
14% Four Rooms
  • Father
1996
62% 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
62% Desperado
  • El Mariachi
1995
45% Miami Rhapsody
  • Antonio
1995
61% Interview with the Vampire
  • Armand
1994
29% The House of the Spirits
  • Pedro
1994
78% Philadelphia
  • Miguel Alvarez
1993
No Score Yet Benito
  • Benito Mussolini
1993
No Score Yet Si Te Dicen Que Cai
  • Actor
1992
83% The Mambo Kings
  • Nestor Castillo
1992
No Score Yet Aventis
  • Actor
1992
83% Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Himself
1991
No Score Yet Terranova
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Terra Nova
  • 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
89% 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
No Score Yet Dali
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer

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