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Benicio Del Toro



Known for his dark intensity and idiosyncratic performances, Benicio Del Toro became one of Hollywood's more unique actors. His looks suggesting a hidden background as Wednesday Addams' hunky older brother, he first became known to film audiences in 1995 with his breakthrough performance in The Usual Suspects. Born February 19, 1967 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Del Toro was the son of lawyers. His mother died when he was nine, and, four years later, his father moved the family to Mercersberg, PA, where they lived on a farm. While attending the University of California at San Diego, where he was working toward a business degree, Del Toro took an acting class and was soon hooked. He appeared in a number of student productions, one of which led to a stint performing at a drama festival at New York's Lafayette Theatre. Del Toro decided to remain in New York to study acting at the Circle in the Square Acting School and won a scholarship to the Stella Adler Conservatory.



A move to Los Angeles, where he studied at the Actors Circle Theatre, led to Del Toro's first television roles, which included a guest spot on Miami Vice and an appearance as a drug dealer on the miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (1990). The actor also began showing up in feature films, perhaps most notably as Duke the Dog-Faced Boy in Big Top Pee-wee (1988). Despite fairly steady work, Del Toro was still virtually unknown when he was cast as the eccentric criminal Fenster in Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects. His slurred, otherworldly performance earned widespread praise, an Independent Spirit Award, and, coupled with the film's great success, Del Toro was soon thrust into the limelight that had hitherto eluded him. The actor followed up The Usual Suspects with a supporting role as the titular artist's best friend in Julian Schnabel's Basquiat (1996). Despite intriguing subject matter and a stellar cast, the film was something of a critical and commercial disappointment, although Del Toro's work did earn him a second Independent Spirit Award. Having thus put his trademark on offbeat character acting -- something that was also helped by his role as a gangster in Abel Ferrara's The Funeral (1996) -- Del Toro played a romantic lead opposite Alicia Silverstone in Excess Baggage (1997), a botched caper comedy that cast the actor as a bumbling car thief.



Del Toro's next film, Terry Gilliam's much anticipated 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, would receive an intensely mixed critical reception. A drug-addled, hallucinatory odyssey, it starred Del Toro as Dr. Gonzo, protagonist Raoul Duke's (Johnny Depp basically playing Thompson) partner in crime. Del Toro earned strong notices for his portrayal of the portly, freewheeling, Samoan lawyer (based on real-life Thompson cohort Oscar Acosta), and his performance was widely touted as one of the best aspects of the film. Del Torogained further notice when he won several awards -- including the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe and Oscar -- for his role as a Mexican cop entangled in the international drug-trade war in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000). The next year, Del Toro played a mentally disabled man wrongly accused of murder in director Sean Penn's sad tale of obsession, The Pledge, and earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance in 21 Grams in 2003. Del Toro made his directorial debut in 2004, reuniting with Depp for an adaptation of another Hunter Thompson book, The Rum Diaries. He was also starred in Che (2008), Terrence Malick's biopic about Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. This role led t many awards, including the Best Actor Award at the celebrated Cannes Film Festival. Later, in 2010, Del Toro starred in a remake of The Wolf Man, the classic creature feature from Lon Chaney, Jr.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Wars: Episode VIII
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • The Collector
2017
No Score Yet Soldado
  • Actor
2017
93% The Little Prince
  • The Snake
2016
82% Viva
  • Executive Producer
2016
72% A Perfect Day
  • Mambrú
2016
No Score Yet Stones in Exile
  • Actor
2016
94% Sicario
  • Alejandro
2015
52% Escobar: Paradise Lost
  • Executive Producer
  • Pablo Escobar
2015
74% Inherent Vice
  • Sauncho Smilax
2015
No Score Yet The Poet Of Havana
  • Actor
2015
91% Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Collector
2014
52% Jimmy P.
  • Jimmy Picard
2014
51% Savages
  • Lado
2012
43% 7 Days in Havana
  • Director
2012
71% Somewhere
  • Himself
2010
34% The Wolfman
  • Lawrence Talbot
  • Producer
2010
73% Where the Wild Things Are
  • Actor
2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine)
  • Screenwriter
  • Ernesto Che Guevara
  • Producer
2009
80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)
  • Ernesto Che Guevara
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Maldeamores (Lovesickness) (Maladies of Love)
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet Creature Feature
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Upsetter
  • Actor
2008
65% Things We Lost in the Fire
  • Jerry Sunborne
2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
  • Actor
2006
78% Sin City
  • Jackie Boy
2005
No Score Yet Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula
  • Actor
2005
80% 21 Grams
  • Jack Jordan
2003
29% The Hunted
  • Aaron Hallam
2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Assumption of a Virgin
  • Actor
2002
65% Bread and Roses
  • Himself (uncredited)
2001
73% Snatch
  • Franky Four Fingers
2001
78% The Pledge
  • Toby Jay Wadenah
2001
92% Traffic
  • Javier
2000
48% The Way of the Gun
  • Longbaugh
2000
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Dr. Gonzo
1998
32% Excess Baggage
  • Vincent Roche
1997
79% The Funeral
  • Gaspare
1996
70% Basquiat
  • Benny Dalmau
1996
37% The Fan
  • Juan Primo
1996
20% Joyride
  • Detective Lopez
1996
88% The Usual Suspects
  • Fred Fenster
1995
50% Cannes Man
  • Himself
1995
80% Swimming with Sharks
  • Rex
1995
40% China Moon
  • Lamar Dickey
1994
No Score Yet Huevos de oro (Golden Balls)
  • Bon the friend from Miami
1993
No Score Yet Money for Nothing
  • Dino Palladino
1993
86% Fearless
  • Manny Rodrigo
1993
7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
  • Alvaro
1992
74% The Indian Runner
  • Miguel
1991
77% Licence To Kill
  • Dario
1989
35% Big Top Pee-wee
  • Duke the Dog-Faced Boy
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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