Benicio Del Toro

Highest Rated: 93% The Little Prince (2016)
Birthday: Feb 19, 1967
Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet The French Dispatch Actor 2019
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado Alejandro Gillick 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War The Collector $665M 2018
No Score Yet Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast Actor 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi DJ $619.2M 2017
93% The Little Prince The Snake 2016
83% Viva Executive Producer $0.2M 2016
72% A Perfect Day Mambrú 2016
No Score Yet Stones in Exile Actor 2016
92% Sicario Alejandro 2015
54% Escobar: Paradise Lost Executive Producer Pablo Escobar 2015
73% Inherent Vice Sauncho Smilax $6.2M 2015
No Score Yet The Poet Of Havana Actor 2015
91% Guardians of the Galaxy The Collector $270.6M 2014
52% Jimmy P. Jimmy Picard 2014
51% Savages Lado $47.4M 2012
40% 7 Days in Havana Director 2012
70% Somewhere Himself $1.8M 2010
35% The Wolfman Producer Lawrence Talbot $62M 2010
72% Where the Wild Things Are Actor $77.3M 2009
67% Che: Part One (The Argentine) Producer Ernesto Che Guevara Screenwriter $1.6M 2009
79% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) Producer Ernesto Che Guevara $2.1M 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 $3.3M 2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride Actor 2006
77% Sin City Jackie Boy 2005
No Score Yet Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Actor 2005
80% 21 Grams Jack Jordan $16.2M 2003
29% The Hunted Aaron Hallam $34.2M 2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter Actor 2003
67% Bread and Roses Himself (uncredited) 2001
73% Snatch Franky Four Fingers $30.1M 2001
78% The Pledge Toby Jay Wadenah $18.9M 2001
92% Traffic Javier $123.9M 2000
48% The Way of the Gun Longbaugh $5.3M 2000
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Dr. Gonzo 1998
32% Excess Baggage Vincent Roche 1997
79% The Funeral Gaspare 1996
68% Basquiat Benny Dalmau 1996
34% The Fan Juan Primo 1996
20% Joyride Detective Lopez 1996
89% The Usual Suspects Fred Fenster 1995
50% Cannes Man Himself 1995
78% 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
87% 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

CREDIT
89% Escape at Dannemora
2018
Richard Matt
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
  • 2001
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1994

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