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Demian Bichir

Highest Rated:   100% 7:19 (2016)
Lowest Rated:   25% Heartbreak Hospital (2002)
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Birthplace:   Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico
The handsome, ruddy-faced, and often bespectacled Latino actor Demián Bichir debuted before the cameras from the age of 14 and launched himself as a telenovela star in his native Mexico in the '80s and '90s, prior to his slick and seemingly effortless transition into internationally oriented films during the early 2000s. Bichir became instantly known for his ability to combine rugged and exotic appeal with depth-signaling intelligence and articulation.Although Bichir officially debuted in a U.S. production circa 1983 -- with a turn in the telemovie Choices of the Heart (a biopic of ill-fated Irish missionary Jean Donovan [Melissa Gilbert], set in El Salvador) -- at that time he failed to draw significant attention in the American press as anything more than a footnote. (In fact, a New York Times review of that picture, from 1983, misspells his name as "Denian Bicher.") Bichir continued to score as a well-respected actor in Mexico, however, and did additional Hollywood crossover work from time to time -- usually in American features with predominantly Hispanic casts, such as Cliff Osmond's 1988 romantic drama The Penitent, starring Armand Assante and Raul Julia. Bichir signed for one of his most prominent and popular roles in the 1999 Mexican erotic drama Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas, as Tomas, a housewife's former lover who pays a most unexpected visit to that woman and her husband (and impedes the already strained, cracking marriage).In 2000, Bichir lent a memorable performance to the Mexico/U.S. co-production In the Time of the Butterflies, a Showtime original movie, directed by Mariano Barroso, about a plantation owner's daughter from the Dominican Republic (Salma Hayek) who courageously rebels against a Central American despot. Though not a starring role per se, the turn marked Bichir's first significant American breakthrough. It brought the actor much-deserved attention and second billing in an American film, when he played an insanely jealous boyfriend and pasta sauce entrepreneur, opposite Chelsea Altman, in Rudolph Gerber's eccentric soap opera comedy/murder mystery Heartbreak Hospital (2002). Unfortunately, that picture bombed with critics and the public and disappeared almost instantly -- which could partially explain why Bichir reverted to south-of-the-border films for his next several projects. The first of those pictures, Ciudades Oscuras -- Fernando Sariñana's memorably dark Altmanesque tale of intertwined urban lives, with Bichir at the center (as a bartender who has the film's individual stories told to him) -- scored with Mexican viewers. Bichir followed it up with the lead in the 2004 Spanish-language biopic Zapata, essaying the role of the famous Mexican bandit played by Marlon Brando 50 years prior.Bichir then signed for dual roles in 2006. He played Malboro, a young man who reunites with his younger brother and sets off on a long trip to explore their family's heritage, in Mexican director Javier "Fox" Patron's moody, contemplative festival drama Beyond Heaven (Fuera del Cielo, aka Chilango Blues), and a Bolivian dad wildly desperate to reconnect with his child in Miami (even if it means breaking multiple laws) in Juan Carlos Valdivia's hyper-stylized American Visa. Though these features received limited bookings and returns in the United States, they drew significant international attention for Bichir that far exceeded any notice engendered by his early telenovelas or U.S. network telemovies.Bichir continued to work steadily, landing a part in Steven Soderbergh's two-part biopic about Che Guevara, and he was cast in a recurring role on the Showtime series Weeds. 2011 proved to be a breakthrough for the hard-working thespian when his work in Chris Weitz's immigration drama A Better Life garnered him Best Actor nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy. In 2012, the actor played a supporting role in director Oliver Stone's Savages, a crime thriller based on Don Winslow's best-selling novel of

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
71% Alien: Covenant
  • Lope
$74.3M 2017
55% Lowriders
  • Miguel
$6.2M 2017
33% Good Kids
  • Yaco
2016
100% 7:19
  • Actor
2016
75% The Hateful Eight
  • Bob
$54.2M 2015
No Score Yet 43
  • Actor
2015
58% Dom Hemingway
  • Mr. Fontaine
$0.4M 2014
No Score Yet Death in Buenos Aires (Muerte en Buenos Aires)
  • Actor
2014
28% Machete Kills
  • Mendez
$5.7M 2013
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy
  • Actor
2013
40% Foreverland
  • Salvador
2013
65% The Heat
  • Hale
$158.3M 2013
No Score Yet El Santos VS la Tetona Mendoza
  • Actor
2013
80% The Runway
  • Ernesto
2012
51% Savages
  • Alex
$47.4M 2012
85% A Better Life
  • Carlos Galindo
$1.8M 2011
No Score Yet El Sueño De Iván
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Enemigos íntimos
  • Alvaro
2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine)
  • Fidel Castro
$1.6M 2009
80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)
  • Fidel Castro
$2M 2008
No Score Yet Lazos de Amor
  • Valente
2008
No Score Yet American Visa
  • Mario Alvarez
2007
No Score Yet Fuera del cielo
  • Malboro
2006
No Score Yet Holy Mary
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Hypnos (Hipnos)
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Zapata
  • Emiliano Zapata
2004
38% Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)
  • Manny
2003
No Score Yet In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Manolo
2003
25% Heartbreak Hospital
  • Tonio Martinez
2002
No Score Yet Ciudades Oscuras
  • Barman
2002
No Score Yet La Toma de la Embajada (The Assault of the Embassy)
  • Actor
2000
57% Little Saints (Santitos)
  • Cacomixtle
2000
No Score Yet Todo el poder (Gimme the Power)
  • Gabriel
1999
No Score Yet Sexo, Pudor Y Lágrimas
  • Tomas
1999
No Score Yet Ave Maria
  • Daniel Simon
1999
No Score Yet Cilantro y Perejil (Recipes to Stay Together)
  • Actor
1997
33% Perdita Durango
  • Catalina
1997
No Score Yet Nadie Hablará de Nosotras Cuando Hayamos Muerto (Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead)
  • Omar
1996
No Score Yet Nada Personal (Nothing Personal)
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Salon Mexico
  • Inspector Castellon
1994
No Score Yet Luces De La Noche
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet (Hasta morir) 'Til Death
  • Mauricio
1994
No Score Yet Test of Love
  • Arturo
1994
No Score Yet La Vida Conyugal (Married Life)
  • Gaspar
1993
No Score Yet Marea Suave
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Rojo Amanecer (Red Dawn)
  • Jorge
1989
No Score Yet The Penitent
  • Roberto
1988
No Score Yet La Vida Conyugal
  • Actor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% The Bridge (FX)
2013-2014
  • Marco Ruiz
  • 2014
  • 2013
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Esteban Reyes
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

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