Guillermo del Toro

Lowest Rated: 0% Rage (2011)
Birthday: Oct 9, 1964
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
A film prodigy dedicated to Latin American cinema even as his success gave him a ticket to Hollywood, Guillermo del Toro earned a place as one of Time magazine's 50 Young Leaders for the New Millennium before he made his third film.BornOctober 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised by his staunchly Catholic grandmother, del Toro was already involved in filmmaking by his teens. A fan of such horror masters as James Whale, Mario Bava, George A. Romero, Alfred Hitchcock, and the work of Britain's Hammer Films, del Toro learned about makeup and effects from The Exorcist's Dick Smith as well as studying screenwriting and making Super-8, 16 mm, and 35 mm short films. Though he executive-produced his first feature, Doña Herlinda and Her Son (1986), at age 21, del Toro initially spent almost a decade as a makeup supervisor, forming his own company, Necropia, in the early '80s. He still found time to produce and direct numerous programs for Mexican television, as well as teach film workshops. Doing his part to turn his hometown into Mexican cinema central, del Toro also co-founded the city's Film Studies Center and the Guadalajara-based Mexican Film Festival.del Toro's feature directorial debut, Cronos (1993), heightened his prominence as a rising star in Mexican film. A low-key, superbly acted horror movie, Cronos' imagery of the vampire as parasite was at once a smart revision of the genre and a veiled allegory about Mexico and the United States. Winner of the critics' prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Cronos put del Toro on the world-cinema and American-independent map. Along with serving on the selection committees for the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards, del Toro followed Cronos with his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking, Mimic (1997). Starring Mira Sorvino (who took the role partly on the advice of then-boyfriend and del Toro fan Quentin Tarantino), Mimic mined some great scares out of mutant, shape-shifting bugs terrorizing New York City, but having to acquiesce to Hollywood studio demands left del Toro unhappy about the experience.Returning to Mexico, del Toro formed his own production company, The Tequila Gang, and set out to make a more personal thriller. Produced by Pedro Almodóvar and his brother, Agustín Almodóvar, and shot in Spain, The Devil's Backbone (2001) was a more ambitious ghost story set during the end of the Spanish Civil War. Using filters and a mobile camera, del Toro created ominous, sepia-toned visuals that evoked a spectral surveillance over the tragic, politically metaphorical events taking place in an isolated, haunted boys' school for Republican Army orphans. Hailed for its chilling atmosphere, intelligent complexity, and excellent performances from Federico Luppi and Marisa Paredes as the school's left-wing leaders, The Devil's Backbone confirmed del Toro's artistic promise and earned him more critical kudos.Gratified by the experience making The Devil's Backbone and clear-eyed about what Hollywood could offer, del Toro followed his personal movie with the big-budget, Wesley Snipes comic-book vampire thriller sequel Blade 2 (2002). del Toro also began to develop several other American projects, including works with notable Hollywood mavericks James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola. Though the prospect of del Toro adapting H.P. Lovecraft's chilling short story At the Mountains of Madness gave fans of the horror author hope that someone would finally get his work right on the big screen (no slight to Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon), del Toro's next project would ultimately be an adaptation of a more contemporary supernatural tale. Adapted from and produced by comic-book artist/writer Mike Mignola, Hellboy told the tale of a demon summoned by Nazis in the waning days of World War II (Ron Perlman) who eventually joins the allies in battling the forces of evil.Subsequently preferring to pull back a bit from Hollywood and craft another modestly budgeted dark fairy tale in

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MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Beauty Director Producer 2020
No Score Yet Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Screenwriter Producer 2019
44% Pacific Rim Uprising Producer 2018
No Score Yet Pinocchio Executive Producer 2018
92% The Shape of Water Screenwriter Producer Director $57.4M 2017
88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene Actor 2017
No Score Yet Fantastic Voyage Director 2017
87% Kung Fu Panda 3 Executive Producer $128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Creature Designers - The Frankenstein Complex (Le complexe de Frankenstein) Actor 2016
58% Extraordinary Tales Narrator: The Pit and the Pendulum 2015
73% Crimson Peak Screenwriter Director Producer $26M 2015
No Score Yet The Hobbit Trilogy Screenwriter 2015
No Score Yet El Aro 3 Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet The Haunted Mansion Screenwriter Producer 2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Screenwriter $187.8M 2014
81% The Book of Life Producer 2014
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Screenwriter $180.5M 2013
100% Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird Actor 2013
50% Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Actor $3.6K 2013
72% Pacific Rim Producer Screenwriter Director $101.8M 2013
65% Mama Executive Producer $71.6M 2013
No Score Yet El Santos VS la Tetona Mendoza Actor 2013
65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Screenwriter $303.1M 2012
74% Rise of the Guardians Executive Producer $98.9M 2012
92% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Actor 2011
85% Puss in Boots Comandante/Moustache Man Executive Producer $149.3M 2011
59% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Producer Screenwriter Creature $24M 2011
0% Rage Producer $5.9K 2011
75% Splice Executive Producer $17M 2010
92% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) Producer 2010
73% Rudo y Cursi Producer $1.8M 2009
31% While She Was Out Executive Producer 2008
86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) Director Screenwriter $75.8M 2008
No Score Yet Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown Actor 2008
87% The Orphanage Executive Producer Producer $7M 2007
61% Diary of the Dead Actor $0.7M 2007
No Score Yet Hellboy: Blood and Iron Producer 2007
95% Pan's Labyrinth Producer Screenwriter Director $37.6M 2006
No Score Yet Hellboy: Sword of Storms Producer 2006
71% Crónicas Producer $0.2M 2005
81% Hellboy Screenwriter Director $59.1M 2004
No Score Yet Bullfighter Bull Boy 2003
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Actor 2002
57% Blade II Screenwriter Director $82.1M 2002
92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) Producer Screenwriter Director 2001
61% Mimic Screenwriter Director 1997
90% Cronos Screenwriter Director 1994
No Score Yet Geometria Director 1987
No Score Yet Doña Lupe Director 1985

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85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice Director
  • 2019
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Trollhunters
2016-2018
Executive Producer Creator Screenwriter Director Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
97% Five Came Back
2017
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
80% The Strain
2014-2017
Executive Producer Screenwriter Creator Director Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
96% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005-2018
Pappy McPoyle
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Nerdist
2011-2013
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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  • 2006
No Score Yet Carnival Row
2015
Executive Producer Producer
No Score Yet Tales of Arcadia: 3Below
2018
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