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Guillermo del Toro

Lowest Rated:   0% Rage (2011)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Pacific Rim: Uprising
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2018
No Score Yet Pinocchio
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2018
97% The Shape of Water
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2017
90% 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
61% Extraordinary Tales
  • Narrator: The Pit and the Pendulum
2015
71% Crimson Peak
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$26M 2015
No Score Yet Beast
  • Director
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet The Hobbit Trilogy
  • Screenwriter
2015
No Score Yet El Aro 3
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet The Haunted Mansion
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Screenwriter
$187.8M 2014
82% The Book of Life
  • Producer
2014
75% 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
71% Pacific Rim
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$101.8M 2013
64% Mama
  • Executive Producer
$71.6M 2013
No Score Yet El Santos VS la Tetona Mendoza
  • Actor
2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Screenwriter
$303.1M 2012
74% Rise of the Guardians
  • Executive Producer
$98.8M 2012
91% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
  • Actor
2011
84% Puss in Boots
  • Executive Producer
  • Comandante/Moustache Man
$149.3M 2011
58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
  • Screenwriter
  • Creature
  • Producer
$23.9M 2011
0% Rage
  • Producer
$5.9k 2011
74% Splice
  • Executive Producer
$17M 2010
91% 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
85% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$75.8M 2008
No Score Yet Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
  • Actor
2008
87% The Orphanage
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$7M 2007
62% Diary of the Dead
  • Actor
$0.7M 2007
No Score Yet Hellboy: Blood and Iron
  • Producer
2007
95% Pan's Labyrinth
  • Screenwriter
$37.5M 2006
No Score Yet Hellboy: Sword of Storms
  • Producer
2006
72% Crónicas
  • Producer
$0.2M 2005
81% Hellboy
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$59.1M 2004
No Score Yet Bullfighter
  • Bull Boy
2003
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Actor
2002
57% Blade II
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$82M 2002
92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2001
59% Mimic
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1997
90% Cronos
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1994
No Score Yet Geometria
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Doña Lupe
  • Director
1985
87% The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Actor
1935

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Five Came Back
2017
  • Appearing
  • 2017
79% The Strain
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Creator
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
94% Trollhunters
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Creator
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
98% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
  • Pappy McPoyle
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Nerdist
2011-2013
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Carnival Row
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer

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