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Santiago Segura

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While actors like Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Antonio Banderas are better known in America, Santiago Segura might just be Spain's most popular and successful movie star. Born on July 17, 1965 in the Carabanchel district of Madrid, Segura didn't waste any time getting his film career started: He began making short movies with a Super-8 camera at the tender age of 14. In 1990, a short of his called Relatos de Media Noche won second prize and 100,000 pesetas at the International Film Festival Cinema Jove, and four years later his Perturbado won the Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for Best Short Film. Meanwhile, he was keeping busy with various odd jobs to support his moviemaking, including participating in game shows, waiting tables, and writing erotic stories and comics.He won another Goya Award in 1996, this time as Best New Actor for his work in El día de la bestia (English title: The Day of the Beast), but his breakout role came two years later with Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law. Segura wrote, directed, and starred as the title character in the envelope-pushing gross-out comedy, which focuses on a corrupt, racist, and politically incorrect cop who disgusts everyone he comes across. The film was a massive box-office hit in Spain and has spawned four sequels to date (all of them written and directed by Segura as well).Although he's a huge fan of American culture and humor -- his apartment is packed with DVDs of everything from Hollywood screwball comedies to Eddie Murphy's standup specials, and he cites Steve Martin in particular as a hero -- success across the Atlantic has proved elusive: In 2011's Jack and Jill, he portrayed the lover of a woman played by Adam Sandler in drag, and he had a small role in 2004's Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. Otherwise, his biggest benefactor in Hollywood has been his friend Guillermo del Toro, who says he loves to kill off Segura in his films; thus far, he's appeared in del Toro's Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II, and Pacific Rim, frequently meeting a gruesome fate at hands of the director's signature monsters.Behind the scenes, Segura and his longtime partner, makeup artist Maria Amaro, have two daughters named Calma and Sirena. While a devoted father, he isn't above using his children to help out with the family business: A six-year-old Calma made a cameo appearance in Torrente 5 (2014), playing a child laborer in a workshop.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
29% The Queen of Spain (La reina de España)
  • Castillo
2017
40% You Only Live Once (Sólo se vive una vez)
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Legends (Casi leyendas)
  • Axel
2017
88% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche)
  • Benítez
2016
48% Comme un chef (Le Chef)
  • Juan
$0.4M 2014
82% Witching and Bitching
  • Miren
2014
No Score Yet Torrente 5 (Torrente V: Mision Eurovegas)
  • Director
  • Actor
2014
71% Pacific Rim
  • Wizened Man
$101.8M 2013
33% La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It)
  • David Solar
2013
74% The Last Circus
  • Father Stupid Clown
$26.5k 2011
No Score Yet Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis 3d
  • Producer
  • José Luis Torrente
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
No Score Yet El sueño de la maestra
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet El Gran Vázquez (The Great Vazquez)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Tension Sexual No Resuelta
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet King Shot
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet A Matador's Mistress (Manolete)
  • Guillermo
2009
No Score Yet Asterix at the Olympic Games (Asterix aux jeux olympiques)
  • Docteurmabus
2008
No Score Yet El Corazon del Guerrero
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Torrente: The Protector
  • Screenwriter
  • José Luis Torrente
  • Director
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet El Asombroso mundo de Borjamari y Pocholo
  • Actor
2004
13% Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
  • Santiago
$23.3M 2004
No Score Yet Asesino En Serio
  • Actor
2004
45% Beyond Re-Animator
  • Speedball
2003
No Score Yet I Murder Seriously
  • Actor
2003
57% Blade II
  • Rush
$82M 2002
No Score Yet Girl From Rio
  • Paulo
2001
No Score Yet Torrente: Mission in Marbella
  • José Luis Torrente
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2001
No Score Yet Sound of the Sea
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • Benito Canaveras
2001
No Score Yet El Corazon del guerrero (Heart of the Warrior)
  • Netheril/Carlos José
2000
80% El Día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast)
  • Jose Maria
1999
No Score Yet Muertos de risa (Dying of Laughter)
  • Nino
1999
No Score Yet Paris-Timbuktu
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law
  • José Luis Torrente
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1998
33% Perdita Durango
  • Shorty Dee
1997
14% Two Much
  • Paparazzi
1996
No Score Yet Killer Barbys
  • Actor
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Acción mutante (Mutant Action)
  • Ezequiel
1993

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
  • Player #1
  • 2013

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