Antonio Banderas

BirthDay:

10 Aug 1960

BirthPlace:

Málaga, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain

BirthName:

José Antonio Domínguez Banderas

Bio:

Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international film star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous film series.

He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. His father, Jose Dominguez, was a policeman in the Spanish civil guards. His mother, Doña Ana Banderas Gallego, was a school teacher. Young Banderas was brought up a Roman Catholic. He wanted to play soccer professionally and made much success playing for his school team until the age of 14, albeit his dream ended when he broke his foot. At that time he developed a passion for theatre after seeing the stage production of 'Hair'. Banderas began his acting studies at the School of Dramatic Art in Málaga, and made his acting debut at a small theatre in Málaga. He was arrested by the Spanish police for performance in a play by Bertolt Brecht, because of political censorship under the rule of General Francisco Franco. Banderas spent a whole night at the police station, he had three or four such arrests while he was working with a small theatre troupe that toured all over Spain and was giving performances in small town theatres and on the street.

In 1979, at the age of 19, he moved to Madrid in pursuit of an acting career. Being a struggling young actor, he also worked as a waiter and took small modeling jobs. At that time he joined the troupe at the National Theatre of Spain, becoming the youngest member of the company. Banderas's stage performances caught the attention of film director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in his film debut Labyrinth of Passion (1982). Banderas and Almodovar joined forces in making innovative and sexually provocative movies during the 1980s. In 1984 Banderas made headlines in Spain with his performance as a gay man, making his first male-to-male on-screen kiss in Almodovar's Law of Desire (1987). Banderas's long and fruitful collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar eventually prepared him for international recognition that came with his work in the Academy Award-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). In 1991 he appeared as an object of Madonna's affection in Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991).

In 1992 Banderas made his Hollywood debut with The Mambo Kings (1992). Because he did not speak English at that time, his dialogue for the film was taught to him phonetically. Banderas shot to international fame with his sensitive performance as a lover of Tom Hanks' AIDS-infected lawyer in Philadelphia (1993), then played opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994). Banderas further established himself as one of Hollywood's leading men after co-starring in Evita (1996) opposite Madonna in the title role. In 1998 he won acclaim for his portrayal of Zorro, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones, in The Mask of Zorro (1998). For the role as Zorro Banderas took training with the Olympic national fencing team in Spain, and practiced his moves with real steel swords, then he used the lighter aluminum swords in the movie. He also took a month-long course of horse-riding before the filming. He later returned to the role in The Legend of Zorro (2005). In 1999 Banderas made his directorial debut in Crazy in Alabama (1999), starring his wife, Melanie Griffith. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros opposite Salma Hayek in Frida (2002). He voiced Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise.

Banderas established himself as internationally known Latin heartthrob with charismatic looks, and was chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by the People magazine in 1996. He won numerous awards and nominations for his works in film, including three ALMA awards and three Golden Globe nominations, among many other. From 1996 to 2014, Banderas was married to American actress Melanie Griffith and the couple have one daughter Stella born in 1996. Outside of his acting profession, Banderas has been a passionate soccer fan and a staunch supporter of the Real Madrid Football Club. He shares time between his two residencies, one is in the United States, and one in the South of Spain.
Filmography

Actor ( 265 credits )

Black Butterfly (2017) Paul
33 días (2017) Pablo Picasso
Security (2017)
Salty (2017) Turk Henry
Finding Altamira (2016)
Knight of Cups (2015)
The 33 (2015) Mario Sepúlveda
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Alameda Jack (voice)
Tria33 (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Automata (2014) Jacq Vaucan
The Expendables 3 (2014) Galgo
Ochéntame... otra vez (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013) Sir Clorex (voice)
Machete Kills (2013) El Camaleón 4
I'm So Excited! (2013) León
Movie Guide (2013)  Gregorio Cortez (1 episode, 2013)
Tu cara me suena - Argentina (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Vespre a la 2 (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
La sexta noche (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
La noche de Mirtha (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Ruby Sparks (2012) Mort
This American Housewife (2012)  Javier (1 episode, 2012)
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic (2012)  Himself - Guest (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Evening Urgant (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Day of the Falcon (2011) Emir Nesib
Haywire (2011) Rodrigo
Puss in Boots (2011) Puss in Boots (voice)
The Skin I Live In (2011) Robert Ledgard
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Una historia de Zinemaldia (2011)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Fruto prohibido (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular (2010) Puss in Boots (voice)
The Big Bang (2010) Ned Cruz
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Greg
Shrek Forever After (2010) Puss in Boots (voice)
Spanish Hollywood (2010) Himself
Conan (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
No me la puc treure del cap (2010)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Aliens in the Attic (2009) Zorro (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thick as Thieves (2009) Gabriel
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
Ànima (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
50 años de (2009)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2009)
A polos 25 (2009)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Y el cine marcha. Una historia del cine al servicio de los Derechos Humanos (2008) (voice)
The Other Man (2008) Rafe
My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008) Tommy Lucero / Martinez
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin (2008) Himself
Esta mañana (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
That Fellow in the Coat (2008)  Puss in Boots (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
En noches como ésta (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Chevolution (2008) Himself
Shrek the Third (2007) Puss in Boots (voice)
Confessions of a Superhero (2007) Himself
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
Banda sonora (2007)  Alberto / ... (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
De par en par (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Sabías a lo que venías (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
La noche de Quintero (2007)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2007)
Hormigas blancas (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
5 Second Movies (2007)  Puss in Boots (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
La tele de tu vida (2007)  Himself / ... (archive footage) (3 episodes, 2007)
Memòries de la tele (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Bordertown (2006) Alfonso Diaz
Hécuba, un sueño de pasión (2006) Himself
Take the Lead (2006) Pierre Dulaine
Close Up (2006)  Himself - interviewee / ... (1 episode, 2011)
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
AM - Antes del mediodía (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
La imagen de tu vida (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
El loco de la colina (2006)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006)
RTL Film (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Sexto sentido (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
La rentadora (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Taller Canal+ (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
D-Calle (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
Protagonistas del recuerdo (2006)  Fray José (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Pablo G. del Amo, un montador de ilusiones (2005) Miguel (archive footage)
The Legend of Zorro (2005) Don Alejandro de la Vega / Zorro
Champion (2005) Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2011)
20 to 1 (2005)  Puss in Boots / ... (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (4 episodes, 2005)
Buenafuente (2005)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
La noche del 10 (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Noche Hache (2005)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Channel nº 4 (2005)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Soy el que más sabe de televisión del mundo (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Shrek 2 (2004) Puss In Boots (voice)
Dancing with the Stars (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Miradas 2 (2004)  Himself (4 episodes, 2005-2011)
Planet Voice (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Mondo Thingo (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2011-2014)
Los más (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
59 segundos (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Cada día (2004)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2005)
Alguna pregunta més? (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Imagining Argentina (2003) Carlos Rueda
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) El Mariachi
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Gregorio Cortez
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (5 episodes, 2004-2011)
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
VH1 Goes Inside (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Unsere Besten (2003) (1 episode, 2004)
Banzai (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Famous (2003)  Himself (1 episode)
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002) Himself (archive footage)
Femme Fatale (2002) Nicolas Bardo
Frida (2002) David Alfaro Siqueiros
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) Jeremiah Ecks
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) Gregorio Cortez
Searching for Debra Winger (2002) Himself (uncredited)
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Estudio de actores (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
American Idol (2002)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
Por la mañana (2002)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2005)
La nit al dia (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Novum Nieuws Entertainment (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Original Sin (2001) Luis Antonio Vargas
The Body (2001) Father Matt Gutierrez
Spy Kids (2001) Gregorio Cortez
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2005)
Revealed with Jules Asner (2001)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2002)
Eigo de shabera-night (2001)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
La noche con Fuentes y Cía (2001)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2004)
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Ahora (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2005)
Play It to the Bone (1999) Cesar Dominguez
The White River Kid (1999) Morales Pittman
The 13th Warrior (1999) Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
TRL Italy (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Na plovárne (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
La gran ilusión (1999)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2000)
Junket Whore (1998) Himself
The Mask of Zorro (1998) Alejandro Murrieta / Zorro
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Himself (5 episodes, 1999)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2000)
Vivement dimanche (1998)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1998)
Versión española (1998)  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 2006-2011)
El informal (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The View (1997)  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 2002-2008)
Wild On... (1997)  Himself (1 episode)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (19 episodes, 2004-2008)
La mirada crítica (1997)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
Hoy es posible (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Magacine (1997)  Himself
La noche abierta (1997)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1999)
Evita (1996) Ché
Two Much (1996) Art
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1998-2001)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 1997-2001)
Día a día (1996)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1998)
Jet 7 (1996)  Himself (1997)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (5 episodes, 1997-2010)
Continuarà... (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2006)
Clive Anderson All Talk (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Tonight (1996)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2000)
The Celluloid Closet (1995) Miguel Álvarez (archive footage) (uncredited)
Four Rooms (1995) Man (segment "The Misbehavers")
Never Talk to Strangers (1995) Tony Ramirez
Assassins (1995) Miguel Bain
Desperado (1995) El Mariachi
Miami Rhapsody (1995) Antonio
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
¡Qué me dices! (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Lo + plus (1995)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1995-2004)
Gente (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
La vida según... (1995)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1995)
Un paseo por el tiempo (1995)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1995)
Of Love and Shadows (1994) Francisco
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) Armand
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2001)
Los desayunos de TVE (1994)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Cartelera (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Bravo Profiles (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Outrage (1993) Marcos
The House of the Spirits (1993) Pedro
Philadelphia (1993) Miguel Alvarez
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 1998-2006)
Quelli che... il calcio (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Corazón, corazón (1993)  Himself / ... (11 episodes, 1994-2006)
Gente de primera (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
La Lloll (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2001-2007)
Una mujer bajo la lluvia (1992) Miguel
The Mambo Kings (1992) Nestor Castillo
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (6 episodes, 1995-2007)
Getaway (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Cuentos de Borges (1992)  Rosendo Juárez (1 episode, 1993)
Queridos cómicos (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) Himself (as Antonio Bandares)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (7 episodes, 1993-2013)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1999-2003)
Terra Nova (1991) Antonio
Contra el viento (1990) Juan
The Word (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
La mujer de tu vida (1990)  Antonio López (1 episode, 1990)
Viva el espectáculo (1990)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1990)
El martes que viene (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Primer plano (1990)  Himself (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
De tú a tú (1990)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 1991-1993)
If They Tell You I Fell (1989) Marcos
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) Ricky
La blanca paloma (1989) Mario
El acto (1989) Carlos
Going Down in Morocco (1989) Alberto
Pa'lante con Cristina (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
La parada (1989)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1990)
Baton Rouge (1988) Antonio
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Carlos
El placer de matar (1988) Luis
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2005)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Así como habían sido (1987) Damián
Law of Desire (1987) Antonio Benítez
Biography (1987)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-2004)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Matador (1986) Ángel
27 horas (1986) Rafa
Delirios de amor (1986) Amante de Jaime (segment "Delirio 3")
Puzzle (1986) Andrés
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Caso cerrado (1985) Gasofa
Réquiem por un campesino español (1985) Paco
La corte de Faraón (1985) Fray José
American Masters (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Los zancos (1984) Alberto
El señor Galíndez (1984) Eduardo
El caso Almería (1984) Juan Luque
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (16 episodes, 1986-2014)
Y del seguro... líbranos Señor! (1983) Pipi
La tarde (1983)  Himself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1984-1987)
Labyrinth of Passion (1982) Sadec
De película (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
False Eyelash (1982) Juan
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006-2010)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (1 episode, 2006)
Informe semanal (1973)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2011)
Great Performances (1971)  Performer 'Oh What a Circus', 'High Flying Adored' and
Parkinson (1971)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2005)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand (1968)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2007)
Today (1952)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2010)
Havana Quartet (0)
Unchained (0)
The Music of Silence (0) Maestro

Producer ( 10 credits )

Automata (2014) producer
Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013) producer
This American Housewife (2012) executive producer (1 episode, 2012)
The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) (2009) producer
The Missing Lynx (2008) producer
Before the Fall (2008) producer
Summer Rain (2006) producer
The White River Kid (1999) producer
Akil (0) executive producer
Havana Quartet (0) executive producer

Director ( 3 credits )

Summer Rain (2006)
Crazy in Alabama (1999)
Akil (0)