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Antonio Banderas

Antonio BanderasAKA Jose Antonio Dominguez Bandera

Born: 10-Aug-1960
Birthplace: Malaga, Spain

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Spain
Executive summary: Zorro

Antonio Banderas saw Hair on stage with his family when he was 15, and decided by intermission that he wanted to be an actor. He dropped out of high school, but later got an equivalency diploma. He was a struggling stage actor in Madrid for several years, and began appearing in Spanish movies in the early 1980s. He first came to Americans' attention in the bizarre art films of Pedro Almodóvar, including Matador, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down. Hollywood came for Banderas, and he's worked primarily in English-language films since he was Tom Hanks' lover in Philadelphia and a bloodsucker in Interview with the Vampire. He played El Mariachi in the two big-budget sequels to the original El Mariachi. He was also Zorro in the listless Mark of Zorro and Zorro 2. He provided the voice of Puss In Boots in Shrek 2, and was moved to tears at the end of the film's premiere.

Father: Jose Dominguez (policeman, d. 2008)
Mother: Dona Ana Banderas (teacher)
Brother: Francisco Javiar Banderas ("Chico")
Wife: Ana Leza (actress, m. 1988, div. 1996)
Wife: Melanie Griffith (m. 14-May-1996, one daughter)
Daughter: Stella Banderas (b. 24-Sep-1996 in Marbella, Spain)
Daughter: Dakota Mayi Johnson (stepdaughter, b. 4-Oct-1989, dau. of Don Johnson)

    University: School of Dramatic Art, Malaga, Spain

    Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "It" List Ingenue
    UNICEF
    Wedding: Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek (2009)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Summer Rain (24-Nov-2006)
    Crazy in Alabama (4-Feb-1999)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Machete Kills (19-Sep-2013)
    I'm So Excited (8-Mar-2013)
    Ruby Sparks (25-Jul-2012) · Mort
    Haywire (7-Nov-2011)
    Puss in Boots (27-Oct-2011) · Puss in Boots [VOICE]
    Black Gold (25-Oct-2011)
    The Skin I Live In (19-May-2011)
    The Big Bang (2011) · Ned Cruz
    You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (15-May-2010) · Greg
    Shrek Forever After (21-Apr-2010) · Puss in Boots [VOICE]
    Thick as Thieves (9-Jan-2009) · Gabriel
    The Other Man (7-Sep-2008) · Rafe
    My Mom's New Boyfriend (30-Apr-2008) · Tommy Lucero
    Shrek the Third (17-May-2007) [VOICE]
    Confessions of a Superhero (10-Mar-2007) · Himself
    Bordertown (Apr-2006)
    Take the Lead (17-Mar-2006)
    The Legend of Zorro (24-Oct-2005)
    Shrek 2 (15-May-2004) · Puss In Boots [VOICE]
    Imagining Argentina (12-Sep-2003)
    And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (7-Sep-2003)
    Once Upon a Time in Mexico (27-Aug-2003) · El Mariachi
    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (25-Jul-2003) · Gregorio Cortez
    Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (18-Sep-2002) · Jeremiah Ecks
    Frida (29-Aug-2002) · David Alfaro Siqueiros
    Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (7-Aug-2002) · Gregorio Cortez
    Femme Fatale (30-Apr-2002) · Nicolas Bardo
    Original Sin (11-Jul-2001) · Luis Antonio Vargas
    Spy Kids (18-Mar-2001) · Gregorio Cortez
    The Body (5-Jan-2001)
    Play It to the Bone (25-Dec-1999)
    The White River Kid (12-Nov-1999) · Morales Pittman
    The 13th Warrior (25-Jun-1999)
    The Mask of Zorro (17-Jul-1998) · Alejandro Murrieta
    Evita (20-Dec-1996) · Ché
    Two Much (15-Mar-1996)
    Never Talk to Strangers (20-Oct-1995) · Tony Ramirez
    Assassins (6-Oct-1995) · Miguel Bain
    Four Rooms (16-Sep-1995) · Man
    Desperado (May-1995) · El Mariachi
    Miami Rhapsody (27-Jan-1995)
    Interview with the Vampire (11-Nov-1994) · Armand
    Of Love and Shadows (6-Oct-1994) · Francisco
    Philadelphia (23-Dec-1993) · Miguel Alvarez
    The House of the Spirits (21-Oct-1993) · Pedro
    Outrage (1-Oct-1993)
    The Mambo Kings (28-Feb-1992)
    Madonna: Truth or Dare (10-May-1991) · Himself
    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (9-Feb-1990) · Ricky
    Going Down in Morocco (11-Apr-1989)
    Baton Rouge (10-Oct-1988)
    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (23-Mar-1988)
    Law of Desire (7-Feb-1987)
    Matador (7-Mar-1986)
    The Stilts (12-Sep-1984)
    Labyrinth of Passion (29-Sep-1982)


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