Antonio Banderas (born Jose Antonio Domínguez Banderas, 10.8.1960)
Antonio Banderas is a Spanish actor, perhaps best known for his roles in Desperado and The Mask of Zorro.
Childhood: Antonio Banderas was born in Málaga, in the Andalucia region of Spain, to Ana Banderas (a teacher) and José Domínguez, a Guardia Civil policeman.
He and his brother Francisco were raised as Roman Catholics although Antonio has since said that he is no longer a follower of the Roman Catholic faith. He does occasionally, however, still pray to the Virgin of Guadalupe.
As a child, Antonio Banderas wanted to be a footballer but he broke his foot at the age of 14, thus ending his dream. He later travelled to Madrid to make a name for himself in the Spanish film industry.
Acting Career: At the age of 19, Banderas began acting in small theatres and soon started working with the renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. His first Almodóvar film was 1982's Laberinto de Pasiones, followed by Matador in 1986, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios in 1988. In 1989, he performed his breakthrough role in the Almodóvar film ¡Átame! Which was known as Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! in English. The film achieved moderate success in the UK and the US.
Following the release of Tie Me Up! Time Me Down! Banderas moved to the United States and began working in American movies. In 1992, he starred in The Mambo King and followed this with a role in the Oscar-winning Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks.
In 1995, Banderas starred in a number of Hollywood films, including a performance in Desperado, the film directed by Robert Rodriguez.
1996 saw Banderas star opposite Madonna in Evita, the musical about the life of Eva Peron, as written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Banderas played the role of Che, the narrator. In 1998, Antonio Banderas became the first Spanish actor to play the role of Zorro since the creation of the character, in The Mask of Zorro. Catherine Zeta Jones also starred in the film.
Banderas returned to collaborating with Robert Rodriguez in the Spy Kids trilogy and also in the last film in the 'Mariachi' trilogy, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, which also featured Johnny Depp on the cast list.
In 1999, Antonio Banderas tried his hand at directing, starting with Crazy in Alabama. The film starred his wife, Melanie Griffith, as well as his daughter, but was widely panned by film critics.
2005 saw Banderas winning the acclaimed Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for his role in the musical Nine, which is based on the film 8 1/2 . Later that year, he returned to the role of Zorro in the Legend of Zorro but the film failed to make as great an impression as its predecessor.
Banderas provided the voice for Puss in Boots in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.
In 2006, Antonio Banderas starred as a ballroom dance teacher in the high school drama Take the Lead.
Personal Life: Antonio Banderas' first marriage was to Ana Leza. In May 1996, he married the actress Melanie Griffith. They had met a year earlier, on the set of the film Too Much. The couple have a daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas.
Antonio Banderas , Nicole Kimpel - Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Actress Melanie Griffith has a "whole new horizon to conquer" following her divorce.
The 58-year-old split from Antonio Banderas in June, 2014 after 18 years of marriage, and Melanie is still adjusting to life as a single, mature woman.
"I've just recently gotten divorced so I have a whole new horizon to conquer," she confessed to Elle.com, "(but) I have four kids - they're 19 to 33 - that I love more than anything."
When she isn't spending time with her offspring, which includes Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson, Melanie is reforging her acting career. While she was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for her star turn in 1988's Working Girl, motherhood has stopped her from taking on major roles in recent years, and so she finds it funny when people are reminded of her acting range.
Continue reading: Melanie Griffith: 'I Have A Whole New Horizon To Conquer'
Antonio Banderas And His The 33 Castmates Battled Toxic Gases Including Carbon Monoxide While Shooting The Drama On Location In Colombian Mines.
The new movie tackles the high-profile story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010 following a tunnel collapse at a site near San Jose.
Spanish actor Antonio, who plays the group's unofficial leader, spent time in real mines in Colombia while filming the movie, and he reveals the cast suffered after-effects from breathing in too much methane gas while underground.
"For me the most physically demanding part was being in one of the mines (in Colombia)," Antonio tells Britain's The Independent newspaper. "It was a very toxic mine with a lot of methane gas that leaves a metallic feeling in your mouth for days."
Continue reading: Antonio Banderas Battled Toxic Gases On The 33 Shoot
The Hollywood couple first announced their split in June of last year.
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are officially divorced, a year and a half after first announcing their split. The couple, who wed in 1996, have one daughter together, Stella Banderas and are said to have remained friends since their separation.
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are officially divorced.
According to E! News, the marriage will officially be terminated on December 20th. Court documents show that Griffith will get the couple’s house in Aspen, Colorado and half of all profits, royalties and residuals Banderas earned from 2004-2014.
Antonio Banderas Has Credited Spanish Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar With Making Him The Best Actor He Could Be, Insisting The Filmmaker Helped Him Come To Terms With His First Gay Role.
The actor, who has worked with Almodovar several times, admits he struggled with his role as a homosexual in 1987's Law of Desire and turned to his director for help.
Banderas, who also played a gay man in the film Philadelphia, tells ABC News, "He opened many different places in my brain as a human being, many different doors. He taught me many different things about morality.
"I remember when we were going to do Law of Desire and I was very worried about the gayness of the whole entire script. And that particular time, how my mother was going to see that or how my father was going to be perceived.
Continue reading: Antonio Banderas: 'Pedro Almodovar Helped Me Understand First Gay Role'
Juan Pablo Raba , Antonio Banderas - Celebrities attend AFI FEST 2015 Presented By Audi Centerpiece Gala Screening of THE 33 at TCL Chinese Theatre. at TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th November 2015
Director Patricia Riggen tackles a particularly emotional story with the new film The 33. The film is a based on the recent mining catastrophe which happened in Chile in 2010. When a copper and gold mine finally caved in blocking 33 men in the centre of a huge mountain.
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Antonio Banderas Experienced A Surreal Moment On The Set Of Trapped Miner Movie The 33 When He Found Himself Hugging One Of The Real-life Chileans Stuck Underground For 69 Days.
Mario Sepulveda, the real-life character the Spaniard portrays in the film, was hired as an extra for the movie, and in the scene surrounding the miner's freedom, Banderas ran to hug him.
"The day that I came out of the mine, there was a moment because we tried to reproduce it very much as it was," the actor tells WENN. "On YouTube you can see it. In the film Mario just jumped over a bunch of miners that were extras and some of them real miners. In the first take, I jumped over them and I find Mario. He was right there in front of me and it was a very surreal experience just to find the character you're playing right there."
Banderas admits the film was a very special experience for him - because he was transfixed by the news coverage of the trapped miners in 2010, and he's convinced their plight underground served to remind people what's important in life.
Continue reading: Antonio Banderas Proud To Be Part Of Miner's Drama With Real-life Hero
Movie Mogul Mike Medavoy Has Defended His Decision Not To Shoot Trapped Miners Drama The 33 In Spanish.
His new film is based on the real-life struggles of 33 Chilean miners, who were trapped underground for 69 days following a tunnel collapse in 2009, and features Spaniard Antonio Banderas and Latino star Lou Diamond Phillips.
But Medavoy insisted the film should be shot in English, and now he's fighting critics who believe the film should have been all-Spanish with subtitles.
He tells WENN, "There have been questions about the language issue: 'In today's world you should've done the movie in Spanish'.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips Feared Art Would Imitate Life On The Set Of His Drama The 33 Because He And His Co-stars Filmed In Real 500-Year-old Mines.
The Stand and Deliver star appears alongside Antonio Banderas in the real-life movie, which documents the dramatic rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010.
The cast and crew headed to Bogota, Colombia to film the majority of their underground scenes, and Phillips reveals the threat of becoming stuck underground was very real throughout production.
He says, "There was no glamour to this whatsoever. We shot in two real mines just outside of Bogota, Colombia. Salt mines, going into them six days a week, 12, 14 hours a day, the absolute real deal.
Continue reading: Lou Diamond Phillips Feared Real Mine Collapse Shooting The 33
Antonio Banderas , Nicole Kimpel - Antonio Banderas and Nicole Kimpel attend Roberto Cavalli's wife Eva Cavalli - VIP birthday party at One Mayfair. London. UK - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 10th October 2015
Antonio Banderas And Debra Messing Are Among The Stars Who Have Reached Out To Those Caught Up In A Devastating Earthquake That Struck Chile On Wednesday Night (16sep15).
The South American country was rocked by a large tremor measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale, and around a million victims were ordered to evacuate their homes. The quake also prompted a slew of tsunami alerts for the entire Chilean coast as well as Peru, Hawaii and parts of California.
A number of stars have now sent their thoughts and prayers to those caught up in the chaos.
Spanish actor Banderas, who stars in new movie The 33 about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "All the strength for my Chilean brothers to this new onslaught of nature (sic)."
Continue reading: Stars Reach Out To Chilean Earthquake Victims
Spanish Actor Antonio Banderas Is Planning To Use His New Fashion Design Skills To Create A Line Of Capes Inspired By His Iconic Role In The Mask Of Zorro.
The Hollywood star is currently studying at a top fashion college in London so he can expand his business empire to include a menswear line, and he is hoping to help one particular item of clothing make a big comeback.
Continue reading: Antonio Banderas Planning Zorro-inspired Cape Line
Date of birth
10th August, 1960
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