Benicio del Toro (born Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez 19.02.66)
Benicio del Toro is a Puerto Rican actor best known for his work in 'Snatch', 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Sin City'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Benicio del Toro has a net worth of 45 million USD.
Childhood: Del Toro was born in San German, Puerto Rico, to Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermudez and Fausta Genoveva Sanchez Rivera. He attended Academia del Perpetuo Socorro (The Academy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in Miramar, Puerto Rico. His mother died of hepatitis when he was nine years old, and at twelve he moved with his father and brother to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Here, del Toro attended Mercersburg Academy. After graduating, del Toro enrolled at the University of California, San Diego, to study a degree in business. While here, he took part in a drama course, and after seeing success in the field of acting, he dropped out of university to study at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, in New York City.
Career: Del Toro began his career with a part on the CBS show, 'Shell Game' in 1987. He followed this up with an appearance in 'Miami Vice' and the James Bond film, 'Licence to Kill' which was released in 1989. He continued to work in a stream of movies in small parts, like 'The Indian Runner', 'China Moon', 'Christopher Columbus: The Discovery', 'Money for Nothing', 'Fearless' and 'Swimming with Sharks'. In 1995, del Toro appeared beside Kevin Spacey in 'The Usual Suspects', earning him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as public esteem. The performance led to his casting in better roles in films like 'The Funeral', 'Basquiat' and 'The Fan'. In 1997, he starred alongside Alicia Silverstone in the film 'Excess Baggage', which she produced. The following year, del Toro gained a great cult following for his work in Terry Gilliam's adaptation of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' by Hunter S. Thompson, where he starred alongside Johnny Depp. Del Toro then took a two year hiatus from acting, before returning to star in the film 'The Way of the Gun', directed by 'The Usual Suspects' screenwriter, Christopher McQuarrie, in a directorial debut. He then appeared in Steven Soderbergh's 'Traffic', winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. He was then nominated again for Best Supporting Actor for his work on the film '21 Grams'. In 2005, he appeared in Robert Rodriguez' adaptation of Frank Miller's 'Sin City'. In 2008, he earned award nominations for his portrayal of Che Guevara in the biopic 'Che'. In 2010, he produced and starred in 'The Wolfman', before receiving a small role in the Marvel Studios films, 'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' - the latter showed his character's role slightly extended.
Personal Life: Del Toro has often stated that he does not wish to be married, and prefers to live alone in his New York apartment. In August, 2011, he had a daughter with Kimberly Stewart (daughter of Rod Stewart), despite the couple not being in a relationship.
Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are reprising their characters for the sequel to 2015 drama Sicario.
The crime thriller revolved around an FBI attempt to take down a Mexican drug cartel with the help of a shady character, played by Del Toro.
"We're in full development with the studio," producer Molly Smith told The Hollywood Reporter. "I just got a draft (of the script), and we're really excited."
Fellow producer Trent Luckinbill added, "We can't reveal the plot, but you'll see them (Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin) all come back.
Continue reading: Stars To Return For Sicario Sequel
Benicio Del Toro - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
More news for the upcoming 'Star Wars' trilogy installment.
Exciting 'Star Wars' news! A host of new actors have been announced to join the franchise in the forthcoming movie 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', which has just started shooting today. Their characters are as yet unknown, but we'll no doubt uncover more details in the months to come.
Benicio Del Toro joins 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'
Benicio Del Toro leads the new announcements, joining the movie following his latest film, Terrence Malick's 'Weightless'. 'The Fault in Our Stars' actress Laura Dern also adds 'Star Wars' to her busy schedule, as she continues to shoot the new 'Twin Peaks' series and the Jennifer Fox drama 'The Tale'. Plus, a new face will be added to the cast: Kelly Marie Tran, who's previously had small TV roles in the likes of 'Ladies Like Us' and 'About a Boy'. She's just finished shooting her first ever feature film, 'XOXO'.
Continue reading: Benicio Del Toro Leads 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' New Cast Announcements
Rebel Wilson sparked controversy while presenting an award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (14Feb16) by stating she's "been practising her transgender face" in the hopes of winning a prize.
The Australian star took to the stage at London's Royal Opera House to hand out the Best Supporting Actor gong. During her speech she poked fun at the ongoing issue of diversity in Hollywood, which has seen the upcoming Oscars critcised for the lack of black actors on its nominations list.
"I've never been to the Oscars, because as you know, they are racist," she is quoted as saying by EmpireOnline.com. "But BAFTA have diverse members and that's what we all want to see in life, isn't it? Diverse members. One day I hope to return here to win a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgender face."
Rebel also poked fun at BAFTA nominee Idris Elba's sex symbol status during her speech. He was in the running for the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role in Beasts of No Nation, and the comedienne explained she was finding it hard to be in the same room as the black movie star on Valentine's Day (14Feb16).
Continue reading: Rebel Wilson Courts Controversy At Baftas
An irreverent comedy in the style of the original M.A.S.H., this wartime romp takes an entertaining look at 24 hours in the life of a group of humanitarian workers in the Balkans in 1995. The film is funny, tense and packed with layers of drama, as Spanish filmmaker Fernando Leon de Aranoa cleverly recreates the setting with striking detail. Since it feels so realistic and is populated with lively characters, the film is thoroughly entertaining, even if it only barely seems to crack the surface.
It opens as aid worker Mambru (Benicio Del Toro) and his local translator Damir (Fedja Stukan) are trying to remove a body from a well so they can clean up the water supply for an isolated village. But their only rope is too frayed to work. Then jaded American colleague B (Tim Robbins) arrives with French rookie Sophie (Melanie Thierry), and as they try to find a rope they are joined by sexy Russian worker Katya (Olga Kurylenko), who has a past with Mambru. But there are constant roadblocks, literally and figuratively, as they try to solve this relatively simple problem. Along the way, they pick up a young orphan (Eldar Residovic) and try to reunite him with his family.
Every situation these people encounter is fraught with chaos, from the absurdities of military regulations to the complexities of local politics to the constant possibility of injury or even death. The filmmaker creates a terrific blackly comical tone that stresses the gallows humour these workers require to survive in an environment where children run around carrying big guns and rules are more important than innocent people's lives. This offbeat tone is engaging, especially with the snappy performances from Del Toro and Robbins as experienced men who know the ropes but insist on playing the game by their own rules. Thierry and Kurylenko are also good in less developed roles as the naive newbie and the steely ex, respectively. And Stukan and Residovic, plus a strong supporting cast, add lots of local colour.
Continue reading: A Perfect Day Review
Benicio Del Toro Has Come To The Defence Of His New Drug Drama Sicario After The Mayor Of Juarez, Mexico Called For Citizens To Boycott The Film Over Its Portrayal Of The City.
The Traffic star's new film centres on a U.S. government task force attempting to halt the escalating drug war at the America/Mexico border, and it is partly set in the city of Juarez.
Juarez Mayor Enrique Serrano came out against the film earlier this month (Oct15), telling Mexican news site Nortedigital.mx he believes the drama is not a true reflection of his town.
"It hurts the image of Juarenses," Mayor Serrano said. "I call on (people) not to watch it... because it is something that speaks ill about the city."
Continue reading: Benicio Del Toro Defends Sicario After Mexican Mayor Calls For Boycott
'Sicario' star Benicio del Toro has claimed drugs should be decriminalised.
Benicio Del Toro thinks drugs should be decriminalised.
The 48-year-old star appears alongside Emily Blunt in the new crime thriller 'Sicario', which tackles the issues of drug smuggling and police corruption, and Benicio has revealed he'd be in favour of decrimnalising narcotics.
Asked where he stands on the debate, the Hollywood actor explained: ''I'm definitely pro - you can't just put someone in jail because they're carrying a joint. You ruin lives for nothing.
Continue reading: Benicio Del Toro: Drugs Should Be Decriminalised
A rare film that adds up to much more than the sum of its parts, this works as both a dramatic character study and a tense thriller. The title is Mexican slang for "hitman". And with fierce direction, razor-sharp writing and breathtakingly layered performances, this is one of the most involving, thrilling movies of the year. It also has something urgent to say about the political world we live in.
Kate (Emily Blunt) is the leader of an FBI unit in Phoenix, and is taken aback when offbeat Homeland Security agent Matt (Josh Brolin) asks her to join his team tracking a Mexican drug cartel kingpin. She brings her partner (Daniel Kaluuya) along, and they struggle to make sense of their new mission, especially the shady operative Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) who's working alongside them. The question is which organisation is actually running this operation, and what the real goal is. Clearly international laws are being bent at every step, and Kate is worried that she might also be compromising her moral and ethical principles. Meanwhile over the border, a local cop (Maximiliano Hernandez) is involved in activities that may cause trouble for his family and community.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) keeps this story tightly under control, taking the audience along on Kate's odyssey into the dark side of international law enforcement, which has little regard for the law. Blunt brings a remarkable authenticity to her role as a steely, smart leader who is always on-edge, trying to find a way through an unpredictable situation. As she quietly reveals Kate's thought processes, the audience is able to identify with her at every step. Which makes every scene both riveting and emotionally wrenching. Opposite her, both Brolin and Del Toro are on top form, infusing the film with quirky details, black humour and challenging ideas. There's also an astonishing role for Jon Bernthal as a cowboy who flirts with Kate, and then some.
Continue reading: Sicario Review
Benicio del Toro thinks the appointment of Rian Johnson as director of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' will ''infuse the franchise with new steroids''.
Benicio Del Toro thinks 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' director Rian Johnson will ''infuse the franchise with new steroids''.
The 48-year-old actor has signed up to star in the sci-fi sequel which will be released sometime in 2017 and he thinks the decision made by Disney bosses to draft in 'Looper' filmmaker Rian Johnson to helm and write the script as well as a bunch of other ''talented'' production staff is a good one.
Asked what Rian brings to the franchise, he said: ''I think a cool, sci-fi realism if I may say that, if that makes any sense. You know I love his film 'Looper' and his other work, and I just like talking to him about the film. He's one of those new talented people that 'Star Wars' is hiring, to like, infuse the franchise with new steroids.''
Continue reading: Benicio Del Toro Makes Bold Predication For Star Wars: Episode VIII
Benicio Del Toro Has Been Forced To Edit Screenings Of Steven Spielberg's Classic E.t. The Extra Terrestrial At Home, Because His Four-year-old Daughter Freaks Out When The Title Character Flies Off In A Spaceship At The End Of The Movie.
The Oscar winner felt sure little Delilah would love the 1982 family favourite, but little did he know it would also break his daughter's heart.
"She watched it all the way (through) and at the very end, when E.T. gets on the (space) ship and he goes, I turn around and she is crying," the actor explains.
"She turns to me and she goes, 'I need E.T... bring him back!' I had to watch the movie again. The movie's on a loop... I cut it right before (the end). When he gets on the bike and goes up in the air, I go, 'OK, it's time to go to sleep'."
Continue reading: Benicio Del Toro Edits E.t. For Daughter
Benicio Del Toro Was Impressed With His Sicario Co-star Emily Blunt's Impressive Acting Skills, Calling Her A "Rare" Talent In Hollywood.
The British beauty plays an FBI agent attempting to halt the escalating war against drugs at the America/Mexico border in the new film, and Del Toro was left speechless upon seeing Blunt's work first-hand.
While filming a tense scene between Blunt and co-star Josh Brolin, the actress began to cry, an action which was not in the script.
Recalling the scene, Del Toro tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "Every now and then - and it's only happened five or six times in my career - you witness a moment where an actor just changes the room. When she broke down, I was stood there thinking. 'Oh f**k.'
Continue reading: Benicio Del Toro Praises Rare Talent Emily Blunt
Date of birth
19th February, 1967
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