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Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas is one of the actors in the Spy Kids series. He is known for playing the character Gregorio Cortez.

Early life

Banderas was born in Málaga, Andalucía, Spain, in 1960 to Ana Banderas, a school teacher, and José Domínguez Prieto, a police officer in the Guardia Civil.[1][2] He has a younger brother, Francisco. Although the family name is Domínguez, he took his mother's surname as his stage name.[3] He initially wanted to become a professional soccer player until a broken foot sidelined his dreams at the age of fourteen. He went on to enroll in some drama classes, eventually joining a theater troupe that toured all over Spain. His work in the theater, and his performances on the streets, eventually landed him a spot with the National Theatre of Spain.[4]

Career

Early work, 1982–90

His acting career began at the age of 19, when he worked in small theatres during Spain’s post-dictatorial cultural movement known as the 'Movida'.[5] While performing with the theatre, Banderas caught the attention of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in his 1982 film debut, Labyrinth of Passion. Two years later he went on to appear in the director's Law of Desire, making headlines with his performance as a gay man, which required him to engage in his first male-to-male onscreen kiss. After Banderas appeared in Almodóvar's 1986 Matador, the director cast him in his internationally acclaimed 1988 film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The recognition Banderas gained for his role increased two years later when he starred in Almodóvar's controversial Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! as a mental patient who kidnaps a porn star (Victoria Abril) and keeps her tied up until she returns his love.[4] It was his breakthrough role in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, that helped spur him on to Hollywood.[6] Having become a regular feature of Almodóvar's movies all throughout the 1980s, Almodóvar is credited for helping launch Banderas's international career.[7]

Breakthrough, 1991–94

Banderas was first introduced to the American audience in the documentary, Madonna: Truth or Dare. The following year, still speaking minimal English, he began acting in U.S. films. Despite having to learn all his lines phonetically, Banderas still managed to turn in a critically praised performance as a struggling musician in his first American film, The Mambo Kings in 1992. He then broke through to mainstream American audiences in the 1993 film, Philadelphia, as the gay lover of AIDS-afflicted lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks). The film's success earned Banderas wide recognition, and the following year was given a role in Neil Jordan's high-profile adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, which allowed him to share the screen with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.[4]

Worldwide recognition, 1995–present

He appeared in several major Hollywood releases in 1995, including a starring role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed film, Desperado and the antagonist on the action film Assassins co starred with Sylvester Stallone. In 1996, he starred alongside Madonna in Evita, an adaptation of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in which he played the narrator, Che, a role played by David Essex in the original 1978 West End production. He also made success with his role as the legendary masked swordsman, Zorro in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro. He was the first Spanish actor to portray the character.

In 2001, he collaborated with Robert Rodriguez who cast him in the Spy Kids film trilogy. He also starred in Michael Cristofer's Original Sin alongside Angelina Jolie the same year. In 2002, he starred in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale opposite Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and in Julie Taymor's Frida with Salma Hayek. In 2003, he starred in the last installment of the trilogy Once Upon A Time In Mexico (in which he appeared with Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek). Banderas' debut as a director was the poorly-received Crazy in Alabama (1999), starring his wife Melanie Griffith.[8]

In 2003, he returned to the musical genre, appearing to great acclaim in the Broadway revival of Maury Yeston's musical Nine, based on the film , playing the prime role originated by the late Raúl Juliá. Banderas won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, and was nominated for the Tony Award for best actor in a musical.[9] His performance is preserved on the Broadway cast recording released by PS Classics. The following year (2004), he received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA).

His voice role as Puss in Boots in Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and the last film in the Shrek franchise, Shrek Forever After, helped make the character popular on the family film circuit. In 2005, he reprised his role as Zorro in The Legend of Zorro, though this was not as successful as The Mask of Zorro. In 2006, he starred in Take the Lead, a high-set movie in which he played a ballroom dancing teacher. That year, he directed his second film El camino de los ingleses (English title: Summer Rain), and also received the L.A. Latino International Film Festival's "Gabi" Lifetime Achievement Award on 14 October.[10] He hosted the 600th episode of Saturday Night Live (during season 31).

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in 2005.

In 2011, the horror thriller The Skin I Live In marked the return of Banderas to Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish director who launched his international career. The two had not worked together since the 1990s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! In The Skin I Live In he breaks out of the Latin Lover mold from his Hollywood work and stars as a calculating revenge-seeking plastic surgeon following the rape of his daughter. According to the Associated Press Banderas' performance is among his strongest in recent memory.[7] Also he once again lends his voice to Puss in Boots this time as the protagonist of the Shrek spin-off family film, Puss in Boots. This film has Banderas reuniting with Salma Hayek for the sixth time.[11]

Business activities

He has invested some of his film earnings in Andalusian products, which he promotes in Spain and the US.[12] He owns 50% of a winery in Villalba de Duero, Burgos, Spain, called Anta Banderas, which produces red and rosé wines.[13]

He performed a voice-over for a computer-animated bee which can be seen in the United States in television commercials for Nasonex,[14] an allergy medication, and was seen in the 2007 Christmas advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, a British retailer.[15]

He has been a veteran of the perfume industry. The actor has been working with fragrance and beauty multinational company Puig for over ten years becoming one of the brand's most successful representatives. Banderas and Puig have successfully promoted a number of fragrances so far – Diavolo, Diavolo for Women, Mediterraneo, Spirit, Spirit for Women, and following the success of Antonio and Blue Seduction for men in 2007, launched his latest Blue Seduction for Women the following year.[16]

Personal life

Both Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas were married to other people when they first met.[5] Banderas divorced his first wife, Ana Leza, and in May 14, 1996, married American actress Melanie Griffith in a private, low-key ceremony in London.[5][17] They had met a year earlier while shooting Two Much.[18] They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen (b. 1996), who appeared with her parents in the 1999 film Crazy in Alabama, in which Griffith starred and which Banderas directed.[12] In 2002, the couple's dedication to philanthropy was recognized when they received the 'Stella Adler Angel Award' for their extensive charity work.[5]

In 1996, Banderas appeared among other figures of Spanish culture in a video supporting the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party lists in the general election.[19]

He is a long time supporter of the Málaga CF.[20]

He is an officer (mayordomo de trono) of a Roman Catholic religious brotherhood in Málaga and travels, with his wife and daughter, during Holy Week to take part in the processions,[21] although in an interview with People magazine Banderas had once described himself as an agnostic.[22] In May 2010, Banderas received his honorary doctorate from the University of Málaga in the city where he was born.[6]

Filmography

Actor (Movies & TV)
Year Film Role Notes[23]
1982 Pestañas postizas Antonio Juan
1982 Laberinto de pasiones Sadec
1983 Y del seguro... líbranos Señor!
1984 El caso Almería
1984 El señor Galíndez Eduardo
1984 Fragmentos de interior Joaquín TV Series
1984 Los zancos Alberto
1985 Réquiem por un campesino español Paco Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Murcia Week of Spanish Cinema for Best Actor
1985 La corte de Faraón Fray José Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Murcia Week of Spanish Cinema for Best Actor
1985 Caso cerrado Preso Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1986 Matador Ángel Nominated — Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Murcia Week of Spanish Cinema for Best Actor
1986 Puzzle
1986 27 horas Rafa Sant Jordi Awards for Best Spanish Actor
1986 Delirios de amor Sant Jordi Awards for Best Spanish Actor
Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1987 La ley del deseo Antonio Benítez Sant Jordi Awards for Best Spanish Actor
Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1987 Así como habían sido Damián Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1988 La Mujer de tu vida: La mujer feliz Antonio Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best TV Actor
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Carlos Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1988 El placer de matar Luis Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1988 Baton Rouge Antonio Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989 Bajarse al moro Alberto Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989 Si te dicen que caí Marcos Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989 La Blanca Paloma Mario Valladolid International Film Festival for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989 Hasta Luego Tenis Jake Spicer
1989 El Acto Carlos
1990 La otra historia de Rosendo Juárez Rosendo Juárez TV
1990 ¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) Ricky Golden India Catalina Award for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
ACE Awards for Best Actor
Nominated — Goya Awards for Best Actor
1990 Contra el viento Juan Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1992 Una Mujer bajo la lluvia Miguel Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1992 The Mambo Kings Néstor Castillo Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Nominated — Spanish Actors Union Award for Lead Performance
1993 Il Giovane Mussolini (Benito) Benito Mussolini TV
1993 ¡Dispara! (Outrage!) Marcos Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1993 The House of the Spirits Pedro Tercero García his first English-language film
1993 Philadelphia Miguel Álvarez
1994 Of Love and Shadows Francisco Nominated — NCLR Bravo Awards for Best Actor in a Feature Film
1994 Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Armand
1995 Miami Rhapsody Antonio
1995 Desperado El Mariachi (Manito) Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
1995 Four Rooms as Man (segment "The Misbehavers")
1995 Assassins Miguel Bain
1995 Never Talk to Strangers Tony Ramirez
1995 Two Much Art Dodge Nominated — Goya Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1996 Evita Che Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1997 Wag the Dog Ramón later on replaced by the real Ramón
1998 The Mask of Zorro Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro European Film Awards for Best European Actor
Imagen Awards for Lasting Image Award
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favorite Actor – Action/Adventure
Nominated — MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight
1998 Andrew Lloyd Webber's Royal Albert Hall Celebration Che/Phantom
1999 Th 13th Warrior Ahmad ibn Fadlan Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
1999 The White River Kid Morales Pittman
1999 Play It to the Bone César Domínguez
2001 The Body Father Matt Gutiérrez
2001 Spy Kids Gregorio Cortez Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Male Butt Kicker
2001 Original Sin Luís Vargast
2002 Femme Fatale Nicolas Bardo
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Gregorio Cortez
2002 Frida David Alfaro Siqueiros
2002 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Agent Jeremiah Ecks
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Gregorio Cortez
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico El Mariachi Imagen Award for Best Actor
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Pancho Villa Imagen Awards for Best Actor in a Television Drama
NAMIC Vision Award for Best Dramatic Performance
Nominated — Emmy Awards for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or TV Film
2003 Imagining Argentina Carlos Rueda
2004 Far Far Away Idol Puss In Boots Voice
2004 Shrek 2 Voice
Nominated — Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — VES Award for Best Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
2005 The Legend of Zorro Don Alejandro de la Vega/Zorro Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Actor
2006 Take the Lead Pierre Dulaine Imagen Award for Best Actor
2007 Bordertown Díaz
2007 Shrek the Third Puss In Boots Voice
2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend Tommy Lucero / Tomas Martinez
2008 The Other Man Ralph (pronounced "Rafe")
2009 Thick as Thieves Gabriel Martin
2010 Shrek Forever After Puss In Boots Voice
2011 The Big Bang Ned Cruz
2011 The Skin I Live In Dr. Ledgard
2011 black gold nassib
2011 Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World Gregorio Cortez post-production
2011 Puss in Boots Puss in Boots post-production
2012 Haywire TBA filming
Director & Producer
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Crazy in Alabama Director ALMA Award for Best Director of a Feature Film
European Film Award for Achievement in World Cinema
Nominated — Golden Lion for Directing
2006 El Camino de los Ingleses Director Berlin International Film Festival for Directing
2008 Missing Lynx Producer

Musicals on Broadway

Theater
Year Play Role Notes
2003 Nine Guido Contini Theatre World Award for Best Actor[24]
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical[25]
Nominated — Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical[26]
2011 Zorba Alexis Zorba Broadway Revival will open in the Fall of 2011

References

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