Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Infobox Actor

caption = Antonio Banderas at the "Shrek the Third" London premiere, June 2007
imagesize =
birthdate = birth date and age|1960|8|10
birthplace =Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
birthname = nowrap|José Antonio Domínguez Banderas
spouse = Ana Leza (1987 - 1995)
Melanie Griffith (1996-)
yearsactive = 1979 — present
occupation = actor, singer
José Antonio Domínguez Banderas (born August 10, 1960), better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor and singer. He began his acting career at age 19 with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then starred in high-profile Hollywood films including "Assassins", "Evita", "Desperado", "", "Philadelphia", "The Mask of Zorro" and the "Shrek" sequels.


Early life

Banderas was born in Málaga, Andalucia, southern Spain, the son of "doña" Ana Banderas, a school teacher, and José Domínguez, a policeman in the Guardia Civil. [ [ Antonio Banderas As Puss 'N Boots' Voice ] ] [ [ Antonio Banderas Biography (1960-) ] ] He also has one brother, Francisco. Banderas was raised as a Roman Catholic, and is now a very strong follower of the faith.cite web | | work=Banderas prays to Virgin of Guadalupe for Pancho Villa project | url= | accessmonthday=April 6 | accessyear=2006] He took his mother's surname as his stage name. [ [ Salon Column | Ron "The Artist" Shelton ] ] He initially wanted to play soccer professionally, but his dream ended when he broke his foot at age 14. As a young man, he traveled to Madrid, in order to make a career in the Spanish film industry. He was descrited like a tartessic, celtiberian type a new "Argantonio".

Career in Spain

His acting career began at the age of 19, when he worked in small theaters during the Movida period. He first gained wide attention through a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar, between 1982 and 1990. These included "Laberinto de pasiones" (1982), "Matador" (1986), "La ley del deseo" (1987), "Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" (1988), and "¡Átame!" (1989). His breakthrough role was as the character "Ricky" in "¡Átame!" (English-language title: "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"), which was a minor success in the United States.

Career in Hollywood

He subsequently moved to the U.S. and began appearing in American films; some of his earlier roles there included the 1992 film, "The Mambo Kings", as well as a supporting role in the Oscar-winning 1993 film, "Philadelphia". He appeared in several major Hollywood releases in 1995, including a starring role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed film, "Desperado". 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 originally played on Broadway by Mandy Patinkin. He also received critical praise for his role as the fictional Mexican masked swordsman, Zorro in the 1998 film "The Mask of Zorro", for which he was the first Spanish actor to portray the character after over 80 years since Zorro's creation. He has also frequently collaborated with Robert Rodriguez who cast him in the "Spy Kids" film trilogy and the final installment in the "Mariachi" trilogy (in which he appeared with Johnny Depp), "Once Upon A Time In Mexico". Banderas' sole credit as a director was the poorly-received Crazy in Alabama (1999), starring his wife Melanie Griffith. 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.cite web | title=United Press International | work=Banderas set for Broadway return | url= | accessmonthday=April 6 |accessyear=2006] His performance is preserved on the Broadway cast recording released by PS Classics. His voice role as Puss in Boots in "Shrek 2" and "Shrek the Third" made 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 original. In 2006, he starred in "Take the Lead", a high school-set movie in which he played a real-life ballroom dancing teacher. That year, he also received the L.A. Latino International Film Festival's "Gabi" Lifetime Achievement Award, on October 14. [ [ Banderas flies flag at LALIFF - Entertainment News, VPage, Media - Variety ] ] He hosted Saturday Night Live's 600th episode (in season 31). The musical guest was Mary J. Blige. He performed a voice-over for a computer-animated bee which can be seen in the United States in television commercials for Nasonex, [cite web|url=|title=Antonio Banderas Dons The Mask Once More|accessdate=2007-12-05|date =October 28 2005|author=Michael O'Sullivan|publisher=Washington Post] an allergy medication, and was seen in the 2007 Christmas advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, a British retailer. [cite web|url=|title=Marks And Spencer Warn Of Poor Outlook|accessdate=2007-12-05|publisher=Daily Record] He is being considered for the part of Hadrian in the in-production (as of February 2008) film "Memoirs of Hadrian". ["Production Weekly", October 21 2005, cited at [] ]

Personal life

Banderas divorced his first wife, Ana Leza, and in May 1996 he married actress Melanie Griffith, [cite news |title=Antonio and Melanie throw joint birthday party |url= |work=CNN |publisher=The Associated Press |date=2000-08-10 |accessdate=2008-05-14 ] whom he met a year earlier when they shot "Two Much". [ [ ABC News: Banderas: I'm No Latin Lover (Accessed 1/9/08)] ] They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas , born in 1996, who appeared in the film "Crazy in Alabama" (1999), in which Griffith starred and which Banderas directed. [ [ Vista: Antonio Banderas as Puss 'N Boots' Voice (Accessed 1/9/08)] ] He has invested his movie earnings in Andalusian products, which he promotes in Spain and the Czech Republic. [ [ Vista: Antonio Banderas as Puss 'N Boots' Voice (Accessed 1/9/08)] ] He is a long time supporter of the Málaga CF [ [,2540,221,00.html Cigar Aficionado | People Profile | Antonio Banderas (Accessed 1/9/08)] ] and Real Madrid Football Club. [ [ Vista: Antonio Banderas as Puss 'N Boots' Voice (Accessed 1/9/08)] ] While he speaks in his native Andalusian Spanish with his family and Spanish press, he switches to the Castilian pronunciation when playing non-Andalusian roles or when dubbing his Hollywood roles.Fact|date=January 2008


*"" (TBA) as Puss In Boots (voice)
*"Shrek Goes Fourth" (2010) as Puss In Boots (voice)
*"The Other Man" (2008) as Rolf
*"Thick as Thieves" (2008) as TBA
*"My Mom's New Boyfriend" (2008) as Tommy
*"Shrek the Third" (2007) as Puss in Boots (voice)
*"Bordertown" (2007) as Diaz
*"Take the Lead" (2006) as Pierre Dulaine
*"The Legend of Zorro" (2005) as Don Alejandro de la Vega/Zorro
*"Shrek 2" (2003) as Puss In Boots (voice)
**"Far Far Away Idol" (2004) as Puss In Boots (voice)
*"Imagining Argentina" (2003) as Carlos Rueda
*"And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" (2003) (TV) as Pancho Villa
*"Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003) as El Mariachi
*"" (2003) as Gregorio Cortez
*"" (2002) as Agent Jeremiah Ecks
*"Frida" (2002) as David Alfaro Siqueiros
*"" (2002) as Gregorio Cortez
*"Femme Fatale" (2002) as Nicolas Bardo
*"Original Sin" (2001) as Luis Vargas
*"Spy Kids" (2001) as Gregorio Cortez
*"The Body" (2001) as Father Matt Gutierrez
*"Play It to the Bone" (1999) as Cesar Dominguez
*"South Park - Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" (1999) as Antonio Banderas Blow-up Doll
*"The White River Kid" (1999) as Morales Pittman
*"The 13th Warrior" (1999) as Ahmad ibn Fadlan ibn al-Abbas ibn Rashid ibn Hamad
*"The Mask of Zorro" (1998) as Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro
*"Evita" (1996) as Che Guevara
*"Two Much" (1995) as Art Dodge
*"Never Talk to Strangers" (1995) as Tony Ramirez
*" Ass" (1995) as Miguel Bain
*"Four Rooms" (1995) as Man (segment "The Misbehavers")
*"Desperado" (1995) as El Mariachi
*"Miami Rhapsody" (1995) as Antonio
*"" (1994) as Armand
*"Of Love and Sheets" (1994) as Francisco
*"Philadelphia" (1993) as Miguel Alvarez
*"The House of the Spirits" (1993) as Pedro Tercero García
*"¡Dispara!" (1993) as Marcos
*"Il Giovane Mussolini" (1993) (TV) as Benito Mussolini
*"The Mambo Kings" (1992) as Nestor Castillo
*"Mujer bajo la lluvia, Una" (1992) as Miguel
*"Terra Nova" (1991) as Antonio
*"Contra el viento" (1990) as Juan
*"¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)" (1990) as Ricky
*"La otra historia de Rosendo Juárez" (1990) (TV) as Rosendo Juárez
*"Acto, El" (1989) as Carlos
*"Blanca Paloma, La" (1989) as Mario
*"Si te dicen que caí" (1989) as Marcos
*"Bajarse al moro" (1989) as Alberto
*"Bâton Rouge" (1988) as Antonio
*"El placer de matar" (1988) as Luis
*"Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" (1988) as Carlos
*"" (1988) (TV) as Antonio
*"Así como habían sido" (1987) as Damián
*"La ley del deseo" (1987) as Antonio Benítez
*"Delirios de amor" (1986)
*"27 horas" (1986) as Rafa
*"Puzzle" (1986)
*"Matador" (1986) as Ángel
*"Caso cerrado" (1985) as Preso
*"La corte de Faraón" (1985) as Fray José
*"Réquiem por un campesino español" (1985) as Paco
*"Los zancos" (1984) as Alberto
*"Fragmentos de interior" (1984) TV Series as Joaquín
*"El señor Galíndez" (1984) as Eduardo
*"El caso Almería" (1984)
*"Y del seguro... líbranos Señor!" (1983)
*"Laberinto de pasiones" (1982) as Sadec
*"Pestañas postizas" (1982) as Antonio Juan


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