ANTONIO BANDERAS has received praise for his performances in film, television and theater, as well as behind the camera as a director
He can most recently be seen playing Mario Sepulveda in The 33, the gripping true story of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster. Upcoming, Banderas stars in the films “Knights of Cups,” directed by Terrence Malick; “Security,” with Ben Kingsley; and Hugh Hudson’s “Altamira.”
He has earned three Golden Globe Award nominations, for his performances in Alan Parker’s big-screen adaptation of the musical “Evita,” opposite Madonna; Martin Campbell’s action adventure “The Mask of Zorro,” opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones; and the HBO movie “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” in which he starred in the title role. Banderas also received an Emmy Award nomination for the last.
Banderas has collaborated with director Robert Rodriguez on a wide range of films, including “Desperado,” opposite Salma Hayek, and its sequel, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” opposite Johnny Depp; the “Spy Kids” trilogy; and “Machete Kills,” with Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, and Jessica Alba. He has also enjoyed a long association with director Pedro Almodovar, which began in 1982 on the film “Labyrinth of Passion.” It was the first of seven films Banderas would do with Almodovar, followed by “Matador,” “Law of Desire,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!,” “La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In)” and “I’m So Excited.”
His long list of film credits also includes “The Expendables 3,” with Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger; “Ruby Sparks”; “The Legend of Zorro,” reuniting him with Campbell and Zeta-Jones; Julie Taymor’s biopic “Frida,” opposite Salma Hayek; Brian de Palma’s “Femme Fatale”; “Original Sin,” opposite Angelina Jolie; “Play It to the Bone,” with Woody Harrelson; “Never Talk to Strangers,” opposite Rebecca De Mornay; “Assassins,” with Sylvester Stallone; Neil Jordan’s “Interview with the Vampire,” with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt; Bille August’s “The House of the Spirits,” with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close; Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking drama “Philadelphia,” with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; and “The Mambo Kings,” with Armand Assante.
In addition, Banderas lent his distinctive voice to the character Puss in Boots in the hit animated features “Shrek 2,” Shrek the Third,” “Shrek Forever After,” and his own film, “Puss in Boots.” He was more recently heard as the voice of Burger Beard in “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”
Banderas made his directorial debut in 1999 with “Crazy in Alabama,” starring Melanie Griffith. His second directorial feature was the 2006 Spanish film “El Camino De Los Ingleses” (“Summer Rain”), a coming of age story set in the 1970s.
Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas attended the School of Dramatic Arts in his hometown and, upon graduation, began his acting career working in a small theater company based there. He later moved to Madrid and became an ensemble member of the prestigious National Theater of Spain.
In 2003, he returned to the stage, making his Broadway debut in the starring role in “NINE,” a musical inspired by Fellini’s “8 ½,” directed by David Leveaux and also starring Chita Rivera. For his critically acclaimed performance, Banderas earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical and also won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Theatre World Awards.
In 2005, Banderas was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.