Antonio Banderas

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Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas.jpg
Banderas in May 2010
BornJosé Antonio Domínguez Banderas
(1960-08-10) 10 August 1960 (age 53)
Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
Other namesJosé Antonio Domínguez Banderas
Jose Antonio Banderas Dominguez
Tony Flags
OccupationActor, director, producer, singer, dancer, voice artist
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Ana Leza (m. 1987–96)
Melanie Griffith (m. 1996)
Children1
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Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas.jpg
Banderas in May 2010
BornJosé Antonio Domínguez Banderas
(1960-08-10) 10 August 1960 (age 53)
Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
Other namesJosé Antonio Domínguez Banderas
Jose Antonio Banderas Dominguez
Tony Flags
OccupationActor, director, producer, singer, dancer, voice artist
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Ana Leza (m. 1987–96)
Melanie Griffith (m. 1996)
Children1
SignatureBanderas-signature.jpg

José Antonio Domínguez Banderas (born 10 August 1960), better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor, film director, film producer and singer. He began his acting career with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then appeared in high-profile Hollywood movies, especially in the 1990s, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro and Spy Kids. Banderas is also a voice artist, portraying the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek sequels and Puss in Boots as well as the bee in the US Nasonex commercials.

Early life[edit]

Banderas was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas in Benalmádena, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain, on 10 August 1960, to Ana Banderas, a school teacher, and José Domínguez, a police officer in the Guardia Civil.[1] He has a younger brother, Javier. Although the family name is Domínguez, he took his mother's last name as his stage name.[2] As a child, he wanted to become a professional football 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.[3] He earned his G.E.D in 1990.

Career[edit]

Early work, 1982–90[edit]

Banderas began working in small theatres during Spain's post-dictatorial cultural movement known as the 'Movida'.[4] While performing with the theatre, Banderas caught the attention of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in his 1982 movie debut Labyrinth of Passion. 5 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.[3] It was his breakthrough role in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, that helped spur him on to Hollywood.[5] Banderas' having become a regular feature of Almodóvar's movies all throughout the 1980s, Almodóvar is credited for helping launch Banderas's international career.[6]

Breakthrough, 1991–94[edit]

In 1991, Madonna introduced Banderas to Hollywood in Madonna: Truth or Dare. In the movie, Madonna says that she wants to seduce Banderas, even though she knows he is married.

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 drama film, The Mambo Kings (1992).

Banderas then broke through to mainstream American audiences in the film, Philadelphia (1993), 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.[3]

Worldwide recognition, 1995–present[edit]

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.

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.[7]

Banderas in June 2007

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 won the Tony Award for best actor in a musical.[8] 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.[9] 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 1990 (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.[6] He again lent his voice to Puss in Boots, this time as the protagonist of the Shrek spin-off family film, Puss in Boots. This film reunited Banderas with Salma Hayek for the sixth time.[10]

Business activities[edit]

He has invested some of his film earnings in Andalusian products, which he promotes in Spain and the US. He owns 50% of a winery in Villalba de Duero, Burgos, Spain, called Anta Banderas, which produces red and rosé wines.[11]

He performed a voice-over for a computer-animated bee which can be seen in the United States in television commercials for Nasonex,[12] an allergy medication, and was seen in the 2007 Christmas advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, a British retailer.[13]

He is 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, and Spirit for Women. After the success of Antonio for Men and Blue Seduction for Men in 2007, launched his latest Blue Seduction for Women the following year.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Banderas with Melanie Griffith at the Shrek Forever After premiere on May 1, 2010.

Banderas married his first wife, Ana Leza, on July 27, 1987. They separated in May 1995 when he began a relationship with actress Melanie Griffith while shooting Two Much.[4][15] Banderas and Leza divorced in April 1996, and one month later, on May 14, 1996, he married Griffith in a private, low-key ceremony in London.[4] They have a daughter, Stella Banderas, who appeared onscreen with Griffith in Banderas' directorial debut, Crazy in Alabama (1999). In 2002, the couple's dedication to philanthropy was recognized when they received the 'Stella Adler Angel Award' for their extensive charity work.[4] Griffith has a tattoo of Banderas' first name encircled in a heart on her right shoulder.[16]

In 1996, Banderas appeared among other figures of Spanish culture in a video supporting the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party lists in the general election.[17] In 2013, he called on Europe and the United States to emulate Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and nationalize big corporations as a solution to the global economic crisis.[18]

He is a longtime supporter of Málaga CF.[19]

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,[20] although in an interview with People magazine, Banderas had once described himself as an agnostic.[21] In May 2010, Banderas received his honorary doctorate from the University of Málaga in the city where he was born.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Pestañas postizasAntonio Juan
1982Laberinto de pasionesSadec
1983Y del seguro... líbranos Señor!
1984El caso Almería
1984El señor GalíndezEduardo
1984Fragmentos de interiorJoaquínTelevision series
1984Los zancosAlberto
1985Réquiem por un campesino españolPacoFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Murcia Week of Spanish Cinema for Best Actor
1985La corte de FaraónFray JoséFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Murcia Week of Spanish Cinema for Best Actor
1985Caso cerradoPresoFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1986MatadorÁngelNominated — Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Murcia Week of Spanish Cinema for Best Actor
1986Puzzle
198627 horasRafaSant Jordi Awards for Best Spanish Actor
1986Delirios de amorSant Jordi Awards for Best Spanish Actor
Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1987ley del deseo, LaLa ley del deseoAntonio BenítezSant Jordi Awards for Best Spanish Actor
Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1987Así como habían sidoDamiánFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1988La Mujer de tu vida: La mujer felizAntonioNominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best TV Actor
1988Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownCarlosFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1988El placer de matarLuisFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1988Baton rougeAntonioFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989Bajarse al moroAlbertoNominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989Si te dicen que caíMarcosNominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989La Blanca PalomaMarioValladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1989Hasta Luego TenisJake Spicer
1989El ActoCarlos
1990La otra historia de Rosendo JuárezRosendo JuárezTelevision film
1990Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!RickyGolden India Catalina Award for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
ACE Awards for Best Actor
Nominated — Goya Award for Best Actor
1990Contra el vientoJuanFotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1991Terra Nova
1992Una Mujer bajo la lluviaMiguelNominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1992Mambo Kings, TheThe Mambo KingsNéstor CastilloHis first English-language film
Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Nominated — Spanish Actors Union Award for Lead Performance
1993BenitoBenito MussoliniTelevision
1993¡Dispara!MarcosNominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1993House of the Spirits, TheThe House of the SpiritsPedro Tercero García
1993PhiladelphiaMiguel Álvarez
1994Of Love and ShadowsFranciscoNominated — NCLR Bravo Awards for Best Actor in a Feature Film
1994Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire ChroniclesArmand
1995Miami RhapsodyAntonio
1995DesperadoEl Mariachi (Manito)Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
1995Four Roomsas Man (segment "The Misbehavers")
1995AssassinsMiguel Bain
1995Never Talk to StrangersTony Ramirez
1995Two MuchArt DodgeNominated — Goya Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1996EvitaCheNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1998Mask of Zorro, TheThe Mask of ZorroAlejandro Murrieta/ZorroEuropean Film Award for Best European Actor
Imagen Award for Lasting Image Award
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — European Film Award for 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 Award for Best Fight
1998Andrew Lloyd Webber's Royal Albert Hall CelebrationChe/Phantom
199913th Warrior, TheThe 13th WarriorAhmad ibn FadlanNominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
1999White River Kid, TheThe White River KidMorales Pittman
1999Play It to the BoneCésar Domínguez
2001Body, TheThe BodyFather Matt Gutiérrez
2001Spy KidsGregorio CortezNominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Butt Kicker
2001Original SinLuís Vargast
2002Femme FataleNicolas Bardo
2002Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost DreamsGregorio Cortez
2002FridaDavid Alfaro Siqueiros
2002Ballistic: Ecks vs. SeverAgent Jeremiah Ecks
2003Spy Kids 3-D: Game OverGregorio Cortez
2003Once Upon a Time in MexicoEl MariachiImagen Award for Best Actor
2003And Starring Pancho Villa as HimselfPancho VillaImagen Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama
NAMIC Vision Award for Best Dramatic Performance
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie[22]
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or TV Film
2003Imagining ArgentinaCarlos Rueda
2004Far Far Away Idol
2004Shrek 2Puss in BootsVoice role (for the English and Spanish versions)
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
2005Legend of Zorro, TheThe Legend of ZorroDon Alejandro de la Vega/ZorroNominated — Imagen Award for Best Actor
2006Take the LeadPierre DulaineImagen Award for Best Actor
2007BordertownDíaz
2007Shrek the ThirdPuss in BootsVoice role (for the English, Spanish and Italian versions)
2008My Mom's New BoyfriendTommy Lucero / Tomas Martinez
2008Other Man, TheThe Other ManRalph
2009Thick as ThievesGabriel MartinAlso known as "The Code"
2010Shrek Forever AfterPuss in BootsVoice role (for the English, Spanish and Italian versions)
2010You Will Meet a Tall Dark StrangerGreg Clemente
2011Big Bang, TheThe Big BangNed Cruz
2011Day of the FalconEmir Nesibalso known as "Black Gold" and "Black Thirst"
2011Skin I Live In, TheThe Skin I Live InDr. LedgardNominated — Goya Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
2011Spy Kids: All the Time in the WorldGregorio CortezUncredited (scenes cut)
2011Puss in BootsPuss in BootsVoice role (for the English, Spanish and Italian versions)
Nominated — Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
2012HaywireRodrigo
2012Puss in Boots: The Three DiablosPuss in BootsVoice role
2012Ruby SparksMort
2013Machete KillsEl Camaleón
2013Justin and the Knights of ValourSir ClorexVoice/post-production
2014AutómataJacq VaucanPost-production
2014The Expendables 3MatadorPost-production
2014The 33Mario SepulvedaProduction
2015SpongeBob SquarePants 2[23]A pirateFilming

Director and producer[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Crazy in AlabamaDirectorALMA Award for Best Director of a Feature Film
European Film Award for Achievement in World Cinema
Nominated — Golden Lion for Directing
2006Summer RainDirectorBerlin International Film Festival Award for Directing
2008The Missing LynxProducer

Theater[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003NineGuido ContiniTheatre World Award for Best Actor[24]
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical[25]
Won — Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical[26]
2012ZorbaAlexis Zorba

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antonio Banderas Film Reference biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Salon Column | Ron "The Artist" Shelton". Salon.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b c Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi. "Antonio Banderas Biography". Star Pulse. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Melanie and Antonio: How the 'Working Girl' fell for Spain's sexiest import". Hello (magazine). 20 May 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Antonio Banderas receives honourary [sic] doctorate as news breaks of 'brutal' new role". Hello (magazine). 6 May 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Barchfield, Jenny (21 May 2011). "Spain's Almodovar eyes English-language project". Associated Press. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas Marriage Profile - Marriage of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith
  8. ^ "United Press International". Banderas set for Broadway return. Archived from the original on 6 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-06. 
  9. ^ "Banderas flies flag at LALIFF". Variety. 22 October 2006. 
  10. ^ "Extra' Raw: Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas in Cannes". Extra. 12 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Antonio Banderas Buys Winery Yahoo News, 17 March 2009
  12. ^ Michael O'Sullivan (28 October 2005). "Antonio Banderas Dons The Mask Once More". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  13. ^ "Marks And Spencer Warn Of Poor Outlook". Daily Record. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  14. ^ Antonio Banderas Launches "Blue Seduction" for Women - Softpedia
  15. ^ "ABC News: 'Banderas: I'm No Latin Lover'"
  16. ^ "More trouble than you'd ink". BBC News. November 28, 2000. 
  17. ^ Personajes de la cultura defienden la libertad de opción política, Luis R. Aizpeolea. El País, 20 February 1996
  18. ^ "'Chávez ideas will solve crisis': Antonio Banderas". The Local. 20 November 2013. 
  19. ^ Cigar Aficionado|People Profile|Antonio Banderas
  20. ^ Antonio Banderas, en la Semana Santa malagueña, ABC, 30 March 2010.
  21. ^ "Antonio Banderas Puts On His Dancing Shoes". People. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  22. ^ Antonio Banderas Emmy Award Nominated
  23. ^ ""SpongeBob 2" to film on Ga coast Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/22/5757724/spongebob-2-to-film-on-ga-coast.html#storylink=cpy". The Sacramento Bee. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  24. ^ Winners Theatre World Awards, 2010
  25. ^ Drama Desk Nomination 2002–2003 Drama Desk, 2010
  26. ^ Search Tony Awards, 2010

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