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In the span of a few years, ANTONIO BANDERAS (Cesar) has established himself as one of the leading international actors of his generation. Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas attended the School of Dramatic Art, and upon graduation, joined a small theatre company. He moved to Madrid in 1981 where he became an ensemble member of the National Theatre of Spain.

In 1982, Banderas was cast by writer/director Pedro Almodovar in "Labyrinth of Passion." In addition to a number of other Spanish film productions, the actor continued to work with Almodovar in "Matador," "Law of Desire" and the two films, which would bring him to the attention of American audiences, "Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" He made his American debut as a Cuban musician in "The Mambo Kings." As he spoke no English at the time, the actor learned all his dialogue phonetically. He moved on to significant roles in "Philadelphia," "House of the Spirits," "Interview with the Vampire" and "Miami Rhapsody" before his first starring role in director Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado." Since then, Banderas has starred in "Never Talk To Strangers," "Assassins," "Four Rooms," "Two Much," "Evita" (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor), "The 13th Warrior" and "The Mask of Zorro" (for which he received his second Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor). He will next be seen in "The White River Kid" and "The Body."

Banderas recently made his directorial debut with "Crazy in Alabama" which starred his wife Melanie Griffith and Lukas Black.

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