BENICIO DEL TORO (Franky Four Fingers) is
considered to be the actor's actor, consistently turning in diverse and
stand-out performances with every role he tackles. Del Toro will be seen in four
feature films including Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" for USA Films,
in which he co-stars with Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Don Cheadle,
scheduled for release in December. He also has a co-starring role in Sean Penn's
"The Pledge," with Jack Nicholson and Robin Wright-Penn and was most
recently was seen in Artisan's "Way of the Gun," reuniting him with
Chris McQuarrie ("Usual Suspects").
Born in San German, Puerto Rico, Del Toro grew up in Pennsylvania. He
attended the University of California at San Diego where he divided his time
between painting and acting classes. He appeared in numerous student
productions, one of which led to performing at a drama festival at the Lafayette
Theater in New York. Del Toro remained in New York to study acting at the Circle
in the Square Acting School and won a scholarship to the Stella Adler
Conservatory in Los Angeles. He studied at the Actor's Circle Theatre, which
led to guest starring roles on various television series and movies for
Del Toro has been honored with back to back Independent Spirit Awards for
Best Supporting Actor for his work in "The Usual Suspects" and for
Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat." His first highly praised performance
was in the Emmy-winning series, "The Drug Wars" for producer Michael
Mann. Other motion picture credits include Sean Penn's "Indian
Runner," John Baily's "China Moon," Peter Weir's
"Fearless," George Huang's "Swimming With Sharks," Abel
Ferrara's "The Funeral," Tony Scott's "The Fan," Marco
Brambilla's "Excess Baggage," "License to Kill" and Terry
Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas."
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