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THE LEGEND OF ZORRO

ANTONIO BANDERAS (Zorro/Alejandro De La Vega) is one of today's most popular actors, earning critical praise for any role he takes on while entertaining audiences of all ages in whatever medium he chooses—be it movies, television, or theater. Most recently, in the blockbuster hit Shrek 2, for which he provided the voice for ‘Puss in Boots,' Banderas stole the spotlight in the offbeat fairy tale. Now he returns to the role that made him an international household name, reuniting once again with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Director Martin Campbell.

He will next be seen starring in the musical drama Take the Lead.

Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas attended the School Of Dramatic Art and later moved to Madrid where he joined the prestigious National Theater of Spain. When fellow Spaniard writer/director Pedro Almodovar cast Banderas in Labyrinth of Passion, it was the first of their five films together—the others being Matador, Law Of Desire, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

He landed his first English-speaking role in The Mambo Kings. Next he was playing pivotal supporting roles in such Hollywood movies as Philadelphia, House Of The Spirits, Interview With The Vampire and Miami Rhapsody. After he starred in Desperado for director Robert Rodriquez, the two men continued their collaboration in the highly successful Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2, Spy Kids: Game Over, Four Rooms and Once Upon A Time In Mexico.

Banderas has received several Golden Globe nominations: For his role as Che in Alan Parker's Evita, for his starring role in The Mask of Zorro, and for his work in Bruce Beresford's "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself” on HBO, for which he was also nominated for an Emmy. Some of his other feature film credits include Never Talk To Strangers, Assassins, Two Much, The 13th Warrior, Play It To The Bone, Original Sin, Imagining Argentina, Frida and Femme Fatale.

Banderas made his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company's revival of "NINE,” a musical inspired by Fellini's 8 1/2. He earned a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical and won the Best Actor Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award and Theatre World Award for his riveting performance.

Besides acting, Banderas enjoys directing. He made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Crazy In Alabama starring Melanie Griffith. He has just returned behind the camera for El Camino De Los Ingleses based on the book of the same name by Antonio Soler.

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