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Oscar® winner BENICIO DEL TORO (Aaron Hallam) is currently in production on "21 Grams" with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Del Toro was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," for which he won an Academy Award® for his raw and compassionate portrayal of a Mexican cop trying to stay one step ahead of the corrupt system. He also received the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, the BAFTA Supporting Actor Award and the Screen Actors Guild Best Actor Award. Critics groups, including the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association, also gave him Best Supporting Actor honors and he garnered the Silver Berlin Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Actor.

Del Toro followed this with another distinctive role in Guy Ritchie's critically acclaimed "Snatch," and Sean Penn's "The Pledge," with Jack Nicholson and Robin Wright-Penn. He was also recently seen in "Way of the Gun," reuniting him with Chris McQuarrie, who directed him in "The Usual Suspects."

Born in Sanegerman, Puerto Rico, Del Toro grew tip 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 staffing roles on various television series and movies for television.

Del Toro made his motion picture debut in the James Bond film "License To Kill." He 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." Del Toro's 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" and Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas."

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