Del Toro was most
recently seen in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," for which he won an
Academy AwardÂ® 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
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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