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Audiences worldwide have enjoyed critically acclaimed actor JAVIER BARDEM's (Felipe) diverse performances over the years. In 2008, Bardem received the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for No Country for Old Men His unforgettable portrayal of the chilling sociopath killer, Anton Chigurh, also won him a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor, as well as countless film critic awards and nominations.

Bardem was also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Actor for his portrayal of the Cuban poet and dissident Reinaldo Arenas, in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls. He was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for this role, and received Best Actor honors from the National Society of Film Critics, the Independent Spirit Awards and the National Board of Review, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Javier has won Spain's equivalent of the Oscar, The Goya Award, four times and has received a total of seven nominations.

Most recently, Bardem won Best Actor at the 2010 Cannes film festival for his performance in Alejandro Innaritu's Biutiful. The film will screen at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released later this year.

As only the second actor to win Best Actor twice at the Venice Film Festival, Bardem received the award for his performance in Alejandro Amenábar's film The Sea Inside. For this role, he also won a Goya Award and received a Golden Globe nomination. 

Other notable film credits include Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona where he was once again nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award; John Malkovich's directorial debut The Dancer Upstairs; Fernando León de Aranoa's Mondays In The Sun, which was named best film at the San Sebastian film festival; Michael Mann's Collateral; Mike Newell's Love In The Time of Cholera and opposite Natalie Portman in Goya's Ghosts.

As Spain's most internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Pedro Almodóvar gave Bardem a small role in his film High Heels, which sparked future collaborations including a starring role in Jamon Jamon, and Live Flesh.

Bardem's other film credits include Luna's Golden Balls, Dias Contados where he won Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Mouth to Mouth, Ecstasy, Dance with the Devil, Washington Wolves, and Second Skin.

At the age of four, his mother secured him a minor role in the Spanish miniseries "El Picasso.” As a youth, Bardem studied painting in the Escuela de Arte Y Officios Art School while playing small roles on TV. It was in the early 1990s when the Spanish director Bigas Luna offered him a role in The Ages of Lulu that his acting career got seriously underway.

Bardem was born in Las Palmas Gran Canarias (Canary Islands, Spain). His mother, Pilar Bardem, is a respected actress who has worked continuously from the mid-60s to the present day, and his uncle was Juan Antonio Bardem, one of Spain's most celebrated directors, jailed by the Franco regime when his Death of a Cyclist won the critics prize in Cannes. Many other members of the Bardem family are also well-known actors, including his grandfather Rafael Bardem and grandmother Matilde Muñoz Sampedro.

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