Since his introduction to American cinema in the highly acclaimed Mambo
BANDERAS (Mort) is irrefutably one of the leading international actors
of his generation. He has
received critical praise for his performances in film, television and theater,
as well as behind the scenes
as a feature film director. In 2005, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
His second directorial feature is the Spanish film EL CAMINO DE LOS INGLESES
SUMMER RAIN in the U.S.). A coming of age story, the film follows the first
loves, lusts and
obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s. He made his
directorial debut with CRAZY
IN ALABAMA starring his wife Melanie Griffith.
Banderas stole the show in the 2004 blockbuster animated film SHREK 2 as the
voice of "Puss
in Boots." He reprised this role in the widely anticipated sequel SHREK THE
THIRD, the ABC
Christmas special "Shrek The Halls," and the fourth installment of the franchise
In 2003, Banderas earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for
debut in the Roundabout Theater Company production of NINE, a musical inspired
by Fellini's 8 Â½. He
also received a Best Actor Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama
League Award and
Theatre World Award. NINE, directed by David Leveaux, also starred Chita Rivera.
Banderas has worked with some of Hollywood's best directors and leading
Robert Rodriquez's DESPERADO opposite Salma Hayek and the sequel ONCE UPON A
MEXICO opposite Johnny Depp; ORIGINAL SIN opposite Angelina Jolie; Alan Parker's
opposite Madonna, in which he received his first Best Actor Golden Globe
Campbell's THE MASK OF ZORRO opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, in which he received
Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, and the sequel THE LEGEND OF ZORRO; Neil
INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt; Jonathan Demme's
PHILADELPHIA opposite Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; Bille August's HOUSE OF
SPIRITS with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close; and Brian de Palma's FEMME FATALE.
Other film credits include the TAKE THE LEAD, SPY KIDS TRILOGY, MIAMI
RHAPSODY, FOUR ROOMS, ASSASSINS, NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS, TWO MUCH, THE
13TH WARRIOR, PLAY IT TO THE BONE and BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER.
He was nominated for his third Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance as
Pancho Villa in HBO's 2003 release of "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself."
Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas attended the School of Dramatic Arts in his
upon graduation he began his acting career working in a small theater company
based there. He later
moved to Madrid and became an ensemble member of the prestigious National
Theater of Spain.
In 1982, Banderas was cast by writer/director Pedro Almodovar in LABYRINTH OF
It was the first of five films Banderas would do with Almodovar, the others
being MATADOR, LAW
OF DESIRE, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and TIE ME UP! TIE ME
DOWN! The international success of these films introduced to him to Hollywood.
appeared in LA PIEL QUE HABITO (THE SKIN I LIVE IN), written and directed by
reuniting with him after 21 years.
He also starred in Woody Allen's YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER for Sony
Classics, in which he was part of an all-star cast that includes Naomi Watts,
Anthony Hopkins, Josh
Brolin and Freida Pinto. He also starred in the action thriller THE BIG BANG,
directed by Tony Krantz,
and will appear alongside Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor in Steven
Soderbergh's HAYWIRE for
Relativity, and THE OTHER MAN starring Laura Linney and Liam Neeson directed by
Banderas can last be seen in the film BLACK GOLD, directed by Jean Jacques
opposite Freida Pinto, Mark Strong, and Tahar Rahim. He was also the voice lead
for the animated film
PUSS IN BOOTS, alongside Salma Hayek.
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