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DEMIAN BICHIR (Mendez) is one of the most well-known and well-respected actors in his home of Mexico and the U.S. He received a 2012 Academy Award, SAG Award and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his portrayal of an undocumented gardener trying to connect with his estranged teenage son in Chris Weitz's feature A Better Life.

Bichir recently appeared in Paul Feig's comedy The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. His FX original series "The Bridge" premiered to rave reviews in July. From Executive Producers Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid, the series centers on two detectives (Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger) who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Bichir will make his directorial debut with the film he wrote, Refugio, which will shoot in Mexico and the U.S. in the fall.

Bichir became known to U.S. television audiences for his portrayal of Esteban Reyes opposite Mary-Louise Parker in the hit Showtime series Weeds. He also portrayed a powerful young Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's Che opposite Benicio Del Toro. In 2012 he starred in Oliver Stone's Savages and the independent film The Runway for director Ian Power.

He recently wrapped production on the independent film Dom Hemingway, starring opposite Jude Law, as well as the lead role in the independent film Death in Buenos Aires. In Mexico, Bichir is an Ariel Award winner for Best Actor, given by the Mexican Academy of Cinematography, and has received numerous other nominations and prestigious honors including a Medal of Honor for Merit in the Fine Arts, given by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City.

Bichir comes from a well-known and highly respected theatrical family. He is the son of famed theater director Alejandro Bichir and acclaimed actress Maricruz Nájera. His brothers Odiseo and Bruno are also two of the most talented actors of their generation. Bichir has amassed an impressive resume of theater credits in Mexico and recently completed the starring role in the theater adaptation of the film Swimming with Sharks in Mexico City, directed by his brother Bruno Bichir. Bichir's work in theater includes Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Richard The III," Strindberg's "The Ghost Sonata," Peter Shaffer's "Equus," Eugene O'Neill's "Ah! Wilderness," Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" and "The Odd Couple," David Halliwell's Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs, and Sabina Berman's "Extras." Bichir also impressed U.S. audiences in 2008, starring in the play "By the Waters of Babylon," which opened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Bichir is also starring in Guillermo Arriaga's upcoming collaboration of short films titled "Words With Gods." His most memorable Latin American credits include Rojo Amanecer (winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the San Sebastian Film Festival), Alex de la Iglesia's Perdita Durango with Javier Bardem, Hasta Morir (Best Actor Ariel winner, the Mexican Academy of Cinematography), Sin Noticias de Dios with Victoria Abril and Penélope Cruz, the Showtime feature film "In the Time of the Butterflies" in which he starred opposite Salma Hayek, Sex, Shame and Tears (Ariel Best Actor nominee), American Visa (Best Foreign Film nominee at the Goyas in Spain), Fuera del Cielo, Enemigos Intimos and Hidalgo, The Untold Story (Ariel Award nominee and winner of the Best Actor award at the Huelva Film Festival in Spain).

Bichir resides in Los Angeles and Mexico City.


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