DEMIAN BICHIR (Mr. Fontaine) is one of the most well-known and well
respected actors in his home of Mexico and the U.S. In 2012, he received Academy Award,
SAG Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his portrayal of an
undocumented gardener trying to connect with his estranged teenage son in Chris Weitz's
feature A BETTER LIFE.
In June, Bichir appeared in Paul Feig's comedy THE HEAT with Sandra Bullock and
Melissa McCarthy, and he is currently starring in the new FX original series "The Bridge,"
which premiered last 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 followed this up with Robert Rodriguez's MACHETE KILLS in September.
He will also be making 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 as the lead role in the independent film DEATH IN
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 Najera. 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 Penelope 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).
Demian resides in Los Angeles and Mexico City.
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