JAVIER BARDEN is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making
films since the early days of Spanish cinema.
He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (Maria
del Pilar Bardem Munoz) and businessman Jose Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His
maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Munoz Sampedro, and
his uncle is screenwriter Juan Antonio Bardem. He got his start in the family
business, at age six, when he appeared in his first feature, "El picaro" (1974)
(A.K.A. The Scoundrel). During his teenage years, he acted in several TV series,
played rugby for the Spanish National Team, and toured the country with an
independent theatrical group. Javier's early film role as a sexy stud in the
black comedy, Jamon, Jamon (1992) (aka Ham Ham) propelled him to instant
popularity and threatened to typecast him as nothing more than a brawny sex
symbol. Determined to avert a beefcake image, he refused similar subsequent
roles and has gone on to win acclaim for his ability to appear almost
unrecognizable from film to film. With over 25 movies and numerous awards under
his belt, it is Javier's stirring, passionate performance as the persecuted
Cuban writer, Reynaldo Arenas, in Before Night Falls (2000) that will long be
remembered as his breakthrough role. He received five Best Actor awards and a
Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal.
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has
earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time.
Home | Theaters | Video | TV
Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.
© 2017 Paramount Pictures Corp.®, All Rights Reserved.