EDUARDO NORIEGA (Gabriel Cortez) is a renowned Spanish film actor respected for his pivotal roles in the multiple Goya-winning TESIS and ABRE LOS OJOS. The latter movie was remade into the American film VANILLA SKY with Tom Cruise reprising the role originated by Noriega.
Noriega also starred in PLATA QUEMADA (Burnt Money) in 2000 with dir. Marcelo Pyńeyro, who later directed him in EL METHODO (The Method). Other credits include the critically acclaimed EL LOBO (Wolf), as well as ALATRISTE, opposite Viggo Mortensen. Eduardo starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer in Brad Anderson's TRANSSIBERIAN, which earned him a nomination for Best Actor by the Spanish Actors Guild. He also appeared with Forrest Whitaker and Dennis Quaid in Pete Travis' VANTAGE POINT and in BLACKTHORN alongside Sam Shepard. Upcoming projects include SWEETWATER opposite Ed Harris & January Jones.
The youngest of seven brothers, Noriega is the only one who decided to become an actor. He acted in several short films, including LUNA, directed by Alejandro Amenabar, which won him the Best Actor award at the Alcala de Henares Short Film Festival in Madrid. He next appeared in the well-known Spanish film HISTORIAS DEL KRONEN. When he starred in Tesis, a film that is considered one of the most important successes in the history of Spanish cinema, it cemented his position as one of Spain's leading actors.
Noriega has been nominated twice for a Goya, Spain's equivalent to the Academy Award -- once for ABRE LOS OJOS and the second time for EL LOBO.