DEMIAN BICHIR (Hale) is one of the most well-known and well respected actors in his home of Mexico and all of Latin America. He recently received an Academy Award, SAG Award and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his searing portrayal of an undocumented gardener trying to connect with his estranged teenage son in Chris Weitz's A Better Life.
He was recently seen starring in Oliver Stone's Savages and Ian Power's The Runway. He recently completed shooting the film Machete Kills for Robert Rodriguez. He just signed on to star in the FX pilot The Bridge with Diane Kruger.
Prior to A Better Life, Bichir became known to United States television audiences for his portrayal of Esteban Reyes opposite Mary Louise Parker in the hit Showtime series Weeds. He also portrayed a young Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's Cheopposite Benicio Del Toro. He is currently in production on the film Don Hemmingway with Jude Law in Europe.
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 Honorfor Merit in the Fine Arts given by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City.
Bichir comes from a strong theater background and a well-respected theatrical family. He is the son of famed theater director Alejandro Bichir and acclaimed actress MaricrÃºz Najera. His brothers Odiseo and Bruno are two of the most talented actors of their generation. Throughout his career, Bichir has amassed an impressive resume of theater credits in Mexico and in the U.S. impressed audiences in 2008 starring in the play By the Waters of Babylon,which opened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Bichir's films have been seen by millions of people throughout all of Latin America. His credits include such films as: 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 (winner Best Actor Ariel, The Mexican Academy of Cinematography), Sin Noticias de Dios with Victoria Abril, 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.). Early on in his career, he starred opposite Salma Hayek in the Showtime film, In The Time of The Butterflies. In his native Mexico he's starred in plays such as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard The III, Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata, Peter Shaffer's Equus, O'Neill's Ah! Wilderness, Neil Simon's Broadway Bounda nd The Odd Couple, Halliwell's Little Malcolmand his Struggle Against the Eunuchs and Sabina Berman's Extras. He recently completed the starring role in the Mexican theater adaptation of the film Swimming. with Sharks, in Mexico City which was directed by his brother Bruno Bichir.
Bichir resides in Los Angeles and Mexico City.