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Benicio Del Toro
Birthday: February 19, 1967
Place: Santurce, Puerto Rico
Height: 6' 2"
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Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to surface in years. A favorite of film buffs for years, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted, "one good cop" in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000). Born in Puerto Rico on February 19, 1967, Benicio was the son of lawyer parents Gustavo and Fausta Sanchez Del Toro. His mother died when he was young, and his father moved the family to a farm in Pennsylvania. A basketball player with an interest in acting, he decided to follow the family way and study business at the University of California in San Diego. A class in acting renewed the acting bug, and he subsequently dropped out and began studying with legendary acting teacher Stella Adler in Los Angeles and at the Circle in the Square Acting School in New York City. Telling his parents that he was taking courses in business, Del Toro hid his new studies from his family for a little while. During the late 80s, he made a few TV appearances, most notably on an episode of "Miami Vice" (1984) and in the NBC miniseries "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (1990) (mini). Del Toro's big screen career got off to a slower start however. His first role was Duke the Dog-Faced Boy in Big Top Pee-wee (1988). Things looked better, however, when he landed the role of the Dario, vicious henchman in the James Bond film Licence to Kill (1989). Surprising his co-stars, Del Toro was the youngest actor ever to portray a Bond villain, only 21 years old at the time. The potential break however was spoiled as Licence to Kill (1989) became one of the most disappointing Bond films ever; it was lost amid bigger summer competition. Benicio gave creditable performances in many overlooked films for the next few years, such as The Indian Runner (1991), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), and _Money for Nothing (1993/I)_ . His roles in Fearless (1993) and China Moon (1994) gained him more critical notices. 1995 proved to be the first "Year of Benicio" as he gave a memorable performance in Swimming with Sharks (1994) before taking critics and film buffs by storm as the mumbling, mysterious gangster in The Usual Suspects (1995) directed by Bryan Singer. An Oscar-winning film, Del Toro won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting actor for the role. Staying true to his independent roots, he next gave a charismatic turn as cold-blooded gangster Gaspare in The Funeral (1996) directed by Abel Ferrara. He also appeared as Benny Dalmau in Basquiat (1996) directed by artist friend Julian Schnabel. The year also marked his first truly commercial film as he played cocky Spanish baseball star Juan Primo in The Fan (1996) which starred Robert De Niro. Del Toro took his first leading man role in Excess Baggage (1997), starring and produced by Alicia Silverstone. Hand-picked by Silverstone, his performance was about the only thing critics praised about the film, and showed the level of consciousness he was beginning to have in the minds of film fans. In 1998, Benicio Del Toro took a leading role with Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), directed by legendary director Terry Gilliam. Gaining 40 pounds for the role of Dr Gonzo, the drug-addicted lawyer to sports writer Raoul Duke, Benicio immersed himself totally in the role. Using his method acting training so far as to burn himself with cigarettes for a scene, it was a trying time for Del Toro. The harsh critical reviews proved tough on Del Toro, who felt he had given his all for the role and been dismissed. Many saw the crazed, psychotic performance as a confirmation of the rumors and overall weirdness that people seemed to place on Del Toro. Taking a short break after the ordeal, 2000 proved to be the second "Year of Benicio". He first appeared in The Way of the Gun (2000) directed by friend and The Usual Suspects (1995) writer Christopher McQuarrie. Then he went to work for actor's director Steven Soderbergh in Traffic (2000). A complex and graphic film, it nonetheless became a widespread hit and Oscar winner. Del Toro's cop character Javier Rodriguez functions as the movie's real heart amid an all-star ensemble cast, and many praised it as the year's best performance, a sentiment validated by a Screen Actor's Guild Award for "Best Actor". Released weeks later, he also made a notable appearance in Snatch. (2000) directed by Guy Ritchie and The Pledge (2001) directed by Sean Penn. Possessing sleepy good looks reminiscent of James Dean or Marlon Brando, Del Toro has often jokingly been referred to as the "Spanish Brad Pitt". With his newfound celebrity, Del Toro has become a sort of heartthrob, being voted one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People" as well as "Most Eligible Bachelors". A favorite of film fans for years for his diverse and "cool guy" gangster roles, he is now becoming a mainstream favorite respected for his acting skills and choices. So far very careful in his choices and who he works with, Del Toro can boast an impressive resume of films with some of the most influential and respected people in the film business.
- Son of Gustavo Del Toro and Fausta Sanchez-Del Toro, and Godson of Sarah Torres (all lawyers).
- Passionate about oil painting.
- Sent to boarding school in Pennsylvania when he was 13.
- Has one brother, Gustavo, who is two years older and is a physician in the US.
- Mother died when he was nine.
- Family urged him to become a lawyer because they felt there was no future in acting.
- Studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting on a scholarship.
- Dated Chiara Mastroianni
- Attended the University of California - San Diego (UCSD)
- Gained 40 lbs. for his role in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
- Burned himself with cigarettes repeatedly for the elevator scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) because the real Oscar Zeta Acosta did as well. The shots of the burn were cut.
- Reportedly turned down the role of Frida Kahlo's husband Diego Rivera in Frida (2002) because of the weight gain that would be required, despite that earlier, for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), he had gained 40 pounds for his character.
- Was offered the role of Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls (2000) that eventually went to Javier Bardem. He turned it down to be in friend Christopher McQuarrie's The Way of the Gun (2000).
- Attended Mercersburg Academy (graduated in 1985). He was a basketball star and artist there, but not an actor.
- He badly injured his wrist during a stunt fight during the filming of William Friedkin's The Hunted (2003). He fell on his wrist as he dove for a knife and actor Tommy Lee Jones fell on top of him. He was injured so badly that he was out of work for months, even though the film was virtually completed. He required 3 hours of therapy daily and reportedly there is a question whether he will regain full use of the wrist.
- cousin is Joshue Del Toro.
- "Del Toro" means "of the bull" in Spanish.
- Won the 2003 Audience Award for Best Actor at the Venice International Film Festival for his role in "21 Grams".
- Third Puerto Rican Actor to win an Academy Award. The other two were: Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)) and José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)).
- Benny Dalmau's last name (his character in Basquiat (1996)) came from Raymond Dalmau, a Puerto Rican basketball player in the 70s and early 80s. Raymond Dalmau wore the shirt Benicio wears in the film when he was in the Puerto Rican National Selection.
- Engaged to Valeria Golino from 1988 to 1992.
- Before moving to Pennsylvania, was a student at Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in Miramar, Puerto Rico.
- Because of his pay-or-play deal on the film, he was paid million for the doomed "American Gangster" project (set to begin filming in October 2004), which was to star Denzel Washington and be directed by Antoine Fuqua.
- In 2001, became the fourth Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor, Traffic (2000)) to play a character that mostly spoke in a foreign language (most of his dialogue was in Spanish).
- He was considered for the lead character of Eddie Kagle in _Angel on My Shoulder (2005)_ , a role that was played by 'Paul Muni' in Angel on My Shoulder (1946). Producers not only wanted him for his his amazing talent, but also for his close resemblance to Muni.
- Youngest person ever to portray a villain in a James Bond-movie
- He was originally cast as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. After the majority of the character's lines were removed from the script by George Lucas, Benicio left the project.
- He and his ex-girlfriend Claire Forlani both been in movies featuring Ryan Phillippe: Claire was with Ryan in Startup.com (2001) and Benicio was with him in The Way of the Gun (2000). They also both were in movies, which features Brad Pitt: Claire was with Brad in Meet Joe Black (1998) and Benicio was with Brad in Snatch. (2000). Claire and Benicio acted together in Basquiat (1996).
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