Benicio Del Toro

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Having emerged from the fertile world of 1990s independent film as one of its most compelling performers, Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro made the jump to studio films and became known for playing brooding ... Read more »
Born: 02/18/1967 in Puerto Rico

Filmography

Actor (49)

Escobar: Paradise Lost 2015 (Movie)

Pablo Escobar (Actor)

Little Prince 2015 (Movie)

The Snake (Voice)

Sicario 2015 (Movie)

Alejandro (Actor)

A Fall From Grace 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Perfect Day 2014 (Movie)

Mambru (Actor)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

The Collector (Actor)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Sauncho Smilax, Esq. (Actor)

Jimmy P. 2014 (Movie)

Jimmy Picard (Actor)

Savages 2012 (Movie)

Lado (Actor)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

Lawrence Talbot (Actor)

Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (Actor)

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (Actor)

Things We Lost in the Fire 2007 (Movie)

Jerry Sunborne (Actor)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

Jackie Boy (Actor)

21 Grams 2003 (Movie)

Jack Jordan (Actor)

The Hunted 2003 (Movie)

Aaron Hallam (Actor)

Breakfast With Hunter 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2002 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bread and Roses 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Toby Jay Wadenah (Actor)

Snatch 2000 (Movie)

Franky Four Fingers (Actor)

The Way of the Gun 2000 (Movie)

"Longbaugh" (Actor)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Javier Rodriguez (Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Oscar 'Dr Gonzo' Acosta (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Excess Baggage 1997 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

Joyride 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Benny Dalmau (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fan 1996 (Movie)

Juan Primo (Actor)

The Funeral 1996 (Movie)

Gaspare (Actor)

Swimming With Sharks 1995 (Movie)

Rex (Actor)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

Fred Fenster (Actor)

China Moon 1994 (Movie)

Lamar Dickey (Actor)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Manny Rodrigo (Actor)

Golden Balls 1993 (Movie)

Bob the Friend from Miami (Actor)

Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Dino Palladino (Actor)

Christopher Columbus: the Discovery 1992 (Movie)

Alvaro (Actor)

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

Miguel (Actor)

Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Licence to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Dario (Actor)
Producer (5)

Escobar: Paradise Lost 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lovesickness 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Escobar: Paradise Lost 2015 (Movie)

("Dios Como Te Amo") (Song Performer)
Director (1)

7 Days in Havana 2012 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (2)

Hands on a Hard Body 1998 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Without a Pass 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Biography

Having emerged from the fertile world of 1990s independent film as one of its most compelling performers, Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro made the jump to studio films and became known for playing brooding, tortured souls in a wide array of projects. Del Toro first earned considerable praise as the mumbling Fenster in Bryan Singer's enigmatic ensemble crime drama "The Usual Suspects" (1995), and went on to a number of supporting roles in films like "The Fan" (1996), "Basquiat" (1996), "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998) and "Snatch" (2000). The actor broke through in a big way by winning the Oscar for his performance as a conflicted Mexican police detective caught between corrupt cops and drug cartels in Stephen Soderbergh's epic crime thriller "Traffic" (2000). From there, he delivered one of his best turns as an ex-con whose rebuilt life is shattered after causing a fatal car accident in Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark character drama "21 Grams" (2003). After donning heavy prosthetics to play the abusive Jackie Boy in "Sin City" (2005), Del Toro delivered a commanding performance as Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Guevara in Soderbergh's complex biopic, "Che" (2008), before returning to the mainstream as "The Wolfman" (2010), a remake of the classic horror tale. Whether starring in brooding indie character dramas or large scale studio films, Del Toro always made sure that he maintained his focus on carefully chosen works that were more substance than style.

Relationships

Gustavo Del Toro

Father

Fausta Del Toro

Mother
Died of complications from hepatitis at age 33 when Benicio was nine years old (1976)

Wilma Del Toro

Step-Mother

Claire Forlani Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated during filming of "Basquiat" (1996) No longer together

Sara Foster Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated No longer together

Valeria Golino Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1988 Acted together in "The Indian Runner" (1991) Briefly engaged, but split in 1992

Catherine Keener Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated 2008 No longer together

Chiara Mastroianni Actor

Companion
Met in Cannes in 1998 No longer together

Alicia Silverstone Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated around time of filming "Excess Baggage" (1997) No longer together

Kimberly Stewart Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 2010 Couple had a daughter born in August 2011

Delilah Stewart Del Toro

Daughter
Born Aug. 21, 2011; mother, Kimberly Stewart

Gustavo Toro

Brother
Born c. 1965

EDUCATION

Circle in the Square Theatre School

New York , New York

Actors Circle Theatre

Los Angeles , California
Studied with Arthur Mendoza

Academia del Perpetuo Socorro

Stella Adler Conservatory

New York , New York
Attended on scholarship

Mercersburg Academy

Mercersburg , Pennsylvania
A boarding school

University of California, San Diego

San Diego , California
Dropped out to pursue acting

Milestones

2012

Cast in Oliver Stone’s ensemble crime drama "Savages," featuring John Travolta and Salma Hayek

2012

Co-directed the drama feature "7 Days in Havana"

2010

Played the lead role in the remake of classic horror film "The Wolfman"

2008

Portrayed the title character in Steven Soderbergh's two part biopic "Che," about the life of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Guevara

2007

Co-starred with Halle Berry in "Things We Lost in the Fire"

2005

Cast as Jackie Boy, a dirty cop with a penchant for violence in "Sin City," an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez

2003

Co-starred with Penn and Naomi Watts as an ex-convict in "21 Grams," directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga; earned Oscar and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor

2001

Re-teamed with director Sean Penn, playing a mentally challenged Native American in "The Pledge"

2000

Reunited with "Usual Suspects" screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie for "The Way of the Gun"

2000

Played diamond thief Franky Four Fingers in Guy Ritchie's hip caper comedy "Snatch"

2000

Portrayed a Mexican border cop struggling to remain honest amid corruption in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic"

1998

Cast as Dr. Gonzo, the lawyer for a Hunter S. Thompson-like journalist (Johnny Depp), in Terry Gilliam's film adaptation of Thompson's book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

1997

Garnered favorable reviews as a car thief turned inadvertent kidnapper in the Alicia Silverstone vehicle "Excess Baggage"

1996

Portrayed a streetwise buddy of the titular artist in "Basquiat," helmed by Julian Schnabel

1996

Played a hot-tempered rival to a trio of brothers involved with the Mafia in Abel Ferrara's "The Funeral"

1995

Delivered breakthrough role as the mumbling, wisecracking Fred Fensterin in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"

1995

Made short-film writing and directing debut, "Submission"; screened at the Venice Film Festival

1992

Played key villainous role in "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery"

1991

Landed supporting role in Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner"

1990

Made TV miniseries debut as a drug lord in "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (NBC)

1989

Played a Bond villain in "License to Kill"

1988

Feature film debut, "Big Top Pee-wee" as Duke, the dog-faced boy

1987

Made first TV appearance on an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC)

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting

Born in Puerto Rico

Family moved to Pennsylvania when his mother died

Bonus Trivia

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His web site was www.beniciodeltoro.com.

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"I like anything that's three-dimensional, anything I can believe in – even if it's fantastic, surreal or from another planet." – Del Toro to Newsweek, Jan. 15, 1996

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"You could say that actors are a little schizophrenic, but all of us are. We behave in different ways with different people." – Del Toro to Los Angeles magazine, February 2004

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"Personally, I thought I'd made my career when I did a James Bond movie when I was 21 [playing a villain in 'Licence to Kill']. After that I went about a year without work. That was a reality check. It wasn't until 'The Usual Suspects,' where I was part of a good movie with a great cast and a great script, that I became, recognized." – Del Toro to GQ magazine, March 2005

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"I do get the tortured-soul roles. I'd like to play a romantic lead, but I don't necessarily get those offers coming my way. It's not like I've got a chip on my shoulder about it, though, because I've been lucky to find a freaking job." – Del Toro quoted in Playboy magazine, November 2009

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