Antonio Banderas

Actor, Producer, Director
A gifted actor with matinee-idol looks, Antonio Banderas smoldered his way to an international following with his work for filmmaker and fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodvar. Following a string of early projects with the ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1960 in Spain


Actor (112)

Knight of Cups 2016 (Movie)

Tonio (Actor)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)


The 33 2015 (Movie)

Mario Sepulveda (Actor)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 (Tv Show)


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2015 (Movie)

Alameda Jack (Actor)

Automata 2014 (Movie)

Jacq Vaucan (Actor)

Castro's Daughter 2014 (Movie)

Fidel Castro (Actor)

Puzzle 2014 (Movie)


The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Galgo (Actor)

Y Del Seguro ... Libranos Senor! 2014 (Movie)


Day of the Falcon 2013 (Movie)

Nessib (Actor)

I'm So Excited 2013 (Movie)

León (Actor)

Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 (Movie)

Sir Clorex (Voice)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

El Camaleón 4 (Actor)

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

Rodrigo (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)


Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

Mort (Actor)

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


The Graham Norton Show 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Puss In Boots 2011 (Movie)

Puss-in-Boots (Voice)

The Big Bang 2011 (Movie)

Ned Cruz (Actor)

The Skin I Live In 2011 (Movie)

Robert Ledgard (Actor)

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

Puss In Boots (Voice)

The 2009 Alma Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2010 (Movie)

Greg (Actor)

The Other Man 2009 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Bordertown 2007 (Movie)

Alfonso Diaz (Actor)

Chevolution 2007 (Movie)

Actor (Actor)

My Mom's New Boyfriend 2007 (Movie)

Tommy Lucero/Martinez (Actor)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Puss in Boots (Actor)

The Code 2007 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

Pierre Dulaine (Actor)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

Zorro/Alejandro (Actor)

Imagining Argentina 2004 (Movie)

Carlos Reuda (Actor)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Puss In Boots (Actor)

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

El Mariachi (Actor)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Gregorio Cortez (Actor)

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 2002 (Movie)

Jeremiah Ecks (Actor)

Femme Fatale 2002 (Movie)

Nicholas Bardo (Actor)

Frida 2002 (Movie)

David Alfaro Siqueiros (Actor)

I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Gregorio Cortez (Actor)

Hispanic Heritage Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Original Sin 2001 (Movie)

Luis Antonio Vargas (Actor)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

Gregorio Cortez (Actor)

The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Body 2001 (Movie)

Father Matt Gutierrez (Actor)

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Andrew Lloyd Webber 50th Birthday Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

Cesar Dominguez (Actor)

The 13th Warrior 1999 (Movie)

Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan (Actor)

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The White River Kid 1999 (Movie)

Morales Pittman (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

Alejandro Murrieta--Zorro (Actor)

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Evita 1996 (Movie)

Che (Actor)

Of Love and Shadows 1996 (Movie)

Francisco (Actor)

Outrage 1996 (Movie)

Marco Vallez (Actor)

Two Much 1996 (Movie)

Art Dodge (Actor)

Assassins 1995 (Movie)

Miguel Bain (Actor)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

El Mariachi (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Never Talk to Strangers 1995 (Movie)

Tony Ramirez (Actor)

Interview With the Vampire 1994 (Movie)

Armand (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

Pedro (Actor)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Miguel Alvarez (Actor)

Si Te Dicen Que Cai 1992 (Movie)

Marcos (Actor)

The Mambo Kings 1992 (Movie)

Nestor Castillo (Actor)

Una Mujer Bajo la Lluvia 1992 (Movie)

Miguel (Actor)

Bajarse al Moro 1991 (Movie)

Alberto (Actor)

Truth Or Dare 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Contra el Viento 1990 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

Cuentos de Borges I 1990 (Movie)

Rosendo Juarez (Actor)

La Blanca Paloma 1990 (Movie)


Labyrinth of Passion 1990 (Movie)

Sadeq (Actor)

Let It Be 1990 (Movie)


Terra Nova 1990 (Movie)


Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 1990 (Movie)

Ricky (Actor)

Matador 1988 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Baton Rouge 1987 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Law of Desire 1987 (Movie)

Antonio Benitez (Actor)

Asi Como Habian Sido 1986 (Movie)

Damian (Actor)

The Pleasure of Killing 1986 (Movie)


27 Horas 1985 (Movie)


Casa Cerrado 1984 (Movie)


La Corte de Faraon 1984 (Movie)

Friar Jose (Actor)

Requiem por un Campesino Espanol 1984 (Movie)

Paco (Actor)

El Caso Almeria 1983 (Movie)


Los Zancos 1983 (Movie)

Alberto (Actor)

El Señor Galindez 1982 (Movie)

Eduardo (Actor)

Pestanas Postizas 1981 (Movie)


Scared Shrekless (TV Show)


Shrek the Halls (TV Show)


Texas Rising (Tv Show)

Producer (8)

Automata 2014 (Movie)


Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 (Movie)


The 2010 Academy Award Nominated Short Films 2010 (Movie)

("The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte")) (Producer)

The Lady and the Reaper 2010 (Movie)


The Missing Lynx 2009 (Movie)


Before the Fall 2008 (Movie)


El Camino De Los Ingleses 2006 (Movie)


The White River Kid 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (5)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

("Livin' La Vida Loca") (Song Performer)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

("Y Me Dejastes Tirado En La Calle") (Song Performer)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

("Y Me Dejastes Tirado En La Calle") (Song)

Grand Avenue 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

("Morena Mi Corazon") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

El Camino De Los Ingleses 2006 (Movie)


Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)



A gifted actor with matinee-idol looks, Antonio Banderas smoldered his way to an international following with his work for filmmaker and fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar. Following a string of early projects with the iconoclastic director, Banderas attracted international attention as a love-struck kidnapper in Almodóvar's controversial "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990). After being introduced to American audiences as the object of Madonna's lust in her documentary "Truth or Dare" (1991) Banderas - despite not speaking English - made his Hollywood acting debut in the drama "The Mambo Kings" (1992). Proving that he was more than just a pretty face, the actor drew raves for his performance as Tom Hanks' devoted lover in the Academy Award-winning AIDS drama "Philadelphia" (1993). The in-demand Banderas quickly cashed in as an action hero in hits like Robert Rodriguez's shoot-'em-up, "Desperado" (1995) and as the titular swordsman in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998) opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones. He made his directorial debut with "Crazy in Alabama" (1999), a comedy-drama starring his wife, Melanie Griffith. Banderas also took part in several family features, including Rodriguez's popular "Spy Kids" (2001) franchise and as the voice of Puss in Boots in "Shrek 2" (2004) and its subsequent sequels. For the first time in more than two decades, he reunited with Almodóvar for the psychological thriller "The Skin I Live In" (2011), delivering what some called his strongest work in years. Handsome, charismatic and undeniably talented, Banderas rightfully earned his place as one of cinema's greatest leading men.


Ana Banderas


Francisco Banderas

Looked after brother's business interests in Spain

Stella Banderas Griffith

Born Sept. 24, 1996; mother, Melanie Griffith

Jose Dominguez

Reportedly worked for Fascist dictator Francisco Franco's secret police Died on Feb. 2, 2008 at age 87

Melanie Griffith Actor

Met on the set of "Two Much" (1995) while Griffith was still married to Don Johnson Married on May 14, 1996 in London Griffith filed for divorce June 6, 2014. Divorce finalized in July 2015

Nicole Kempel

Relationship went public in September 2014.

Ana Leza Actor

Married on July 27, 1987 Appeared together in "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988) and "Philadelphia" (1993) Divorced in 1996


School of Dramatic Art


Dickinson College

Received an honorary degree in May 2000



Co-starred in the action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh


Voiced the title character in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"


Reteamed with Almodóvar, starring in the psychological drama thriller "The Skin I Live In" ("La piel que habito")


Once again voiced Puss in Boots in "Shrek Forever After"


Acted in the romantic comedy "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"


Reprised role of Puss in Boots for feature film "Shrek the Third," and the ABC animated special "Shrek the Halls"


Cast opposite Jennifer Lopez in "Bordertown"


Directed second feature, the Spanish-language production "El Camino de los Ingleses/The English Path"


Played a former professional dancer in the musical-drama "Take the Lead"


Reteamed with Catherine Zeta-Jones and director Martin Campbell for "The Legend of Zorro"


Voiced the character Puss in Boots opposite Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz for "Shrek 2"


Portrayed Pancho Villa in the HBO movie "And Starring Poncho Villa as Himself"; received a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or movie (2004)


Returned to his role as Gregorio Cortez in "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over"


Made Broadway debut in a revival of the award-winning musical "Nine"


Reteamed with director Robert Rodriguez for "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," the third film in an unofficial trilogy that begun with "El Mariachi" (1992)


Co-starred opposite Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in "Femme Fatale"


Co-starred in the bio pic feature "Frida"


Reprised role of espionage agent and parent in "Spy Kids 2"


Reteamed with Robert Rodriguez to play a retired espionage agent who comes out of retirement in "Spy Kids"


Cast opposite Angelina Jolie in "Original Sin"


Starred opposite Woody Harrelson as professional boxing rivals in Ron Shelton's "Play It to the Bone"


Reteamed with Glimcher for "The White River Kid" (filmed in 1998); aired on Starz! in lieu of a theatrical release


Made feature directorial debut, "Crazy in Alabama," starring Griffith; also produced film


Starred alongside Anthony Hopkins in "The Mask of Zorro"; Martin Campbell replaced Rodriguez as director


Played the narrator Che in the film musical "Evita" opposite Madonna


Landed first leading role in a Hollywood film, Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado"


Co-starred with future wife Melanie Griffith in "Two Much"


Acted in "Of Love and Shadows," another picture adapted from a work by Allende


Portrayed sinister gay bloodsucker Armand in Neil Jordan's film adaptation of the Anne Rice novel "Interview with the Vampire:The Vampire Chronicles"


Reteamed with Saura for "Outrage"


Played the hunky lover in two high profile films: opposite Glenn Close and Winona Ryder in "The House of the Spirits" (based on the Isabel Allende novel), and as Tom Hanks' partner in "Philadelphia"


Acted in first Hollywood film, Arne Glimcher's "The Mambo Kings"; learned the entire script phonetically and the fact that he did not understand what he was saying showed


Appeared as himself in Madonna's tour documentary "Truth or Dare"; the 'Material Girl' gave his career a big boost by publicly (and unrequitedly) lusting after him


Starred opposite Abril in Almodóvar's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"; last collaboration with the director (left cast of 1991's "High Heels" to do "Mambo Kings") until years later; fourth film with Abril


Played gigolo opposite Maura's wealthy, sexually dysfunctional woman in Rafael Moleon's (former assistant to Almodóvar) feature directing debut "Baton Rouge"; fourth film with Maura; Victoria Abril also starred


Co-starred in Almodóvar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," starring Maura; then-wife Ana Leza also in cast


Made third film with Almodóvar, "Law of Desire"; director cast him as a heterosexual discovering homosexual love


Reteamed with Almodóvar for "Matador"; first film with Carmen Maura


Acted in Carlos Saura's "Los Zancos/The Stilts"


Feature film debut, "Labyrinth of Passion" (released in the U.S. in 1990); first collaboration with director Pedro Almodóvar


Worked for five years as an ensemble member of Spain's National Theater


Made professional stage debut in "Los Tarantos"


Moved to Madrid; worked as a waiter and department store clerk while trying to get acting jobs (date approximate)


Began career working with independent theater company in home town of Malaga at age 14, having abandoned dreams of playing professional soccer after breaking foot

Formed Green Moon Productions, deriving its name from Federico Garcia Lorca's declaration that "Andalusians are not dark from the sun, but from the green moon"

Formed theater troupe and traveled around southern Spain in an old truck putting on street productions

Bonus Trivia


Banderas was led away by police at age 14 after he and members of a theater group had performed the forbidden work of Bertolt Brecht. He told The Los Angeles Times Robert W. Welkos on July 12, 1998: "I remember seeing the shine of the helmets of the cops in the wings of the theater just waiting for us. I remember just getting out after the applause and putting my hands like that (straightening his arms out in front of him) and being handcuffed."


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