Stella Banderas Griffith
School of Dramatic Art
Acted in multiple voice roles in animated film "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water"
Co-starred in true-life drama "The 33"
Co-starred in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups"
Co-starred in action sequel "The Expendables 3"
Co-starred in Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills"
Co-starred in romantic comedy "Ruby Sparks"
Co-starred in the action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh
Reteamed with Almodóvar, starring in the psychological drama thriller "The Skin I Live In" ("La piel que habito")
Voiced the title character in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"
Acted in the romantic comedy "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"
Once again voiced Puss in Boots in "Shrek Forever After"
Cast opposite Jennifer Lopez in "Bordertown"
Reprised role of Puss in Boots for feature film "Shrek the Third," and the ABC animated special "Shrek the Halls"
Played a former professional dancer in the musical-drama "Take the Lead"
Directed second feature, the Spanish-language production "El Camino de los Ingleses/The English Path"
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"
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)
Returned to his role as Gregorio Cortez in "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over"
Portrayed Pancho Villa in the HBO movie "And Starring Poncho Villa as Himself"
Reprised role of espionage agent and parent in "Spy Kids 2"
Co-starred in the bio pic feature "Frida"
Co-starred opposite Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in "Femme Fatale"
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"
Reteamed with Glimcher for "The White River Kid" (filmed in 1998); aired on Starz! in lieu of a theatrical release
Starred opposite Woody Harrelson as professional boxing rivals in Ron Shelton's "Play It to the Bone"
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"
Portrayed sinister gay bloodsucker Armand in Neil Jordan's film adaptation of the Anne Rice novel "Interview with the Vampire:The Vampire Chronicles"
Acted in "Of Love and Shadows," another picture adapted from a work by Allende
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
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
Co-starred in Almodóvar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," starring Maura; then-wife Ana Leza also in cast
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
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"
Made feature film debut in "Labyrinth of Passion" (released in the U.S. in 1990); first collaboration with director Pedro Almodóvar
Made professional stage debut in "Los Tarantos"
Worked for five years as an ensemble member of Spain's National Theater
Formed theater troupe and traveled around southern Spain in an old truck putting on street productions
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"
Until a broken foot at the age of 14 ended that dream, Banderas planned to become a professional soccer player.
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."