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: 02/19/1967 in Puerto Rico


Actor (50)

Star Wars: Episode 8 2017 (Movie)


The Little Prince 2016 (Movie)

The Snake (Voice)

A Perfect Day 2015 (Movie)

Mambru (Actor)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)


Escobar: Paradise Lost 2015 (Movie)

Pablo Escobar (Actor)

Sicario 2015 (Movie)

Alejandro (Actor)

A Fall From Grace 2014 (Movie)


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)

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


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


Bread and Roses 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


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


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)


Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Benny Dalmau (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)


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)


Licence to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Dario (Actor)
Producer (5)

Escobar: Paradise Lost 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)


Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)


Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)


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)

Other (2)

Hands on a Hard Body 1998 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Without a Pass 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks


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.


Gustavo Del Toro


Fausta Del Toro

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

Wilma Del Toro


Claire Forlani Actor

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

Sara Foster Actor

Reportedly dated No longer together

Valeria Golino Actor

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

Catherine Keener Actor

Rumored to have dated 2008 No longer together

Chiara Mastroianni Actor

Met in Cannes in 1998 No longer together

Alicia Silverstone Actor

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

Kimberly Stewart Co-Executive Producer

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

Delilah Stewart Del Toro

Born Aug. 21, 2011; mother, Kimberly Stewart

Gustavo Toro

Born c. 1965


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



Starred alongside Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin in "Sicaro," which made its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival


Starred as the villainous drug lord Pablo Escobar in "Escobar: Paradise Lost"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Played a Bond villain in "License to Kill"


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


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

Born in Puerto Rico

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting

Family moved to Pennsylvania when his mother died

Bonus Trivia


His web site was


Del Toro initially enrolled in the business program at the University of San Diego, but later dropped out to pursue acting.


When he started to land small bit parts on TV shows in the 1980s, Del Toro was mostly typecast as thugs, criminals, and drug dealers.


When he was a young boy, Del Toro's father moved the family to a farm in Pennsylvania; it was there that Benicio spent most of his childhood.


At 21-years-old, Del Toro was the youngest villain ever to be cast in a James Bond movie when he landed a small part as a henchman in 1989's "License to Kill."


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