Gael García Bernal

Actor, Labourer, Bar Back
Having spent a great deal of his adolescence starring in various Mexican telenovelas, actor Gael Garcia Bernal became an international film star with a breakout performance in Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu's gritty thriller ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1978 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX

Filmography

Actor (42)

Ardor 2015 (Movie)

Kaí (Actor)

Desierto 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deserted Cities 2014 (Movie)

Eligio (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mozart in the Jungle 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosewater 2014 (Movie)

Maziar Bahari (Actor)

Who is Dayani Cristal? 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

NO 2013 (Movie)

Rene Saavedra (Actor)

Casa De Mi Padre 2012 (Movie)

Onza (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Loneliest Planet 2012 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 (Movie)

Julian Goldstein (Actor)

Even the Rain 2011 (Movie)

Sebastián (Actor)

Letters to Juliet 2010 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Mammoth 2009 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

Rudo y Cursi 2009 (Movie)

Tato (Actor)

The Limits of Control 2009 (Movie)

Mexican (Actor)

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

Bartender/King of Ward Three (Actor)

Tear This Heart Out 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chevolution 2007 (Movie)

Actor (Actor)

Déficit 2007 (Movie)

Cristobal (Actor)

Babel 2006 (Movie)

Santiago (Actor)

The 2005 MTV Europe Music Video Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The King 2006 (Movie)

Elvis Valderez (Actor)

The Science of Sleep 2006 (Movie)

Stephane Miroux (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dot the I 2005 (Movie)

Kit (Actor)

El Pasado 2005 (Movie)

Rímini (Actor)

The 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Education 2004 (Movie)

Angel/Juan/Zahara (Actor)

The Motorcycle Diaries 2004 (Movie)

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Actor)

Bendito Infierno 2003 (Movie)

Jack Davenport (Actor)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Fidel 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm With Lucy 2002 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

The Crime of Father Amaro 2002 (Movie)

Father Amaro (Actor)

Y Tu Mamá También 2002 (Movie)

Julio Zapata (Actor)

Amores Perros 2001 (Movie)

Octavio (Actor)

Vidas Privadas 2000 (Movie)

Gustavo (Actor)

El Ojo En La Nuca 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dreaming of Julia 1997 (Movie)

Ricky (Actor)

Saint Death (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)
Producer (18)

Ardor 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desierto 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Güeros 2015 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Paraíso 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Who is Dayani Cristal? 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Manto Acuífero 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Miss Bala 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cinespañol 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Abel 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Machete Language 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Revolucion 2010 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

I'm Gonna Explode 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sin Nombre 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chavez 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cochochi 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Drama/Mex 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Déficit 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (3)

Revolucion 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

8 2008 (Movie)

(segment "Letter to the Father") (Director)

Déficit 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Having spent a great deal of his adolescence starring in various Mexican telenovelas, actor Gael Garcia Bernal became an international film star with a breakout performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's gritty thriller, "Amores Perros" (2000). Hot on the heels of that film's critical and box office success, Bernal cemented his status as an international star with "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2001), opposite life-long friend Diego Luna, and "The Crime of Father Amaro" (2002), which allowed him one of his first romantic leading roles. Though he could have gone Hollywood and become a big celebrity, Bernal chose instead to star in films he was passionate about. Always with his finger on the pulse of social and political issues, he delivered an exquisite performance as a young Che Guevara, who undergoes a transformation while on a road trip, in "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004). He continued making interesting choices, taking such off-the-wall roles as a drag queen in "Bad Education" (2004) and a shy daydreamer in "The Science of Sleep" (2006). After reuniting with Iñárritu for the critically-acclaimed "Babel" (2006), Bernal remained one of the more interesting and talented performers operating just below Hollywood's radar.

Relationships

Libertad

Daughter
Born April 7, 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; mother, Dolores Fonzi

Vanessa Bauche Actor

Companion
Acted together in "Amores Perros" (2000) No longer together

Lazaro Bernal

Son
Born Jan. 8, 2009 in Madrid, Spain; mother, Dolores Fonzi

Patricia Bernal Actor

Mother
Born in 1961

Dolores Fonzi Actor

Wife
Met while filming "Vidas Privadas" (2001) Dating since December 2007 Married García Bernal filed for separation.

Jose Angel Garcia Actor

Father
Born in 1959

Natalie Portman Actor

Companion
Dated from 2003-04 No longer together

Cecelia Suarez

Companion
Dated in 2001 No longer together

Sergio Yazbek

Step-Father
Married García Bernal's mother when he was young

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England 2001
First person from Mexico to be accepted in the program

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Will Ferrell and frequent collaborator Diego Luna in Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre"

2012

Cast in the romantic drama "A Little Bit of Heaven"

2010

Co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in the romantic drama "Letters to Juliet"

2009

Cast opposite Michelle Williams in the Swedish drama "Mammoth"

2008

Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness"

2008

Reteamed with Diego Luna in "Rudo y Cursi"

2007

Directorial debut, "Déficit"; also acted in film

2006

Played an intense Mexican-American in his first major English language role in "The King," directed by the British documentary-maker James Marsh

2006

Cast as a young man who learns to manipulate his dreams in Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep"

2006

Cast in "Babel," directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and co-starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett

2004

Cast as Che Guevara in "The Motorcyle Diaries," based on the Guevara's journals as he recounts the adventures he and best friend Alberto Granado had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s

2004

Starred in Pedro Almodóvar's "Bad Education," which centers on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends

2002

Starred as Father Amaro in "The Crime of Father Amaro"

2001

Starred as Che Guevarra in the English language miniseries "Fidel" (Showtime)

2001

Appeared with Penelope Cruz in "Sin noticias de Dios"

2001

Co-starred with Diego Luna as two teen boys on a road trip in the international hit "Y Tu Mamá También," directed by Alfonso Cuarón

2000

Co-starred in the critically acclaimed "Amores Perros" by director Alejandro González Iñárritu

1997

Left Mexico and travelled to London; worked odd jobs before being accepted at the presitigious Central School of Speech and Drama

1996

Starred in "De Tripas Corazon," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film

Spent his youth acting in plays with his thespian parents in Mexico

Bonus Trivia

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Bernal claimed he was an excellent juggler.

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