Actor Juan Fernandez had his first film appearance in Carmelo Bene's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's tragic play "Salomé" in 1972, when he was 16. He didn't get another part until 1983, when he had roles in the film "Uncommon Valor", which starred Gene Hackman as a Vietnam veteran, and the Agatha Christie TV movie "Sparkling Cyanide". From there, he went on to become one of the best known Latino actors, appearing in over 50 productions. In particular, he is renowned for his portrayal of intimidating bad guys. He played the army lieutenant "Smiling Death" in Oliver Stone's foreign-journalist saga, "Salvador" (1986); a Colombian drug cartel heavy in the comedy "Crocodile Dundee II" (1988); and a killer, the title character, in "The Collector" (2009). On top of his successful film and TV career, he was also a popular model, having worked for designers like Nino Cerruti and Yves Saint-Laurent, as well as for the surrealist artist Salvador Dali. In 2007, he launched his own film production company, Monos en la Montana.