Robert Rodriguez

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
After bursting onto the filmmaking scene with his $7,000 action film, "El Mariachi" (1993), director Robert Rodriguez was second only to friend and frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino in terms of originality and the ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1968 in San Antonio, Texas, USA

Filmography

Music (38)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

("Skin City") (Song)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

("Fideo Del Oeste") (Song)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

("Machete-Main Title Theme") (Song)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

("Spy Ballet") (Song)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Hell Ride 2008 (Movie)

("Bride And BB Hug") (Song Performer)

Hell Ride 2008 (Movie)

("Bride And BB Hug") (Song)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

("Heston Services") (Song Performer)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

("Heston Services") (Song)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

("Dream, Dream, Dream, Dream (Dream, Dream)") (Song)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

Music Performer (Performer)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

Song("Sharkboy & Lavagirl") (Music)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

("Dream, Dream, Dream, Dream (Dream, Dream)") (Music Producer)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

("Seinte Mi Amor") (Song)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

("Flor De Mal") (Music Producer)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Composer)

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

("Spy Wedding Theme") (Theme Music)

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

Score Producer (Music Producer)

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

("Game Over") (Song)

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

(Music)

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

("Oye Como Spy") (Song)

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

("Isle of Dreams") (Music Producer)

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

("Isle of Dreams") (Lyrics)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

songs("Oye Come Spy" "Los Robotos") (Song)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Commandments 1997 (Movie)

song producer("After Dark") (Song)
Camera, Film, & Tape (24)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

Director Of Photography/ "A" Camera Operator (Director of Photography)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Planet Terror") (Director of Photography)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Steadicam Operator)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

"A" Camera Operator (Camera Operator)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

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

(Director of Photography)

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

"A" Camera Operator (Camera Operator)

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

(Director of Photography)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Steadicam Operator)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

(Steadicam Operator)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

still photography (Photography)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Director (24)

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Matador 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Planet Terror") (Director)

Planet Terror 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

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

(Director)

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

(Director)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Mimic 1997 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

("The Misbehavers") (Director)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Bedhead 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Austin Stories 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Roadracers (TV Show)

Director
Producer (22)

Lucha Underground 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Director's Chair 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Predators 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

(Producer)

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

(Executive Producer)

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

(Producer)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bedhead 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Visual Effects & Animation (22)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital) (Visual Effects Producer)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital) (Visual Effects Producer)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital) (Visual Effects Producer)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital) (Visual Effects Producer)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Predators 2010 (Movie)

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital) (Visual Effects Producer)

Predators 2010 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital) (Visual Effects Producer)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital Studios) (Visual Effects Producer)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

Digital Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital Studios) (Visual Effects Producer)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital Studios) (Visual Effects Producer)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

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

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital Studios) (Visual Effects Producer)

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

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

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

Visual Effects Executive Producer(Troublemaker Digital Studios) (Visual Effects Producer)

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

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Visual Effects Supervisor)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(Special Effects)
Writer (21)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

(Story By)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(from character) (Source Material)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Planet Terror") (Screenplay)

Curandero 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

(Screenplay)

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

(Screenplay)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bedhead 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Sound (18)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Predators 2010 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

(Planet Terror) (Rerecording Mixer)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

Sound Re-Recording Mixer (Rerecording Mixer)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D 2005 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Sound Effects Editor)

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

(Rerecording Mixer)

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

(Rerecording Mixer)

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

(Sound Effects Editor)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

sound/music editor (Sound)
Editor (17)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

(Editor)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

(Editor)

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Planet Terror") (Editor)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

(Editor)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

(Editor)

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

(Editor)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

(Editor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

("The Misbehavers") (Editor)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

editing/conforming (Editing)

El Mariachi 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (11)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Bullfighter 2014 (Movie)

Bull Boy (Actor)

The Director's Chair 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

2012 NCLR ALMA Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Cleveland Show 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Champion 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Full-Tilt Boogie 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Art Department (2)

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

(Production Designer)

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

(Production Designer)

Biography

After bursting onto the filmmaking scene with his $7,000 action film, "El Mariachi" (1993), director Robert Rodriguez was second only to friend and frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino in terms of originality and the ability to make the films he wanted. A jack of all trades, Rodriguez frequently directed, photographed, produced, wrote, scored and edited all his films regardless of budget, mostly to the benefit of the film, but sometimes to the detriment of an otherwise collaborative art. Rodriguez followed up "El Mariachi" with "Desperado" (1995) and later rounded out his so-called Mexican Trilogy with "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003). In between, he made the horror-crime thriller "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996) and the sci-fi thriller "The Faculty" (1998), before scoring an international box office hit with "Spy Kids" (2001), which sparked a franchise of sequels over the next decade. Meanwhile, Rodriguez co-directed the well-received "Sin City" (2005) with comic book impresario Frank Miller and directed the "Planet Terror" segment of the exploitation double feature, "Grindhouse" (2007), which also contained Tarantino's "Death Proof" feature. Though he was the center of negative tabloid attention in the wake of his split with wife and producing partner of 16 years, Elizabeth Avellán following a dalliance with "Grindhouse" star Rose McGowan, Rodriguez continued to employ his unique brand of economic filmmaking to every project.

Relationships

David Rodriguez

Brother

Christina Rodriguez

Sister

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Sister

Maricarmen Rodriguez

Sister

Elizabeth Avellan Producer

Wife
Were college sweethearts Married in 1990 Co-produced several of her husband's films, including "Grindhouse" (2007), "Sin City" (2005), and "Desperado" (1995) Announced in April 2006 that they were separating after 16 years of marriage Divorced in 2006

Angela Lanza Producer

Sister

Rose McGowan Actor

Companion
Met when she starred in his film, "Grindhouse" (2007) Rumored to have started an affair on the set, which caused the breakup of his 16 year marriage Announced engagement in October 2007 Split in October 2009

Cecilio Rodriguez

Father
Worked for a cookware firm

Rebecca Rodriguez

Mother

Rhiannon Rodriguez

Daughter
Born Dec.10, 2005 Mother, Elizabeth Avellan

Racer Rodriguez

Son
Born April 16, 1997 Mother, Elizabeth Avellan

Rebel Rodriguez

Son
Born in January 1999 mother, Elizabeth Avellan

Rocket Rodriguez

Son
Born Sept. 14, 1995 Mother, Elizabeth Avellan

Rogue Rodriguez

Son
Born c. 2004 Mother, Elizabeth Avellan

Rebecca Rodriguez

Sister

Patricia Vonne Actor

Sister

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas
Left school, but later returned to complete a BA degree in communications after "El Mariachi" (1993)

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas
Left school, but later returned to complete a BA degree in communications after "El Mariachi" (1993)

Milestones

2011

Returned to direct the fourth installment in the "Spy Kids" series, "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World"

2010

Co-directed, with Ethan Maniquis, the action thriller "Machete"; also shared writing credits with Álvaro Rodríguez

2009

Wrote and directed the adventure film, "Shorts"

2007

Helmed "Planet Terror," the zombie themed half of the goretastic double feature "Grind House," a collaboration with Quentin Tarantino

2005

Directed "The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D," an advanture film co-scripted by his young son, Racer

2005

Co-directed (Frank Miller) the film adaptation of "Sin City," based on the comic books and graphic novels created, written, and illustrated by Miller

2003

Once again directed the third film in the "Spy Kids" series, "Spy Kids 3: Game Over"

2003

Again collaborated with Banderas on "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," a sequel to "Desperado"

2002

Returned to direct "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"

2001

Re-teamed with Banderas to direct the family adventure film, Spy Kids"

1998

Directed the teen horror thriller, "The Faculty"; scripted by Kevin Williamson

1996

Directed the vampire-themed, "From Dusk Till Dawn"; written by and starring Quentin Tarantino

1995

Helmed "The Misbehavers" segment of the anthology film, "Four Rooms"

1995

Produced, wrote and directed, "Desperado," a sequel to El Mariachi starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek

1994

Directed TV-movie debut, the remake of "Roadracers," as part of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series; also scripted

1993

"El Mariachi" released by Columbia in Spanish with subtitles; one of the cheapest films ever released by a studio

1992

Signed a two-year deal with Columbia Pictures, which also agreed to release "El Mariachi"

1991

Directed first feature, the Spanish language, "El Mariachi"; and wrote and edited the film

1982

Began making short films at age 13

Columbia paid to re-edit "El Mariachi" for a US debut

Made first 16mm short at the University of Texas at Austin

Featured his youngest siblings in "Austin Stories," a video anthology that helped him gain admission to film school

Directed an eight-minute long short, entitled "Bedhead," starring four of his nine siblings

Created a daily comic strip entitled, "Los Hooligans," which ran for three years in the Daily Texan newspaper

Bonus Trivia

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Erroneously called "Richard Rodriguez" in a Feb. 1, 1993 New York Times article entitled, "The Winners and Losers at Sundance."

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