Rodrigo Santoro

Actor
A sought-after leading man in South America, actor Rodrigo Santoro successfully transitioned to Hollywood in several critically and commercially acclaimed projects. After gaining fame on Brazilian television, Santoro ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1975 in Rio de Janeiro, BR

Filmography

Actor (33)

Westworld 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben-Hur 2016 (Movie)

Jesus Christ (Actor)

Jane Got a Gun 2016 (Movie)

Fitchum (Actor)

Pele: Birth of a Legend 2016 (Movie)

Brazilian Announcer (Actor)

Rio, I Love You 2016 (Movie)

Ele (Actor)

Focus 2015 (Movie)

Garriga (Actor)

The 33 2015 (Movie)

Laurence Golborne (Actor)

300: Rise of an Empire 2014 (Movie)

Xerxes (Actor)

Dominion 2014 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Rio 2 2014 (Movie)

Tulio (Voice)

The Last Stand 2013 (Movie)

Frank Martinez (Actor)

Heleno 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

What To Expect When You're Expecting 2012 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Rio 2011 (Movie)

Tulio/Soccer Announcer (Voice)

There Be Dragons 2011 (Movie)

Oriol (Actor)

I Love You Phillip Morris 2010 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Lion's Den 2009 (Movie)

Ramiro (Actor)

Post Grad 2009 (Movie)

David Santiago (Actor)

Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)

Raul Castro (Actor)

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

Raul Castro (Actor)

Out of Tune 2008 (Movie)

Joaquim (Actor)

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

Bruno Silva (Actor)

2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

300 2007 (Movie)

Xerxes (Actor)

Not By Chance 2007 (Movie)

Pedro (Actor)

Carandiru 2004 (Movie)

Lady Di (Actor)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Randy Emmers (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

BEHIND THE SUN 2001 (Movie)

Tonho Breves (Actor)

Bicho de 7 Cabecas 2000 (Movie)

Neto (Actor)

Black Oasis (Movie)

(Actor)

Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sought-after leading man in South America, actor Rodrigo Santoro successfully transitioned to Hollywood in several critically and commercially acclaimed projects. After gaining fame on Brazilian television, Santoro earned raves for his starring turn as an institutionalized teenager in the gritty drama "Brainstorm" (2001). He was soon courted by international filmmakers for such projects as "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (Showtime, 2003), "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003) and "Love Actually" (2003). A high-profile television ad for Chanel - directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman - brought him further attention. It was, however, the talented actor's one-two punch as the detestable crash survivor Paulo on the third season of "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010) and the Persian King Xerxes in director Zack Snyder's stylized rendition of Frank Miller's graphic novel "300" (2007) that put him on the mainstream radar. While not catapulting to the Hollywood stardom some predicted, Santoro nonetheless continued to deliver inspired performances alongside some of cinema's finest talents in movies like "Redbelt" (2008), "Che" (2008), "I Love You Phillip Morris" (2009) and "There Be Dragons" (2011). Blessed not only with leading man good looks, but the talent and drive to move beyond those limitations, Santoro was assured a satisfying career, both in his homeland and abroad.

Relationships

Maria Junqueira dos Reis

Mother

Francesco Santoro

Father

Flávia Santoro

Sister

EDUCATION

Colégio de Aplicação

Rio de Janeiro

Pontifícia Universidade Católica

Rio de Janeiro
Left school in 1996 to pursue acting

Pontifícia Universidade Católica

Rio de Janeiro
Left school in 1996 to pursue acting

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in action feature "The Last Stand"

2012

Joined ensemble cast of romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"

2010

Appeared with Jim Carrey in "I Love You Phillip Morris"

2008

Portrayed Raul Castro in "Che," Steven Soderbergh's biopic about the Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara

2008

Featured in the David Mamet directed "Redbelt"

2007

Cast as Xerxes I: King of the Persians in "300," an adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel

2006

Joined the cast of ABC mystery drama "Lost" as Paulo, a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815

2004

Starred alongside Nicole Kidman in a 2-minute commercial for Chanel, directed by Baz Luhrmann

2003

Offered a critically acclaimed performance in Hector Babenco’s controversial film "Carandiru" as a transexual prisoner

2003

Landed minor role in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"

2003

Played Karl, the love interest of Laura Linney's character in the romantic comedy "Love Actually"

2003

Cast alongside Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith in Showtime movie "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"

2001

First major role in a feature, "Bicho de Sete Cabeças"

1999

Voiced the title character in the Brazilian release of "Stuart Little"; also provided voice for the 2002 sequel

1998

Gained notice as Frei Malthus in Brazilian miniseries "Hilda Furacão"

1996

Cast as the male lead character in the soap opera "O Amor Está no Ar"

1996

Made big screen debut in the acclaimed short "Depois do Escuro"

1993

Made acting debut in the Brazilian soap opera "Olho no Olho"

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