Antonio Banderas
Spanish actor
Antonio Banderas
José Antonio Domínguez Banderas, better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor, film director, film producer and singer. He began his acting career with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then appeared in high-profile Hollywood movies, especially in the 1990s, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro and Spy Kids.
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Antonio Banderas doing fine after chest-pain health 'startle'
LATimes - 23 days
Antonio Banderas is fine after a trip to the hospital earlier this month.  The 56-year-old actor experienced chest pain while working out at his home in Surrey, England, on Jan. 19, People reported Monday. Someone called the British equivalent of 911 and he was taken to the hospital “Antonio was...
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Antonio Banderas historical drama 'Finding Altamira' is strictly paint-by-numbers
LATimes - 5 months
Can religion and science co-exist?  That’s just one of the big-picture questions examined with varying success in “Finding Altamira,” a well-mounted if largely prosaic period drama directed by Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”). The film, set in late 19th century Spain, is based on the true story...
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Top Divorce Lawyer Dishes On Celebrity Divorce Secrets
Huffington Post - 12 months
If you're a celebrity and you are getting divorced, there's a good chance Laura Wasser is your lawyer.  She is one of the top lawyers in her field -- negotiating prenups, divorce settlements and custody arrangements for the Hollywood elite, including Angelina Jolie, Denise Richards, Nick Lachey, Britney Spears, Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani, Melanie Griffith, and the Kardashian sisters.  Her A-list clientele means that her name pops up frequently in the tabloids, but it's in a new profile from Bloomberg Business that she's spilling the secrets of how celebrities really get divorced: Breaking up is hard (and expensive) to do Celebrities shell out $850 an hour for Wasser's services, and she also requires a "$25,000 retainer and rarely represents people who have less than $10 million."  Celebrities often need to be convinced of what's at stake when they get married Wasser is often brought in when a star's team wants to protect their client financially, but the star is ...
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Why We Need Heroes (Whom We Don't Worship)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I looked at someone today and thought to myself: This woman isn't trying to launch her own business in two countries she doesn't have permanent residency visas in, make her own movies, raise children from a township, run two charities with too little money and survive as a freelance writer at the same time. Holy Moses -- the woman has a life. For the past two years I achieved more goals than I've ever done. I also faced many more struggles. I faced things most people never have to face, because I was aiming at doing things most people don't. Whilst other people were out partying, I was trying to prevent someone from killing themselves on drugs, or getting a kid to overcome the difficulties they were facing after being subjected to mental and physical abuse. Whilst some people with my talents were making the big bucks in advertising and film, I was fighting to launch my own business. Whilst some people were having a nice night in, I was standing in a shack with 20-odd youth teaching ...
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Melanie Griffith Shuts Down Haters With Unfiltered Selfie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
After receiving a few mean comments on Instagram, Melanie Griffith hit back at haters with a gorgeous, unfiltered selfie.  Sporting a black tank top and a smoky eye, Griffith captioned her photo, "Here ya go. Unfiltered. I'm 58. And I'm in Hawaii Five O playing Scott Caan's Mom. Go ahead... Say some more mean things. Merry Christmas "  Here ya go. Unfiltered. I'm 58. And I'm in Hawaii Five O playing Scott Caan's Mom. Go ahead... Say some more mean things. Merry Christmas A photo posted by MELANIE (@melanie_griffith57) on Dec 11, 2015 at 6:18pm PST Though it's unclear what previous Instagram photo sparked the "mean things" Griffith refers to, the #proudmama of actress Dakota Johnson looks stunning to us.  Photo shoot with @alistairguy for his exhibit Strong Women A photo posted by MELANIE (@melanie_griffith57) on Nov 16, 2015 at 9:16pm PST One more cuz I love them so much❤️ A photo posted by MELANIE ...
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Melanie Griffith Shuts Down Haters With Unfiltered Selfie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
After receiving a few mean comments on Instagram, Melanie Griffith hit back at haters with a gorgeous, unfiltered selfie.  Sporting a black tank top and a smoky eye, Griffith captioned her photo, "Here ya go. Unfiltered. I'm 58. And I'm in Hawaii Five O playing Scott Caan's Mom. Go ahead... Say some more mean things. Merry Christmas "  Here ya go. Unfiltered. I'm 58. And I'm in Hawaii Five O playing Scott Caan's Mom. Go ahead... Say some more mean things. Merry Christmas A photo posted by MELANIE (@melanie_griffith57) on Dec 11, 2015 at 6:18pm PST Though it's unclear what previous Instagram photo sparked the "mean things" Griffith refers to, the #proudmama of actress Dakota Johnson looks stunning to us.  Photo shoot with @alistairguy for his exhibit Strong Women A photo posted by MELANIE (@melanie_griffith57) on Nov 16, 2015 at 9:16pm PST One more cuz I love them so much❤️ A photo posted by MELANIE (@melanie_ ...
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Antonio Banderas will pay Melanie Griffith $65,000 a month; their divorce is final
LATimes - about 1 year
Could you live off $65,000 a month? That's what Antonio Banderas has agreed to pay Melanie Griffith in spousal support now that their divorce is final. The acting couple's official dissolution, which was filed on Friday in L.A. Superior Court, came about 18 months after they went public with their...
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Melanie Griffith To Get $65K A Month In Antonio Banderas Divorce Settlement
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Divorce is all about division, and it seems Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are done splitting everything up.  After 18 years of marriage, Griffith and Banderas split in June 2014 and finalized their divorce over a year later. According to TMZ, the two recently finished divvying up assets (and bank accounts), and Griffith will reportedly walk away with $65,000 a month in spousal support, a Picasso painting and a house in Aspen.  TMZ says that Banderas will get to keep all of his money made from "The Mask of Zorro," "Desperado" and "Spy Kids," along with a pencil drawing by Picasso and a piece by Diego Rivera. Due to a 2004 postnup, the couple will split all of the money they made from movies after that year (like "Shrek 2" and "Puss in Boots").  Since the split, Banderas has reportedly been seeing investment banker Nicole Kimpel. Although Griffith hasn't yet been linked to any suitors, she was spotted covering up her "Antonio" tattoo and appears to have undergone laser ...
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Film Review: 'The 33'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures I haven't been held in such suspense since I jumped the Corinth canal only to have my bungee snap off; The 33 showcases the human condition in all its complexities. In 2010, 33 miners in Chile were buried alive by a mine explosion and left with only three days of food to survive. It would take 69 days and an international effort to bring all 33 miners to safety and above ground. How did they survive? And what can audiences learn from their decision to persevere against all odds. 200 stories beneath ground level with their only exit blocked by a boulder twice the mass of the empire state building, the miners mobilized in ways that would stun and magnetize viewers globally. The story of the explosion serves as a backdrop to introduce the based on real life 33 miners who were sent by a mining company to collect gold and copper in a mine they had been forewarned was fatally unstable. What do you do when faced with the decision to trust y ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Antonio Banderas
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 54
    In August 2015, Banderas enrolled in a fashion design course at Central Saint Martins.
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  • 2014
    Age 53
    In June 2014, Griffith and Banderas released a statement announcing their intention to divorce "in a loving and friendly manner". According to the petition filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple had "irreconcilable differences" that led to their separation. The divorce became official in December 2015.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996, Banderas appeared among other figures of Spanish culture in a video supporting the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party lists in the general election.
  • 2013
    Age 52
    In 2013, he called on Europe and the United States to emulate Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and nationalize big corporations as a solution to the global economic crisis.
    More Details Hide Details A longtime supporter of Málaga CF, he is also an officer (mayordomo de trono) of a Roman Catholic religious brotherhood in Málaga and travels during Holy Week to take part in the processions, although in an interview with People magazine, Banderas had once described himself as an agnostic.
  • 2011
    Age 50
    Banderas has always struggled with the pronunciation of certain English words, as he mentioned in a 2011 article with GQ Magazine. "The word that really gets me is animals, I just can never say it properly, whenever it is in a film I have to get it changed for a synonym." "In Zorro I had a line changed from 'You look like a bunch of animals' to 'you look like a collection of beasts' it worked much better, so I don't care".
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 49
    In May 2010, Banderas received an honorary doctorate from the University of Málaga in the city where he was born.
    More Details Hide Details Banderas received an honorary degree from Dickinson College in 2000.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    After the success of Antonio for Men and Blue Seduction for Men in 2007, launched his latest Blue Seduction for Women the following year.
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    He performed a voice-over for a computer-animated bee which can be seen in the United States in television commercials for Nasonex, an allergy medication, and was seen in the 2007 Christmas advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, a British retailer.
    More Details Hide Details He is a veteran of the perfume industry. The actor has been working with fragrance and beauty multinational company Puig for over ten years becoming one of the brand's most successful representatives. Banderas and Puig have successfully promoted a number of fragrances so far – Diavolo, Diavolo for Women, Mediterraneo, Spirit, and Spirit for Women.
  • 2005
    Age 44
    He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, the horror thriller The Skin I Live In marked the return of Banderas to Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish director who launched his international career. The two had not worked together since 1990 (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! In The Skin I Live In he breaks out of the "Latin Lover" mold from his Hollywood work and stars as a calculating revenge-seeking plastic surgeon following the rape of his daughter. According to the Associated Press Banderas' performance is among his strongest in recent memory. He again lent his voice to Puss in Boots, this time as the protagonist of the Shrek spin-off family film, Puss in Boots. This film reunited Banderas with Salma Hayek for the sixth time. He has invested some of his film earnings in Andalusian products, which he promotes in Spain and the US. He owns 50% of a winery in Villalba de Duero, Burgos, Spain, called Anta Banderas, which produces red and rosé wines.
    In 2005, he reprised his role as Zorro in The Legend of Zorro, though this was not as successful as The Mask of Zorro.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, he starred in Take the Lead, a high-set movie in which he played a ballroom dancing teacher. That year, he directed his second film El camino de los ingleses (English title: Summer Rain), and also received the L.A. Latino International Film Festival's "Gabi" Lifetime Achievement Award on 14 October.
  • 2003
    Age 42
    In 2003, he returned to the musical genre, appearing to great acclaim in the Broadway revival of Maury Yeston's musical Nine, based on the film 8½, playing the prime role originated by Raúl Juliá.
    More Details Hide Details Banderas won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, and was nominated for the Tony Award for best actor in a musical. His performance is preserved on the Broadway cast recording released by PS Classics. Later that year, he received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA). Banderas' voice role as "Puss in Boots" in Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and the last film in the Shrek franchise, Shrek Forever After, helped make the character popular on the family film circuit.
    In 2003, he starred in the last installment of the trilogy Once Upon A Time In Mexico (in which he appeared with Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek).
    More Details Hide Details Banderas' debut as a director was the poorly received Crazy in Alabama (1999), starring his now ex-wife Melanie Griffith.
  • 2002
    Age 41
    In 2002, he starred in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale opposite Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and in Julie Taymor's Frida with Salma Hayek.
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  • 2001
    Age 40
    In 2001, he collaborated with Robert Rodriguez who cast him in the Spy Kids film trilogy.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in Michael Cristofer's Original Sin alongside Angelina Jolie the same year.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 38
    In 1999 he starred in The 13th Warrior, a movie about a Muslim caught up in a war between the Northman and human eating beasts.
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  • 1998
    Age 37
    He also made success with his role as the legendary masked swordsman Zorro in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro.
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  • 1996
    Age 35
    Banderas and Leza divorced in April 1996, and one month later, on 14 May 1996, he married Griffith in a private ceremony in London.
    More Details Hide Details They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas, who appeared onscreen with Griffith in Banderas' directorial debut, Crazy in Alabama (1999). In 2002, the couple's dedication to philanthropy was recognized when they received the 'Stella Adler Angel Award' for their extensive charity work. Griffith has a tattoo of Banderas' first name encircled in a heart on her right arm.
    In 1996, he starred alongside Madonna in Evita, an adaptation of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in which he played the narrator, Che, a role played by David Essex in the original 1978 West End production.
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  • 1995
    Age 34
    They separated in May 1995 when he began a relationship with actress Melanie Griffith while shooting Two Much.
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    He appeared in several major Hollywood releases in 1995, including a starring role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed film Desperado and the antagonist on the action film Assassins, co-starred with Sylvester Stallone.
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  • 1991
    Age 30
    In 1991, Madonna introduced Banderas to Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, still speaking minimal English, he began acting in U.S. films. Despite having to learn all his lines phonetically, Banderas still managed to turn in a critically praised performance as a struggling musician in his first American drama film, The Mambo Kings (1992). Banderas then broke through to mainstream American audiences in the film, Philadelphia (1993), as the lover of AIDS-afflicted lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks). The film's success earned Banderas wide recognition, and the following year he was given a role in Neil Jordan's high-profile adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, sharing the screen with Brad Pitt.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 26
    Banderas married Ana Leza on 27 July 1987.
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  • 1986
    Age 25
    After Banderas appeared in Almodóvar's 1986 Matador, the director cast him in his internationally acclaimed 1988 film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
    More Details Hide Details The recognition Banderas gained for his role increased two years later when he starred in Almodóvar's controversial Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! as a mental patient who kidnaps a porn star (Victoria Abril) and keeps her tied up until she returns his love. It was his breakthrough role in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, that helped spur him on to Hollywood. Banderas' having become a regular feature of Almodóvar's movies all throughout the 1980s, Almodóvar is credited for helping launch Banderas's international career.
  • 1982
    Age 21
    Banderas began working in small shops during Spain's post-dictatorial cultural movement known as the 'Movida'. While performing with the theatre, Banderas caught the attention of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in his 1982 movie debut Labyrinth of Passion.
    More Details Hide Details Five years later, he went on to appear in the director's Law of Desire, making headlines with his performance as a gay man, which required him to engage in his first male-to-male onscreen kiss.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Banderas was born on 10 August 1960, in the Andalusian city of Málaga, the son of José Domínguez, a police officer in the Civil Guard, and Ana Bandera Gallego, a school teacher.
    More Details Hide Details He has a younger brother, Juan. Although his father's family name is Domínguez, he took his mother's last name as his stage name. As a child, he wanted to become a professional football player until a broken foot sidelined his dreams at the age of fourteen. He showed a strong interest in the performing arts and formed part of the ARA Theatre-School run by Ángeles Rubio-Argüelles y Alessandri (wife of diplomat, writer and film director Edgar Neville) and the College of Dramatic Art, both in Málaga. His work in the theater, and his performances on the streets, eventually landed him a spot with the Spanish National Theatre.
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