Benicio del Toro
Actor
Benicio del Toro
Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez is a Puerto Rican and Spanish actor and film producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for his role as Javier Rodríguez in Traffic (2000). He is also known for his roles as Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects (1995), Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Franky Four Fingers in Snatch (2000), Jackie Boy in Sin City (2005), and Che Guevara in Che (2008).
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Reminder: A Latina Has Never Won The Oscar For Best Actress
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their much-anticipated nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Tuesday.  Even before I glanced at the list of performers with nods this year, I knew who I wouldn’t find among the names: a Latina actress. Why? Because a Latina has never won an Oscar for Best Actress ― not once in nearly 90 years of Oscar history!  In that time, we’ve invented the color television, handheld phones, radar, lasers, the personal computer, the internet. We created VHS tapes, replaced them with DVDs, then Blu-Ray (sort of), then Netflix. We put a man on the moon and thawed the Cold War. And still, the world has yet to see a Latina actress take home an Academy Award for Best Actress. In fact, the last time a Latina was nominated for Best Actress was Catalina Sandino Moreno for “Maria Full of Grace” in 2004. That means it’s been 13 years since a Latina actress has even been nominated in the category.  And Latinxs have ...
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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' starts filming, adds del Toro
Yahoo News - about 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has begun filming and has added Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern to its cast.
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Oscars 2016: Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, The Weeknd to take show stage
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its first slate of presenters and performers for February's Oscars telecast, a group that includes five artists of color -- Kevin Hart, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Benicio del Toro. Others planning to take the Oscar...
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Minority Report: Not the Movie -- The Oscar Controversy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm not comfortable taking issue with the hubbub surrounding the lack of minorities in major categories in this year's Oscar race. Indeed, it's unfortunate in the past two years there've been none in the four acting races, but the omissions belie a number of factors and, if there is criticism to be directed, it should not be the Motion Picture Academy. There've been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only of a supporting nature but indicative of the racist times when their lots in major professions were limited. Film icon Myrna Loy of Thin Man fame is said to have asked MGM's hierarchy, "Why does every Black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a Black person walking up the steps of a court house carrying a briefcase?" But sadly the next B ...
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The Oscars Are So White That Spike Lee Refuses To Attend
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As controversy continues to boil regarding the Oscars' all-white acting nominees, Spike Lee has said he will not attend next month's awards. The outspoken director posted a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. to Instagram on Monday morning, along with a lengthy caption condemning Hollywood executives with the "'green light' vote" who do not bring minority-centered stories to the big screen. "The truth is we ain't in those rooms and until minorities are, the Oscar nominees will remain lilly [sic] white," Lee wrote, using capital letters to start each word. #OscarsSoWhite... Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and P ...
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The Oscars Will Remain So White If These 5 Things Don't Change
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For a second year in a row, Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñarritu helmed the most Oscar-nominated film of the year* with the critically-acclaimed "The Revenant." When it comes to diversity in Hollywood, that's as far as the good news goes because for the second year in a row #OscarsSoWhite resurfaced as a trending hashtag on Twitter. People started to use the hashtag after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, once again, announced an all-white slate of nominees for the acting categories on Thursday.  If the Oscars weren't "so white" perhaps a nod would've gone to Idris Elba for "Beasts of No Nation," Benicio del Toro for "Sicario," Samuel L. Jackson for "The Hateful Eight," Oscar Isaac for "Ex Machina," Michael B. Jordan or Tessa Thompson for "Creed," Jason Mitchell for "Straight Outta Compton" or to Golden Globe nominee Will Smith for "Concussion." But, alas, none of these actors were nominated.  Even critically-acclaimed independent films starring actors of c ...
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The Oscars Will Remain So White If These 5 Things Don't Change
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For a second year in a row, Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñarritu helmed the most Oscar-nominated film of the year* with the critically-acclaimed "The Revenant." When it comes to diversity in Hollywood, that's as far as the good news goes because for the second year in a row #OscarsSoWhite resurfaced as a trending hashtag on Twitter. People started to use the hashtag after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, once again, announced an all-white slate of nominees for the acting categories on Thursday.  If the Oscars weren't "so white" perhaps a nod would've gone to Idris Elba for "Beasts of No Nation," Benicio del Toro for "Sicario," Samuel L. Jackson for "The Hateful Eight," Oscar Isaac for "Ex Machina," Michael B. Jordan or Tessa Thompson for "Creed," Jason Mitchell for "Straight Outta Compton" or to Golden Globe nominee Will Smith for "Concussion." But, alas, none of these actors were nominated.  Even critically-acclaimed independent films starring actors of c ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Benicio del Toro
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    In 2016, Del Toro appeared in a Heineken beer television advertisement in its More Behind the Star series.
    More Details Hide Details The gag in the spot is that fans frequently mistake him for fellow actor Antonio Banderas, much to Del Toro's chagrin. While promoting his film The Wolfman (2010), he described his romantic life as "in limbo". When asked if he had thoughts of settling down, he responded, "Why? Everyone says, 'Why isn’t he married?' But it's like, 'Fuck! Why do I have to get married? Just so I can get divorced?'" In an interview with The Times, he mentioned that he did not want his West Hollywood apartment, which he described as his "cave", to be "invaded" by a wife and children.
  • 2015
    Age 48
    In September 2015, Del Toro played Alejandro Gillick in critically acclaimed Sicario about a principled FBI agent who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel.
    More Details Hide Details Film critics widely praised his performance alongside Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. In the same month, Del Toro confirmed he will play a villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017).
  • 2012
    Age 45
    In March 2012, he was granted an honorary degree by the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico for his impact on the cinema enterprise, during the celebration of the institution centenary.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Benicio del Toro became the spokesman of the educational campaign "Yo Limpio a Puerto Rico", an environmental organization founded in 1997 by Ignacio Barsottelli, whose mission is to educate, create awareness and mobilize the Puerto Rican community in favor of recycling and to the protection of the environment. Del Toro narrated the public service announcement entitled "Coral Reef", joining the "Artists to the rescue of the environment" campaign.
  • 2011
    Age 44
    On November 4, 2011, he acquired Spanish citizenship, along with fellow Puerto Rican Ricky Martin.
    More Details Hide Details The request was granted by the Spanish government due to his artistic talents and his Spanish roots (he has family in Barcelona).
    On April 11, 2011, Del Toro's publicist announced that Del Toro and Kimberly Stewart (daughter of Rod Stewart) were expecting their first child, although they were not in a relationship. Stewart gave birth to a daughter, Delilah, on August 21, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details They had their daughter baptized in Puerto Rico.
    He was chosen to be the face of the 2011 Campari calendar, becoming the first male model to be featured in the Italian liquor company's calendar.
    More Details Hide Details Del Toro played The Collector in a mid-credits scene of Marvel Studios' superhero film Thor: The Dark World (2013) and later reprised his role in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In 2010, Del Toro starred in and produced the remake of Lon Chaney, Jr.'s classic cult film The Wolf Man (1941).
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    Del Toro was also awarded a 2009 Goya Award as the Best Actor for his depiction of Che.
    More Details Hide Details Actor Sean Penn, who won an Oscar for his role in Milk, remarked that he was surprised and disappointed that Che and Del Toro were not also up for any Academy Award nominations. During his acceptance speech for the Best Actor's trophy at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Penn expressed his dismay stating, "The fact that there aren't crowns on Soderbergh's and Del Toro's heads right now, I don't understand... that is such a sensational movie, Che." For the final portions of the film (shown here), Del Toro shed 35 pounds to show how ill Guevara had become near the end of his life in the jungles of Bolivia.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    In 2008, Del Toro was awarded the Prix d'interpretation masculine (or Best Actor Award) at the Cannes Film Festival for his characterization of Che Guevara in the biographical films The Argentine and Guerrilla (together known as Che).
    More Details Hide Details During his acceptance speech Del Toro dedicated his award "to the man himself, Che Guevara" along with director Steven Soderbergh.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 36
    In 2003, Del Toro appeared in two films: The Hunted, co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and the drama 21 Grams, co-starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to garner another Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in the latter. He then appeared in the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and Things We Lost in the Fire, the English language debut of celebrated Danish director Susanne Bier. Things We Lost in the Fire co-starred Halle Berry, Alison Lohman and John Carroll Lynch.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    While Traffic was still playing in theaters, two other Del Toro films were released in late 2000/early 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He had a brief role as the diamond thief Franky Four Fingers in Guy Ritchie's hip caper comedy Snatch, and played a mentally-challenged Native American man in The Pledge, directed by his old friend Sean Penn.
    Returning from a two-year hiatus after Fear and Loathing, Del Toro gained a mainstream audience in 2000 with a string of performances in four high-profile films.
    More Details Hide Details First up was The Way of the Gun (2000), a crime yarn that reunited him with The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, making his directorial debut. A few months later, he stood out among a first-rate ensemble cast in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, a complex dissection of the North American drug wars. As Javier Rodriguez — a Mexican border policeman struggling to remain honest amid the corruption and deception of illegal drug trafficking — Del Toro, who spoke most of his lines in Spanish, gave a performance that dominated the film. His performance swept all of the major critics awards in 2001. Del Toro won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the fourth living Oscar winner whose winning role was a character who speaks predominantly in a foreign language. Del Toro is also the third Puerto Rican actor to win an Oscar, after Jose Ferrer and Rita Moreno. The night he won his Oscar marked the first time that two actors born in Puerto Rico were nominated in the same category (the other actor was Joaquin Phoenix). In his acceptance speech, Del Toro thanked the people of both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora and dedicated his award to them. In addition to the Oscar, he also won the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Traffic was also a success at the box office, bringing to Del Toro real Hollywood clout for the first time in his career.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    For Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's famous book, he gained more than 40 lbs. (about 18 kg) to play Dr. Gonzo (a.k.a.
    More Details Hide Details Oscar Zeta Acosta), Thompson's lawyer and drug-fiend cohort. The surrealistic film, directed by Terry Gilliam, has earned a cult following over the years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 28
    His career gained momentum in 1995 with his breakout performance in The Usual Suspects, where he played the mumbling, wisecracking Fred Fenster.
    More Details Hide Details The role won him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and established him as a character actor. This led to more strong roles in independent and major studio films, including playing Gaspare in Abel Ferrara's The Funeral (1996) and winning a second consecutive Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his work as Benny Dalmau in Basquiat (1996), directed by his friend, artist Julian Schnabel. Del Toro also shared the screen with Robert De Niro in the big budget thriller The Fan (1996), in which he played Juan Primo, a charismatic Puerto Rican baseball star. He subsequently starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in Excess Baggage (1997), which Silverstone produced.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 20
    He had a cameo in Madonna's 1987 music video "La Isla Bonita" as a background character sitting on a car.
    More Details Hide Details Work in films followed, beginning with his debut in Big Top Pee-wee (1988) and as Dario in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989), in which the 21-year-old Del Toro held the distinction of being the youngest actor ever to play a Bond henchman. Del Toro continued to appear in movies including The Indian Runner (1991), China Moon (1994), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), Money for Nothing (1993), Fearless (1993) and Swimming with Sharks (1994).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 0
    Del Toro was born on February 19, 1967, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera, who were both lawyers.
    More Details Hide Details Many of Del Toro's relatives are involved in Puerto Rico's legal system. He has an older brother, Gustavo, who is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York. He had a Catalan paternal great-grandfather and a Basque maternal great-grandmother. He stated in an interview that along with Spanish, he has Italian and Indigenous American ancestry as well. Del Toro is related to Puerto Rican basketball player Carlos Arroyo, Spanish pop-eurodance singer Rebeca Pous Del Toro, whose maternal grandfather was Puerto Rican, and Puerto Rican singer Eliseo Del Toro. He spent most of his infancy in Santurce, a barrio within San Juan. Del Toro, whose childhood nicknames were "Skinny Benny" and "Beno", was raised a Roman Catholic and attended Academia del Perpetuo Socorro (The Academy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help), a Roman Catholic school in Miramar, Puerto Rico. When Del Toro was nine years old, his mother died of hepatitis. At age 12, he moved with his father and brother to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, where he was enrolled at the Mercersburg Academy. He spent his adolescence and attended high school there. After graduation, Del Toro followed the advice of his father and pursued a business degree at the University of California, San Diego. Success in an elective drama course encouraged him to drop out of college and study with noted acting teachers Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza, in Los Angeles, as well as at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, in New York City.
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