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Spanish Language Films

Hispanic Actors & Actresses


All of the performers below are of Latin descent. While most of them started out making Spanish language films, many were discovered by Hollywood and subsequently began working in English language films. We therefore include a mixture of their original Spanish and original English films below. For Spanish-language movies, English titles are also provided.

Hispanic actors & actresses



Antonio Banderas (Spain, b. 1960)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Born in Andalucía, Spain, José Antonio Domínguez Bandera dreamt of being a professional soccer player until he broke his foot at age 14. He studied drama and worked with the National Theater of Spain, where he caught the eye of acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. Through his series of films with Almodóvar between 1982 and 1990, his popularity spread. Mujeres ... and Atame!, introduced Banderas to American audiences. Despite his poor English skills, he made his Hollywood debut in The Mambo Kings in 1992. Due to his undeniable screen presence and Latin good looks, a string of supporting roles followed. His first US starring role came in Robert Rodriguez's Desperado in 1995. He worked in 6 different films that year, a pace that he could not possibly maintain. Nonetheless, his prolific cinematic output contines to astonish. In 2005, Banderas received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

ANTONIO BANDARAS FILMS
DVD The Legend of Zorro [2005] • MORE INFOBUY DVD Title role • Stars: Alberto Reyes, Julio Oscar Mechoso
DVD Shrek 2 [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Voice of Puss In Boots • Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy
DVD Imagining Argentina [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Irene Escolar, Fernando Tielve
DVD Once Upon a Time in Mexico [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Salma Hayek
DVD Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Carla Gugino
DVD
 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Lucy Liu
DVD Frida [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Salma Hayek, Mía Maestro
DVD Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams  [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Carla Gugino
DVD Femme Fatale [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Rebecca Romijn
DVD Original Sin [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Angelina Jolie
DVD Spy Kids [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Carla Gugino
DVD The Body [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Olivia Williams
DVD Play It to the Bone [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Woody Harrelson
DVD White River [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Bob Hoskins, Ellen Barkin
DVD The 13th Warrior [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Vladimir Kulich
DVD The Mask of Zorro [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: José María de Tavira
DVD Evita [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Madonna
DVD Two Much [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Melanie Griffith
DVD Never Talk to Strangers [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Rebecca DeMornay
DVD Assassins [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Sylvester Stallone
DVD Four Rooms [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD
DVD Desperado [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Salma Hayek
DVD Miami Rhapsody [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Gil Bellows
DVD Interview With the Vampire [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt
DVD Of Love and Shadows [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Jennifer Connelly
DVD Philadelphia [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington
DVD The House of the Spirits [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Meryl Streep, Glenn Close
DVD ¡Dispara! | Outrage [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Francesca Neri
DVD The Mambo Kings [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Armand Assante
DVD ¡Átame! | Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! [1990] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Victoria Abril
DVD Si te dicen que caí | If They Tell You I Fell... [1989] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Victoria Abril
DVD La blanca paloma | The White Dove [1989] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Francisco Rabal
DVD Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios | Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [1988] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Carmen Maura
VHS Matador [1986] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Assumpta Serna


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Javier Bardem (Spain, b. 1969)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Born in the Canary Islands, Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem comes from a family of filmmakers. As a teenager he appeared in several television series, though he was not committed to an acting career intially. He studied painting and then played for the Spanish national rugby team before making his big screen debut in Las edades de Lulú (The Ages of Lulu) in 1990. The international hit Jamón, Jamón (A Tale of Ham and Passion) followed. His apprehension about being typecast as a womanizing stud led him to deliberately choose much different characters to play in the years that followed and he gained recognition for his ability to transform himself to successfully play diverse roles. His breakthrough performance came in 2000 with Before Night Falls, for which he garnered several awards as well as Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. For his 2004 performance in the Oscar-winning film Mar adentro (The Sea Inside), he took home a Golden Globe Award. He has also received the 1996, 2003 and 2005 Spanish Goya Awards for Best Actor.

JAVIER BARDEM FILMS
DVD Mar adentro | The Sea Inside [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Belén Rueda
DVD Collateral  [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx
DVD Los lunes al sol | Mondays in the Sun [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Luis Tosar
DVD Pasos de baile | The Dancer Upstairs [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Juan Diego Botto
DVD Before Night Falls [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Olivier Martinez
DVD Segunda piel | Second Skin [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Jordi Mollà
DVD Entres las piernas | Between Your Legs [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Victoria Abril
DVD Perdita Durango | Dance With the Devil [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Rosie Perez
DVD Carne trémula | Live Flesh [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Francesca Neri
DVD Más que amor, frenesí | Not Love, Just Frenzy [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Nancho Novo, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo
DVD Boca a boca | Mouth to Mouth [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
DVD Huevos de oro| Golden Balls [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Maria de Medeiros
VHS Jamón, jamón | A Tale of Ham and Passion [1992] • MORE INFOBUY VHS • Supporting role • Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Demián Bichir (Mexico, b. 1963)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Demián Bichir Nájera was born in Mexico City into a family that seems to have acting in its genes. Both mother and father as well as two brothers are also actors. Bichir started his career in television soap operas at the age of 14 and won occasional roles in American, Mexican, and Spanish films. During the 1990, he increasingly took on starring movie roles and gained much attention in 1999 when the comedy Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (Sex, Shame & Tears), in which he also played the lead role, became the most successful box-office hit in the history of Mexican cinema.

DEMIAN BICHIR FILMS
DVD
 Sin noticias de Dios | Don't Tempt Me [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Victoria Abril, Penélope Cruz
DVD
 En el tiempo de las mariposas | In the Time of the Butterflies [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Salma Hayek, Edward James Olmos, Mía Maestro
DVD
 Sexo, pudor y lágrimas | Sex, Shame & Tears [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Mónica Dionne
DVD Santitos | Little Saints [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Dolores Heredia
DVD
 Todo el poder | Gimme the Power [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Mónica Dionne
DVD Luces de la noche | Night Trails [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Fernando Balzaretti
DVD Perdita Durango | Dance With the Devil [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem
DVD Cilantro y perejil | Recipes to Stay Together [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Arcelia Ramírez
DVD Pruebas de Amor | Test of Love [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Claudia Ramírez
DVD Hasta morir | 'Til Death [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Juan Manuel Bernal
DVD La vida conyugal| Married Life [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Socorro Bonilla, Alonso Echánove


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Penélope Cruz (Spain, b. 1974)
ABOUT THE ACTRESS
Penélope Cruz Sánchez started dancing at an early age, receiving several years of instruction in classical ballet, dance performance, and jazz dance. She dropped out of school at age 15 when she beat out 300 other competitors in a talent agency audition. The numerous roles in television shows and music videos that she subsequently secured served as a springboard for a film career. Her first major films were Jamón, Jamón (A Tale of Ham and Passion) and the even more successful Belle epoque (The Age of Beauty), which took home the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film as well as several Goya Awards.

In the succeeding years, her resume of on-screen acting experience grew, as she played lead roles in more award-winning Spanish films, including Carne trémula (Live Flesh) and Abre tus ojos (Open Your Eyes). To expand her career opportunities, she accepted some English-language roles in British film and television. As for so many Spanish actors, however, it would be her work with famed director Pedro Almódovar that would provide a welcome boost to her international success. Following her performance in Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) Cruz was suddenly in great demand as an actress in both Spanish and American films. She has starred opposite Hollywood leading men Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Nicolas Cage, and Tom Cruise -- an impressive array by any standards. She is close friends with fellow Latina actress Salma Hayek.

PENELOPE CRUZ FILMS
DVD Sahara [2005] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Jude Akuwidike, Mark Aspinall
DVD
 Head in the Clouds [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Charlize Theron
DVD Noel [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Susan Sarandon
DVD Gothika [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Halle Berry, Robert Downey, Jr.
DVD Masked and Anonymous [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Bob Dylan, Jeff Bridges
DVD Waking Up in Reno [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Natasha Richardson, Holmes Osborne
DVD Vanilla Sky [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Tom Cruise
DVD Sin noticias de Dios| Don't Tempt Me [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Victoria Abril
DVD Captain Corelli's Mandolin [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Nicolas Cage
DVD Blow [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Johnny Depp
DVD All the Pretty Horses [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Matt Damon, Henry Thomas
DVD Todo sobre mi madre | All About My Mother [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes
DVD La niña de tus ojos| The Girl of Your Dreams [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Antonio Resines • Goya Award for Best Actress
DVD Twice Upon a Yesterday [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Lena Headey, Douglas Henshall
DVD Don Juan [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Jacques Weber, Michel Boujenah
DVD Abre los ojos | Open Your Eyes [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Eduardo Noriega
DVD Carne trémula | Live Flesh [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri
DVD Más que amor, frenesí | Not Love, Just Frenzy [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Nancho Novo, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo
DVD La Celestina [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Juan Diego Botto
DVD El efecto mariposa | The Butterfly Effect [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Aston Kutcher, Melora Walters
DVD Todo es mentira [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Coque Malla
DVD El Laberinto Griego | The Greek Labyrinth [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Omero Antonutti, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
DVD Belle epoque | The Age of Beauty [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Miriam Díaz Aroca
VHS Jamón, jamón | A Tale of Ham and Passion [1992] • MORE INFOBUY VHS• Supporting role • Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Fernando Fernán Gómez (Argentina/Spain, b. 1921)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Born in South America when his actress mother was on tour, Fernando Fernán Gómez returned with his family to Spain in 1924. Following the Spanish Civil War, he gave up his university studies in law to pursue a career on the stage. He formed his own theater company, and directed and wrote scripts in addition to acting. In the 1940s, he began working in cinema as well. He directed his first feature film in 1952. He is especially known for his roles in comedies, but has also worked in dramatic roles. He has acted in over 170 films, the bulk of which were recorded during the Franco era, though he picked up Goya Awards for Best Actor in 1987 and 1999 and the 1993 Goya for Best Supporting Actor. Fernán Gómez is also a respected author of poetry and novels, has worked on television, radio, and in opera. His diverse artistic talents have won him an essential place in the panorama of Spanish culture and cultural history.

Though Fernán Gómez made numerous films, just those of the last decades are listed here; older ones are just very difficult to come by.

FERNANDO FERNAN GOMEZ FILMS
DVD
 El embrujo de Shanghai| The Shanghai Spell [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Fernando Tielve, Aida Folch
DVD En la ciudad sin límites | The City of No Limits [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Leonardo Sbaraglia
DVD La Lengua de las mariposas | Butterfly [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Manuel Lozano
DVD Todo sobre mi madre | All About My Mother [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes
DVD El abuelo | The Grandfather [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Rafael Alonso
DVD Belle epoque | The Age of Beauty [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz Aroca
DVD Marcellino | Miracle of Marcellino [1991] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Didier Bénureau, Sergio Bini Bustric
VHS Mamá cumple cien años | Mama Turns 100 [1979] • MORE INFOBUY VHS • Co-stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Amparo Muñoz
VHS El espírtu de la colmena | The Spirit of the Beehive [1973] • MORE INFOBUY VHS • Co-stars: Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Gael García Bernal (Mexico, b. 1978)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Perhaps not surprising for a child whose parents are already in the business, Gael García Bernal began acting at a very early age. He appeared with them in a variety of plays and made appearances in short films. By the time he was a teenager, he was Mexico's soap opera heartthrob. The teen temporarily left his successful career behind to study acting in London. He returned home to shoot his first major feature film, Amores perros, which hit the theaters in 2000. The movie, which won many accolades including a nomination for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, brought the young actor international attention.

Though offered big-budget roles outside of Mexico, García Bernal opted to continue working in the profession closer to his roots. The choice seemed validated as he appeared in lead roles in hit film after hit film, including Y tu mamá también (And Your Mother Too), which was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, El crimen del padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro), which received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Foreign Film, and Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), which was likewise nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. He also played the lead in noted Spanish director Pedro Almódovar's La mala educación (Bad Education), which also took home several nominations and awards in 2004. García Bernal has made a name for himself as one of Mexico's premier young actors.

GAEL GARCIA BERNAL FILMS
DVD La mala educación | Bad Education [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Fele Martínez
DVD Diarios de motocicleta | The Motorcycle Diaries [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Rodrigo De la Serna, Mercedes Morán
DVD Punto sobre al I | Dot the I [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Natalia Verbeke
DVD Autour de Lucy | I'm With Lucy [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Monica Potter, Craig Bierko
DVD El crimen del padre Amaro| The Crime of Father Amaro [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Ana Claudia Talancón
DVD Sin noticias de Dios| Don't Tempt Me [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Victoria Abril, Penélope Cruz
DVD Y tu mamá también | And Your Mother Too [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Ana López Mercado, Diego Luna,
DVD Amores perros | Love's a Bitch [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Emilio Echevarría


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Salma Hayek (Mexico, b. 1966)
ABOUT THE ACTRESS
Salma Hayek, daughter of a Mexican mother and Lebanese father, wanted to become an actress from a very early age. She gave up her university studies in international relations to fulfill her dream of acting. She first became a star at home playing the title role in the Mexican soap opera "Teresa" (1989), but soon left for Hollywood to more broadly explore her career potential. After receiving only bit parts in stereotyped Latin roles and improving her English skills, she got her break when director Robert Rodríguez cast her opposite Antonio Banderas in Desperado in 1995. Audiences were starstruck by the pair, and during the remainder of the decade, Hayek worked in a variety of roles. Her beauty and star status won her cosmetics contracts with Revlon, and later with Avon, and twice landed her on People Magazine's annual list of the world's most beautiful 50 people.

Though the commerical Hollywood movies brought her the success she had always dreamt of, Hayek was eager to be part of independent and artistic films in which she felt she could stretch her acting ability. For her title role in Frida, she became the second Latin actress to ever be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. In 2003, she worked again with director Rodríguez in the third film of his Mexico trilogy and in a cameo in his Spy Kids 3-D movie. As one of Hollywood's most recognized and highest paid Latin actresses, she continues to capture interesting roles that showcase her talent.

SALMA HAYEK FILMS
DVD
 After the Sunset [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Pierce Brosnan
DVD Once Upon a Time in Mexico [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Antonio Banderas
DVD Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino
DVD Frida [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Mía Maestro
DVD
 En el tiempo de las mariposas | In the Time of the Butterflies [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Edward James Olmos, Mía Maestro, Demián Bichir
DVD Hotel [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Max Beesley, Fabrizio Bentivoglio
DVD La gran vida | Living It Up [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Carmelo Gómez
DVD Chain of Fools [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Steve Zahn
DVD Timecode [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Xander Berkeley, Golden Brooks
DVD Wild Wild West [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh
DVD El coronel no diene quien le escriba | No One Writes to the Colonel [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Fernando Luján, Marisa Paredes
DVD The Faculty [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall
DVD The Velocity of Gary [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Danny Arroyo, Jason Cutler
DVD 54 [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Ryan Phillippe
DVD Fools Rush In [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Matthew Perry
DVD Fled [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Stephen Baldwin
DVD From Dusk Till Dawn [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney
DVD Four Rooms [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD
DVD Desperado [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Antonio Banderas
DVD Mi vida Loca | My Crazy Life [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Fele Martínez (Spain, b. 1975)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Rafael "Fele" Martínez studied theater in Madrid, where he created the Sex-Peare Theater troupe with a group of friends and fellow students. He gained experience in acting and directing theater before turning his attention to film acting. For his supporting role in Tesis (Thesis) -- his very first feature performance -- he was awarded the Goya for Best New Actor. His subsequent work with noted Spanish directors Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro Amenábar, in such acclaimed films as Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) and Hable con ella (Talk to Her), have made him a familiar on-screen face internationally. La mala educación (Bad Education) is the most recent addition to this list of films that have gained the young actor serious attention from abroad. These international hits and the other films he has produced for consumption at home make him one of Spain's great rising stars. Yet Martínez is loath to abandon his professional roots; he continues to find time to act in theater performances.

FELE MARTINEZ
DVD La mala educación | Bad Education [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Gael García Bernal
DVD Dos tipos duros [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Antonio Resines, Elena Anaya
DVD Darkness [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin
DVD Hable con ella | Talk to Her [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti
DVD Noche de reyes | Twelfth Night [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Joaquín Climent, Elsa Pataky
DVD Tuno Negro | Black Serenade [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Silke, Jorge Sans
DVD ¿Tú qué harías por amor? | Just Run! [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Silke
DVD El Arte de morir | The Art of Dying [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: María Esteve
DVD Lágrimas negras | Black Tears [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Arturo Acero, Ramiro Alonso
DVD Los Amantes del Círculo Polar | The Lovers of the Arctic Circle [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Najwa Nimri
DVD Insomnio | Sleepless in Madrid [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Cristina Marcos, Candela Peña
DVD Abre los ojos | Open Your Eyes [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz
DVD Tesis | Thesis [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD
• Co-stars: Ana Torrent, Eduardo Noriega


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
BROWSE SPANISH FILMS: INDEX | Spanish & Latin actors & actresses | Books about Spanish language cinema


Carmen Maura (Spain, b. 1945)
ABOUT THE ACTRESS
Carmen Maura began her career performing in caberet and café theater. She participated in the cultural renewal that followed the end of the Franco dicatorship in the mid-70s. She gained popularity as the host of the much-watched TV show "Esta Noche". Her first successful film appearance came in 1977 with Tigres de papel. Thereafter, she appeared in television roles, on stage, and in film. During the 1980s, she worked regularly with director Pedro Almodóvar, producing such feature films as La ley del deseo (The Law of Desire) and Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). Comedies have been her genre of choice, though she has also played serious roles in dramas. She took home the Spanish Goya Award for Best Actress in 1989, 1991, and 2001.

CARMEN MAURA FILMS
DVD La Promesa | The Promise [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Ana Fernández
DVD Le pacte du silence| The Pact of Silence [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Gérard Depardieu, Élodie Bouchez
DVD
 800 balas | 800 bullets [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Sancho Gracia, Ángel de Andrés López
DVD Valentín | Valentin [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Julieta Cardinali
DVD La comunidad | Common Wealth [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Eduardo Antuña
DVD Lisboa [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Sergi López
DVD El Cometa [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Diego Luna, Ana Claudia Talancón
DVD Cómo ser mujer y no morir en el intento | How to Be a Woman and Not Die in the Attempt [1991] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Antonio Resines
VHS ¡Ay, Carmela! [1990] • MORE INFOBUY VHS• Co-star: Andrés Pajares
DVD Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios | Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Antonio Banderas
VHS Matador [1986] • MORE INFOBUY VHS • Supporting role • Stars: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas
DVD Sé infiel y no mires con quién | Move over Mrs. Markham [1985] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Ana Belén
DVD ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! | What Have I Done to Deserve This [1984] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Luis Hostalot
DVD Entre tinieblas | Dark Habits [1983] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Will More


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
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Eduardo Noriega (Spain, b. 1973)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Born the youngest of seven brothers, Eduardo Noriega started out studying music, but soon discovered his natural talent for drama and shifted the focus of his studies. His major breakthrough came in 1996, when he teamed up with then-blossoming director Alejandro Amenábar in Tesis (Thesis). After sweeping the Goya Awards, the pair gained international attention with their movie of the following year, Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes). Cameron Crowe bestowed the best kind of praise upon it when he remade the film in 2001 as Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise in the role originally formed by the young actor. Noriega has also worked with such noted directors as Mateo Gil and Guillermo del Toro and has made a name for himself in Spanish cinema. His talent continues to capture him strong and diverse leading roles in Spanish feature films.

EDUARDO NORIEGA FILMS
DVD
 Novo [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Anna Mouglalis
DVD Guerreros | Warriors [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Eloy Azorín
DVD El espinazo del diablo| The Devil's Backbone [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Marisa Paredes
DVD Plata quemada | Burnt Money [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Leonardo Sbaraglia
DVD Nadie conoce a nadie| Nobody Knows Anybody [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Jordi Mollà, Natalia Verbeke
DVD Cha-cha-chá [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Ana Álvarez
DVD Abre los ojos | Open Your Eyes [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Penélope Cruz
DVD Tesis | Thesis [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Ana Torrent
, Fele Martínez
DVD Cuestión de suerte | Question of Luck [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-star: Anna Galiena


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
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Marisa Paredes (Spain, b. 1946)
ABOUT THE ACTRESS
Marisa Paredes, born María Luisa Paredes Bartolomé, began her professional acting career during the 1960s while studying drama in Madrid. She made appearances on television, stage, and film in the 60s and 70s and became an international name in the 80s.

Paredes is most well-known for her work with acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, including her roles in the comedy Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) and the dramas Flor de mi secreto (Flower of My Secret) and Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother). In addition to her work in Spanish films, in the 1990s, she began appearing in Italian, French, and Mexican films and worked in the U.S.-produced movie Talk of Angels. The diversity of roles she has played over the years provide a showcase of her immense acting talent. In 1996, she won the Spanish National Film Award.

MARISA PAREDES FILMS
DVD
 Hable con ella | Talk to Her [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti
DVD El espinazo del diablo| The Devil's Backbone [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Eduardo Noriega
DVD El coronel no diene quien le escriba | No One Writes to the Colonel [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Fernando Luján, Salma Hayek
DVD Todo sobre mi madre | All About My Mother [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Cecilia Roth
DVD Talk of Angels [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Polly Walker, Vincent Perez
DVD Profundo carmesí | Deep Crimson [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Co-stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Regina Orozco
DVD La flor de mi secreto| The Flower of My Secret [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Juan Echanove
DVD Tras el cristal| In a Glass Cage [1987] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Günter Meisner, David Sust
DVD Entre tinieblas | Dark Habits [1983] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Will More


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HISPANIC ACTORS: Banderas | Bardem | Bichir | Fernan Gómez | García Bernal | Martínez | Noriega | del Toro
HISPANIC ACTRESSES: Cruz | Hayek | Maura | Paredes
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Benicio del Toro (Puerto Rico, b. 1967)
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Pennsylvania farm country, Benicio del Toro was studying to be a lawyer when he took his first college acting class. Irrevocably bitten by the acting bug, he dropped his original career plan and began actively studying acting in Los Angeles and New York. He made television appearances on popular series such as "Miami Vice" and "Hard Copy" and played small parts in the 007 film License to Kill and The Indian Runner. His face became increasingly familiar to audiences over the next few years.

His real break finally came in 1995 with his memorable role as mumbling gangster Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects, a part for which he took home an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2000, he would also take home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and numerous critics awards for his memorable performance in Traffic, a role in which nearly all of his spoken lines are in Spanish. He is the third Puerto Rican actor to ever win an Oscar.

After the successes of 2000, his celebrity status seemed firmly cemented and he has become a mainstay on the big screen. He appeared on People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and "Most Eligible Bachelors" lists. Comparisons with James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Brad Pitt pay witness to both his talent and his smouldering good looks.

BENICIO DEL TORO FILMS
DVD
 Sin City [2005] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki
DVD 21 Grams [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts • Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor 2003
DVD The Hunted [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Tommy Lee Jones
DVD The Pledge [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Patricia Clarkson
DVD Traffic [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Jacob Vargas • Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor 2000
DVD The Way of the Gun [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: James Caan
DVD Snatch [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Jason Statham, Stephen Graham
DVD Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Johnny Depp
DVD Excess Baggage [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-star: Alicia Silverstone
DVD The Funeral [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD • Supporting role • Stars: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn
DVD The Fan [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes
DVD Basquiat [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott
DVD Joyride [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Tobey Maguire, Amy Hathaway
DVD The Usual Suspects [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Co-stars: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne
DVD Swimming With Sharks [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley
DVD China Moon [1994] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe
DVD Fearless [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini
DVD Huevos de oro| Golden Balls [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Javier Bardem, Maria de Medeiros
DVD Money for Nothing [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: John Cusack, Debi Mazar
DVD Christopher Columbus: The Discovery [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck,
DVD The Indian Runner [1991] • MORE INFOBUY DVD• Supporting role • Stars: David Morse, Viggo Mortensen,


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