Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas was born on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Spain. From 1982 to 1990, he acted primarily in films directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Banderas's success as an actor in America came with his role in Philadelphia (1993), and parts in other major U.S. releases were quick to follow. Banderas has appeared in such films as Interview with the Vampire (1994), Desperado (1995), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and the Spy Kids trilogy. He performed the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek film series, and in the 2011 spin-off film, Puss in Boots. Banderas has also made appearances on Broadway and has directed several films.

Actor Antonio Banderas was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Spain. After a broken foot ended his early dreams of becoming a soccer star, Banderas began studying drama. After appearing in local productions around Málaga, in 1979 Banderas moved to Madrid to pursue his acting career, eventually earning himself a spot with the National Theatre of Spain. It was there that he eventually caught the attention of director Pedro Almodóvar. Almodóvar gave him a small part in his film Labyrinth of Passion (1982), and in the years that followed, Banderas would appear in many of his films, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990).

Largely due to the international popularity of Almodóvar's films, in the early 1990s Banderas began to build a film career in Hollywood. After a brief appearance in Madonna's Truth or Dare (1991), his first significant role came in The Mambo Kings (1992), for which his lack of English forced him to learn his lines phonetically. Despite this challenge, Banderas's performance as a struggling musician in the film was highly praised.

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