Full Name: Jose Antonio Dominguez Bandero

Description: Actor, Singer, Spain

Known For: Known for the film – “The Mask of Zorro” – 1998

Instruments: Voice

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 10th August 1960
Location Born: Malaga, Spain

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Antonio Banderas

A Spanish film actor and singer.

José Antonio Domínguez Banderas (born 10 August 1960), better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish actor, director, and producer. 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. Banderas also portrayed the voice of “Puss in Boots” in the Shrek sequels and Puss in Boots as well as the bee in the US Nasonex commercials.

Banderas was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on 10 August 1960, in Benalmádena, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain, the son of Ana Banderas Gallego, a school teacher, and José Domínguez, a police officer in the Guardia Civil. He has a younger brother, Javier. Although the 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 (soccer) 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 ran 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/
He subsequently moved to the U.S. and began appearing in American films; some of his earlier roles there included the 1992 film, The Mambo Kings, as well as a supporting role in the Oscar-winning 1993 film, Philadelphia.

He also received critical praise for his role as the fictional Mexican masked swordsman, Zorro in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro, for which he was the first Spanish actor to portray the character after over 80 years since Zorro’s creation.

Personal life

Banderas married Ana Leza on 27 July 1987. They separated in May 1995 when he began a relationship with actress Melanie Griffith while shooting Two Much. Banderas and Leza divorced in April 1996, and one month later, on 14 May 1996, he married Griffith in a private, low-key ceremony in London.[5] 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 shoulder.

In June 2014, Griffith and Banderas released a statement announcing their intention to divorce “in a loving and friendly manner”.[18] According to the petition filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple had “irreconcilable differences” that led to the divorce.[19]

In 1996, Banderas appeared among other figures of Spanish culture in a video supporting the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party lists in the general election.

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.

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.[24]

In May 2010, Banderas received his honorary doctorate from the University of Málaga in the city where he was born.

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”

Banderas has a passion for fast cars and, whilst at the London Formula E race in June 2015, stated that he is a member of the Ascari Club in Ronda, Spain.

Films include

Puss in Boots (voice)
Memoirs of Hadrian (2008)
The Other Man (2008)
The Code (2008)
My Mom’s New Boyfriend (2008)
Shrek the Third (2007) (voice)
Bordertown (2007)
Take the Lead (2006)
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Shrek 2 (2003) (voice)
Far Far Away Idol (2004) (voice)
Imagining Argentina (2003) as Carlos Rueda
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003) (TV)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
Frida (2002)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Femme Fatale (2002)
Original Sin (2001)
Spy Kids (2001)
The Body (2001)
Play It to the Bone (1999)
The White River Kid (1999)
The 13th Warrior (1999)
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Evita (1996)
Two Much (1995)
Never Talk to Strangers (1995)
Assassins (1995)
Four Rooms (1995)
Desperado (1995)
Miami Rhapsody (1995)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Of Love and Shadows (1994)
Philadelphia (1993)
The House of the Spirits (1993)
¡Dispara! (1993)
Il Giovane Mussolini (1993) (TV)
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Mujer bajo la lluvia, Una (1992)
Terra Nova (1991)
Contra el viento (1990)
¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) (1990)
La otra historia de Rosendo Juárez (1990) (TV)
Acto, El (1989)
Blanca Paloma, La (1989)
Si te dicen que caí (1989)
Bajarse al moro (1989)
Bâton rouge (1988)
El placer de matar (1988)
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988)
La Mujer de tu vida: La mujer feliz (1988) (TV)
Así como habían sido (1987)
La ley del deseo (1987)
Delirios de amor (1986)
27 horas (1986)
Puzzle (1986)
Matador (1986)
Caso cerrado (1985)
La corte de Faraón (1985)
Réquiem por un campesino español (1985)
Los zancos (1984)
Fragmentos de interior (1984) TV
El señor Galíndez (1984)
El caso Almería (1984)
Y del seguro.líbranos Señor! (1983)
Laberinto de pasiones (1982)
Pestañas postizas (1982)