Antonio Banderas :: Biography
José Antonio Domínguez Banderas simply known as Antonio Banderas is a Spanish film director, actor, producer and singer. He was born on August 10, 1960. He started his acting career with films by the director Pedro Almodovar. He later appeared in many high-profile movies in Hollywood especially during the 1990s. He has acted in movies like Assassins, Interview with the Vampire, The Mask of Zorro, Philadelphia, Spy Kids, Desperado and many others. As a voice artist, he gave his voice to the character Puss in the movie Puss in Boots and the Shrek sequel.
Antonio was born in Benalmádena, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain and is a Spanish by nationality. His mother, Ana Banderas, was a school teacher and his father, José Domínguez, was a police officer for the Guardia Civil. He has a younger brother named Javier. His childhood dream was to become a footballer but his dream was shattered as he had a broken foot. Then, he shifted his focus in acting and enrolled for drama classes. Later he became a member of a theater troupe touring all over Spain. His outstanding work earned him a lot of attention and he got a spot in the National Theater of Spain. In 1990 he earned his G.E.D.
At the start of his career he worked for the theater. Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar noticed him and took him in several of his films, the debut being the 1982 movie Labyrinth of Passion. His breakthrough role came with the movie Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! That helped him earn a position in Hollywood. He had his first Hollywood movie opposite Madonna in the 1991 movie Truth or Dare. The movie also helped him gather international fame. His fame heightened with movies such as The Mambo Kings, Philadelphia and Interview with the Vampire. There was no looking back after that and he was a prominent figure in the movie industry. He starred in other hit Hollywood movies including Assassins, The Mask of Zorro, Original Sin, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Frida, Femme Fatale and others. His directorial debut was in the 1999 movie Crazy in Alabama. He starred in the 2011 horror thriller, The Skin I Live. Besides acting and directing he is a co-owner of a winery and has worked in the perfume industry too. He has received many awards and accolades for his work in various movies. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame inducted on October 18, 2005.
Talking about his personal life, he was married once to Ana Leza. They had married on July 27, 1987. Their relationship did not last much long ending in May 1995 finalized by a divorce in April 1996. He had started dating fellow actress Melanie Griffith by then and the couple married on May 14, 1996. He has a daughter, Stella, with her. He separated from his second wife too as they filed for divorce citing the reason as "irreconcilable differences".
Banderas has a great personality and a good height of 5 feet and 8 and a half inch. His trademarks are his deep, smooth voice and Andalusian accentt. By the age of 53, he has established himself as successful actor, producer and director and has given a notable contribution to the movie industry. He has an estimated net worth of $45 million which he earned from his work in the movie industry for all these years. His salary for the movie The Body was said to be $12 million. He has a great number of fans and followers all over the world who can find more about him from his Facebook and Twitter account. He is an active user of both. His recent and detailed biography is available on Wikipedia and the IMDb website.