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Antonio Banderas

  • Antonio Banderas © Jesús Domínguez / EL MUNDO

    Antonio Banderas © Jesús Domínguez / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Aug 10, 1960

"Actor and film director. He has been one of the first Spanish actors to make a name for himself in Hollywood."

José Antonio Domínguez Banderas was born in Benalmádena (Malaga) in 1960, where he studied drama. He began his career working in a variety of theatre companies until he decided to move to Madrid in 1979, where he began working in the cinema in small roles. In the 1980s he worked in Pedro Almodóvar's first films. With the success of “Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), he gained international fame and decided to try his hand at American cinema. In 1991 he starred in the Hollywood film “The Kings of Mambo Play Songs of Love”. Since then his career has been mainly in the United States. He has worked with many stars, including Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Madonna. In 1999 he directed “Crazy in Alabama” and in 2006 “El camino de los ingleses" (Summer Rain).


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2008)
Honorary Goya Award (2015)
National Film Award (2017)
Best Performance by an Actor at the Cannes Film Festival (2019)
European Actor Award from the European Film Academy, EFA (2019)
Goya Award for Best Male Actor (2020)

Essential works

  • A still from the film «Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown» by Pedro Almodóvar © EL DESEO, D.A., S.L.U.

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (interpretation)

    Pedro Almodóvar was nominated for his first Oscar for this entertaining and internationally successful comedy.

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  • Antonio Banderas in “Pain and Glory”, by Pedro Almodóvar © El Deseo. Photo: Manolo Pavón

    Pain and Glory (interpretation)

    Pedro Almodóvar’s most intimate film yet. Without being autobiographical, it is full of personal experiences and references to the director’s career.

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Other highlighted works

  • Crazy in Alabama
  • El camino de los ingleses (Summer Rain)
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