The real name of the popular actor Antonio Banderas is Jose Antonio Dominguez Bandera. He was born on August 10, 1960 in Spain to the family of a police officer and a school teacher. Since childhood, Antonio Banderas, like many Spanish boys, dreamed of being a professional footballer and playing for the Spanish national team.
Once young Antonio Banderas saw the musical "Hair" on television. He was so impressed that he entered drama school and soon began acting in one of the local theaters. The first film in which the actor took part was the picture "Labyrinth of Passions" directed by Pedro Almadovar.
Until the early nineties, the young bright talent was filmed mainly for Spanish cinema and became one of the most popular and beloved actors in Spain. His first serious Hollywood job was in the Oscar-winning Philadelphia, where Banderas played the supporting role of the protagonist's lover. This was followed by roles in the films "Four Rooms" and "Desperate".
But real world fame came to him after the release of the legendary film "Interview with the Vampire." Now the men of the planet.
His next major work is the role of the legendary Zorro, which, it seemed, was created just for him. In the next few years, Banderas starred in many iconic films, such as "Evita" with the participation of Madonna, "13 Warriors", "Hit the Bone" and many others.
In 1995, on the set of the film "Two is Too", Antonio Banderas met his future second wife, actress Melanie Griffith. They started an affair, for the sake of which his wife. Soon the couple had a daughter.
In 1999, the famous actor made his debut as a filmmaker for the film "Woman Without Rules." The work was received by the public rather coolly, the film frankly became a failure in cinemas, after which Banderas decided to return to his acting work.
In 2001, he starred for the first part of the Spy Kids trilogy by Robert Rodriguez. The picture was a great success and soon two more parts were released. At the beginning of the 2000s, there was a short lull in Antonio Banderas's career, he did little to act in films, but was noted in the "Shrek" cartoons, where he voiced one of the cartoon characters.
In 2006, his second directorial work, the melodrama "Summer Rain", was released in film distribution. In 2011, viewers saw the film "The Skin I Live In" with Antonio Banderas in the title role. The picture received positive reviews from critics and the Golden Globe Award, and the actor again made him talk about himself.
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