Benicio del Toro Biography
Benicio del Toro (Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez) is a a Puerto Rican actor born on February 19, 1967 in San Germán, Puerto Rico, U.S. He is best known for his role in The Usual Suspects, where he played the mumbling, wisecracking Fred Fenster a role which earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and established him as a character actor.
Benicio del Toro has won many awards including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of the jaded but morally upright police officer Javier Rodriguez in the film Traffic (2000).
His performance as ex-con turned religious fanatic in despair, Jack Jordan, in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams (2003) earned him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a second Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination and a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Del Toro is also known for his scene-stealing breakout role as the eccentric, unintelligible crook Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects (1995), which won him his first Independent Spirit Award and Benny Dalmau in Basquiat (1996), which won him a second consecutive Independent Spirit Award.
He also appeared in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998); doomed gambleholic Franky Four Fingers in Snatch (2000); the predatory, unhinged antagonist Jackie Boy in Sin City (2005); revolutionary Che Guevara in Che (2008), a performance which earned him the Best Actor Award both at the Cannes Film Festival and at the Goya Awards; and as Alejandro, a mysterious, ruthless agent out to bring down a drug cartel in Sicario (2015), for which del Toro won several awards, including the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated for a third BAFTA Award.
Del Toro’s noteworthy body of work also include portrayals of the Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar in Escobar: Paradise Lost, Lawrence Talbot in the 2010 remake of The Wolfman, and codebreaker DJ in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Benicio Del Toro Age
Del Toro was born on 19 February 1967 in San Germán, Puerto Rico (51 years old as of 2018)
Benicio Del Toro Height
He stands at a height of 6’2” (1.88 m) weighing 176 pounds (80 kg).
Benicio Del Toro Family
He is the son to Gustavo Adolfo del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera (daughter of Benicio Sánchez Castaño and Lirio Belén Rivera), who were both lawyers. Del Toro had a Catalan paternal great-grandfather and a Basque maternal great-grandmother.
He is related to Puerto Rican basketball player Carlos Arroyo, Spanish latin pop and eurodance singer Rebeca Pous del Toro, whose maternal grandfather was Puerto Rican, and Puerto Rican singer Eliseo del Toro.
Benicio Del Toro Brother
His older brother Gustavo is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York.
Benicio Del Toro Wife
Del Toro was in a relationship with Kimberly Stewart (daughter of Rod Stewart) and together they have a daughter.
Benicio Del Toro Daughter
He has a daughter with Kimberly Stewart called Delilah del Toro born on August 21, 2011.
Benicio Del Toro Net Worth
Del Toro the Puerto Rican actor and film producer has an estimated net worth of $45 million. He earned his wealth through acting in many major Hollywood movies.
Benicio Del Toro Latest Movie
In 2018, Benicio Del Toro has released to two movie; Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Avengers: Infinity War.
Benicio Del Toro Star Wars
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
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Initial release: 9 December 2017 (Los Angeles)
Director: Rian Johnson
Box office: 1.321 billion USD
Screenplay: Rian Johnson
Did you know: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the sixth-biggest worldwide film opening since 2002 ($450,821,889)
Benicio Del Toro The Collector
The Collector is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character has been featured in over five decades of Marvel continuity.
Played by: Benicio del Toro
First appearance: The Avengers #28 (May 1966)
Alter ego: Taneleer Tivan
Fictional universe: Marvel Universe
Creators: Stan Lee, Don Heck
Benicio Del Toro Wolfman
Though absent from his ancestral home of Blackmoor for many years, aristocrat Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to find his missing brother at the request of the latter’s fiancee, Gwen (Emily Blunt). He learns that a creature has links to an ancient curse turning people into werewolves when the moon is full. To save the village and protect Gwen, he must slay the bloodthirsty beast, but he contends with a horrifying family legacy.
Initial release: 27 January 2010 (Rome)
Director: Joe Johnston
Box office: 139.8 million USD
Story by: Curt Siodmak
Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self
Benicio Del Toro Savages
California entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) run a lucrative business raising marijuana and share a one-of-a-kind love with beautiful O (Blake Lively). Life in Laguna Beach is idyllic for them, until Elena (Salma Hayek), the merciless leader of the Mexican Baja Cartel, moves in and demands a piece of the action. However, Elena underestimates the trio’s unbreakable bond, and with the help of a shady DEA agent (John Travolta), Ben, Chon and O go to war.
Initial release: 25 June 2012 (Westwood)
Director: Oliver Stone
Box office: 83 million USD
Story by: Don Winslow
Screenplay: Oliver Stone, Don Winslow, Shane Salerno
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Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their hotel room and fear legal repercussions. Duke begins to drive back to L.A., but after an odd run-in with a cop (Gary Busey), he returns to Sin City and continues his wild drug binge.
Initial release: 19 May 1998 (USA)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Adapted from: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Story by: Hunter S. Thompson
Screenplay: Terry Gilliam, Alex Cox, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies
Benicio Del Toro Traffic
A look at America’s war on drugs through several interconnected stories: Ohio’s Supreme Court judge is appointed as the nation’s Drug Tsar, unaware that his own daughter is a heroin addict, two DEA agents pursue the wife of a jailed drugs baron who seeks to control his lucrative business, and a Mexican cop takes a lone stand against the powerful cartels in his community.
Initial release: 6 December 2000 (New York City)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Initial DVD release: 29 May 2001
Adapted from: Traffik
Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, MORE
Benicio Del Toro Che
The first of an epic two-part biopic of the Argentinian doctor who turned global revolutionary. The film kicks off in Mexico in 1955, with Guevara signing up to Fidel Castro’s campaign to overthrow Cuba’s Batista regime, and moves swiftly on to document the events that occurred after they landed on Cuba in 1957, ousting Batista in 1959 and establishing the island as an independent socialist state.
Initial release: 5 September 2008 (Spain)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cinematography: Steven Soderbergh
Screenplay: Peter Buchman
Awards: Cannes Best Actor Award, Goya Award for Best Actor, Goya Award for Best Art Direction
Benicio Del Toro James Bond
James Bond adventure in which 007 relinquishes his licence to kill, disobeys his orders and goes on a mission of revenge when his best friend’s wife is killed by a drug baron. A beautiful CIA pilot flies him to Sanchez’s South American headquarters where, disguised as a hit man, Bond is hired by the villainous drug dealer.
Initial release: 13 June 1989 (United Kingdom)
Director: John Glen
Featured song: Licence to Kill
Story by: Ian Fleming
Box office: 156.1 million USD
Benicio Del Toro Usual Suspects
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” says con man Kint (Kevin Spacey), drawing a comparison to the most enigmatic criminal of all time, Keyser Soze. Kint attempts to convince the feds that the mythic crime lord not only exists, but is also responsible for drawing Kint and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro Harbor – leaving few survivors.
Initial release: 19 July 1995 (France)
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie
Box office: 34.4 million USD
Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, MORE
Benicio Del Toro Sin City
In this quartet of neo-noir tales, a mysterious salesman (Josh Hartnett) narrates a tragic story of co-dependency, while a musclebound vigilante (Mickey Rourke) tears his way through the criminal underworld in search of his lost love (Jaime King). In another part of the city, a grizzled cop (Bruce Willis) foils the ambitions of a child-killer (Nick Stahl), and an ex-prostitute (Brittany Murphy) evades her ex-pimp (Benicio Del Toro) with the help of her new boyfriend, Dwight (Clive Owen).
Initial release: 1 April 2005 (USA)
Directors: Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez
Featured song: Cells
Box office: 158.8 million USD
Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellán
Benicio Del Toro Emily Blunt
After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).
Initial release: 17 September 2015 (Chile)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Box office: 84.9 million USD
Film series: Sicario
Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan
Benicio Del Toro The Hunted
“The Hunted” is a suspense thriller about a tracker, Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones), who teams up with FBI agent Abby Durrell (Connie Nielsen) to hunt down a trained assassin Hallam (Benicio Del Toro). With precision and skill, the predator remains one step ahead, and escapes into the city.
Initial release: 11 March 2003 (USA)
Director: William Friedkin
Box office: 45.5 million USD
Budget: 55 million USD
Screenplay: Art Monterastelli, Peter Griffiths, David Griffiths
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Benicio Del Toro Awards
- Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2001 · Traffic
- Cannes Best Actor Award
2009, 2008 · Che: Part One
- Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2001 · Traffic
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 · Traffic
- BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2001 · Traffic
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2001 · Traffic
- Goya Award for Best Actor
2009 · Che: Part One
- Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1997, 1996 · Basquiat, The Usual Suspects
- National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 · Traffic
- Independent Spirit Special Distinction Award
2004 · 21 Grams
- Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
2015 · Inherent Vice
- Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2000 · Traffic
Benicio Del Toro Interview
Exclusive interview with Benicio Del Toro
The actor Benicio Del Toro is at the Festival de Cannes for the fourth time, having presented The Usual Suspects in 1995, Sin City in 2005 and Che in 2008. But this time, he comes in a novel role, that of Jury Member.
In 2008, you won the award for Best Actor for Che at the Festival. This year, you will be awarding the prices. How do you feel about being a member of the jury?
Benicio del Toro: It’s great! I’ve never done something like this. It’s the first time that I’ve been a member of any jury. So it’s interesting, especially when it’s about films. It’s like a judge in gymnastics who gives you grading stuff! Just the fact that you’re doing it is an accomplishment itself. When you’re in movies, one of the most exciting things that can happen is having a movie in Competition in Cannes, it’s a great recognition.
What’s the main reason you love cinema ?
Benicio del Toro: The story, the different elements that combine in it, meaning all the arts. Why am I in it? By accident. I didn’t grow up in a movie family.
Is there any event or film that you saw young that you particularly remember?
Benicio del Toro: I don’t know if there’s just one thing, a collection maybe. Storytelling is one of the reasons I like cinema. One of the things about the Festival is that there are so many countries being represented, so many different ways of looking at how you tell a story from different points of view, influenced by different cultures and different artists. That’s interesting in cinema. That is exciting.
In your opinion, just how far can cinema go? Can it change things or can it influence people?
Benicio del Toro: Well, I don’t know if it changes things. Definitely, it influences people, whether it is in a personal way, or just as entertainment. How many times have we seen a movie about a person, a two hour biography, and we know the story from the movie? We don’t know the whole story, we know that particular story. And that’s the image that you create in your head. It’s like the Che movie, we always felt like people know a lot about him, but actually they didn’t, that’s why we wanted to tell it. So I think you can definitely learn. But I don’t think it changes much. It’s hard to tell. Time will tell…
Can you remember one film that really influenced you?
Benicio del Toro: There are many films that have influenced me. You can take a movie like Kurosawa, Red Beard. That movie says a lot about life, about trying to do the right thing. So it can influence you in a personal way, like giving you a sense of hope, optimism. This movie does that! It influences the language. It reaches out to people. I just don’t know if they change. It’s many different things that go to change the big picture.
In Traffic, the subject is drugs, and 3 countries are involved. It’s a film that went all around the world. Is it a way to inform people, even if it’s a fiction?
Benicio del Toro: It’s information, more than just entertainment. Yes, definitely.
You know, the problem of drugs is still around. It’s not as if this movie changed the problem but it does bring awareness. It goes in waves, and Traffic was part of that moment and time.
In Traffic, Michael Douglas’ character learns a lot about drugs. Understanding drugs, addiction, and all the elements involved: Traffic did that.
It’s hard to tell, because you need more time and distance so you can see the influence.
They become part of subjects or documentation about humanity and sections of the world.
I don’t know if any movie or work of art can change things but it can be part of moments in history, paintings of periods.
It’s a complicated question. They don’t change anything but they represent, they document. And documents can bring awareness.
Benicio Del Toro Movies and Tv Shows
Benicio Del Toro Movies, Films
- 1988 Big Top Pee-wee
- 1989 Licence to Kill
- 1991 The Indian Runner
- 1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
- 1993 Fearless
- 1993 Huevos de oro
- 1993 Money for Nothing
- 1994 Swimming with Sharks
- 1994 China Moon
- 1995 The Usual Suspects
- 1995 Submission
- 1996 The Funeral
- 1996 The Fan
- 1996 Cannes Man
- 1996 Basquiat
- 1996 Joyride
- 1997 Excess Baggage
- 1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- 2000 Traffic
- 2000 The Way of the Gun
- 2000 Snatch
- 2000 Bread and Roses
- 2001 The Pledge
- 2003 21 Grams
- 2003 The Hunted
- 2005 Sin City
- 2007 Things We Lost in the Fire
- 2008 Che
- 2010 The Wolfman
- 2010 Somewhere
- 2011 The Upsetter
- 2012 Savages
- 2012 7 Days in Havana
- 2013 Jimmy Picard
- 2013 Thor: The Dark World
- 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
- 2014 Inherent Vice
- 2014 Escobar: Paradise Lost
- 2015 A Perfect Day
- 2015 Sicario
- 2015 The Little Prince
- 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- 2018 Avengers: Infinity War
- 2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Benicio Del Toro Tv Shows
- 1987 Shell Game
- 1987 Miami Vice
- 1987 Private Eye
- 1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story
- 1994 Tales from the Crypt
- 1995 Fallen Angels
- 2008 Todos Contra Juan
- 2018 Escape at Dannemora