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Antonio Banderas Net Worth

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Antonio Banderas net worth:
$45 Million

Antonio Banderas information

Antonio Banderas information

Birth date: August 10, 1960
Birth place: Málaga, Spain
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)
Profession:Actor, Voice Actor, Film Producer, Film director, Businessperson, Singer, Dancer, Guitarist
Nationality:Spain
Spouse:Melanie Griffith (m. 1996), Ana Leza (m. 1987–1996)
Children:Stella Banderas

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Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas was born on 10 August 1960, in Malaga Spain. Antonio is one of the most famous actors, producers and directors, perhaps best known for appearing in such films as “Desperado”, “The Mask of Zorro”, “Assassins”, and “Interview with the Vampire”. During his career, Antonio has been nominated for and has won various awards. Some of them include Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, European Film Award, Fangoria Chainsaw Award, Goya Award and others. In addition to his acting career, Banderas is also involved in various business activities. Despite the fact, that he is now 54 years old, he still continues his acting career and works on new projects. Undoubtedly, his fans soon will be able to hear more about his new work.

So how rich is Antonio Banderas? Sources estimate that Antonio’s net worth is $45 million, the main source of his wealth is, of course, his involvement in various successful movies. Antonio gained this money not only for working as an actor, but as a director as well. What is more, Antonio’s entrepreneurial activities also add to his net worth. If Antonio continues acting for a long time, there is a high chance that this sum of money will only become higher.

Antonio Banderas Net Worth $45 Million

When Antonio was just a young boy he did not think of himself as an actor: on the contrary, he dreamt about becoming a football player. These dreams shattered when he was 14 years old and experienced an injury. After some time his interest in acting grew and he became a part of the ARA Theatre-School and the College of Dramatic Art. Soon he started performing in various events and plays and even became a part of the Spanish National Theatre. In 1982 Antonio received n invitation to act in the movie called “Labyrinth of Passion”, directed by Pedro Almodovar. Antonio and Almodovar made a great duo, and Antonio appeared in many of his movies, including “Matador”, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”.

In 1991, Antonio appeared in the movie called “Truth or Dare”, which made him popular not only in Spain, but in other parts of the world as well. Soon other directors became aware of Banderas’ talent and began inviting him to play various roles. In 1995 Antonio appeared in the movie “Desperado”, in which he portrayed the main role. During the making of this movie, Antonio had an opportunity to work with such actors as Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino, Joaquim de Almeida and others. The success of this movie had a huge impact on the growth of Antonio’s net worth. In 2001 Banderas appeared in the movie entitled “Spy Kids” and its later sequels. Some of his most recent works include, “Take the Lead”, “The Skin I Live In”, “Puss in Boots”, “The Legend of Zorro” among others. All these appearances added to Antonio’s net worth.

As mentioned, Banderas is also known as a director. He has directed two movies already: “Summer Rain” and “Crazy in Alabama”. Hopefully, soon Antonio will appear in new interesting and successful movies.

To talk about Antonio Banderas’ personal life, it can be said that in 1987 Antonio married Ana Leza, but their marriage ended in divorce in 1996, shortly after which Antonio married for the second time, to Melanie Griffith, and the couple has one child. Unfortunately, they divorced in 2015. All in all, Antonio Banderas is a hardworking and talented actor. In order to become famous not only in Spain, but also in other countries, Antonio had to appear in many movies and portray various roles. Now he is one of the most famous Spanish actors and still continues his career. Let’s hope that soon his fans will be able to see him in new movies and that he will also gain acclaim not only as an actor but as director as well.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Security 2017 completed
Salty 2017 post-production Turk Henry
Unchained 2017/II pre-production
Black Butterfly 2016 post-production Paul
Havana Quartet TV Series pre-production Mario Conde (2016)
Finding Altamira 2016 Marcelino
The 33 2015 Mario Sepúlveda
Knight of Cups 2015 Tonio
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2015 Burger Beard
Automata 2014/I Jacq Vaucan
The Expendables 3 2014 Galgo
Machete Kills 2013 El Camaleón 4
Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 Sir Clorex (voice)
I'm So Excited! 2013 León
Ruby Sparks 2012 Mort
Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos 2012 Video short Puss in Boots (voice)
This American Housewife 2012 TV Series Javier
Haywire 2011 Rodrigo
Day of the Falcon 2011/II Emir Nesib
Puss in Boots 2011 Puss in Boots (voice)
La piel que habito 2011 Robert Ledgard
Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular 2010 Short Puss in Boots (voice)
The Big Bang 2010 Ned Cruz
Scared Shrekless 2010 TV Short Puss in Boots (voice)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2010 Greg
Shrek Forever After 2010 Puss in Boots (voice)
Thick as Thieves 2009/I Gabriel
The Other Man 2008 Rafe
My Mom's New Boyfriend 2008 Tommy Lucero Martinez
Shrek the Halls 2007 TV Movie Puss in Boots (voice)
Shrek the Third 2007 Puss in Boots (voice)
Bordertown 2006 Alfonso Diaz
Take the Lead 2006 Pierre Dulaine
Take the Lead: Making-of Documentary 2006 Video short Pierre Dulaine
The Legend of Zorro 2005 Don Alejandro de la Vega Zorro
Far Far Away Idol 2004 Video short Puss In Boots (voice)
Shrek 2 2004 Puss In Boots (voice)
Imagining Argentina 2003 Carlos Rueda
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself 2003 TV Movie Pancho Villa
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 El Mariachi
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 Gregorio Cortez
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 2002 Jeremiah Ecks
Frida 2002 David Alfaro Siqueiros
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams 2002 Gregorio Cortez
Femme Fatale 2002 Nicolas Bardo
Original Sin 2001 Luis Antonio Vargas
Spy Kids 2001 Gregorio Cortez
The Body 2001 Father Matt Gutierrez
Play It to the Bone 1999 Cesar Dominguez
The White River Kid 1999 Morales Pittman
The 13th Warrior 1999 Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
The Mask of Zorro 1998 Alejandro Murrieta Zorro
Evita 1996 Ché
Two Much 1996 Art
Never Talk to Strangers 1995 Tony Ramirez
Assassins 1995 Miguel Bain
Four Rooms 1995 Man (segment "The Misbehavers")
Desperado 1995 El Mariachi
Miami Rhapsody 1995 Antonio
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles 1994 Armand
Of Love and Shadows 1994 Francisco
Philadelphia 1993 Miguel Alvarez
The House of the Spirits 1993 Pedro
Outrage 1993 Marcos
Il giovane Mussolini 1993 TV Mini-Series Benito Mussolini
Cuentos de Borges 1993 TV Series Rosendo Juárez
Una mujer bajo la lluvia 1992 Miguel
The Mambo Kings 1992 Nestor Castillo
Terra Nova 1991 Antonio
Contra el viento 1990 Juan
La mujer de tu vida 1990 TV Series Antonio López
El acto 1989 Carlos
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 1989 Ricky
La blanca paloma 1989 Mario
Si te dicen que caí. 1989 Marcos
Going Down in Morocco 1989 Alberto
Baton Rouge 1988 Antonio
El placer de matar 1988 Luis
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 Carlos
Así como habían sido 1987 Damián
La ley del deseo 1987 Antonio Benítez
Delirios de amor 1986 Amante de Jaime (segment "Delirio 3")
27 horas 1986 Rafa
Puzzle 1986 Andrés
Matador 1986 Ángel
Caso cerrado 1985 Gasofa
La corte de Faraón 1985 Fray José
Réquiem por un campesino español 1985 Paco
Los zancos 1984 Alberto
Fragmentos de interior 1984 TV Mini-Series Joaquín
El señor Galíndez 1984 Eduardo
El caso Almería 1984 Juan Luque
Y del seguro... líbranos Señor! 1983 Pipi
Pestañas postizas 1982 Juan
Labyrinth of Passion 1982 Sadec

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Los Goya 29 edición 2015 TV Movie performer: "Beautiful Maria of My Soul", "Canción del Mariachi Morena de mi corazón"
Shrek Forever After 2010 performer: "One Love"
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas 2008 TV Special performer: "Yo soy el casto José", "Canción del Mariachi Morena de mi corazón", "Oh, What A Circus"
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie performer: "Morena de mi corazón"
De par en par 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hormigas blancas 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shrek the Third 2007 performer: "Thank You Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again"
El camino de Antonio Banderas 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "Guido's Song"
Saturday Night Live 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
El loco de la colina 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2005 TV Special performer: "Al otro lado del río"
Far Far Away Idol 2004 Video short performer: "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'"
Shrek 2 2004 performer: "Livin' La Vida Loca" 1999
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 performer: "Y Me Dejastes Tirado En La Calle" / writer: "Y Me Dejastes Tirado En La Calle"
The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2003 TV Special performer: "Guido's Song"
Great Performances 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Evita 1996 performer: "Oh, What a Circus", "Eva and Magaldi", "Eva Beware of the City", "Another Suitcase in Another Hall", "Goodnight and Thank You", "The Lady's Got Potential", "The Art of the Possibles", "Peron's Latest Flame", "High Flying, Adored", "Rainbow Tour", "The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines You'd Like to Hear", "And the Money Kept Rolling In And Out", "Partido Feminista", "Santa Evita", "Waltz for Eva and Che", "Latin Chant", "Lament" - uncredited
Desperado 1995 performer: "Canción Del Mariachi Morena De Mi Corazón"
The Mambo Kings 1992 performer: "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul"
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 1989 performer: "Resistiré"
La corte de Faraón 1985 performer: "La capa de José", "Trío", "Garrotín", "Yo soy el casto José"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Akil executive producer announced
Havana Quartet TV Series executive producer pre-production
Automata 2014/I producer
Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 producer
This American Housewife 2012 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) 2009 Short producer
El lince perdido 2008 producer
Tres días 2008 producer
El camino de los ingleses 2006 producer
The White River Kid 1999 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Akil announced
El camino de los ingleses 2006
Crazy in Alabama 1999

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Akil announced

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Desperado 1995 director: bathroom scene - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode
Tres días 2008 thanks
SWY20: Quijote Awards 2008 Video documentary dedicatee
Femme Fatale: Dream Within a Dream 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
Unmasking Zorro 2001 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste 2007 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2001-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
HBO First Look 1995-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sabías a lo que venías 2007 TV Series Himself
Confessions of a Superhero 2007 Documentary Himself
La nit al dia 2007 TV Series Himself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
La noche de Quintero 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
El disco del año 06 2006 TV Movie Himself
Corazón, corazón 1994-2006 TV Series Himself
D-Calle 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Gala Amnistía Internacional 2006 TV Movie Himself
Sexto sentido 2006 TV Series Himself
Taller Canal+ 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Continuar 1997-2006 TV Series Himself
Cartelera 2006 TV Series Himself
Soy el que más sabe de televisión del mundo 2006 TV Series Himself
El camino de Antonio Banderas 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
La mirada crítica 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hécuba, un sueño de pasión 2006 Documentary Himself
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Saturday Night Live 2006 TV Series Himself - Host / Vincente Fox
Late Show with David Letterman 1998-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Andalucía te quiere 2006 TV Movie Himself
El loco de la colina 2006 TV Series Himself
The Legend of Zorro: Armand's Party 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Stunts of 'The Legend of Zorro' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Noche Hache 2005-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
XX premios Goya 2006 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Film
Getaway 2005 TV Series Himself
El cine en las venas 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Behind the Mask of Zorro 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
Richard & Judy 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
On ne peut pas plaire 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Por la mañana 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Parkinson 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Wetten, dass..? 2005 TV Series Himself
La noche del 10 2005 TV Series Himself
Cada día 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Champion 2005 Documentary Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer: 'Al Otro Lado Del Río'
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Meet the Cast of Shrek 2 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Music of Shrek 2 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
The Teen Choice Awards 2004 2004 TV Special Himself
Ahora 2004 TV Series Himself
Mondo Thingo 2004 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2004 TV Series Himself
Rove Live 2004 TV Series Himself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton 2004 TV Series Himself
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones 2004 TV Series Himself
VH1 Goes Inside 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
La noche con Fuentes y Cía 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Lo + plus 1995-2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television & Presenter
The Anti-Hero's Journey 2004 Video documentary short Himself - 'El Mariachi'
People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Banzai 2003 TV Series Himself
The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Charlie Rose 1999-2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Femme Fatale: Dream Within a Dream 2003 Video documentary short Himself - 'Nicolas Bardo'
Femme Fatale: From Dream to Reality 2003 Video short Himself
The Making of 'Femme Fatale' 2003 Video short Himself
Famous 2003 TV Series Himself
Revealed with Jules Asner 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Daily Show 2002 TV Series Himself
2002 ALMA Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Searching for Debra Winger 2002 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Estudio de actores 2002 TV Series Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '02 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself (taped)
All About Desire: The Passionate Cinema of Pedro Almodovar 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
La Marató 2001 2001 TV Movie Himself
San Remo 2001 2001 TV Movie Himself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Unmasking Zorro 2001 Video documentary Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Mundo VIP 1997-2001 TV Series Himself
Interview With the Vampire: In the Shadow of the Vampire 2001 Video documentary short Himself / Armand
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bravo Profiles 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
2000 ALMA Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
2000 Hispanic Heritage Awards 2000 TV Special
The Many Faces of Zorro 2000 Video documentary Himself
La gran ilusión 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
My VH1 Music Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter
The Howard Stern Radio Show 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Oscar 2000 2000 TV Movie Himself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Tonight 2000 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter
1999 ALMA Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The European Film Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Clive Anderson All Talk 1999 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Squares 1999 TV Series Himself
La noche abierta 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
El informal 1999 TV Series Himself
The 1999 Annual Golden Laurel Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Ten More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout 1998 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Junket Whore 1998 Documentary Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Vivement dimanche 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ôsama no buranchi 1998 TV Series Himself
Premio Donostia a Anthony Hopkins 1998 TV Special Himself
Día a día 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
¡Qué me dices! 1998 TV Series Himself
Great Performances 1998 TV Series Himself - Performer
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Magacine 1997 TV Series Himself
The Directors 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Wild On... 1997 TV Series Himself
Hoy es posible 1997 TV Series Himself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Friderikusz Sándor és vendégei 1996 Video Himself
Telemaratón 1996 1996 TV Movie Himself
Jet 7 1996 TV Series Himself (1996)
A New Madonna: The Making of 'Evita' 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
X premios Goya 1996 TV Special Himself (taped)
Telemaratón 1995 TV Movie Himself
La Lloll 1995 TV Series Himself
Primer plano 1994-1995 TV Series Himself
La vida según... 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS This Morning 1995 TV Series Himself
Un paseo por el tiempo 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Oscar 1994 1994 TV Movie Himself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Song 'Streets of Philadelphia'
Gente de primera 1994 TV Series Himself
Besser als mein Haus je war 1993 TV Short documentary Himself
De tú a tú 1991-1993 TV Series Himself - Guest
Queridos cómicos 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Effects Editing
Burbujas de Navidad 1992 Short Himself
Madonna: Truth or Dare 1991 Documentary Himself (as Antonio Bandares)
El martes que viene 1990 TV Series Himself
Viva el espectáculo 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
La parada 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
III premios Goya 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
La tarde 1984-1987 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Guest
De película 1987 TV Series Himself
I premios Goya 1987 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Supporting Actor
Evening Urgant 2013-2016 TV Series Himself
Ramez Plays with Fire 2016 TV Series Himself
Días de cine 1993-2016 TV Series Himself
El hormiguero 2011-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Corazón de... 2004-2016 TV Series Himself
The 24th Annual Movieguide Awards 2016 TV Special Himself
Film '72 2005-2016 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Himself
Cinema 3 1986-2015 TV Series Himself
Tria33 2015 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2011-2015 TV Series Himself
The Talk 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Conan 2012-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2005-2015 TV Series Himself
Weekend Ticket 2015 TV Series short Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself
Hormivuela como puedas 2015 TV Movie Himself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Loose Women 2015 TV Series Himself
Los Goya 29 edición 2015 TV Movie Himself - Winner: Honorary Award
The View 2002-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Extra 2015 TV Series Himself
Los desayunos de TVE 2010-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
La noche de Mirtha 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package 2014 Video short Himself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3' 2014 Video documentary Himself
Alguna pregunta més? 2014 TV Series Himself
Vespre a la 2 2014 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2011-2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest / Himself
CNN frente a frente: Antonio Banderas/Ana Pastor 2013 TV Movie Himself
La Sexta noche 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Gente 2012 TV Series Himself
Los Goya 26 edición 2012 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Lead Actor
ES.TV HD 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical
10th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
Shrek: Once Upon a Time 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Janela Indiscreta 2011 TV Series Himself
Champs-Elysées 2011 TV Series Himself
American Masters 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
AM - Antes del mediodía 2011 TV Series Himself
Rencontres de cinéma 2011 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2011 TV Series Himself
A la recherche des Mangeurs de Morts 2011 Video documentary Himself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
59 Festival de Cine de San Sebastián - Gala de clausura 2011 TV Movie Himself - Presenter: Audience Award
2011 ALMA Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Versión española 2006-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ànima 2011 TV Series Himself
Miradas 2 2005-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Una historia de Zinemaldia 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Close Up 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Fruto prohibido 2011 TV Series Himself
Informe semanal 2003-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
TV Festival Du Cannes 2011 2011 TV Movie Himself
Shrek Forever After: The Animators Corner 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play & Best Direction of a Musical
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2010 TV Series Himself
American Idol 2007-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Caiga quien caiga 1997-2010 TV Series Himself
24th Annual Genesis Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
La noche de los Oscar 2010 TV Movie Himself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Spanish Hollywood 2010 Documentary Himself
De par en par 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
Na plovárne 2009 TV Series Himself
2009 Alma Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Code: Behind the Scenes 2009 Video short Himself
The Code: Cast Interviews 2009 Video short Himself
Buenafuente 2006-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Y el cine marcha. Una historia del cine al servicio de los Derechos Humanos 2008 Documentary voice
The Second Abu Dhabi Film Festival Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
59 segundos 2008 TV Series Himself
Resumen - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie Himself
En noches como ésta 2008 TV Series Himself
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas 2008 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie Himself
Chevolution 2008 Documentary Himself
Esta mañana 2008 TV Series Himself
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin 2008 Documentary Himself
Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Pateras 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Channel nº 4 2006-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Planet Voice 2007 TV Series Himself
Shrek the Third: UK Premiere Special 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
RTL Film 2007 TV Series Himself
TRL Italy 2007 TV Series Himself
Novum Nieuws Entertainment 2007 TV Series Himself
Eigo de shabera-night 2004-2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interviewee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of 2015 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Himself
Cinema 3 2014 TV Series Himself
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Gregorio Cortez
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show 2011 TV Series Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2011 TV Series Himself
5 Second Movies 2011 TV Series Puss in Boots
That Fellow in the Coat 2010 TV Series Puss in Boots
20 to 1 2007-2010 TV Series documentary Puss in Boots / Alejandro Murrieta
A polos 25 2010 TV Series Himself
Quelli che... il calcio 2009 TV Series Himself
50 años de 2009 TV Series Himself
Aliens in the Attic 2009 Zorro (uncredited)
Banda sonora 2008-2009 TV Series Antonio Benítez / Alberto
Los mejores momentos de 'Sé lo que hicisteis' 2009 Video Himself
53 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia 2009 TV Special Himself / Antonio Benítez / Ricky
Memòries de la tele 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
Buscando a Penélope 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
La rentadora 2007 TV Series Himself
Hormigas blancas 2007 TV Series Himself
Casting: El camino del éxito 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Rafael Azcona, oficio de guionista 2007 TV Movie Fray José
Carmen Maura, por sí misma 2007 TV Movie Himself Antonio Benítez Carlos
Sexo en el plató 2007 TV Movie documentary Antonio Benítez / Ricky
Protagonistas del recuerdo 2007 TV Series Fray José
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself / Antonio
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Himself
Los más 2006 TV Series Himself
El loco de la colina 2006 TV Series Himself
¿De qué te ríes? 2006 TV Movie Art Dodge
El Almodóvar que nadie conoce 2006 TV Movie Himself / Ricky (uncredited)
50 y más 2005 TV Movie Himself
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Pablo G. del Amo, un montador de ilusiones 2005 Miguel
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe 2005 TV Special Himself
Corazón, corazón 2005 TV Series Zorro
49º premis Sant Jordi de cinematografía 2005 TV Special Alberto
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2005 TV Movie documentary Alejandro Murrieta Zorro
Unsere Besten 2004 TV Series
Pa'lante con Cristina 2004 TV Series Himself
Die Geschichte des erotischen Films 2004 TV Movie documentary
Femme Fatale: Dressed to Kill Montage 2003 Video short Nicolas Bardo
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema 2002 Documentary Himself
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Un sueño de cine. Homenaje a Ana Belén 1995 TV Movie documentary Fray José (uncredited)
The Celluloid Closet 1995 Documentary Miguel Álvarez (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actor - Feature Film The 33 (2015)
2015 Honorary Goya Goya Awards
2015 Honorary Award The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema
2014 Honorary Grand Prize Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2012 BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film Puss in Boots (2011)
2012 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor La piel que habito (2011)
2012 Audience Award SESC Film Festival, Brazil Best Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro) La piel que habito (2011)
2011 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actor You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
2009 Festival President's Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2008 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
2007 Label Europa Cinemas Berlin International Film Festival El camino de los ingleses (2006)
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album for Children sheryl-crow-(performed-by)-david-hyde-pierce-(performed-by)-uncle-kracker-(performed-by)-james-earl-jones-(performed-by)-jimmy-buffett-(performed-by)-billy-crystal-(performed-by)-steve-whitmire-(performed-by-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Sheryl Crow (performed by) David Hyde Pierce (performed by) Uncle Kracker (performed by) James Earl Jones (performed by) Jimmy Buffett (performed by) Billy Crystal (performed by) Steve Whitmire (performed by">Sheryl Crow (performed by) David Hyde Pierce (performed by) Uncle Kracker (performed by) James Earl Jones (performed by) Jimmy Buffett (performed by) Billy Crystal (performed by) Steve Whitmire (performed by, wayne-brady-(performed-by)-rosie-perez-(performed-by)-sarah-jessica-parker-(performed-by)-hilary-duff-(performed-by)-robin-williams-(performed-by)-michael-bacon-(performed-by-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="as Kermit the Frog and Ernie) Wayne Brady (performed by) Rosie Perez (performed by) Sarah Jessica Parker (performed by) Hilary Duff (performed by) Robin Williams (performed by) Michael Bacon (performed by">as Kermit the Frog and Ernie) Wayne Brady (performed by) Rosie Perez (performed by) Sarah Jessica Parker (performed by) Hilary Duff (performed by) Robin Williams (performed by) Michael Bacon (performed by, kevin-bacon-(performed-by-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="as The Bacon Brothers) Kevin Bacon (performed by">as The Bacon Brothers) Kevin Bacon (performed by, jennifer-aniston-(performed-by)-faith-hill-(performed-by)-eric-jacobson-(performed-by-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="as The Bacon Brothers) Jennifer Aniston (performed by) Faith Hill (performed by) Eric Jacobson (performed by">as The Bacon Brothers) Jennifer Aniston (performed by) Faith Hill (performed by) Eric Jacobson (performed by,
2006 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actor Take the Lead (2006)
2005 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 18 October 2005. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
2004 Vanguard Award GLAAD Media Awards
2004 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actor in a Television Drama And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actor in a Film Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
2004 Vision Award NAMIC Vision Awards Best Dramatic Performance And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004 Taormina Arte Award Taormina International Film Festival
2002 Anthony Quinn Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures ALMA Awards
2000 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film The 13th Warrior (1999)
2000 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Director of a Feature Film Crazy in Alabama (1999)
1999 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film The Mask of Zorro (1998)
1999 Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema European Film Awards Crazy in Alabama (1999)
1999 Lasting Image Award Imagen Foundation Awards The Mask of Zorro (1998)
1998 Audience Award European Film Awards Best European Actor The Mask of Zorro (1998)
1996 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Spanish Dubbing
1995 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Male Discovery of the Year
1991 Golden India Catalina Cartagena Film Festival Best Actor (Mejor Actor) Átame! (1989)
1991 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) Átame! (1989)
1991 Premio ACE Premios ACE Cinema - Best Actor Átame! (1989)
1989 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) Así como habían sido (1987)
1989 Best Actor Valladolid International Film Festival La blanca paloma (1989)
1988 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Spanish Actor (Mejor Actor Español) La ley del deseo (1987)
1986 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) Caso cerrado (1985)
1986 Francisco Rabal Award Murcia Week of Spanish Cinema Best Actor La corte de Faraón (1985)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Goya Goya Awards Best Animation Film (Mejor Película de Animación) Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013) marcelino-almansa kerry-fulton-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Marcelino Almansa Kerry Fulton">Marcelino Almansa Kerry Fulton
2012 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor La piel que habito (2011)
2012 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film Puss in Boots (2011)
2012 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Puss in Boots (2011) salma-hayek zach-galifianakis billy-bob-thornton amy-sedaris bob-joles conrad-vernon tom-mcgrath chris-miller latifa-ouaou-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Salma Hayek Zach Galifianakis Billy Bob Thornton Amy Sedaris Bob Joles Conrad Vernon Tom McGrath Chris Miller Latifa Ouaou">Salma Hayek Zach Galifianakis Billy Bob Thornton Amy Sedaris Bob Joles Conrad Vernon Tom McGrath Chris Miller Latifa Ouaou
2012 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) La piel que habito (2011)
2012 Goya Goya Awards Best Lead Actor (Mejor Actor Principal) La piel que habito (2011)
2012 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Puss in Boots (2011)
2012 Award of the Spanish Actors Union Spanish Actors Union Film: Lead Performance, Male (Protagonista Cine - Categoría Masculina) La piel que habito (2011)
2012 VES Award Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Puss in Boots (2011) ludovic-bouancheau laurent-caneiro olivier-staphylas-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Ludovic Bouancheau Laurent Caneiro Olivier Staphylas">Ludovic Bouancheau Laurent Caneiro Olivier Staphylas
2006 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actor The Legend of Zorro (2005)
2005 Annie Annie Awards Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Shrek 2 (2004)
2005 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Shrek 2 (2004)
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Shrek 2 (2004)
2005 VES Award Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture Shrek 2 (2004) raman-hui-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Raman Hui">Raman Hui
2004 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Lead Actor And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2002 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Spy Kids (2001)
2002 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Action Hero Spy Kids (2001)
1999 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Mask of Zorro (1998)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Action/Adventure The Mask of Zorro (1998)
1999 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight The Mask of Zorro (1998) catherine-zeta-jones-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Catherine Zeta-Jones">Catherine Zeta-Jones
1999 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Crazy in Alabama (1999)
1998 Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema European Film Awards The Mask of Zorro (1998)
1997 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Evita (1996)
1997 Goya Goya Awards Best Lead Actor (Mejor Actor Protagonista) Two Much (1996)
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Comedy/Musical Actor Evita (1996)
1996 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) Two Much (1996)
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Male
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Desperado (1995) salma-hayek-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Salma Hayek">Salma Hayek
1996 NCLR Bravo Award NCLR Bravo Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film Of Love and Shadows (1994)
1994 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) ¡Dispara! (1993)
1993 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) Una mujer bajo la lluvia (1992)
1993 Award of the Spanish Actors Union Spanish Actors Union Film: Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine) The Mambo Kings (1992)
1991 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best TV Actor (Mejor Actor de TV) La mujer de tu vida (1990)
1991 Goya Goya Awards Best Lead Actor (Mejor Actor Principal) Átame! (1989)
1990 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) Bajarse al moro (1989)
1988 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine) La ley del deseo (1987)
1987 Goya Goya Awards Best Supporting Actor (Mejor Actor de Reparto) Matador (1986)

TitleSalary
The Body (2001) $12,000,000
Evita (1996) $4,000,000

#Fact
1 He has also provided the Spanish voice-over for Puss in Boots since his first appearance in Shrek 2 (2004).
2 Portraying director and womanizer "Guido Contini" in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the Yestin/Kopit musical "Nine" at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City. [July 2003]
3 Launched his "Blue Seduction Women" perfume. [July 2008]
4 Is of Latin descent.
5 Contrary to false claims, he is not the first Spanish actor to portray Zorro. Spanish actor José Suárez portrayed Zorro several decades earlier in the 1953 film La montaña sin ley (1953), who is followed by another Spanish actor Carlos Quiney in the 1970s films La última aventura del Zorro (1969), El Zorro de Monterrey (1971), and Zorro, Rider of Vengeance (1971). Banderas is also not the first Latino to play Zorro; other Latinos have preceded him such as Rafael Bertrand (1964), Rodolfo de Anda (1976), and Henry Darrow (1980s).
6 Lives in Los Angeles, California, Aspen, Colorado and Marbella, Spain.
7 Brother-in-law of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffith.
8 Became a fan of his wife, Melanie Griffith, long before he met her. He had first seen her in the film Something Wild (1986) and thought she was beautiful and later told a Spanish magazine in 1989 that he would love to meet her. In 1995, when she first arrived on the set of Two Much (1995), he sprinted out of his trailer like a starstruck schoolboy to introduce himself. Nervously, he asked her how old she was. She cursed, laughed, and finally answered she was 37. They soon became a couple and stayed together for 19 years.
9 Formed his own touring theater group in Spain where he met director Pedro Almodóvar.
10 Listed his favorite 2 movies as Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Touch of Evil (1958).
11 Received an honorary doctorate on May 2000 from Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.
12 Despite being raised Catholic, Banderas described himself as an agnostic in a People magazine interview but added that whatever spiritual beliefs his kids may or may not have is fine with him.
13 Ex-son-in-law of Concha Leza.
14 He had to learn English phonetically and completely from scratch when he arrived in the US to try his luck in Hollywood.
15 Has his own perfume/cologne brand for men.
16 Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [18th October 2005].
17 Supports Málaga soccer team.
18 Spanish citizen.
19 Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of "Nine The Musical."
20 In Spanish, his surname means "flags".
21 Son-in-law of Tippi Hedren and Peter Griffith.
22 Married Ana Leza at the Church of San Nicolas in Madrid. Among those who attended were Carmen Maura and Pedro Almodóvar.
23 Became a father for the 1st time at age 36 when his 2nd wife Melanie Griffith gave birth to their daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith (aka Stella Banderas) on September 24, 1996.
24 Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world
25 Siblings: One younger brother, Francisco
26 Stepfather of Alexander Bauer and Dakota Johnson.
27 Education: School of Dramatic Art, Málaga, Spain
28 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#24).

#Quote
1 Taylor Swift was singing on the stage and I was sitting down at one table, having dinner. And I had to go on stage to do a little speech, so she came down the stairs and saw me and said 'Oh Antonio Banderas' and I thought 'Wow, Taylor Swift knows me. That's so cool'. Then she looks as me and she says, 'My grandmother loves your movies' and I said: 'Great, thank you, it was a pleasure meeting you too'. And I almost got tears in my eyes.
2 [2015, on his ex-wife Melanie Griffith] I want - and I think she does too - to maintain a relationship because we have spent many years together ... I would like to maintain a relationship and it is happening, I speak with her every other day.
3 [on working with Pedro Almodóvar] The feelings I had in the '80s, and had again, is that he's pushing you to the limits: that you are on the verge of a cliff. You are in a situation of vertigo. I don't think Pedro works for the masses.
4 Why do people accept so easily the fact that you can take the life of somebody on the screen and nobody is going to complain about it, and they cannot take that you will kiss somebody of your own sex on the mouth?
5 I feel content. I am 51 years old and I see a lot of work, a lot of people, a lot of faces, a lot of souls. And I feel like I am in the middle of the game. The match is not over and I may score some goals.
6 [1993, on The Mambo Kings (1992) and learning English] When I had my first interview in London with [director] Arne Glimcher, I only knew three, four lines of English to be used at the right moment. The most important was, "I can do that". I was the last one to be cast, so I read with Kevin Kline and Annabella Sciorra, who were going to play my brother and my wife. So Arnold put me in a Berlitz school in New York for a month to learn English with a bunch of business executives from Japan and France. I saw people crying there, like me, because I thought, "I am so stupid I will never learn this language". One month later, the actors I'd read with were both gone; now, it was Armand Assante and Maruschka Detmers and it was different. And then I had to speak with all these big executives at Warner Bros., Terry Semel and all, and I even forgot Spanish. I would use a word like "bottle", and be thinking, "What a strange word". Still, it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.
7 [1993] The big difference between a star and an actor is someone who knows the technique, who knows how to learn from everything that happens to him. A star is acting himself all the time. You have to have the energy for that and a nice character. I don't know if I'm that brilliant the whole day. I have my own shit with me all the time and I don't want to lose that. I can't all the time be making this beautiful smile, faking that I'm someone else, because that's insane.
8 [1995, in Movieline Magazine] I am not that brilliant. You see, I'm not a star because I am not someone who is playing myself in front of the world. I am not criticizing being a movie star, but I think that to be a star requires you to be brilliant 24 hours a day. That is something that is not in me.
9 When you see paintings by [Pablo Picasso], whom I love, some of them make people unbelievably uncomfortable. In the museums in Barcelona, you have all of these people filled with morality, lovers of art, confronted with a Picasso of a woman sucking a man's enormous dick, you know? And there's another painting of a man sucking a woman's pussy. It's Picasso and people have to accept it because this is life, it happens, and Picasso reflects that in these paintings. Real artists have the responsibility to break rules.
10 [1995, on coming to the US] When I first came here, it was like I was starting all over again. I had been doing leading characters in my country for five years. There is no tradition of actors from Spain coming to this country. I had done dozens of movies in Spain where, to survive, you have to do a lot of jobs, to jump from movie to movie because they pay you so few dollars to do any movie. You have to keep working, sometimes pick some things that you are not interested in, just because you are a professional. So, I am coming from a work world which is completely different. In Spain, they are proud of me because I am considered like an international soccer player. I have to win a battle outside so that I can represent my country. In a way, they are going, "Antonio, don't blow it!"
11 [995] Everything here in Los Angeles is masks, metaphors, unreality. Everything is concerned with image, the box office, stars. But America is many Americas. What I love about Americans is how pragmatic they are. They don't think and obsess in a sick way about doing something. In Europe, you can feel the weight of many years of history. In a village eight kilometers away from another village, people speak a different language, have their own culture that they want to preserve. People here resolve a problem, act fast, and I love that. Here, ideas are volatile; people believe in people. If you're 60 years old here and you come up with a good idea, you get to develop that idea. In Europe, it's all hierarchies.
12 [1995] I don't want to have anything that I don't deserve. Sometimes it even bothers me just to see my name built up more than it actually is. I never believe anything that is happening to me, probably because I am very insecure.
13 There is nothing in the world that cannot be cured by love. That is the most thing.
14 [on why films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962) aren't being made anymore] It's very difficult if you want to do those movies within structures that are based in commercial issues. You can do movies like that if you go in the independent world. In fact, last year, for example, Slumdog Millionaire (2008) is a movie that comes from that world, and it breaks structures because they are more daring. But coming from the studios, it's very difficult to find that. I'm not criticizing the studios; they have to do what they have to do. They're looking for commercial movies, and that's fantastic and it keeps alive the industry and I think that's absolutely fine. But if you want to find those types of risks, you have to go to another structure. I think movies serve many purposes; one can be purely entertainment, another can be a reflection of the human spirit, and another goes in another direction, experimental . . . many, many different purposes. All of them are good. I am not criticizing specifically one way of making movies; this just is the way it is.
15 [on films going directly to DVD] It's curious, the case of this movie [Thick as Thieves (2009)]. Because it's a genre movie, and those are movies that normally are supposed to be done by studios. It's very rare -- this is an independent company, but they emulate the studios in a way. It's very difficult to compete with that, because if you have a $20-million movie playing genre, confronting a studio movie with $120-million budget that is doing genre, too, obviously in visual terms and many other ways of looking at a movie these days, especially by the young people who go to the movies these days, it's very difficult to put in competition a movie like ["Thick as Thieves"] with the movies that they have. You know, ["Thick as Thieves"] is a movie that probably, if it would have been presented in the '70s or the '80s, would have been a very successful movie.
16 [on films going directly to DVD, and the challenges of making Thick as Thieves (2009)] It's funny, because in Spain, it [Thick as Thieves (2009)] was released theatrically and it did very well with practically no promotion at all, competing with big Hollywood movies. And I understand that they're going to open in like 25 countries also, theatrically. But in America, no -- there were offers from studios, I am aware of that because I talked to [Nu Image and Millenium Pictures head] Avi Lerner, but they didn't want to give the money necessary to compete in a theatrical environment in terms of publicity and promotion. But that's the way it goes! That is our world. For me, I joined [the project] very late in the movie; almost 15 days before they started, they called me. And so I had to travel to New York very fast . . . but for me, the big attraction for accepting the role was Morgan Freeman, to tell you the truth. The possibility of working with an actor that I really admire. He's got a tremendous personality. He's one of those guys that it doesn't matter what he does in front of the camera, he's always interesting because he's got this aura. And then, Mimi Leder became one of my attractions to the project, because she's a woman that has inside more than I have seen in the movies. A couple of movies of hers I really like, and when I saw her working, she's very powerful. There's also a sensitivity coming from women that I love, and I've been directed by women three or four times, in terms of directing actors and managing the entire set. It's very interesting. So all of those elements made it for me. Then, the results are something that you never know what's going to happen, especially in a movie like this -- a genre movie made by an independent company. That is the problem. -- more on films going direct-to-DVD and the challenges of "The Code"
17 [on being pragmatic in the film business] Oh, absolutely. You have to be, in this professional world; otherwise you'd spend your whole life in a psychiatric ward! Going up and down continuously, "I am great!" "I am depressed." No, I think it's important that you understand in this profession that the results are not continuously the most important thing. But the way that you work and the things that you do, for me it's very important in my mind to have clear that my professional life starts at "action!" and finishes at "cut," and whatever happens around that -- yeah, it can be very satisfying sometimes, it can be very depressing at times, but it's just another side of the work. The work is what you do when you are acting. And, I have to say, during the time that we were doing [Thick as Thieves (2009) I felt I was doing what I wanted to do.
18 When you see actors on the red carpet they seem to know each other but really it's like a wax museum. Los Angeles is probably one of the fakest cities in the world. For me it is a working place.
19 I don't believe in careers, I just picture myself always as one of those old actors from the 19th century who go from village to village in their repertoire.
20 I get more attention as "the pussycat" in Shrek the Third (2007) than I ever did as Zorro.
21 I admired [wife Melanie Griffith] before I loved her.
22 Melanie [wife Melanie Griffith] is more of a disciplinarian with the little girl than me, probably because it's my first baby. She gets everything easy from Papa. I am more weak. She takes advantage of me.
23 To be married in our profession is not an easy thing. There's too many beautiful people around, very interesting people. It's just a matter of really having-being patient and probably having the capacity and the faith of falling in love with your own wife again. That happens to me.
24 I hate that cat ["Puss in Boots" from Shrek 2 (2004)]. Ever since he appeared in my life he's more important than me. Now women always say, "Oh, I love that cat. He's so cute". Before, it was, "I loved you in [The Mask of Zorro (1998)]. And sometimes you think, "Is she saying that because she has some other . . . intention?" But no. They love the cat, and they hate me.
25 If they had offered me James Bond, I probably couldn't have gone to England anymore in my life. James Bond with an accent? That would have been something.
26 [on his wife, Melanie Griffith, having more plastic surgery] This lust for beauty is a terrible thing. I've forbidden her from ever going to a cosmetic surgeon again. It is something we have agreed to for the sake of our marriage.
27 I don't want anything I don't deserve, [but] if they offer me more money, I'm not stupid.

#Trademark
1 Often cast by Robert Rodriguez
2 Deep, smooth voice
3 Andalusian accent

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