Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor and producer of Spanish descent. He has won critical acclaim and numerous accolades and 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). Del Toro's 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.

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Benicio Del Toro was born on 19 February 1967 in San Germán, Puerto Rico. His full name at birth was Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez. He is best known as an actor. He attended high school at Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA. For university, he studied at University of California at San Diego. His religion is listed as Roman Catholic. He is 6' 2" (188 cm) tall with an average build. He has hazel eyes and black hair (color). His net worth is reported to be $45,000,000 US dollars. His zodiac star sign is Aquarius.
Full name at birth
Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez
Claim to fame
The Usual Suspects
Date of birth
19 February 1967
Place of birth
San Germán, Puerto Rico
Actor, film producer
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6' 2" (188 cm)
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Net worth
$45,000,000 USD
High school
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
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University of California at San Diego
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Talent agency
Celebrity Talent International
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My goal as an actor has always been to reach a level where I can find a lot of interesting work, and I think I`m at that point now. The Oscar has given me a lot of recognition.
  • He badly injured his wrist during a stunt fight during the filming of William Friedkin's The Hunted (2003). He fell on his wrist as he dove for a knife and actor Tommy Lee Jones fell on top of him. He was injured so badly that he was out of work for months, even though the film was virtually completed. He required 3 hours of therapy daily and reportedly there is a question whether he will regain full use of the wrist.
  • Benny Dalmau's last name (his character in Basquiat (1996)) came from Raymond Dalmau, a Puerto Rican basketball player in the 70s and early 80s. Raymond Dalmau wore the shirt Benicio wears in the film when he was in the Puerto Rican National Selection.
  • Reportedly turned down the role of Frida Kahlo's husband Diego Rivera in Frida (2002) because of the weight gain that would be required, despite that earlier, for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), he had gained 40 pounds for his character.
  • Is one of five Oscar winners - for Best Supporting Actor in Traffic (2000) - to play a character that spoke mostly in a foreign language. Most of his dialog was in Spanish. The other are Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Roberto Benigni and Marion Cotillard.
  • Third Puerto Rican Actor to win an Academy Award. The other two were: Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)) and José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)).

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