Birth Name: José Antonio Domínguez Bandera
Birth Date: August 10, 1960
Birth Place: Málaga, Spain
Height: 5' 9''
Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Composer
Claim to fame: As Nestor Castillo in The Mambo Kings (1992)
Antonio Banderas Bio: Antonio Banderas was born in Malaga, Spain, a place where rich Britons would go to escape a 95% tax on inherited wealth, also known as "unearned income," perhaps Antonio was destined to become a darling of the jet set, the wealthy, the gliterazzi, the Hollywood actresses. Of course, we know him as the husband of Melanie Griffith. Some may also remember Madonna propositioning him in the 1991 film Truth or Dare. The gentleman, by the way, did not take her up on it.
Banderas made a whole slew of Spanish films from 1982 to 1985, before working again with Almodovar, this time on two movies back-to-back. The first was 'La Ley Del Deseo' ('“The Law of Desire') (1986), in which he played a gay man and made headlines with his first onscreen man-to-man kiss. The second, was 'Matador' (1986). Ever the hard worker, Banderas appeared in a range of films between 1986 and 1988, before teaming up once more with Almodovar, in his internationally acclaimed 'Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios' ('Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown') (1988).
In Evita, Antonio's voice was not dubbed; he sang the songs himself, a new venture for the actor and something he enjoyed thoroughly. Antonio Banderas appeared in The 13Th Warrior (1999), a film based on the book by Michael Crichton, then went on to star in the highly successfuly Spy Kids trilogy. He went on to appear in the Broadway revival of the musical Nine and received a Tony Award nomination for his performance. He has also won the hearts of moviegoers by providing the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek movies.