Antonio Banderas

José Antonio Domínguez Banderas ( born August 10, 1960 in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain) is one of the most famous Spanish actors of the present, who also works as a film director and partly as a singer and guitar player.


The elder of two sons of a policeman José Domínguez and teacher Ana Bandera originally wanted to be a footballer, but could not realize his dream because of a leg injury he incurred at the age of fourteen years. Instead, Antonio Banderas began acting, which soon turned out to be his new passion. After training as an actor at the Malagaer drama school " School of Dramatic Art " he first played at various theaters in Madrid, before he could make his debut as a screen actor. In the following years he played in several national film and television productions, partly directed by Pedro Almodóvar. In 1992 he took a starring role in The Mambo Kings and settled thereafter in the United States.

The last name of his mother, Bandera ( " flag " ), he said claims to be for the end credits of his very first film in 1981 ( Laberinto de pasiones (1982 ), R: Pedro Almodóvar ) an "s" for political reasons added to next the Spanish national flag also Catalonia, the Basque Country and Andalusia - its regions of origin - recognize. ( " At that time, with the Spanish flag was a big deal for me, and I was not a centralist, so I hung the s at. ", New York, May 2004 )

Occasionally Banderas also works as a film director. So he staged in 1999, his debut film Crazy in Alabama with Melanie Griffith and other actors. His second work, " El camino de los Ingleses ", a story about growing up in the 1970s, was seen at the 2007 Berlinale. German Title: "Summer Rain".

Banderas in 2010 was " goodwill" ambassador to the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme for campaigns against poverty, protect the environment and securing women's rights.

From 1988 to 1996 he was married to Ana Leza, after his divorce he married on 14 May 1996, the U.S. actress Melanie Griffith. With her he has a child together named Stella del Carmen.

With his Spanish hometown of Malaga, he is still closely linked to what he also shows public with its annual show and active Contribute as Nazareno during Semana Santa ( Holy Week ) ( nevertheless takes the appearance incognito instead ).


Under Antonio Banderas ' works are also the commercial failures The 13th Warrior and Ballistic ( Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. ).

On the list of "sexiest movie stars " of Empire magazine in 1995, he finished the 24th Place and in 1996 he became the American People magazine among the " 50 most beautiful people in the world" selected.

At the Oscar ceremony in 2000 has been arranged that Pedro Almodóvar the prize for the Best Foreign Language Film for All About My Mother Banderas and Penélope Cruz ( who appeared in the film itself) was presented with. After the two could not hide the joy of opening the envelope, put the presenter of the ProSieben transfer of their professional competence. She said this would be that the two " Latino actor " would be.

In 2003, he played successfully on Broadway in the musical Nine alongside Chita Rivera, for which he received a nomination for the Tony Award.

He sang with Sarah Brightman few years before the song " Phantom of the Opera" from the eponymous musical very successful one. Also in the movie " Evita ", he sang all the passages themselves, but said in an interview with the magazine " You me" that he was not a professional singer, and never will. In the meantime, only recently a CD on which is heard only instrumental music.

On 18 October 2005 Antonio Banderas was allowed his own star ( number 2294 ) reveal on the sidewalk of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Banderas ' German dubbing voice is usually derived by Bernd Vollbrecht.

Filmography (selection)