Robert Rodriguez

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  • Birth Name: Robert Anthony Rodriguez
  • Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer
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  • As a teenager, wrote and drew a comic strip based on his siblings called "Los Hooligans," which ran for three years in the University of Texas' Daily Texan newspaper.
  • Partially funded his first full-length film, the Spanish-language crime movie El Mariachi, with $7,000 he earned as a hospital test subject for a cholesterol drug.
  • Mariachi sequel Desperado was nominated for the 1995 Cannes International Film Festival's Golden Palm Award for Best Film.
  • Wrote a memoir called Rebel Without a Crew (1996), which details his experiences making El Mariachi and his advice to aspiring filmmakers.
  • Won Outstanding Director—Motion Picture at the 2001 ALMA Awards for the action movie Spy Kids, which grossed more than $100 million in the U.S. alone.
  • The DVDs of his movies usually include a special feature called "10-Minute Film School," in which Rodriguez discusses an aspect of low-budget filmmaking.

Awards

  • 1994, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Winner
  • 1994, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1993, Sundance Film Festival — Audience Award: Dramatic: Winner

Relationships

  • Danny Trejo — Cousin
  • David Rodriguez — Brother
  • Rebel Antonio Rodriguez — Son
  • Rose McGowan — Ex-fiancée
  • Elizabeth Avellan — Ex-wife
  • Rocket Valentino Rodriguez — Son
  • Angela Lanza — Sister
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez — Sister
  • Rogue Rodriguez — Son
  • Rhiannon Elizabeth Rodriguez-Avellán — Daughter
  • Cecilio G. Rodriguez — Father
  • Christina Rodriguez — Sister
  • Racer Maximilliano Rodriguez — Son
  • Rebecca Rodriguez — Sister
  • Maricarmen Rodriguez — Sister
  • Rebecca Rodriguez — Mother

College

  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States (BA in Film and Communications, 1991)

Details

  • Birth Name: Robert Anthony Rodriguez
  • Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer