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Benicio Del Toro Biography

Birth Name:
Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sanchez
Birth Place:
San German, Puerto Rico
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Both of his parents were lawyers and they wanted him to become a lawyer as well
  • Was a star basketball player at prep school
  • Dropped out of college to study acting; later won a scholarship to the Stella Adler Conservatory
  • Gained 40 pounds to play the role of Dr
  • Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Was the fourth person to win an Oscar for a performance mostly in a foreign language
  • Enjoys oil painting

Awards

  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2015Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2008Cannes Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 2008Cannes Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2004Independent Spirit Awards-Special Distinction Award: winner
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2003Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up): winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2001BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2001Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear for Best Actor: winner
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2000New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2000Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2000National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2000Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2000Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: winner
  • 1996Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: winner

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