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Gael García Bernal Biography

Birth Name:
Gael García Bernal
Birth Place:
Guadalajara, Mexico

Fast Facts

  • Born to actor parents, he began his career in 1989 in the Mexican series Teresa
  • First costarred with close friend Diego Luna in the 1992 teen series El Abuelo y Yo
  • In 2000, he burst onto the international scene in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros
  • He appeared in Iñárritu's Oscar-nominated drama Babel in 2006
  • Along with Luna, he received the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Film Festival for their performances in 2002's Y Tu Mamá También
  • Twice played revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Gueveara, first in the 2002 TV-movie Fidel and again in the 2004 film Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • In 2005, he, Luna and Pablo Cruz formed the production company Canana Films
  • Collaborated with singer Devendra Banhart on the duet "Cristobal," featured on Banhart's 2007 album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
  • Supports Amnesty International and co-directed the short-film collection The Invisibles for the organization to shed light on the plight of Mexican migrants


  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 2008Vancouver Film Critics-Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2002Goya Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated