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Robert Rodriguez Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Anthony Rodriguez
Birth Place:
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Director, screenwriter, producer, editor, cinematographer

Fast Facts

  • 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
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  • 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


  • 2007Austin Film Critics-Austin Film Award: winner
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Cinematography: winner
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Editing: winner
  • 2005Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Editing: winner
  • 1994Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: winner
  • 1994Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1993Sundance Film Festival-Audience Award: Dramatic: winner


  • David Rodriguez -- Brother
  • Rhiannon Elizabeth Rodriguez-Avellán -- Daughter
  • Cecilio G. Rodriguez -- Father
  • Rebecca Rodriguez -- Mother
  • Angela Lanza -- Sister
  • Christina Rodriguez -- Sister
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez -- Sister
  • Maricarmen Rodriguez -- Sister
  • Rebecca Rodriguez -- Sister
  • Racer Maximilliano Rodriguez -- Son
  • Rebel Antonio Rodriguez -- Son
  • Rocket Valentino Rodriguez -- Son
  • Rogue Rodriguez -- Son