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Also Known As: Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Snchez Died:
Born: February 19, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Puerto Rico Profession: actor, director, screenwriter

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Having emerged from the fertile world of 1990s independent film as one of its most compelling performers, Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro made the jump to studio films and became known for playing brooding, tortured souls in a wide array of projects. Del Toro first earned considerable praise as the mumbling Fenster in Bryan Singer's enigmatic ensemble crime drama "The Usual Suspects" (1995), and went on to a number of supporting roles in films like "The Fan" (1996), "Basquiat" (1996), "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998) and "Snatch" (2000). The actor broke through in a big way by winning the Oscar for his performance as a conflicted Mexican police detective caught between corrupt cops and drug cartels in Stephen Soderbergh's epic crime thriller "Traffic" (2000). From there, he delivered one of his best turns as an ex-con whose rebuilt life is shattered after causing a fatal car accident in Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark character drama "21 Grams" (2003). After donning heavy prosthetics to play the abusive Jackie Boy in "Sin City" (2005), Del Toro delivered a commanding performance as Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Guevara in Soderbergh's complex biopic, "Che" (2008), before...

Having emerged from the fertile world of 1990s independent film as one of its most compelling performers, Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro made the jump to studio films and became known for playing brooding, tortured souls in a wide array of projects. Del Toro first earned considerable praise as the mumbling Fenster in Bryan Singer's enigmatic ensemble crime drama "The Usual Suspects" (1995), and went on to a number of supporting roles in films like "The Fan" (1996), "Basquiat" (1996), "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998) and "Snatch" (2000). The actor broke through in a big way by winning the Oscar for his performance as a conflicted Mexican police detective caught between corrupt cops and drug cartels in Stephen Soderbergh's epic crime thriller "Traffic" (2000). From there, he delivered one of his best turns as an ex-con whose rebuilt life is shattered after causing a fatal car accident in Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark character drama "21 Grams" (2003). After donning heavy prosthetics to play the abusive Jackie Boy in "Sin City" (2005), Del Toro delivered a commanding performance as Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Guevara in Soderbergh's complex biopic, "Che" (2008), before returning to the mainstream as "The Wolfman" (2010), a remake of the classic horror tale. Whether starring in brooding indie character dramas or large scale studio films, Del Toro always made sure that he maintained his focus on carefully chosen works that were more substance than style.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Little Prince (2015)
2.
 Sicario (2015)
3.
 Agent Century 21 (2014)
4.
6.
 Jimmy Picard (2013)
7.
 Savages (2012)
8.
 Wolfman, The (2010)
9.
 Che: Part Two (2008)
10.
 Che: Part One (2008)
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Born in Puerto Rico
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Family moved to Pennsylvania when his mother died
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Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting
1987:
Made first TV appearance on an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1988:
Feature film debut, "Big Top Pee-wee" as Duke, the dog-faced boy
1989:
Played a Bond villain in "License to Kill"
1990:
Made TV miniseries debut as a drug lord in "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (NBC)
1991:
Landed supporting role in Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner"
1992:
Played key villainous role in "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery"
1995:
Made short-film writing and directing debut, "Submission"; screened at the Venice Film Festival
1995:
Delivered breakthrough role as the mumbling, wisecracking Fred Fensterin in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"
1996:
Portrayed a streetwise buddy of the titular artist in "Basquiat," helmed by Julian Schnabel
1996:
Played a hot-tempered rival to a trio of brothers involved with the Mafia in Abel Ferrara's "The Funeral"
1997:
Garnered favorable reviews as a car thief turned inadvertent kidnapper in the Alicia Silverstone vehicle "Excess Baggage"
1998:
Cast as Dr. Gonzo, the lawyer for a Hunter S. Thompson-like journalist (Johnny Depp), in Terry Gilliam's film adaptation of Thompson's book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
2000:
Reunited with "Usual Suspects" screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie for "The Way of the Gun"
2000:
Played diamond thief Franky Four Fingers in Guy Ritchie's hip caper comedy "Snatch"
2000:
Portrayed a Mexican border cop struggling to remain honest amid corruption in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic"
2001:
Re-teamed with director Sean Penn, playing a mentally challenged Native American in "The Pledge"
2003:
Co-starred with Penn and Naomi Watts as an ex-convict in "21 Grams," directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga; earned Oscar and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2005:
Cast as Jackie Boy, a dirty cop with a penchant for violence in "Sin City," an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
2007:
Co-starred with Halle Berry in "Things We Lost in the Fire"
2008:
Portrayed the title character in Steven Soderbergh's two part biopic "Che," about the life of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Guevara
2010:
Played the lead role in the remake of classic horror film "The Wolfman"
2012:
Cast in Oliver Stone¿s ensemble crime drama "Savages," featuring John Travolta and Salma Hayek
2012:
Co-directed the drama feature "7 Days in Havana"
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Education

University of California, San Diego: San Diego , California -
Circle in the Square Theatre School: New York , New York -
Stella Adler Conservatory: New York , New York -
Actors Circle Theatre: Los Angeles , California -
Academia del Perpetuo Socorro: -
Mercersburg Academy: Mercersburg , Pennsylvania -

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