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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)

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 Soldado (2018)
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 Lawless (2017)
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 Little Prince (2016)
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 Perfect Day, A (2015)
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 Sicario (2015)
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 Agent Century 21 (2014)
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1991:
Landed supporting role in Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner"
1992:
Played key villainous role in "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery"
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"
2001:
Re-teamed with director Sean Penn, playing a mentally challenged Native American in "The Pledge"
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
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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