Born and Raised in Mexico City, Mexico
Studied medicine before switching to dance and drama
Worked as a professional classical dancer
Toured for four years in a one-man pantomime show "Happy Madness"
Feature directing debut, "The Bearfoot Eagle"
Feature acting debut, Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch"
Wrote, directed, produced and acted in "Calzonzin Inspector"
Landed a supporting role opposite Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito in the adventure comedy "Romancing the Stone"
Cast as notorious bandit El Guapo in the comedy feature "¡Three Amigos!"
Directed and produced the art-house hit "Like Water for Chocolate," adapted by his wife Laura Esquivel from her novel
Helmed the period romance "A Walk in the Clouds"
Directed the black comedy "Picking Up the Pieces," starring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone; film premiered on Cinemax in lieu of theatrical release
Helmed the three-hour A&E TV remake of "The Magnificent Ambersons," utilizing Orson Welles' screenplay adaptation; production edited as international theatrical release
Wrote and directed "Zapata ¿ El sueño del héroe," a biopic about Mexican Revolution hero Emiliano Zapata; also produced
Helmed the Italian romantic comedy "L'imbroglio nel lenzuolo"