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Also Known As: Gael Garcia Died:
Born: October 30, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX Profession: actor, Labourer, Bar Back

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Having spent a great deal of his adolescence starring in various Mexican telenovelas, actor Gael Garcia Bernal became an international film star with a breakout performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's gritty thriller, "Amores Perros" (2000). Hot on the heels of that film's critical and box office success, Bernal cemented his status as an international star with "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2001), opposite life-long friend Diego Luna, and "The Crime of Father Amaro" (2002), which allowed him one of his first romantic leading roles. Though he could have gone Hollywood and become a big celebrity, Bernal chose instead to star in films he was passionate about. Always with his finger on the pulse of social and political issues, he delivered an exquisite performance as a young Che Guevara, who undergoes a transformation while on a road trip, in "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004). He continued making interesting choices, taking such off-the-wall roles as a drag queen in "Bad Education" (2004) and a shy daydreamer in "The Science of Sleep" (2006). After reuniting with Iñárritu for the critically-acclaimed "Babel" (2006), Bernal remained one of the more interesting and talented performers operating just below...

Having spent a great deal of his adolescence starring in various Mexican telenovelas, actor Gael Garcia Bernal became an international film star with a breakout performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's gritty thriller, "Amores Perros" (2000). Hot on the heels of that film's critical and box office success, Bernal cemented his status as an international star with "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2001), opposite life-long friend Diego Luna, and "The Crime of Father Amaro" (2002), which allowed him one of his first romantic leading roles. Though he could have gone Hollywood and become a big celebrity, Bernal chose instead to star in films he was passionate about. Always with his finger on the pulse of social and political issues, he delivered an exquisite performance as a young Che Guevara, who undergoes a transformation while on a road trip, in "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004). He continued making interesting choices, taking such off-the-wall roles as a drag queen in "Bad Education" (2004) and a shy daydreamer in "The Science of Sleep" (2006). After reuniting with Iñárritu for the critically-acclaimed "Babel" (2006), Bernal remained one of the more interesting and talented performers operating just below Hollywood's radar.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Revolucion (2010)
2.
  Déficit (2007)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rosewater (2014)
4.
 Hands of Stone (2013)
5.
 Deserted Cities (2013)
6.
 Casa De Mi Padre (2012)
7.
 No (2012)
9.
 Even the Rain (2011)
10.
 Fosforito (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Spent his youth acting in plays with his thespian parents in Mexico
1996:
Starred in "De Tripas Corazon," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film
1997:
Left Mexico and travelled to London; worked odd jobs before being accepted at the presitigious Central School of Speech and Drama
2000:
Co-starred in the critically acclaimed "Amores Perros" by director Alejandro González Iñárritu
2001:
Co-starred with Diego Luna as two teen boys on a road trip in the international hit "Y Tu Mamá También," directed by Alfonso Cuarón
2001:
Starred as Che Guevarra in the English language miniseries "Fidel" (Showtime)
2001:
Appeared with Penelope Cruz in "Sin noticias de Dios"
2002:
Starred as Father Amaro in "The Crime of Father Amaro"
2004:
Cast as Che Guevara in "The Motorcyle Diaries," based on the Guevara's journals as he recounts the adventures he and best friend Alberto Granado had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s
2004:
Starred in Pedro Almodóvar's "Bad Education," which centers on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends
2006:
Played an intense Mexican-American in his first major English language role in "The King," directed by the British documentary-maker James Marsh
2006:
Cast as a young man who learns to manipulate his dreams in Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep"
2006:
Cast in "Babel," directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and co-starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
2007:
Directorial debut, "Déficit"; also acted in film
2008:
Reteamed with Diego Luna in "Rudo y Cursi"
2008:
Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness"
2009:
Cast opposite Michelle Williams in the Swedish drama "Mammoth"
2010:
Co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in the romantic drama "Letters to Juliet"
2012:
Co-starred with Will Ferrell and frequent collaborator Diego Luna in Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre"
2012:
Cast in the romantic drama "A Little Bit of Heaven"
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Education

Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England - 2001

Notes

"I don't do things because I want to reach sex symbol status. I choose roles that I like and that I feel need to be told."---Bernal to qvMagazine

Bernal claims to be an excellent juggler.

"What's cool about acting, is the opportunity it gives you to be always learning, always preparing. It's a very beautiful path of knowledge."---Bernal quoted to Time, September 27, 2004.

"I want to have an actor's life," he says. "It's not about having a successful career. I don't believe in 'making it.'"---Bernal to GQ, March 2005.

"My body is not like Brad Pitt's and I certainly don't look like Orlando Bloom."---Bernal as quoted in Movieline's Hollywood Life, May/June 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Vanessa Bauche. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Cecelia Suarez. Actor. Dated in 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Jose Luis Garcia. Actor.
mother:
Patricia Bernal. Actor.

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