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Also Known As: Diego Dionisio Luna Alexander Died:
Born: December 29, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mexico Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Acting was the birthright of Diego Luna, whose parents were both involved in the theatrical arts. A soap star since childhood in his native Mexico, Luna, along with best friend Gael García Bernal, created an international stir with their sizzling chemistry in the erotic coming-of-age smash, "Y tu mamá también" ("And Your Mother Too") (2001). His subsequent big-budget American movies - especially his starring turn as the Patrick Swayze-inspired lead in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" (2004) - disappointed, and Luna retreated to artsier fare, essaying a Michael Jackson impersonator in Harmony Korine's challenging "Mister Lonely" (2007). His Mexican films, like the smash mob thriller "Nicotina" (2003), continued to be enormous hits, and his reunion with Bernal in the country brothers-fighting-in-the-big-city comedy "Rudo y Cursi" ("Rude and Tacky") (2008) was no exception. After receiving mixed reviews for his small, flashy role in the Oscar-winning "Milk" (2008), Luna began to branch out into directing with the well-received dramedy "Abel" (2010). While he remained somewhat under the celebrity radar in mainstream America, especially in comparison to Bernal, Luna continued to work steadily in front of...

Acting was the birthright of Diego Luna, whose parents were both involved in the theatrical arts. A soap star since childhood in his native Mexico, Luna, along with best friend Gael García Bernal, created an international stir with their sizzling chemistry in the erotic coming-of-age smash, "Y tu mamá también" ("And Your Mother Too") (2001). His subsequent big-budget American movies - especially his starring turn as the Patrick Swayze-inspired lead in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" (2004) - disappointed, and Luna retreated to artsier fare, essaying a Michael Jackson impersonator in Harmony Korine's challenging "Mister Lonely" (2007). His Mexican films, like the smash mob thriller "Nicotina" (2003), continued to be enormous hits, and his reunion with Bernal in the country brothers-fighting-in-the-big-city comedy "Rudo y Cursi" ("Rude and Tacky") (2008) was no exception. After receiving mixed reviews for his small, flashy role in the Oscar-winning "Milk" (2008), Luna began to branch out into directing with the well-received dramedy "Abel" (2010). While he remained somewhat under the celebrity radar in mainstream America, especially in comparison to Bernal, Luna continued to work steadily in front of and behind the camera.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Mr. Pig (2015)
2.
  Revolucion (2010)
3.
  Abel (2010)
4.
  Chavez (2007)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rogue One (2016)
2.
 Bad Batch, The (2016)
3.
 Blood Father (2015)
4.
5.
 Dominion (2014)
6.
 Elysium (2013)
7.
 Casa De Mi Padre (2012)
8.
 Contraband (2012)
9.
10.
 Rudo y Cursi (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1985:
Made acting debut in the stage play "De Pelicula"
1992:
Landed role in the Mexican soap opera "El Abuelo Y Yo"
2000:
Appeared in the critically acclaimed "Before Night Falls"
2001:
Co-starred with Gael García Bernal as two teens on a road trip in the breakout Mexican hit "Y Tu Mamá También," directed by Alfonso Cuarón
2002:
Featured in a small role in the Salma Hayek vehicle "Frida," a biopic of the controversial artist
2002:
Cast in the Showtime miniseries "Fidel"
2003:
Cast in the Kevin Costner directed "Open Range"
2004:
Starred in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"
2004:
Starred opposite Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones in "The Terminal"
2004:
Appeared in "Criminal," the English-language version of the Argentine hit "Nine Queens"
2008:
Portrayed slain politician Harvey Milk's (Sean Penn) lover in director Gus Van Sant's biopic "Milk"
2008:
Reteamed with Gael García Bernal in "Rudo y Cursi"
2012:
Acted in the crime drama in "Contraband" opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale
2012:
Co-starred with Will Ferrell and frequent collaborator Gael García Bernal in Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre"
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Notes

"When you say, 'I want a blonde who has nothing to do with acting,' you find a beautiful, dark-skinned actress. You never know."---Luna quoted in People June 28, 2004

"I didn't go to university, and so, every time that I work, I'm looking for a teacher in a way. I'm looking for people that I can learn from and to have the chance to work with people that I admire, and it's been happening, but I want to always keep going with my career in Spanish because it's my first language and it's where I decided that I wanted to be an actor."---Luna quoted in CINEMA CONFIDENTIAL, Febuary, 26, 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Alejandro Luna. Film set designer.
mother:
Fiona Alexander. Died in 1982.

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