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also known as José Antonio Domínguez Banderas

director , singer , film actor and producer

Spanish film actor, film director, film producer and singer.


As a child, Antonio Banderas wanted to be a footballer but he broke his foot at the age of 14, thus ending his dream. He later travelled to Madrid to make a name for himself in the Spanish film industry.


Banderas began acting in small theatres and soon started working with the renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. His first Almodóvar film was 1982's Laberinto de Pasiones. In 1989, he performed his breakthrough role in the Almodóvar film ¡Átame! (known as Tie Me Up!) in English. Banderas moved to the United States and began working in American movies. In 1992 Banderas made his Hollywood debut with The Mambo Kings. Because he did not speak English at that time, his dialogue for the film was taught to him phonetically.


Haywire (7-Nov-2011)

Puss in Boots (27-Oct-2011) [VOICE]

The Skin I Live In (19-May-2011)

The Big Bang (2011) · Ned Cruz

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (15-May-2010)

Shrek Forever After (21-Apr-2010) · Puss in Boots [VOICE]

Thick as Thieves (9-Jan-2009) · Gabriel

The Other Man (7-Sep-2008) · Rafe

My Mom's New Boyfriend (30-Apr-2008) · Tommy Lucero

Shrek the Third (17-May-2007) [VOICE]

Bordertown (Apr-2006)

Take the Lead (17-Mar-2006)

The Legend of Zorro (24-Oct-2005)

Shrek 2 (15-May-2004) [VOICE]

Imagining Argentina (12-Sep-2003)

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (7-Sep-2003)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (27-Aug-2003)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (25-Jul-2003)

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (18-Sep-2002) · Jeremiah Ecks

Frida (29-Aug-2002) · David Alfaro Siqueiros

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (7-Aug-2002) · Gregorio Cortez

Femme Fatale (30-Apr-2002) · Nicolas Bardo

Original Sin (11-Jul-2001) · Luis Antonio Vargas

Spy Kids (18-Mar-2001) · Gregorio Cortez

The Body (5-Jan-2001)

Play It to the Bone (25-Dec-1999)

The White River Kid (12-Nov-1999) · Morales Pittman

The 13th Warrior (25-Jun-1999)

The Mask of Zorro (17-Jul-1998)

Evita (20-Dec-1996)

Two Much (15-Mar-1996)

Never Talk to Strangers (20-Oct-1995) · Tony Ramirez

Assassins (6-Oct-1995)

Four Rooms (16-Sep-1995) · Man

Desperado (May-1995)

Miami Rhapsody (27-Jan-1995)

Interview with the Vampire (11-Nov-1994) · Armand

Of Love and Shadows (6-Oct-1994) · Francisco

Philadelphia (23-Dec-1993)

The House of the Spirits (21-Oct-1993) · Pedro

Outrage (1-Oct-1993)

The Mambo Kings (28-Feb-1992)

Madonna: Truth or Dare (10-May-1991) · Himself

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (9-Feb-1990) · Ricky

Going Down in Morocco (11-Apr-1989)

Baton Rouge (10-Oct-1988)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (23-Mar-1988)

Law of Desire (7-Feb-1987)

Matador (7-Mar-1986)

The Stilts (12-Sep-1984)

Labyrinth of Passion (29-Sep-1982)


Summer Rain (24-Nov-2006)

Crazy in Alabama (4-Feb-1999).

Launched signature women's fragrance Diavolo Donna, 1999; launched signature men's fragrance Spirit, 2004.


Young Banderas was brought up a Roman Catholic, but eventually had liberated himself from a religious indoctrination.


  • Artists

    Became a fan of his wife, Melanie Griffith, long before he met her in 1995. He had first seen her in the film Something Wild (1986) and thought she was beautiful and later told a Spanish magazine in 1989 that he would love to meet her.

  • Sport & Clubs

    Support Real Madrid soccer team

  • Other Interests

    Listed his favorite 2 movies as Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Touch of Evil (1958).


Jose Dominguez - policeman

Dona Ana Banderas - Greek - teacher

Francisco Javiar Banderas

first wife:
Ana Leza - actor

Melanie Griffith - actor
Melanie Griffith - wife of Antonio Banderas

Stella Banderas - Spain

Dakota Mayi Johnson