Date of Birth : Mar 1st 1969
Two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-, SAG- and BAFTA Award- winning Spanish actor. He has made over two dozen films in his native country, but became an international star with his starring role in the critically acclaimed Before Night Falls. With this role, he became the first Spanish actor to receive an Academy Award nomination. Bardem won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA for his performance in No Country For Old Men, and was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 80th Academy Awards.
Bardem starred in his first major motion picture, The Ages of Lulu, when he was 20. In 1992, he made his first international hit with Jamón, Jamón, which also starred Penélope Cruz. After starring in roughly two dozen films in his native country, he would eventually land his international breakthrough performance role in Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls in 2000, as Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role, the first time for a Spaniard. This also marked Bardem’s first English-language speaking role. In 2002 he starred in John Malkovich’s directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs. Bardem does not know how to drive and consistently refers to himself as a “worker” and not an actor.