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Benicio Del Toro, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Del Toro in SNATCH.

Benicio Del Toro: Best Supporting Actor 2000: MovieActors.com

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TRAFFIC (Drama)

(R - drug content, violence, language & some sexual content.)

In one of the four interrelated drug battle stories told in this film, Benicio Del Toro won his Supporting Oscar playing "one good cop," Javier Rodriguez; a corrupt, yet dedicated local Mexican constable. He does his part in fighting the drug battle in Mexico, using his "own jaded, questionable ethical code." He finds himself in a moment of truth, when he discovers that his new boss is not "anti-drug" at all, but part of the problem itself.







About Benicio Del Toro (1967 –)

Benicio Del Toro, who has been called the "Spanish Brad Pitt," was born on February 19, 1967, in San German, Puerto Rico. Benicio was the son of two lawyers. When his mother died, the family moved to a farm in Pennsylvania. Though originally taking up business courses at University of California in San Diego, Benicio Del Toro's strong interest in acting was refueled when he took an acting class. He dropped out of school and studied acting with Stella Adler in Los Angeles, and at the Circle in the Square Acting School in New York City.

Benicio Del Toro started acting on TV, in the late 1980's, with an appearance on "Miami Vice." He was part of the NBC miniseries, "Drug Wars: The Kiki Camarena Story." This launched his career as a charismatic character actor, mostly known for portraying cool gangsters with bad attitudes.

His characters diversified in his later films. At 21, Del Toro played the youngest Bond villain ever, in the film "License to Kill," which unfortunately bombed at the box office. However, like any good actor worth his salt, Benicio persevered through the early nineties, giving the film community credible performances in underrated films. Notably, Del Toro shone in his roles in the films "China Moon," "Fearless" and especially "Swimming With Sharks" and "The Fan," where he plays a prima dona baseball player.

Benicio Del Toro's first leading man role came in 1997, in a film called "Excess Baggage." Other leading roles followed, with Johnny Depp in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," which received mixed reviews. The year 2000 brought a big boost in Del Toro's career, which led to his Oscar for best Supporting Actor; a prize Benicio richly deserved.

Benicio Del Toro's notable movie credits include...

LICENSE TO KILL (1989)
THE INDIAN RUNNER (1991)
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE DISCOVERY (1992)
FEARLESS (1993)
NOTHING FOR NOTHING (1993)
SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS (1994)
CHINA MOON (1994)
THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)
THE FUNERAL (1996)
BASQUIAT (1996)
JOYRIDE (1997)
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998)
THE WAY OF THE GUN (2000)
SNATCH (2000)
THE PLEDGE (2001)
THE HUNTED (2003)
21 GRAMS (2003)
SIN CITY (2005)
THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE (2007)
CHE: (PART ONE (2008)
CHE: (PART TWO (2008)
THE WOLFMAN (2010)
SAVAGES (2012)
SOMEWHERE (2012)
JIMMY P. (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)
Inherent Vice (2014)
A Perfect Day (2015)
Sicario (2015)

Benicio Del Toro's television credits include...

MIAMI VICE: (TV SERIES 1987)
"Private Eye" - Episode # 1.4 (1987)
"Tales from the Crypt" - Episode # 6.6 (1994)

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Benicio Del Toro in FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998).

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Benicio Del Toro in 21 GRAMS (2003).