Antonio Banderas is a popular Spanish actor and producer. He is initially known for appearing in several Pedro Almodóvar films. Since after making it to the international screens, Banderas has appeared in numerous works, starring alongside several A-list actors such as Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, among so many others. On 18th May 2019, he received the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for his role in Pedro’s 2019 film, Pain and Glory. Read on to learn more about him, including his relationships and marital life.
Antonio Banderas’ Biography (Age)
Antonio Banderas was born as José Antonio Domínguez Bandera on 10th August 1960. He was born in Andalusia, Malaga, Spain to José Domínguez Prieto and his wife, Ana Bandera Gallego. While his father worked as a Civil Guard Police, his mother was a school teacher. His parents raised him alongside his brother, Francisco Javier.
Growing up, Antonio had wanted to become a footballer and actively worked towards achieving the dream. But unfortunately, at the age of fourteen, he fractured one of his legs, a development that permanently halted his athletic ambition. Going forward, Banderas diverted his interest and passion to the performing arts. He subsequently joined the ARA School Theater in his hometown. He also later studied at the Malaga Superior College of Dramatic Arts. In 1979, he left Malaga for Madrid to expand his horizon in the field of acting, eventually earning a spot in the Spanish National Theater.
In 1982, Antonio Banderas began his professional acting career. He initially appeared in a series of films produced by famous Spanish movie producer Pedro Almodóvar who holds the credit of shooting him to the international screens. The popular filmmaker had noticed Banderas while he performed with the Spanish theater, and cast him in a minor role in his 1982 comedy film, Labyrinth of Passion. He later became a regular cast in Almodóvar’s films, appearing in the producer’s Law of Desire, Matador, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! between 1986 and 1989. In all, it was his role in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! that earned him global popularity, shooting him straight into Hollywood in 1991. The following year, he debuted on the American screens in the 1992 drama film, The Mambo Kings.
Banderas later landed his breakthrough role in 1993 as Miguel Álvarez in Philadelphia, starring alongside Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. He gained much recognition through the success of Philadelphia, eventually landing a role in the highly-rated adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire in 1994 where he shared the screens with multiple award-winning actors/producers, Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise. He subsequently played major roles in the 1995 hits, Desperado and Assassins. Banderas later played Zorro in The Mask of Zorro (1998), a role that also added to his popularity. In 1999, he directed the not-successful comedy-drama film, Crazy in Alabama which starred his wife and daughter.
In addition to acting, Antonio Banderas has got musical talents. He showed them off in the 2003 Broadway musical, Nine. His role in the musical drama earned him several awards including a Tony Award for Best Actor, an Outer Critics Circle award, and a Drama Desk award. He also portrayed lead character Puss in Boots in three of the Shrek series – Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010), boosting the character’s popularity.
In 2011, Antonio Banderas once again appeared in a Pedro Almodóvar film, The Skin I Live In. The following years saw him star in numerous other films including The Expendables 3 (2014), The SpongeBob Movie (2015), Security (2017), among others.
Antonio Banderas has so far received two honorary degrees – one from the Dickinson College in 2000 and a doctorate from the University of Malaga in 2010. He also earned a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 18, 2005.
Banderas currently lives in the Elmbridge borough village of Cobham in Surrey, England, United Kingdom.
His Wife and Daughter
Antonio Banderas married Ana Leza in 1987. After a nine-year-old union, the couple divorced (in 1996) without a child.
Prior to his divorce with Ana Leza, Banderas had met actress Melanie Griffith while they filmed side-by-side in Two Much (1995). Having been her staunch admirer before then, he seized the opportunity to kick off a relationship with her. They married the next year, precisely on May 14, 1996, following a heated romantic affair. The couple on 24th September of the same year, welcomed a daughter whom they named Stella del Carmen. The couple, however, divorced amicably in December 2015, citing irreconcilable differences. Antonio however, recently revealed in an interview that he will love Melanie until the day he dies, leaving everyone wondering what these “irreconcilable differences” standing between two lovers could be!
Banderas is, as of 2019, dating Nicole Kimpel, a Dutch consultant. She made her first public appearance with him at the 2018 Emmy Awards gala. His daughter, Stella Banderas is also training to become an actress.
Antonio Banderas’ Net Worth
In his close to four-decade entertainment career, Antonio Banderas has amassed an impressive net worth of $45 million. He built his wealth mainly from salaries paid to him for his film roles. He reportedly earned $4 million for his role in Evita (1996), and $12 million for The Body (2001)
Also making up Banderas’ large net worth are his property in houses and cars. In 2015 when he parted ways with Melanie Griffith, reports revealed that the latter got six cars including a Porsche, while he got two including a Picasso. The couple also sold their Los Angeles home for $16 million and splitted the proceed. They also reportedly sold their house in Aspen for $4 million and listed the one in NYC for $8 million. In addition to these, Banderas still owns housing properties in Surrey and Malaga.
Antonio Banderas’ Height
Antonio Banderas has an average height of 1.74 meters. With curly black hair and charming brown eyes, Antonio has certainly got the good looks. He made it to People‘s 1996 list of 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.