Benicio del Toro has earned bragging rights due to the plethora of achievements credited to his name. It is not just the awards or the extensive filmography, but how much he has achieved despite the implicit limitations of being a Hispanic actor in Hollywood.
He is not merely good in front of the camera; he can equally hold his own on the reverse side of filmmaking as a writer, director as well as producer. All these roles have joined forces to make him one of his generation’s most recognizable actors, with the critical and commercial accolades to go with it.
Benicio del Toro Has Appeared In Over 59 Movies And TV Shows
Although his education began as a business student at the University of California, San Diego, Benicio del Toro wasted no time dropping out of college after his success in an elective drama class. He commenced acting lessons under the tutelage of veterans like Arthur Mendoza and Stella Adler in LA. He later attended the Circle in the Square Theatre School, located in New York City.
Benicio del Toro began his onscreen career in the late 80s with small roles on television. Often playing thugs and drug dealers, he appeared in episodes of Shell Game, Miami Vice, and Private Eye. He notably played Caro Quintero in the NBC miniseries, Drug Wars: The Camarena Story in 1990.
His turn as a film star began when he played Duke the Dog-Faced Boy in the adventure comedy, Big Top Pee-wee. It was a critically unsuccessful film, but it gave him his first appearance on the big screen. The following year, he played a minor part in one of the year’s biggest projects, as Dario in the James Bond movie, Licence to Kill.
Although it was a minor part, the role set him apart as the youngest actor to ever play a Bond henchman. He made further appearances across film and television between 1989 and 1994, before finding his breakout role as Fenster in The Usual Suspects in 1995.
Benicio del Toro’s performance as the mumbling, wisecracking Fred Fenster established him as a character actor and sparked a run in major roles across independent and studio films. He starred in The Funeral, Basquiat, and The Fan, where he played Juan Primo alongside Robert De Niro.
In 2000, he found mainstream fame with the films, The Way of the Gun, Traffic, Snatch, and The Pledge. In the turn of the millennium, he has starred in other popular works like Sin City, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. His recent roles also include Sicario 2: Soldado, Sicario, and Inherent Vice. As of 2020, the Puerto Rico-born actor has appeared in more than 59 projects, with an additional three in the works.
His Performances Have Earned Him Over 72 Award Nominations And 48 Wins
He may not be an integral part of pop culture as most of his Hollywood peers are, but he can match them for critical success. Since he made his onscreen debut in 1987, he has received over 72 award nominations from every major award body.
Benicio del Toro’s first recognition came in 1996, from the Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Male for his role in The Usual Suspects. He also received a Chicago Film Critics Association Awards nomination for his performance. The following year, he won another Independent Spirit Award for Basquiat, in the same category.
His first major win came in 2001, for the film, Traffic. His performance earned him victories in all the prominent critics’ awards, starting with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also won the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.
As Benicio’s filmography grew, he received recognition for other works like 21 Grams. The 2003 film earned him another Oscar and BAFTA nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His only Emmy nomination so far came in the 2019 miniseries, Escape at Dannemora, as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series.
His recent critical and commercial success, Sicario, earned him another BAFTA nomination. He also received nominations and won the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Detroit Film Critics Society Awards, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Awards, Gold Derby, Golden Schmoes, and Satellite Awards.
Benicio del Toro’s Films Have Made Over $5.6 Billion At The Box Office
Mostly known to be the delicate foil that wraps the story in a supporting role, Benicio del Toro has been a commercially attractive actor for movie studios. As a lead ensemble member or in a supporting role, his films have been box office hits, making over $5.6 billion in revenue.
In the rare cases of Benicio playing a lead role, often in independent films known for their low budgets, he has proven to be a safe bet. His lead roles have turned over $346 million from just eight films. As of 2020, his box office returns put him in the top 250 commercial actors in Hollywood history, at #224.
His high box office returns come from his appearances in hit projects like Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Traffic, and Sin City. Other equally successful outings include Licence to Jill, The Little Prince, Sicario, its sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and 21 Grams.
His Box Office Returns Made Him A $45 Million Net Worth
Being a box office draw means a considerable salary for Benicio del Toro, which has helped him to a large net worth. With more than 59 works in his filmography, most of which are films, he has accrued up to $45 million in estimated wealth. While his earnings come mainly from salary as an actor, he has also received payments working behind the camera.
He has produced over nine works, including the passion projects Che: Part One and Che: Part Two. Others include The Wolfman, Lovesickness, and Viva. He also worked as a director for the short film, Submission, and 7 Days in Havana. How much each project earned him remains undetermined, but they have contributed to his impressive net worth.
There is still a lot to learn about how Benicio del Toro spends his millions. While he undoubtedly enjoys the luxury his fortune affords him, his trademark reclusiveness has kept details outside of media reach. We do know, however, that he is a supporter of environmental causes like the Yo Limpio, a Puerto Rico campaign. His child with Kimberly Stewart has also cost him a few thousands a year in child support.
Benicio del Toro Has Been Linked to Many Women, But He Is Still Single
His love life is one other area in Benicio del Toro’s life filled with several unknowns. Admirers and fans have had to settle for speculations and the odd paparazzi sighting. In all, Benicio is single, possibly still looking for lasting love.
Over the years, he has reportedly had a few tries, starting with the French actress, Chiara Mastroianni, whom he supposedly dated between 1998 and 2001. In the years following their breakup, a few women have popped into the Traffic actor’s dating history.
He and Heather Graham briefly dated in 2001, and he had a thing with fashion model and writer, Sophie Dahl, in September 2002. Before the MCU brought them together, rumor has it that Benicio and Scarlett Johansson hooked up in an elevator in 2004.
In the same year, Benicio allegedly began a relationship with American actress Sarah Foster, which ended in 2006. He reportedly had a thing with Lindsay Lohan in February before having a brief relationship with Catherine Kenner in 2008. Two years afterward, he began a relationship with his only confirmed partner so far – Kimberly Stewart.
His Fling With Kimberly Stewart Birthed A Daughter
There is no official reason why Benicio del Toro has refused to exchange marital vows with anyone. The Sicario actor has mostly kept his relationships simple, but he has welcomed the higher calling of being a father. He had an on-and-off relationship with Kimberly Stewart, model, fashion designer, and daughter of the rock singer, Sir Rod Stewart in 2010.
But while the relationship did not go anywhere, it produced a daughter, born after the two had parted ways. Although they were no longer a couple, del Toro remained part of the process and was at Stewart’s side in the delivery room. He has continued to play an active role in Delilah’s life, born on August 21, 2011.
Co-parenting never rekindled a relationship between Benicio and Stewart, but it did teach the actor many lessons. Sharing the effect of fatherhood on him in 2018, he revealed his daughter has helped him master the art of staying calm and how to compromise. It may not be the conventional way, but the actor appears to be enjoying his life as a single father.