As is often said, “a person’s record speaks for itself,” and for Benicio Del Toro, he’s earned bragging rights thanks to the plethora of awards to his name. He is not just good in front of the camera, he can equally hold his own on the reverse side of film making as a writer, a director as well as producer. The famed actor came to public attention in the mid-1990s as one of the most charismatic and watchable actors to grace the entertainment industry in years. A favorite of movie lovers, he had his big break on the set of the 2000 Traffic playing the role of a conflicted but basically sincere Mexican policeman Javier Rodriguez.
Benicio Del Toro won a total of four prestigious awards for his role in Traffic; they include an Academy Award, a BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Three years later in 2003, his performance in 21 Grams made him a nominee for Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards. He bagged two independent Spirit Awards consecutively for his roles in The Usual Suspects(1995) and Basquiat (1996). Between 1996 and 2008, Benicio recorded tremendous success on the set of several popular movies but his performance in the 2008 Che Guevara in Che made him a recipient of the Best Actor Award at both Goya and Cannes Film Festival. He also bagged several awards for his role in the 2015 Sicario.
Benicio Del Toro’s Bio
Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez was born in San Germán, Puerto Rico on the 19th of February 1976. Many members of the Del Toro family are involved in the legal system of Puerto Rico and his parents, Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera and Gustavo Adolfo del Toro Bermúdez were no exception as they are both practicing attorneys. He spent his formative years alongside an older brother who later became the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center located in Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York.
The famed actor has family connections with Carlos Arroyo – a Puerto Rican basketball player, Rebeca Pous Del Toro – Spanish Latin pop and eurodance singer and Eliseo Del Toro – a Puerto Rican singer. His great-grandfather Rafael Rivera Esbrí was renowned as one of the heroes of El Polvorin fire in Ponce and later served the city as mayor from 1915 to 1917.
The veteran actor is a Catholic by religious inclination and consequently, he attended a Catholic school Academia del Perpetuo Socorro also known as The Academy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Miramar, Puerto Rico. Benicio Del Toro just turned nine when he lost his mum to hepatitis and relocated with the rest of his family to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania where he joined the Mercersburg Academy, he spent his formative years there and upon graduating from high school, he heeded his dad’s advice and joined the University of California, San Diego, in pursuit of a degree in business.
Benicio wasted no time in dropping out of college after his success in an elective drama class and 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 the city of New York.
Wife, Girlfriend, and Daughter
Benicio Del Toro is still a single man but he has had his share of relationships with the opposite sex in the past. Most of his women came from the entertainment world. Sometime in the late 1990s, he dated Valeria Golino, they even took their relationship to the level of an official engagement which was later called off. Sophie Dahl was the flavor of 2002 while he spent the major part of 2006 in the arms of Lindsay Lohan.
An announcement came from the actor’s publicist that he was expecting a baby with Kimberly Stewart, though they were not in a formal relationship. Their daughter Delilah was born on the 21st of August 2011 and was baptized in Puerto Rico.
Other women that Benicio Del Toro has been linked with include Catherine Keener, Heather Graham, and Sara Foster. He also had affairs with Alicia Silverstone, Chiara Mastroianni, and Claire Forlani.
Benicio Del Toro’s Net Worth
With all his awards and accolades, it comes as no surprise that Benicio Del Toro is among the richest actors in the entertainment industry. His net worth which he earned majorly from acting is listed as $45 million.
The celebrated salt and pepper haired actor stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 cm, weighing 80 kg in body mass. Benicio Del Toro has hazel coloured eyes.