If you have seen the movies; Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and The Shape of Water (2017), which earned him Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture, then you will attest to Guillermo del Toro’s touch of genius. Although known as an actor and filmmaker, Del Toro is also an author who had first worked as a special effects makeup artist.
Del Toro’s work has its roots in fairy tales and horror which is as a result of a lifelong fascination with monsters. Read on to find out more about him, his two other accomplices (Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu) who have been dubbed “The Three Amigos of Cinema,” and much more.
Guillermo del Toro’s Biography
Guillermo del Toro was born Guillermo del Toro Gómez in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on October 9, 1964, to parents; Guadalupe Gómez and Federico del Toro Torres. He was raised in a strict Catholic household where that had conservative values. He attended the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos, at the University of Guadalajara.
Growing up, Del Toro has always shared a deep passion for the arts and usually experimented with his father’s Super 8 camera. In school, he studied special effects and make-up with the ace special-effects artist Dick Smith. After a decade working as a special-effects make-up designer, he went on to form his own company, Necropia. Del Toro also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival. He would later also form his own production company, the Tequila Gang.
In his over thirty years of film production and directing, Guillermo del Toro has directed a wide variety of films, such as the highly successful Blade II, Hellboy, which are both comic book adaptations. More so, he has directed several horror movies and historical fantasies, with The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, being among his most critically acclaimed work.
In addition to directing, he has also produced films like Cronos (1993), Mimic (1997), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2013) and Crimson Peak (2015).
In a surprising stroke of determination, Del Toro turned down series of chances to direct movies such as Blade: Trinity (2004), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); all to enable him focus more on his dream project: Hellboy (2004).
His career has seen him collaborate with many producers and directors. Most prominent among his long list of collaborators is Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu. The trio have been of immense help and influence to each other and have been dubbed the “Three Amigos”. Together, they founded the production company Cha Cha Cha Films, through which they released their first project, Rudo y Cursi, in 2008.
In 2017, Del Toro laid out his works in an exhibition titled Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It featured his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. The exhibition lasted over two months; from March 5, 2017, to May 28, 2017. In October 2018, he announced that he was reviving a dark stop-motion film project based on the Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio; which was earlier terminated due to funding shortage. The revival of the project came after Netflix decided to offer support.
Guillermo del Toro is divorced. He was previously married to Lorenza Newton, cousin of the Mexican singer Guadalupe Pineda. The two met and began dating when they were both students at the Instituto de Ciencias in Guadalajara. Together, they had two children.
The couple separated in early 2017 and finalized their divorce in September of the same year. The successful producer has since his divorce not been linked to any other person.
Guillermo del Toro Net Worth
As of 2019, Guillermo del Toro’s net worth is estimated to be around $20 million. While he is widely considered to be the best paid Mexican director of all time, there are no details available to reveal how much he takes home per annum.
Thanks to his earnings, Del Toro maintains residences in Toronto, Canada, and Los Angeles, USA and often travels to Guadalajara to visit his family every six weeks. More so, he owns two houses meant solely for his collection of books, poster artwork and other possessions relating to his work.