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Benicio Del Toro is an American actor known for his roles in The Usual Suspects and the Academy Award winning part in Traffic.
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A standout even among the film's impressive ensemble cast (including Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Don Cheadle), Del Toro's bilingual (English and Spanish) performance as Javier Rodriguez, a Mexican police officer, earned the actor a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. (The role was so central to the film that at the yearly Screen Actors Guild honors,
In the first months of 2001, Del Toro was seemingly ubiquitous; in addition to Traffic, he played the gangster Frankie Four Fingers in Snatch (also late 2000), a crime caper directed by Guy Ritchie and costarring Brad Pitt. He also appeared in Sean Penn's The Pledge (2001), starring Jack Nicholson, as a mentally disturbed Native American man wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of a young girl. Del Toro continued to take on challenging roles over the next few years. He played a born-again ex-con in 21 Grams (2003) with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. He went on to portray a violent cop in Sin City (2005), which was based on Frank Miller's graphic novels and directed by Roberto Rodriguez. Upcoming films include Things We Lost in The Fire and The Argentine, in which he portrays revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Del Toro has also had a taste of the other side of filmmaking: he wrote, produced, and directed a short film, Submission, starring Matthew McConaughey, which screened at the Venice Film Festival in 1995.
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