Antonio Banderas is the first of our handsome men in (or from) Spain. Probably one of Hollywood’s best known Spanish actors, he is very easy on the eye too. Enjoy!
Antonio was born in August 1960 to Ana Banderas and José Rodriguez in Benalmádena in Málaga. His mother was a teacher, and his father a policeman. From a very young age, Antonio’s dream was to be a footballer. However, an injured foot when he was just fourteen meant he had to say goodbye to that idea.
His early acting career saw him join a theatre troupe, which saw him arrested a number of times for his involvement in politically sensitive productions. In the very early eighties, Antonio met Pedro Almodovar – who cast him almost immediately in some groundbreaking roles and movies.
Antonio spoke very little English when he first hit Hollywood in 1991 (thank you Madonna for making that happen). However, he quickly became fluent and this enabled him to bag roles in such films as Evita, Assassin, The Mask of Zorro and Interview With a Vampire. His movies range from comedy to action, and he is still one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. He has appeared in approximately 90 movies since his movie career begain in 1982.
Antonio still visits Málaga regularly and is a “mayordono de trono” of a Roman Catholic brotherhood in Málaga, and returns for the annual “Holy Week” processions with his family… despite his claims to being agnostic. He has also invested in Andalucia, including a half share in the Banderas Anta Vineyard in Burgos.
Antonio has had his fair share of famous ladies. Madonna spotted him back in the early nineties and staked her claim, despite him already being married at the time to Ana Leza. In 1996 Antonio married Melanie Griffith, in a low key ceremony in London, just one month after finalising his divorce to Ana Leza. Antonio and Melanie have a daughter together.
Antonio Banderas – Model
Despite Antonio’s sultry good looks, he has tended to steer clear of the modelling world, although he has graced the cover of PlayGirl magazine, and posed nude inside. He was also the face of Pulsar for a time, as part of an advertising campaign.
- Year of birth: 1960
- Starsign: Leo
- Height: 5’8″
You can find Antonio Banderas online in the following places:
- Official website – none at this time
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