Photo of Javier Bardem Javier Bardem

Born March 1, 1969, into a family of entertainers on the Canary Islands, Javier Bardem established a pattern early in his acting career of playing the hunk in Spanish director Bigas Luna's sexually charged films. Bardem also worked occasionally with acclaimed director Pedro Almodóvar, but it took an Oscar-nominated role in Before Night Falls (2000) -- the plaintive biopic about the life of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas -- to propel Bardem into the international spotlight.

Bardem chose his subsequent roles carefully, turning in nuanced performances in The Dancer Upstairs (2002), director Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside and director Michael Mann's Collateral (both 2004).

In 2007, Bardem earned his first Oscar and Golden Globe statuettes and a slew of other accolades playing a stony gun-slinging killer in No Country for Old Men. 2011 brought him another Oscar nod for the haunting drama Biutiful.

Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

2008 PG-13

In this Golden Globe-winning yarn, Javier Bardem stars as a flamboyant painter in the midst of a unique relationship with two female tourists -- who are unaware that his insanely jealous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture.

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