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A Mexican-American writer-director known for his fast-paced, independent features, Robert Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas, on June 20, 1968, and honed his craft directing his large family of amateur "actors" in homemade movies shot with a Super 8 camera.

He first caught the attention of Hollywood execs with El Mariachi (1992), which cost a mere $7,000 to film, and delivered again with Desperado (1995) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) before revisiting his low-budget roots with the El Mariachi sequel, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).

In the new millennium, Rodriguez has also ventured into mainstream family fare with the Spy Kids trilogy (2001, 2002 and 2003) and reteamed with fellow director Quentin Tarantino (who had co-starred in From Dusk Till Dawn) for the stylized crime noir Sin City (2005) and the compilation horror film Grindhouse (2007).

Robert Rodriguez in From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn

1996 R

Robbers-on-the-lam Seth and Richard Gecko take an ex-preacher and his kids hostage. On a race to the Mexican border, they rendezvous at a cantina, not knowing the owners and clientele are bloodthirsty vampires in this ode to 1960s horror movies.

  • Robert Rodriguez in Sin City Sin City
  • Robert Rodriguez in Once Upon a Time in Mexico Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  • Robert Rodriguez in Four Rooms Four Rooms
  • Robert Rodriguez in Grindhouse: Planet Terror Grindhouse: Planet Terror
  • Robert Rodriguez in Machete Machete
  • Robert Rodriguez in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Robert Rodriguez in Spy Kids 3: Game Over Spy Kids 3: Game Over
  • Robert Rodriguez in Roadracers Roadracers
  • Robert Rodriguez in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Robert Rodriguez in The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl
  • Robert Rodriguez in High Hopes High Hopes
  • Robert Rodriguez in Shorts Shorts
  • Robert Rodriguez in Machete Kills Machete Kills
  • Robert Rodriguez in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
  • Robert Rodriguez in Side by Side Side by Side
  • Robert Rodriguez in Spy Kids Spy Kids
  • Robert Rodriguez in Bullfighter Bullfighter
  • Robert Rodriguez in Champion Champion
  • Robert Rodriguez in Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh
  • Robert Rodriguez in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Spy Kids: All the Time in the World