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How much is Antonio Banderas Worth?
Antonio Banderas is an award-winning Spanish Actor, Producer, and Singer who has a net worth of $50 Million. He is a very popular Spanish actor who has starred in so many popular Hollywood movies that most of us have seen. He starred in The Mask of Zorro(1998), Assassins(1995), Desperado (1995), and recently, The Last Wish(2022).
Antonio Banderas made his acting debut in the US theatre in 2003, where he played Guido Contini in Nine, a musical. His performance in Nine won him a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. He has also done voice-overs for cartoons like ‘Shrek’ which acted as the voice of Puss in the boots.
Antonio Bandera was born José Antonio Dominguez Bandera on 10th August 1960 in Spain. His mother was Ana, a schoolteacher, his father was José Dominguez Prieto a Gendarme officer, and he also has a younger brother named Francisco.
Banderas as a young boy had aspirations to become a football star but the dream was hampered by a broken foot at the age of 15. He also had a strong interest in performing and acting, and this interest led him to form a part of ARA Theatre School and the College of Dramatic arts in Malaga. His performances in the theatre attracted the attention of the Spanish National theatre eventually.
Bandera’s acting career started in a small theatre in Malaga, after his studies at the school of dramatic arts. He was arrested severally by the police because of his roles in some plays, this was during the rule of General Francisco Franco.
Banderas caught the attention of Pedro Almodovar, a Spanish director who cast him in his film, Labyrinth of Passion in 1982. He also acted in that same director’s film Law of Desire five years later. He played a gay man and had his first on-screen man-to-man kiss which made him the talk of the media.
Banderas appeared in The Matador(1986) produced by Almodovar. Almodovar cast Banderas in his 1988 international movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. His role in the movie gained him a lot of popularity in the movie industry when he starred in Tie me up! Tie me down! (1989). Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! helped in boosting his popularity in Hollywood. Banderas’s career success has been attributed to Almodovar because he kept featuring Banderas in his movies.
Banderas was introduced to Hollywood by Madonna in 1991 when he starred in her documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare. He spoke minimal English at the time he began acting in US films a year later. Banderas still managed to put up good performances in US films despite having to learn his lines phonetically. His first Hollywood feature was in The Mambo Kings (1992).
Banderas became popular in America in the film Philadelphia (1993) which he starred with Tom Hanks. The film’s success was what earned Banderas wider recognition in the film industry. He was given a role in Interview with a Vampire which he acted alongside Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst. He kept appearing in several top Hollywood movies in 1995. Banderas starred in Desperado and was a hero in the action movie Assassins which he co-starred with Sylvester Stalone.
He also co-starred with Madonna in the musical Evita(1996). He also starred in Mask of Zorro, and The 13th Warrior.
Banderas collaborated with Robert Rodriguez in 2001 to make the Spy Kids trilogy. He starred in Original Sin by Michael Cristofer alongside Angelina Jolie in the same year. He starred in Femme Fatale and Frida in 2002. Banderas starred in the last chapter of the Trilogy Once Upon a Time in Mexico alongside Johnny Depp and Hayek.
Banderas made his debut as a director with Crazy in Alabama(1999) which was poorly received. He returned to the musicals scene in 2003, he appeared in the very popular broadway musical, Nine. Banderas won Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for his performance in the musical. He also won the HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors later that year.
Banderas played a voice role in Shrek 2, Shrek the third, and Shek Forever after as Puss in Boots. Antonio tried his hand at directing a second time with the film El Camino de lo ingleses in 2006. He received the L.A Latino Internation Film Festival’s “Gabi” Lifetime Achievement that same year. In 2005, he received a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Banderas marked his return to Almodovar’s with whom he hasn’t worked since the 1990s in the movie The Skin I Live In (2011). His performance in the film was termed one of the strongest performances in the movie. He voiced Puss in Boots once again in the spin-off sequel of Shrek.
Banderas starred in the 2018 NAT GEO series Genius: Picasso, he was cast as the famous Sculptor and Painter Picasso. He received a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Primetime Emmy Award for his performance. Banderas starred in the Spanish Movie Dolor y Gloria directed by Almodovar in 2019. This film was described by the director as a semi-autobiography. He won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie.
Banderas alongside Robert Downey Jr. appeared in a fantasy film Dollitle in 2020. He starred in Uncharted as the hero, Santiago Moncada in 2022. Banderas was just recently featured in the movie, The Enforcer. He is set to feature in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny a movie set to premiere in 2023.
Personal Life and Relationships
Banderas is a Catholic, he is involved in the Roman Catholic Religious Brotherhood. He is an avid supporter of Malaga CF, a football club that is based in his hometown Malaga. Antonio Banderas has received a number of honorary degrees; an honorary degree from Dickinson College (2000) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Malaga(2010).
He has confessed to having difficulties pronouncing certain English words. He had to change a line in the Mask of Zorro because the word “animal’ was in it. Banderas started a Fashion Design course at Central Saint Martins in 2015.
Antonio was married to Ana Leza (1986-1996). He later married Melanie Griffith, an American actress whom he met on the set of Two Much. They got married in 1996, they have a daughter Stella Banderas. They announced their divorce in 2014 in what they called ” a loving and friendly separation”. Antonio and his ex-wife are still close friends despite being divorced, and his stepdaughter Dakota Johnson refers to him as a bonus dad.
Banderas in 1996 alongside other popular Spanish figures appeared in a video in support of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party. He called for the United States and Europe to nationalize big corporations to help solve the global economic crisis.
In 2015, he took part in the fundraising event organized by Friends of Israeli Defense Forces(FIDF) to raise $31 million for Israeli Soldiers.
Businesses and Investments
Antonio Banderas owns 50% of a winery in Villalba de Duero in Spain, the winery produces rosé and red wines. Banderas also has investments in Andalusian products, he promotes them in US and Spain.
Antonio has also been in the fragrance and beauty company for over ten years as a brand ambassador to Puig. Banderas has promoted quite a number of fragrances like Diavolo, Diavolo for Women, Spirit, and also, Spirit for Women.
Banderas underwent surgery in 2019 for a non-critical tumor in his back. Bandera revealed that he had a heart attack which he termed ‘unserious and harmless” in 2017. He also underwent heart surgery where three stents were put in his arteries. He told the press that these events were a life-changing experience and gave him another perspective on life.
- Five Golden Globe Awards.
- Two Primetime Emmy Awards (2004, 2018).
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (2003).
- Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.
- European Best Film Actor.
- Goya Award for Best Actor.
- New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
He has also received several awards; he received a Tony Award Nomination for his role in Nine.
Antonio Banderas’s net worth is culled from not just money made from film, but his investments in Winery, Perfumery, and endorsement deals.
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