Antonio Banderas – bright star
Antonio Banderas, famous Hollywood actor, was born on August 10, 1960 in Malaga, Spain into a family of a police officer and a teacher. His full name is Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas. The boy wanted to become a professional football player. At the age of 14 he had a foot injury. So his sports career was over, but the boy didn’t want to give up. He decided to attend drama classes and soon realized his love for acting. At the age of 15 he worked at the theatre company in Malaga, carrying stage-property and sweeping the floor. Sometimes he performed very small parts. Later he formed a travelling theatre company and toured through Spain. In Madrid Banderas joined the National Theatre of Spain, where he was discovered by the famous film director Pedro Almodovar. Very soon he started acting in his movies.
Antonio graduated from the School of Dramatic Arts in Malaga.
In 1986, Antonio met Ana Lesa, critic and actress. Banderas fell in love. He wrote poems and songs in her honor. Six months after the first meeting Banderas and Lesa got married. They were together for four years. Then the actor was invited to star in The Mambo Kings and went to Los Angeles. Ana went with him.
In 1991 Banderas acted in Truth or Dare where his partner was Madonna. A year later his role in Mambo Kings brought him recognition in the United States. At that time the Spanish actor didn’t speak a word of English and had to learn the lines phonetically. However, since then he has made great progress.
After The Interview with a Vampire he captured the hearts of women all over the world. In Evita Antonio’s voice was not dubbed, he sang the songs himself.
In Shrek the actor provided the Puss in Boots’ voice both in English and Spanish versions.
The actor is said to be kind, generous, very intelligent and optimistic. His love for his family, for Spain and for life itself is worthy of respect.
Antonio met famous actress, Melanie Griffith in 1995. Both were married at that time. Their love was so strong that they divorced their spouses and married each other in 1996. They have a daughter, Estella del Carmen. Melanie Griffith has two children from her previous marriages.
Melanie and Antonio seemed to be happy and very much in love. They have been married for 18 years.
Banderas and Griffith operated their own company, Green Moon Productions.
During his career the popular actor worked with the world famous film directors and starred together the most beautiful women in Hollywood.
They say the actor had a love affair with Madonna.
Banderas is seriously engaged in wine-making, he has his own vineyard in Spain.
The actor is actively involved in charity work and he is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.
The Hollywood star takes part in community activities against environmental pollution, poverty and epidemics, and discrimination against women. In 2010, he presented his photo series entitled Secrets on Black at auction.
For more than ten years he produces perfumes.
In 2010 Banderas became a founder of a Moto team.
In 2015, Antonio became a student of the British college Central Saint Martins.