Antonio Banderas

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Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas

Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces who was a soccer player until he broke his foot at age 14, is now a Hispanic film star best known as Zorro.

He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. His father, Jose Dominguez, was a policeman in the Spanish civil guards. His mother, Dona Ana Banderas, was a school teacher. Young Banderas was brought up a Roman Catholic, but eventually had freed himself from a religious indoctrination. He wanted to play soccer professionally and made much success playing for his school team until the age of 14, albeit his dream ended when he broke his foot. At that time he developed a passion for theatre after seeing the stage production of 'Hair'. Banderas began his acting studies at the School of Dramatic Art in Malaga, and made his acting debut at a small theatre in Malaga. He was arrested by the Spanish police for performance in a play by Bertolt Brecht, because of political issues. Banderas spent a whole night at the police station, he had three or four such arrests while he was working with a small theatre group that toured all over Spain and was giving performances in small town theatres and on the street.

In 1981, at the age of 19, he moved to Madrid with the desire of becoming an actor. Being a struggling young actor, he also worked as a waiter and took small modeling jobs. At that time he joined the group at the “National Theatre of Spain“, becoming the youngest member. Banderas's stage performances caught the attention of Pedro Almodovar, who cast the young actor in his film debut, “Labyrinth of Passion” (1982). Banderas and Almodovar joined forces in making films during the 1980s. In 1984 Banderas made headlines in Spain with his performance as a homosexual, making his first on-screen kiss with another guy in Almodovar's “Law of Desire” (1987). In 1991 he appeared as Madonna’s lover in “Madonna: Truth or Dare”...
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