Benicio del Toro who is best known for his role in TV shows and films like “Traffic”, “21 Grams”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Escobar: Paradise Lost” is a Puerto Rican actor/producer who has been active in the industry since 1987. He has citizenships of the USA, Spain, and Puerto Rico.
|Full Name||Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez|
|Date of Birth||February 19, 1967|
|Birth Place||San Germán, Puerto Rico|
|Parents||Gustavo Adolfo del Toro Bermúdez
Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera
|Net Worth||US $45 million|
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Benicio del Toro’s real name is Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez. He was born to parents Gustavo Adolfo del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera on the day of February 19 of 1967 in San Germán which is located in Puerto Rico. His father and mother both worked as lawyers. He grew up with his elder brother Gustavo. He was often referred to as Beno by his family.
He grew up as a Roman Catholic. He studied in a Roman Catholic school located in Miramar. After his mother died of Hepatitis, he moved to Pennsylvania with his father and brother. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy. He initially studied business at the University of California. Soon after, he dropped out and pursued acting and went to Circle in the Square Theatre School.
Benicio del Toro made his film debut in 1988 with the film “Big Top Pee-wee” in which he played the role of Duke, the Dog-Faced Boy. The film was directed by Randal Kleiser. In 1989, he acted in the role of Dario in the film “Licence to Kill” which was directed by John Glen. In 1991, he appeared in the film titled “The Indian Runner” in which he played the role of Miguel Aguilera. In 1992, Benicio del Toro played the role of Alvaro Harana in the film titled “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” which was directed by John Glen.
In 1993, he appeared in the film titled “Fearless” in which he played the role of Manny Rodrigo. The film was directed by Peter Weir. The same year, he appeared in the film “Golden Balls” in which he played the role of Bob, the friend from Miami, and in the film “Money for Nothing” in the role of Dino. 1994 saw him appear in the film titled “Swimming with Sharks” in which he performed the role of Rex. The same year, he appeared in the film “China Moon” in which he played the role of Detective Lamar Dickey.
In 1995, Benicio del Toro acted in the film titled “The Usual Suspects” in the role of Fred Fenster. The following year, he appeared in the film “The Funeral” in the role of Gaspare Spoglia, in “Basquiat” as Benny Dalmau, and in the film “Joyride” in the role of Detective López. In 1997, he acted in the film titled “Excess Baggage” in which he played the role of Vincent Roche. In 1998, he appeared in the film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in the role of Dr. Gonzo. The film was directed by Terry Gilliam.
In the 2000 film titled “Traffic,” he played the character of Javier Rodríguez. The same year, he arrived in the film “The Way of the Gun” in the role of Harold Longbaugh. In 2001, he emerged in the movie “The Pledge” in the role of Toby Jay Wadena. 2003 saw him appear in the role of Jack Jordan in the film “21 Grams”. In 2005, he appeared in the film titled “Sin City” in which he played the role of Jack Rafferty. 2007 saw him appear in the film titled “Things We Lost in the Fire” in the role of Jerry Sanborn.
In 2008, he appeared in the film “Che” in the role of Che Guevara, also being the director of the film. In 2010, he appeared in the film “The Wolfman” in which he played the role of Lawrence Talbot / The Wolfman, also becoming the producer of the film. In 2011, Benicio del Toro did the narration for the film “The Upsetter” which was directed by Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough and appeared in “Savages” as Lado in 2013.
2013 saw him portray the titular role of Jimmy Picard in the film “Jimmy Picard” which was directed by Arnaud Desplechin. In 2014, Benicio del Toro appeared in the film “Guardians of the Galaxy” as James Gunn and in the film “Escobar: Paradise Lost” in the role of Pablo. In 2017, he appeared in the film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in the position of DJ.
2018 saw him appear in the film “Avengers: Infinity War” in the role of The Collector and the film “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” in the role of Alejandro Gillick. In 2019, he appeared in the film “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” in the voice role of Swiper the Fox. In 2021, he will be appearing in the film titled “The French Dispatch” in the role of Moses Rosenthaler.
Benicio del Toro and Kimberly Stewart had a baby together in August of 2011. They named their daughter Delilah Stewart. He gained Spanish citizenship in November of 2011 since he had ancestry in Spain. He is dedicated to environmental conservation and he became the spokesperson of a Puerto Rican environmental organization in 2003. He also joined a campaign that gathered artists to preserve the environment.
Height, Weight, and Age
Benicio del Toro stands 1.88 meters tall and weighs nearly 90 kg as of December of 2020. He is 53 years old.
Benicio del Toro is not running on any social media platforms.
Benicio del Toro’s net worth is estimated to be around US$ 45 million as of December of 2020 making most of his fortune from acting in various films and TV shows. Alongside acting, he also earns money from being a producer.