Antonio Banderas Ethnicity, Race, Religion and Nationality

José Antonio Domínguez Banderas or more commonly called Antonio Banderas is an actor, composer, producer and film director. He was famous when playing the character Nestor Castillo in the film THE MAMBO KINGS (1992). This character who is identical to Zorro’s character was born in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain, on August 10, 1960.

Related to his personal life, Banderas divorced from his first wife, actress Ana Leza in 1986. He then remarried actress Melanie Griffith in 1996. From his marriage, he was blessed with the daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith, besides also having two stepchildren from Melanie.


Banderas has been in the acting world since he was 19 years old through the theater stage. Next, he had the opportunity to star in the film directed by Pedro Almodóvar between 1982 and 1990, to bring his name to fame. The films in this period include LABERINTO DE PASIONES (1982), MATADOR (1986), LA LEY DEL DESEO (1987), MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS (1988), and ÁTAME! (1989).

In 1992 through the film, THE MAMBO KINGS, was the first film in Hollywood and immediately achieved success. His good acting was also shown when starring in PHILADELPHIA (1993), DESPERADO (1995), and had appeared with Madonna in the film EVITA (1996).

Other famous Banderas films, such as ASSASSINS (1995), THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998), SPY KIDS trilogy (2001-2003), BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER (2002), ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO (2003), SHREK II and III (2004-2007), etc. The film has carved a name for Banderas, until a number of new contracts arrived at him, including several contracts for the 2010 project.

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