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Full Name: Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sanchez

Date of Birth: February 19, 1967

Place of Birth: San Germán, Puerto Rico

Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

Children: Delilah Genoveva Stewart Del Toro (born on August 21, 2011 in Los Angeles)

Famous friends: Johnny Depp

Favorite Football Club: Fulham Football Club

Favorite Albums:

1. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
2. Bruce Springsteen : Darkness on the Edge of Town
3. The Clash: Sandinstal
4. Bob Dylan: Desire
5. Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
6. The Who: Who’s Next
7. Lou Reed : The Blue Mask
8. Carlos Santana: Lotus
9. Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard
10. The Beatles: Revolver

Favorite Books:

1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
2. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
3. The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo by Oscar Zeta Acosta
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
6. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
8. City of Night by John Rechy
9. Legs by William Kennedy
10. Movie Monsters by Denis Gifford

Favorite Movies:

1. Creature From The Black Lagoon
2. Andrei Rublev
3. Taxi Driver
4. Memories of Underdevelopment
5. Papillon
6. The Unholy Three
7. The Tree of the Wooden Clogs
8. This Strange Passion
9. Battle of Algiers
10. The Lusty Men

– Son of Gustavo Del Toro and Fausta Sanchez-Del Toro, and Godson of Sarah Torres (all lawyers).
– Passionate about oil painting.
– Sent to boarding school in Pennsylvania when he was 13.
– Has one brother, Gustavo, who is two years older and is a physician in the US.
– Mother died when he was nine.
– Family urged him to become a lawyer because they felt there was no future in acting.
– Studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting on a scholarship.
– Attended the University of California – San Diego (UCSD)
– Burned himself with cigarettes repeatedly for the elevator scene in Las Vegas parano (1998) because the real ‘Oscar Zeta Acosta’ did as well. The shots of the burn were cut.
– Turned down the role of Frida Kahlo’s husband Diego Rivera in Frida (2002) because of the weight gain that would be required, despite that earlier, for Las Vegas parano (1998), he had gained 40 pounds for his character.
– Was offered the role of Reinaldo Arenas in Avant la nuit (2000) that eventually went to Javier Bardem. He turned it down to be in friend Christopher McQuarrie’s Way of the Gun (2000).
Attended Mercersburg Academy (graduated in 1985). He was a basketball star and artist there, but not an actor.
– He badly injured his wrist during a stunt fight during the filming of William Friedkin’s Traqué (2003). He fell on his wrist as he dove for a knife and actor Tommy Lee Jones fell on top of him. He was injured so badly that he was out of work for months, even though the film was virtually completed. He required 3 hours of therapy daily and reportedly there is a question whether he will regain full use of the wrist.
– He was originally cast as Darth Maul in Star wars: Episode I – La menace fantôme (1999). After the majority of the character’s lines were removed from the script by George Lucas, Benicio left the project.
– Was an extra in a Madonna video (La Isla Bonita).
– Bryan Singer explains in the same DVD featurette [Special Edition DVD] that he wanted to cast a younger Harry Dean Stanton type. Anyone familiar with Harry Dean Stanton knows the man need not utter a line in order to present a complete, unique personality to the audience. Mr. Stanton is a character actor. This is what character actors do. Singer wanted a young character actor and coincidentally, Kevin Spacey had worked with such a talent when he made the 1994 film “Swimming with Sharks”. On Spacey’s suggestion, Del Toro met with Singer.
As both Del Toro and Singer recall, there was no audition for the role of Fenster. Del Toro told the director he would give him a character and if he didn’t like the portrayal, he would provide another. Singer trusted Del Toro and the actor showed up with plucked eyebrows, disco outfits and a mumbling delivery that confused and alarmed the other players. The men of the main ensemble even approached Singer with their worry. They told him they couldn’t understand a single word Del Toro was saying. Singer reassured the cast that all would be well and this is how Benicio Del Toro managed to transform a nothing part into one that would change his career…
– Auditioning for the movie [Licence To Kill] was torture for the perfectionist Benicio Del Toro. Horribly disappointed with his performance [as Robert Davi’s henchman, Dario], he begged the casting director for another try that same day, and was permitted. He’s since told the story of how Bond franchise owner Cubby Broccoli attended his next effort. The uber-producer arrived, said hello, took his seat and instantly nodded off, his head lolling on his chest. Waking up after Benicio’s audition he asked, ‘How tall are you?’ Receiving the reply “6’2,’ he gave a curt ‘Good’ and Del Toro had the part of the youngest Bond villain ever.
– Timothy Dalton has a permanent scar on his hand from this film. Benicio del Toro really cut him with a knife.