José Antonio Domínguez Banderas, better known to international film fans as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish actor, director, film producer and singer. Born in 1960, Banderas had early dreams of becoming a football star until an injury sidelined his career aspirations. He began exploring theater and worked in several small troops around Spain, eventually catching the eye of legendary Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. Almodóvar cast the young actor—then just 22 years of age—in his debut film, "Laberinto de Pasiones" ("Labyrinth of Passion"). The pair would work together on a series of successful films in the 1980s that would put both on the path to international stardom. They reunited in 2011 for "La piel que habito" ("The Skin I Live In").
This handsome and talented young actor caught the attention of Hollywood, and he made his American film debut in 1992's "The Mambo Kings." His breakthrough performance as Tom Hanks' life partner in 1993's "Philadelphia" introduced his work to a wider American audience and helped him secure future roles that put him alongside such top Hollywood stars as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Madonna and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He achieved great success in the film series "Spy Kids" with director Robert Rodriguez. Banderas' voice-over work as the charming and humorous Puss in Boots in the "Shrek" series of films has led to a feature film devoted to the character, 2011's "Puss in Boots."
Banderas has won or been nominated for numerous awards in both the Spanish and Hollywood film industries. He received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame in 2005. He is also an accomplished singer, and earned a Tony nomination and several awards for his performance in the musical "Nine." In addition to work on stage and screen, Banderas has also produced nine films and directed three.
Antonio Banderas is married to American actress Melanie Griffiths and the couple has a daughter.
Banderas collaborated with celebrated Spanish fragrance company Puig to release a series of fragrances for men and women, to international success.