Dario Grandinetti (born 1959)

An Argentine Legend

Acting is a difficult craft, and an easy craft. Difficult for the skill required, easy because of the joy which comes from using that skill. It’s above all a discipline that can take years to master. Certainly professionals in the field go on stage and make their performance look entirely natural, and not affected. That’s because they’ve practiced a variety of exercises and disciplines to pull that off. Between regular workouts, regular character studies, and rehearsals that can last months on end, actors go through the ringer to acquire their skills; and oftentimes have a cavalcade of uphill obstacles to overcome before they make it big. Between politics, skill, finances, and life in general, it’s near impossible to become an actor. To become a paid actor is downright fantastic; and to have a career that spans thirty years is astonishing.

Dario Grandinetti was born in 1959, and has been working as an actor professionally since the early eighties. Since 1984, he has starred in over thirty films and nine different television series. He is an Argentine actor, and one of the few who has worked under the direction of Pedro Almodovar; this in the Acadamy Award winning movie “Talk to Her“. He has begun the transition to cinema gradually, and with increasing success has landed a variety of interesting, engaging roles that have endeared him to Latin communities everywhere.

Grandinetti actually began his career on television. It was initially his intention to work toward film and use work on conventional TV as a stepping stone in that direction. Mainly Argentine productions compass his career. As far as foreign productions are concerned, his first one was El Dia Que Murio El Silencio. This took place in Bolivia, and came out in 1998. He has worked on a number of Spanish films as well, and has made numerous guest appearances on Spanish TV series. Among Argentine actors, he is considered one of the most important. 2012 saw Grandinetti winning an international Emmy for his work in Televisión por la Inclusión.

Grandinetti’s climb to fame, like so many, has been long, slow, and hard. It has required extensive work over long hours with no promise of reward at the end, and the Grace of God elsewhere. He is fifty-six years old, and has been working since his early twenties. That kind of career isn’t made overnight, and it doesn’t end overnight either. It’s the sort that takes time to accumulate the proper momentum. In that time skills are acquired every bit as integral as those a musician, body builder, architect, programmer, engineer, or politician acquire. It isn’t just about being able to fulfill the needs of a role in a production. It has to do with being able to fit the vision of a director who is himself working for a higher mandate. It’s knowing which jobs to take, and which jobs to avoid, and it’s knowing above all who you are as an individual, and what that means to the world.