Javier Bardem was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and has had success in Spanish and American cinema. Javier has acted in art films as well as big Hollywood blockbusters like Skyfall, No Country for Old Men, and is set to star in an upcoming continuation of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Javier is an academy award winning actor with many other accolades to supplement his acting resume. Bardem holds a star on Hollywood Boulevard and is continuing to find meaningful acting projects. Bardem is also engaged to Penelope Cruz, which brings us to the next Latin American actor on our list.
It’s no wonder that Penelope Cruz is known as the “Spanish Enchantress,” since she’s been enchanting the silver screen in Latin American, and American films for quite some time. Born in Madrid, Cruz has had an incredibly successful career in Hollywood. Known for her feature films as well as more meaningful Indy projects, Penelope Cruz is one of the most versatile actresses in the game. Cruz has starred in popular films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, and To Rome with Love. Cruz is married to Javier Bardem, with whom she has a son and daughter.
Joaquin Phoenix is one a household name among American and Latin American movie-goers. Joaquin’s career has taken him in many interesting directions. Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and started his acting career in television with his siblings. Phoenix has had tremendous success in Hollywood with such titles as Gladiator, Signs, Ladder 49, Walk the Line, and Her. Phoenix was nominated for and won the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of iconic country-folk singer Johnny Cash in 2006.
Salma Hayek is one of the most popular and recognizable Latin American actresses in Hollywood and across the world. Salma has had a prolific acting career and played many diverse roles over the course of her work as an actress. She’s had recurring roles in TV shows like 30 Rock and Ugly Betty, as well as multiple blockbuster films such as Wild Wild West, Across the Universe, and Frida. Her career is riddled with nominations for various awards and she was also named as one of Time Magazine’s most influential Hispanics in 2005.
Benicio Del Toro
Benicio Del Toro was born in San Germán, Puerto Rico, and has been a big figure in American and Latin American cinema since the the early 90s. Benicio has an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2000 film Traffic. In addition to this he’s also been nominated and won awards from other institutions for his work in films like Snatch, The Usual Suspects, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Del Toro will be reprising his role as “the Collector” in the 2017 sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He’s currently has a daughter with Kimberly Stewart who was born in 2011, but remains unmarried by choice.