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Diego Luna

Diego Luna was introduced to worldwide audiences with his starring role in the award-winning "Y Tu Mama Tambien,¯ alongside life-long friend Gael GarcĆ­a Bernal for director Alfonso Cuaron. Beginning his professional acting career on stage at the age of seven and making his television debut at age twelve in "El Abuelo Y Yo,¯ Luna has appeared on stage in such theater productions as "De Pelicula, La Tarea¯ (based on Jame Hurnberto Hermosillo's movie of the same name), Comedia Clandtina¯ and El Cantaro Roto,¯ for which he accepted the 1996-1997 "Masculine Revelation Award¯ from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Under the direction of Antonio Serrano ("Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas¯), he performed Sabina Berman's Moliere.¯ He produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare¯ in Mexico for which he won the 2001-2002 "Best Comic Actor¯ award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers.

Luna's feature film directorial debut, "Abel¯, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. "Abel¯ is a heartwarming story about a peculiar young boy who assumes the role of "Man of the house¯ and the positive impact his actions have on the family and their unity.

Luna and Bernal most recently reunited as actors in Carlos Cuaron's "Rudo y Cursi.¯ Luna recently starred in the award-winning "Milk¯ opposite Sean Penn for director Gus Van Sant. He also enjoyed a successful run on stage as an actor and producer in John Malkovich's "The Good Canary.¯

Luna directed the documentary "Chavez¯ that premiered at 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The film explores the life of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, whose rise from humble circumstances to thirty-seven world title fights mirrored the struggle of his people and allowed him to win the hearts of the world. Chavez was created under the banner of Canana, the international film and television production company based in Mexico City that Luna founded with Bernal and Pablo Cruz. The company focuses on story-based projects of Latin American origin, with a worldwide market perspective. Canana's main objective is not only to develop projects that serve their needs as actors, but also to open doors to new talent and produce film and television projects with a contemporary vision. Canana recently produced Luna's film ABEL¯ and Bernal's directorial debut. Canana's Deficit¯ premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2007.

Luna's additional feature films include Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely,¯ Before Night Falls¯ for director Julian Schnabel, Luis Estrada's Ambar¯, Erwin Neumaier's Un Hilito De Sangre¯, Gabriel Retes' Un Dulce Olor A Meute,¯ Marisa Sistach's El Cometa,¯ Fernando Sarinana's Todo El Poder,¯ Criminal¯ for Stephen Soderbergh and George Clooney's Section Eight Productions, The Terminal¯ for director Steven Spielberg, Solo Dios Sabe¯ (What God Knows,¯) Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,¯ "Open Range¯ alongside director and star Kevin Costner, "Frida¯ opposite Salma Hayek for director Julie Taymor, Carambola,¯ Fidel¯ (for Showtime), Ciudades Oscuras,¯ and Soldados de Salamina¯ for director David Trueba. Additionally, Luna has starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges' "El Ultimo Fin Del Ano¯, the Oscar-winning short film.

Luna currently resides in Mexico City.


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Diego Luna Facts

Birth Name Diego Luna Alexander
OccupationActor
BirthdayDecember 29, 1979 (37)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

Selected Filmography

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Book of Life
Elysium
Frida
Contraband
Blood Father
Book of Life, The Blu-ray
The Terminal
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