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Javier Bardem

As Spain's most internationally acclaimed actor, Javier Bardem has captivated audiences worldwide with his diverse performances. In 2008, Bardem received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his chilling portrayal of sociopath killer, Anton Chigurh, in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men. The performance garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, and countless film critic awards and nominations.

Bardem will also soon star in Terrence Malick's film, To the Wonder, featuring an all-star ensemble that includes Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. The film follows the story of a romantic drama centered on a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage to a European woman falls apart.

Bardem recently co-produced and starred in Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony, a film documenting how the colonization of the Western Sahara has left nearly 200,000 people living in refugee camps. In October 2011, Bardem and his co-producer Alvaro Longoria, the film's director, addressed the United Nations General Assembly's decolonization committee, urging the delegates to end human rights abuses in the region. The film premiered at the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival in January and has since been acquired by Canal Plus in Bardem's native Spain.

Bardem was awarded the Best Actor prize at the 2010 Cannes film festival for his performance in Alejandro Innaritu's Biutiful. This performance also earned him his third Academy Award nomination. Bardem received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the Cuban poet and dissident Reinaldo Arenas, in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls. He was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, received Best Actor honors from the National Society of Film Critics, the Independent Spirit Awards, the National Board of Review, and received a Golden Globe nomination for this role.

Bardem won the Best Actor Award at the Venice film festival for his performance in Alejandro Amenábar's film The Sea Inside, making him only the second actor to win the award twice. He also won a Goya Award and received a Golden Globe nomination for this role. Bardem has won The Goya Award, Spain's equivalent of the Oscar, five times and has received a total of eight nominations.

Other notable film credits include Sony's Eat, Pray, Love, opposite Julia Roberts; Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona where he was once again nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award; John Malkovich's directorial debut The Dancer Upstairs; Fernando León de Aranoa's Mondays In The Sun, which was named best film at the San Sebastian film festival; Michael Mann's Collateral; Mike Newell's Love In The Time of Cholera; and Milos Forman's film Goya's Ghosts opposite Natalie Portman.

Additional other film credits include Luna's Golden Balls, Dias Contados for which he won Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Mouth to Mouth, Ecstasy, Dance with the Devil, Washington Wolves, Second Skin, High Heels, Live Flesh, and Jamon Jamon.

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Javier Bardem Facts

Birth NameJavier Ángel Encinas Bardem
BirthdayMarch 1, 1969 (54)
BirthplaceLas Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Javier Bardem compared to you?
Awards2008 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for No Country For Old Men)
2008 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for No Country For Old Men)
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (for No Country For Old Men)

Selected Filmography

No Country For Old Men
Goya's Ghosts
Eat Pray Love
The Counselor
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Skyfall Blu-ray
Live Flesh
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