Javier Bardem

Date Of Birth:
1 March 1969
Place Of Birth:
Las Palmas, Canary Islands
Best Known As:
The really, really bad guy in No Country For Old Men
Spanish actor Javier Bardem won an Oscar as best supporting actor for his role in the 2007 drama No Country For Old Men. Raised in a family of actors and filmmakers, Javier Bardem was a child actor who grew up in Madrid and appeared on Spanish television throughout his teen years. His breakout film role came in 1992's Jamón, jamón (with young Penelopé Cruz), and over the next decade Javier Bardem earned praise for his versatility and his strong performances in the films Boca a boca (1995), Carne trémula (1997) and Segunde piel (1999). His portrayal of a tortured Cuban writer in Before Night Falls (2000) brought him an Oscar nomination, the first ever for an actor from Spain. Javier Bardem worked mostly in European films, but his turn as a composed and persistent killer in No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers's film version of the Cormac McCarthy novel, brought him international praise and made him a genuine movie star in America. Alternately brawny and sensitive, he followed that film with two roles as a romantic lead, in Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) and in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008, with Scarlett Johansson). Javier Bardem was again nominated for an Oscar as best actor for the 2010 Spanish-language film Biutiful. Bardem is at home in crowd pleasers like the James Bond movie Skyfall and the Disney feature Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), and he also appears in smaller art house dramas such as Mother! (2018) and Everybody Knows (2018, with Cruz). His portrayal of Desi Arnaz in the film Being the Ricardos (2021, opposite Nicole Kidman), earned him another Oscar nomination.
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Javier Bardem “played competitive rugby for years,” according to a 2010 story in The Daily Beast… The title Biutiful “refers to the orthographical spelling in Spanish of the English word beautiful as it would sound to native Spanish speakers,” according to Wikipedia.

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