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Banderas is a Spanish actor. He first gained wide attention through a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar, between 1982 and 1990. His breakthrough role was as the character “Ricky” in “Átame!” (English-language title: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), which was a minor success in the United States. He subsequently moved to the U.S. and began appearing in American films; some of his earlier roles there included the 1992 film, “The Mambo Kings”, as well as a supporting role in the Oscar-winning 1993 film, “Philadelphia”. He appeared in several major Hollywood releases in 1995, including a starring role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed film, “Desperado”.
Banderas has also frequently collaborated with his “Desperado” director, Rodriguez, who cast Banderas in the “Spy Kids” film trilogy and the final installment in the “Mariachi” trilogy (which he appeared in with Johnny Depp), “Once Upon A Time In Mexico”. Banderas’ sole credit as a director was the poorly-received “Crazy in Alabama” (1999), starring his wife Melanie Griffith. He also has received praise for being the first Spanish actor to portray the legendary Spanish swordsman, Zorro in “The Mask of Zorro” (1998) and its sequel, “The Legend of Zorro” (2005).