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Javier Bardem

Highest Rated:   93% No Country for Old Men (2007)
Lowest Rated:   8% The Last Face (2017)
Birthplace:   Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Possessing a chameleon-like ability to disappear into his characters, which frequently renders him unrecognizable save for his piercing eyes, it's no wonder that Javier Bardem chose to pursue a career as an actor given his family's long history in show business. Always hesitant to play the same type of character twice, the very foundation of Bardem's career is his remarkable ability to so immerse himself in character that audiences never even see the actor. Each role is a transformation that occurs both mentally and physically, and Bardem's hesitance to embrace celebrity culture and make a conscious effort to break into the American market has only served to make him more alluring to stateside filmmakers. Born the youngest member of a family of actors in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, in 1969, Bardem's first role came at the age of six with the film El Picaro (aka The Scoundrel). Bardem was a shy boy who immediately took to acting, and numerous television roles as well as a stint touring with an independent theater company found the young rugby enthusiast increasingly dedicated to the stage. An interest in painting led Bardem to study at Madrid's Escuela de Artes y Officios, but following a series of odd jobs and the realization that he would never develop the skills to become a great artist, he eventually drifted back into acting. Moving into the 1990s, Bardem's collaborations with such filmmakers as Pedro Almodóvar (High Heels [1991] and Live Flesh [1997]) and J.J. Bigas Luna (Jamón Jamón [1992] and Huevos de Oro [1994]) found his popularity as a Spanish screen star growing. Goya-nominated for his performances in both Jamón Jamón and Huevos de Oro, Bardem took home the award for his roles in Dias Contados (1994) and Boca a Boca (1995), and it was becoming increasingly clear that a formidable international talent was emerging. Though some may have regarded Bardem as little more than a beefcake sex symbol due to his steamy early roles, a turning point came with the release of 2000's Before Night Falls. A thoughtful look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, Bardem took over the role after Benicio Del Toro abandoned the it, and his physical transformation stunned audiences worldwide. Arenas was an ultimately tragic figure who eventually committed suicide while living in poverty in New York City, and Bardem prepared tirelessly for the role by changing his diet, immersing himself in Arenas' works, and traveling to Cuba to speak with those who knew the writer personally and to learn the Cuban dialect. In addition to drawing the actor international accolades, the role also found Bardem making history as the first Spanish actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. Though the offers came flooding in following the success of Before Night Falls, Bardem remained steadfast in his resistance to the Hollywood system. Turning down roles in such blockbusters as The World is Not Enough, it became increasingly obvious that Bardem was indeed sincere in his intentions to remain thoughtful about his career choices. Following his role in actor John Malkovich's directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs (2002), Bardem's role as an unemployed dockworker in Fernando León de Aranoa's Mondays in the Sun (also 2002) again found the actor drawing praise. Though the film ultimately didn't take home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, it did net Bardem another Best Lead Actor Goya in addition to being voted Best Film at the awards.In 2004 Bardem joined forces with director Alejandro Amenabar for the euthenasia drama The Sea Inside , earning solid reviews for his work as a man fighting to die with dignity. He bolstered his status as an international leading man with Milos Foreman's Goya's Ghosts in 2006, but the following year would bring Bardem the most substantial praise of his career to that point with his work in the Coen Brothers No Country for Old Men. His portrayal of the remorseless, amoral killer earned him near


Highest Rated Movies



68% Being the Ricardos
  • Desi Arnaz
83% Dune
  • Stilgar
91% The Good Boss
  • Actor
43% The Roads Not Taken
  • Leo
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben)
  • Paco
No Score Yet Sanctuary
  • Producer
31% Loving Pablo
  • Pablo Escobar
No Score Yet Thy Kingdom Come
  • Actor
68% mother!
  • Him
$17.3M 2017
8% The Last Face
  • Miguel Leon
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Capt. Salazar
$172.6M 2017
No Score Yet Madre
  • Actor
16% The Gunman
  • Felix
$8M 2015
31% Autómata
  • Blue Robot
No Score Yet Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia (Sons of the Clouds)
  • Actor
34% The Counselor
  • Reiner
$14.7M 2013
47% To The Wonder
  • Father Quintana
$0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Alacrán Enamorado
  • Solís
92% Skyfall
  • Silva
$299.4M 2012
No Score Yet Looking Back on Love: Making Black and White America
  • Actor
No Score Yet Milos Forman: Co te nezabije... (Milos Forman: What doesn't kill you...)
  • Actor
No Score Yet Killing Pablo
  • Actor
66% Biutiful
  • Uxbal
$5.2M 2010
36% Eat Pray Love
  • Felipe
$80.6M 2010
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • José Antonio
$23.2M 2008
No Score Yet Extasis
  • Actor
93% No Country for Old Men
  • Anton Chigurh
$74.3M 2007
27% Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Florentino Ariza
$4.6M 2007
30% Goya's Ghosts
  • Brother Lorenzo
$0.8M 2007
No Score Yet Invisibles
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within)
  • Ramón Sampedro
$1.9M 2004
86% Collateral
  • Felix
$100.1M 2004
38% Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)
  • Uncredited
80% Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol)
  • Santa
64% The Dancer Upstairs
  • Det. Lt. Agustin Rejas
$2.5M 2002
73% Before Night Falls
  • Reinaldo Arenas
$2.8M 2001
No Score Yet Segunda Piel (Second Skin)
  • Diego
No Score Yet Los Lobos De Washington
  • Actor
No Score Yet Entre las piernas (Between Your Legs)
  • Javier
81% Live Flesh (Carne trémula)
  • David
No Score Yet Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health
  • Actor
36% Perdita Durango
  • Romeo Dolorosa
No Score Yet Éxtasis (Ecstasy)
  • Rober
No Score Yet Not Love Just Frenzy
  • Actor
33% Mouth to Mouth (Boca a Boca)
  • Victor Ventura
No Score Yet El Detective y la muerte (The Detective and Death)
  • Detective Cornelio
No Score Yet Días Contados (Numbered Days) (Running Out of Time)
  • Lisardo
No Score Yet La Teta i la lluna (The Tit and the Moon)
  • Actor
No Score Yet Huevos de oro (Golden Balls)
  • Benito Gonzalez
No Score Yet The Bilingual Lover (El Amante Bilingüe)
  • Actor
53% Tacones Lejanos (High Heels)
  • TV Floor Manager
69% Jamón Jamón
  • Raul
No Score Yet Ages of Lulu
  • Jimmy


No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest

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