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15 Spectacular Secrets You Did Not Know About Benicio del Toro

1. Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sanchez , known professionally as Benicio Del Toro, is a Puerto Rican actor.

2. He has won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Javier Rodríguez in the film Traffic .

3. He is also known for his roles as Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects , for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award.

4. He has also portrayed Taneleer Tivan/The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

5. Del Toro was born on February 19, 1967, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera, who were both lawyers.

6. Del Toro, whose childhood nicknames were “Skinny Benny” and “Beno”, was raised a Roman Catholic At age 12, he moved with his father and brother to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, where he was enrolled at the Mercersburg Academy.

7. Del Toro began to surface in small television parts during the late 1980s, playing mostly thugs and drug dealers on programs such as Miami Vice and the NBC miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.

8. Work in films followed, beginning with his debut in Big Top Pee-wee and as Dario in the 007 film Licence to Kill, in which the 21-year-old Del Toro held the distinction of being the youngest actor ever to play a Bond henchman.

9. Del Toro continued to appear in movies including The Indian Runner .

10. His career gained momentum in 1995 with his breakout performance in The Usual Suspects, where he played the mumbling, wisecracking Fred Fenster. The role won him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and established him as a character actor.

11. Del Toro also shared the screen with Robert De Niro in the big budget thriller The Fan, in which he played Juan Primo, a charismatic Puerto Rican baseball star.

12. He subsequently starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in Excess Baggage , which Silverstone produced.

13. Returning from a two-year hiatus after Fear and Loathing, Del Toro gained a mainstream audience in 2000 with a string of performances in four high-profile films.

14. First up was The Way of the Gun, a crime yarn that reunited him with The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, making his directorial debut.

15. As Javier Rodriguez —a Mexican border cop struggling to remain honest amid the corruption and deception of illegal drug trafficking —Del Toro, who spoke most of his lines in Spanish, gave a performance that dominated the film.

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