Birth Name: Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez
Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date of Birth: February 19, 1967
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (including Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Italian, Indigenous, possibly other)
Benicio del Toro is a Puerto Rican actor and film producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Traffic (2000).
He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the son of Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera and Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermúdez. He moved to the continental United States at the age of thirteen. Benicio is famous for his appearances in the films Frank Miller’s Sin City, Snatch, and as Che Guevara in Che.
Benicio has stated that he has Spanish, Italian, Indigenous, Puerto Rican, and Basque ancestry.
Benicio has a daughter with television personality Kimberly Stewart. Kimberley is the daughter of singer Rod Stewart.
Benicio is fluent in Spanish and uses his language ability in his film performances. He holds Spanish citizenship, and has stated: “Mi familia viene de España. Mi madre era muy Española” (“My family comes from Spain, my mother was very Spanish”).
Benicio’s paternal grandfather was Benicio Sanchez Castaño (the son of Felipe Sanchez Osorio and Genoveva Castaño Rivera).
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