Spanish actor Javier Bardem was born on March 1st 1969 and is the youngest member of a very famous family of Spanish actors. His mother, Pilar Bardem, is a Spanish film and television actress and she raised Javier alone. His grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro and his uncle screenwriter and director Juan Antonio Bardem. Both his older brother and sister, Carlos and Mónica, are actors. Javier Bardem, Pilar Bardem, Mónica Bardem and Carlos Bardem often appear in one another’s films. The Bardem family also owns a restaurant in Madrid called La Bardemcilla which is managed by Mónica Bardem.
Javier Bardem acted in his first movie, “El Pícaro” (The Scoundrel) when he was only six years old and during his teenage years acted in several TV series (whilst also playing rugby for the Spanish national team). He started to make waves in 1992 with the Spanish movie “Jamon Jamon” in which he starred alongside future wife Penélope Cruz, and then got his breakthrough role in the 2000 movie “Before night falls”. Here he played the persecuted Cuban writer Reynaldo Arenas and received five Best Actor awards and a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal. Arenas battled censorship, imprisonment, AIDS and homosexual intolerance for the privilege to write freely, but committed suicide at the age of 47 in New York.
Javier Bardem became the first Spanish actor to receive an Academy Award nomination when he was nominated for Best Actor for “Before night falls” (losing out to Russell Crowe in Gladiator). Later in 2007 he became the first Spanish actor to win an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor in “No country for old men”. “No country for old men” was the film that brought Bardem international fame on a massive scale. Here he plays sociopathic assassin Anton Chigurh on the trail of Llewelyn Moss who is trying to deliver a fortune that is not his in 1980 West Texas. “No country for old men” is a crime thriller directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, also starring Tommy Lee Jones and Bardem’s close friend Josh Brolin which won numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.
After “No country for old men”, Javier Bardem went on to star in the 2008 Woody Allen romantic comedy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” alongside Penélope Cruz. Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz began dating and eventually married in July 2010. Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz actually met as far back as 1992 on the set of “Jamon Jamon” and worked together in “Live flesh” in 1997. They have always maintained a low public profile and refuse to talk about their private life to the press. On 14th September 2010, it was announced that Penélope Cruz was four and a half months pregnant with their first child. Leo Encinas Bardem was born on 22nd January 2011 at the Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, three days before Bardem received his third Oscar nomination, for his role in Spanish language movie Biutiful. Biutiful is a drama film directed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu and Bardem lost out in the awards to Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”.
Javier Bardem is to appear as the villain in the new James Bond movie “Skyfall”. Other notable Javier Bardem movies include Mar adentro, Love in the time of cholera, Collateral, and Goya’s ghosts.