41 Facts About Javier Bardem


Javier Bardem has been nominated for three additional Academy Awards; Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful, and Aaron Sorkin's Being the Ricardos.


Javier Bardem is the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Academy Award as well as the first, and to date, only Spanish actor to win one.


Javier Bardem has received various other accolades, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, two Volpi Cups for Best Actor at Venice Film Festival and a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.


Javier Bardem has been married to actress Penelope Cruz since 2010.


In January 2018, Javier Bardem became the ambassador of Greenpeace for the protection of Antarctica.


Javier Bardem was born on 1 March 1969 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, Spain.


Javier Bardem's mother, Pilar Bardem, was an actress, and his father, Jose Carlos Encinas Doussinague, was the son of a cattle rancher.

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Javier Bardem changed jobs more than 10 times, leading to evictions and the children going hungry.


Javier Bardem's mother raised him and his elder siblings, Carlos and Monica, alone, both of whom have pursued an acting career.


Javier Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors dating back to the earliest days of Spanish cinema.


Javier Bardem is a grandson of actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Munoz Sampedro, and a nephew of screenwriter and director Juan Antonio Bardem.


Javier Bardem comes from a political background, as his uncle Juan Antonio was imprisoned by Franco for his anti-fascist films.


Javier Bardem was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith by his grandmother.


Javier Bardem played rugby for the junior Spanish National Team.


Javier Bardem went on to study painting for four years at Madrid's Escuela de Artes y oficios.


Javier Bardem worked as a stripper during his struggling acting career.


Javier Bardem came to notice in a small role in his first major motion picture, The Ages of Lulu, when he was 21, in which he appeared along with his mother, Pilar Javier Bardem.


Javier Bardem appeared in minor roles in Amo tu cama rica and High Heels.


Bigas Luna, the director of Lulu, was sufficiently impressed to give him the leading male role in his next film, Jamon Jamon in 1992, in which Javier Bardem played a would-be underwear model and bullfighter.


Javier Bardem featured in Sancho Gracia's Huidos, and starred in Bigas Luna's next film Golden Balls.


Javier Bardem's talent did not go unnoticed in the English-speaking world.


Javier Bardem's first English-speaking role came that same year, in with director Alex de la Iglesia's Perdita Durango, playing a santeria-practicing bank robber.


Javier Bardem received praise from his idol Al Pacino; the message Pacino left on Bardem's answering machine was something he considers one of the most beautiful gifts he has ever received.


Javier Bardem made his Hollywood debut in a brief appearance as a crime lord who summons Tom Cruise's hitman to do the dirty work of dispatching witnesses in the crime drama Collateral.


In 2007, Javier Bardem acted in two film adaptations: the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, and the adaptation of the Colombian novel Love in the Time of Cholera with Giovanna Mezzogiorno by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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Javier Bardem won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the 2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Supporting Actor.


Javier Bardem was originally cast to play fictional filmmaker Guido Contini in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Nine but dropped out due to exhaustion.


Javier Bardem went on to star alongside Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona where he earned his fourth Golden Globe Award nomination.


Javier Bardem won his 5th Goya Award, this time for Best Actor in Biutiful, dedicating the win to his wife, Penelope Cruz, and newborn son.


Javier Bardem received the 2,484th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 8 November 2012.


Javier Bardem publicly denounced the UN as unwilling to definitively resolve the human crisis there.


Javier Bardem portrayed the main antagonist, Armando Salazar, in 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the series.


In 2018, Javier Bardem appeared on screen alongside his spouse Penelope Cruz in Asghar Farhadi's feature film Everybody Knows.


In 2021, Javier Bardem portrayed Stilgar in Denis Villeneuve's science fiction drama Dune.


Javier Bardem's leading performance portraying a manipulative factory boss was considered among the finest of his career by critics, and clinched him a Goya Award.


Javier Bardem was set to play Frankenstein's Monster in the upcoming remake of the Bride of Frankenstein, directed by Bill Condon.


Javier Bardem has later said that while he does not believe strongly in the supernatural, he does not deny it.


In May 2011 Javier Bardem teamed up with The Enough Project's co-founder John Prendergast to raise awareness about conflict minerals in eastern Congo.


In 2007, Javier Bardem began dating Penelope Cruz, his co-star in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.


In July 2019, Javier Bardem signed a manifesto urging PSOE and Podemos parties to reach an agreement to form a ministry after the April 2019 elections in Spain.


In Madrid, in November 2019 during March for Climate, Javier Bardem gave a speech on stage where he called both the mayor of Madrid Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida and the US president "stupid".