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[[caption-width-right:350:''[-[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Hello. I am Antonio........y Banderas. I am actor]].-]'']]

Want a real life example of a DashingHispanic? Antonio is your man. He began his acting career at age 19 with a series of films by director Creator/PedroAlmodovar. He is well-known for playing Franchise/{{Zorro}} in ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' and its sequel ''Film/TheLegendOfZorro'', the first Spaniard to play the Spanish Californian hero.

Kids are more likely to remember him as Puss-In-Boots in ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' (effectively Zorro as a cat) and Gregorio Cortez in ''Film/SpyKids''.

He is notably less typecast in Spain, where he is considered a very versatile leading man (thanks to that stint under Almodóvar). He's really beloved in his country for being the most internationally recognized Spaniard actor during the 90s, and helped to open the way to Hollywood for other of his countrymen like Creator/PenelopeCruz and Creator/JavierBardem (both of which are good friends with him).

And he sings. Beautifully.
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!!The... how do you say? Ah yes--roles:

* ''Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'' (1988) as Carlos. His most interesting role under Almodóvar. In a role directly contrary to his Hollywood typecasting as a DashingHispanic or badass, he plays a milquetoast [[HenpeckedHusband henpecked fiance]] who happens to be the son of the main character's ex-lover. It's weird.
* ''Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!'' (Spanish: ''¡Átame!'') (1990) as Ricky. A Spanish dark romantic comedy film written and directed by Creator/PedroAlmodovar. The plot follows a recently released psychiatric patient who kidnaps an actress in order to make her fall in love with him. He believes his destiny is to marry her and father her children. This is the role that brought Banderas to the attention of Hollywood.
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' (1993) as Miguel Alvarez
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' (1994) as Armand. Portrayed in the film as an adult rather than a youth, so as not to give the impression that Louis [[{{Ephebophile}} likes 'em]] [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld young]].
* ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' (1995) and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' (2003) as El Mariachi
* ''Film/{{Assassins}}'' (1995) as Miguel Bain
* ''Film/{{Evita}}'' (1996) as Che: [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified Revolutionary]], [[FramingDevice narrator]], not-really-{{Expy}} of ''that'' Che.
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' (1998) ''Film/TheLegendOfZorro'' (2005) as Alejandro Murietta, the new Franchise/{{Zorro}}.
* ''Film/The13thWarrior'' (1999) as Ahmad ibn Fadlan, NonActionGuy turned BadassBookworm off to defeat [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} Grendel]]... Er, cannibal Neanderthals with Vikings.
* ''Film/SpyKids'' films (2001 2003; 2011) as Gregorio Cortez, father to the main kids and part of the BadassFamily.
* ''Film/{{Original Sin|2001}}'' (2001) as Luis Vargas
* ''Film/{{Femme Fatale|2002}}'' (2002) as Nicolas Bardo
* ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'' (2002) as Jeremiah Ecks
* ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' (2004 2010) as Puss In Boots, [[PuppyDogEyes adorable]] kitty and [[HitmanWithAHeart hired assassin]] who winds up [[IOweYouMyLife traveling with Shrek and Donkey]]. An AffectionateParody of Zorro.
** ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' (2011) -- Guess who?
* ''Film/LaPielQueHabito'' (2011), or "''The Skin I Live In''", also by Creator/PedroAlmodovar, as a MadScientist (well, mad plastic surgeon) Dr. Robert Ledgard. You'd be amazed at how effectively he does it.
* ''Film/RubySparks'' (2012) as Mort
* ''Film/TheExpendables3'' (2014) as Galgo, a RetiredBadass BloodKnight mercenary, and a ''veeery'' obnoxious MotorMouth.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' (2015) as Burger-Beard the Pirate.
* ''Film/TheThirtyThree'' (2015) as Mario Sepulveda, leader of a group of miners trapped in a collapsed Chilean mine.
* ''Film/{{Automata}}'' (2015) as Jaqc Vaucan, an insurance investigator dealing with robots that apparently GrewBeyondTheirProgramming.
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