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"I never wanted to be the next Rock. I just want to be a good fucking actor. A respected actor."

David Michael Bautista (born January 18, 1969 in Arlington, Virginia) is an American actor, bodybuilder, mixed-martial artist and retired professional wrestler of Greek and Filipino (specifically Ilocano) descent.

Bautista rose to fame in pro wrestling, where he took the ring name Batista (see that page for his wrestling career and tropes). He wrestled for almost two decades, debuting in 2000 before announcing his retirement in 2019.

In between, he began an acting career, starting out with guest appearances on shows like Smallville and Chuck. He gained fame outside of wrestling fandoms with the role of Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Guardians of the Galaxy. Since then he's been a frequent face in action and Science Fiction franchises, with his roles frequently taking advantage of his physicality and imposing build, while also pushing the envelope in his dramatic chops.


Tropes about his works:

  • Baritone of Strength: His low, guttural voice is a perfect fit for the formidable, imposing characters he usually plays.
  • The Big Guy: He's 6''4 and built like a truck, which means his roles are often this.
  • Celebrity Endorsement:
  • Chronically Killed Actor: His characters tend to go out with big attacks that fit such a large man dying (he's pulled off a train in Spectre, shot after a long fistfight in Blade Runner 2049 and a helicopter fighter with a zombie in Army of the Dead, disintegrated in Avengers: Infinity War...).
  • Creator Backlash:
    • His performance in Wrong Side of Town helped him realize he still needed to take a lot of acting lessons before he could become an actual movie star.
    • While he's still grateful for the recognition the role gave him, Dave grew rather tired of playing Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after some time. His particular grievances had to do with the arduous makeup sessions, the lack of closure regarding Drax's enmity with Thanos, and his dissatisfaction with acting as Plucky Comic Relief within the Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was Bautista's last reprise of the role before leaving the franchise.
  • Production Posse:
    • Part of Denis Villeneuve's, who worked with him on Blade Runner 2049 and then cast him in his Dune films.
    • He's worked with James Gunn on all three Guardians of the Galaxy movies — even threatening to leave the franchise at one point after Disney's initial firing of Gunn. He eagerly volunteered for The Suicide Squad as well, only not taking a part in it down due to being offered the lead role in Army of the Dead because he wanted to work with Zack Snyder.
  • Star-Making Role: When it comes to filmmaking his visibility skyrocketed among those who don't follow wrestling after he was cast in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: Bautista first became famous for portraying the comedic Drax the Destroyer in the MCU. His later filmography had him lean towards taking much more serious roles, such as Glossu "Beast" Rabban in Dune, Scott Ward in Army of the Dead and Leonard in Knock at the Cabin.
  • What Could Have Been:

Alternative Title(s): Batista