• Javier Bardem to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem will receive the 2,484th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, one day before the release of the James Bond film “Skyfall,” in which he plays the villain.

    “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes will join Bardem in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

    Bardem was born on March 1, 1969, in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands to a family filled with actors and filmmakers. His mother and older sister are actresses, as was a grandmother. A grandfather was also an actor, as is his older brother. A late uncle was a screenwriter and director.

    Bardem made his film debut when he was 6 years old in “El Picaro.” He acted in several television series as a teenager and toured Spain with an independent theatrical group.

    Bardem was propelled to fame in 1992 for his role as a potential underwear model and would-be bullfighter in “Jamon, jamon,” which also starred his future wife, Penelope Cruz.

    Bardem won a best supporting actor Oscar in 2008 for his portrayal of the sociopathic killer Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men,” which also brought him Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

    Bardem received a best actor Academy Award nomination in 2001 for his portrayal of Cuban poet and dissident Reinaldo Arenas in “Before Night Falls,” which also brought him a Golden Globe award nomination. Bardem received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination in 2011 for “Biutiful.”

    Bardem is the first Spaniard to be nominated for an Academy Award and the first to win one.

    Bardem also received Golden Globe nominations for his performances in “The Sea Inside” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

    Bardem’s other memorable films include “Eat, Pray Love,” “The Dancer Upstairs,” “Mondays in the Sun,” “Collateral,” “Love in The Time of Cholera” and “Goya’s Ghosts.”

    Following “Skyfall,” Bardem will appear in the Terrence Malick- directed romantic drama “To the Wonder,” due to be released in April, and the legal thriller “The Counselor,” directed by Ridley Scott, set to be released next November.

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