Actor born February 19, 1967 in Santurce, Puerto Rico to lawyer parents.
Benicio is Hollywood's latest "It" boy having made memorable performances in films such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Usual Suspects, and most recently Traffic and Snatch, a movie directed by Guy Ritchie, Madonna's hubby.
Benicio got his start making guest appearances on television shows like Miami Vice and in a mini-series called Drug Wars: The Kiki Camarena Story. His first feature film performance was as "Duke the Dog-Faced Boy," in the sequel to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Big Top Pee-Wee. It was all uphill from there.
His exotic (read: non white) good looks and heavy lidded bedroom eyes lead one critic to compare del Toro to "James Dean channeling Ricardo Montalban." In actuality he exudes an aggressive and smoldering sexuality that makes Brad Pitt look like a pansy.