Javier Bardem, born on March 1, 1969, is a celebrated Spanish actor known for his Academy Award-winning role as Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men.” With additional Oscar nominations and a range of accolades including a Golden Globe and multiple Goya Awards, Bardem has a diverse filmography that spans from Spanish dramas like “Jamón jamón” to international hits like “Skyfall” and “The Little Mermaid” (2023). He holds the unique status of being both the first and only Spanish actor to win an Academy Award.
Off-screen, Bardem is married to actress Penélope Cruz and serves as a Greenpeace ambassador. Born into a family deeply rooted in Spanish cinema and political activism, Bardem originally studied painting before financial needs steered him toward an acting career. His complex roles mirror a life equally filled with nuance and challenges.