Banderas was born in Málaga, Andalucía, Spain, in 1960 to Ana Banderas, a school teacher, and José Domínguez Prieto, a police officer in the Guardia Civil. He initially wanted to become a professional soccer player until a broken foot sidelined his dreams at the age of fourteen. While performing with the theatre, Banderas caught the attention of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in his 1982 film debut, Labyrinth of Passion. The film’s success earned Banderas wide recognition, and the following year was given a role in Neil Jordan’s high-profile adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, which allowed him to share the screen with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. He appeared in several major Hollywood releases in 1995, including a starring role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed film, Desperado and the antagonist on the action film Assassins co starred with Sylvester Stallone.
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