Welcome to JavierBardem.com, fansite of the masterful Spanish actor. Javier Bardem may be best known for his role as a sociopathic killer in the movie No Country for Old Men, for which he won a 2007 Academy Award. He also won legions of fans and won over critics by portraying the main antagonist in the 2012 James Bond thriller Skyfall.
Born in the Canary Islands of Spain, Bardem was raised solely by his actress mother Pilar Bardem. His father, Cuban businessman Jose Carlos Doussinague, passed away in 1995. He has a long and accomplished pedigree of actors and filmmakers in his background, and they date back to the very earliest days of Spanish cinema.
The Early Years
As a child, Javier spent time with his mother on many film and theater sets. It was clear to all that it would not be long until he made his silver screen debut. At the age of 6, he did just that, appearing in the Spanish film El Picaro (The Scandal). But his first love was painting, and Javier as a teenager did not feel he would follow in his family’s footsteps.
He went on to study painting at at Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Madrid, Spain for four years. While in school, he would take small acting jobs to support his painting, but he soon came to realize that he did not have to skills to be a serious painter.
He than took up acting, playing in a number of small roles, and even worked for one day as a stripper while he struggled as a young actor.
Getting That Big Break
Javier got a bit of notice when he finally landed a small part in a major motion picture. The Ages of Lulu, which was shot when he was 20 years old, as it featured him along with his mother in a bit part. But the director of that film was so impressed with his skills and potential, he cast him as the male lead in his next motion picture, Jamon in 1992. In this picture, he plays a bullfighter, who also happens to be an underwear model.
As he continued to work, in 1997 he caught the eyes of English speaking world, and was offered his first part. He turned down the offer from director John Malkovich down because of his poor command of the English language. He would later gain experience in English speaking films over the next few years. After gaining experiencing by acting in over two dozen films, he got international attention for his work in the film Before Night Falls.
His career continued to build, and in 2007, he worked in two major films, one of which was No Country for Old Men, which won him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, the first for a Spaniard.
The Actor Today
Javier speaks English just fine these days, and he got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. He also recently came out as an atheist, which had to bring grief to his family who raised him as a devout Catholic. In July of 2010, he married long-time girlfriend Penelope Cruz, and they have two children, a boy and a girl. They are known for being very tight-lipped about their private life.