Guillermo del Toro Biography

Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: October 9, 1964

Nationality: Mexican

Famous: Directors T V & Movie Producers

Sun Sign: Libra

Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Males

Also Known As: Guillermo del Toro Gómez

Born in: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Famous as: Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Height: 1.78 m

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Lorenza Newton (m. 1986–2017)

father: Federico del Toro

mother: Guadalupe del Toro

children: Mariana Del Toro, Marisa Del Toro

religion: Catholicism

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education: University of Guadalajara

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Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, author and former special effects makeup artist whose romantic dark fantasy film 'The Shape of Water' won the 'Best Picture' award and earned him the 'Best Director' award at the 90th Academy Awards. While the film also won two more awards and had a total of thirteen nominations, it was not his first film to win Oscars. He previously won three Oscars for another of his dark fantasy film, 'Pan's Labyrinth'. His other notable movies include 'Cronos', 'The Devil's Backbone', 'Blade II', 'Hellboy', and 'Pacific Rim' – all of which have dark fantasy or horror themes. He is the co-author of 'The Strain' book trilogy and TV series with Chuck Hogan, and has been credited for co-writing 'The Hobbit' trilogy. Prior to becoming a director, he worked as a special-effects make-up designer for ten years. He is good friends with two other prominent Mexican filmmakers, Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and they are collectively known as 'The Three Amigos of Cinema'.

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Guillermo del Toro
Childhood & Early Life
  • Guillermo del Toro Gómez was born on October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to automotive entrepreneur Federico del Toro Torres and Guadalupe Gómez. He was raised in a Catholic household and described his upbringing as "morbid", stating that it made him intolerant of authoritarianism.
  • He developed an interest in making short dark fantasy films with 'Planet of the Apes' toys and his father's Super 8 camera since he was only eight. He created about 10 short films till high school. He later attended the film school, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos, in Guadalajara, from where he graduated in 1983.
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Career
  • Guillermo del Toro began his filmmaking career in 1993 with the Spanish-language Mexican horror drama film 'Cronos', starring Federico Luppi and Ron Perlman, which depicted the story of an antiques shopkeeper who undergoes vampiric transformation. His first feature film, it was selected as the Mexican entry for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' at the 66th Academy Awards, even though it failed to earn nomination.
  • In 1997, he received $30 million budget from Miramax Films for his next directorial venture, 'Mimic', an American science fiction horror film in which New York City is infested by gargantuan insects. While his relation with Miramax soured during the production of the film, and he did not succeed in obtaining a final cut, he later released a director's cut version in 2011.
  • Following his Hollywood disappointment, he went back to direct the Spanish-language gothic horror film, 'The Devil's Backbone' (2001), set in Spain during the final year of the Spanish Civil War. The film, for which he again collaborated with Federico Luppi, was received favorably by critics and audiences upon its release.
  • For his next project, 'Blade II' (2002), he kept the horror and supernatural themes, but wrapped it around the eponymous human-vampire hybrid comic-book superhero. Wesley Snipes reprised his role from the 1998 film 'Blade' for the sequel, which was a box office success and received mixed to positive reviews from critics.
  • In 2004, he teamed up with Ron Perlman for another supernatural comic-book adaptation – this time about the demon-turned-superhero Hellboy, loosely based on a Dark Horse Comics graphic novel. The eponymous film earned critical acclaim and also succeeded at the box office, prompting him to write and direct the 2008 sequel 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'.
  • In between the two Hellboy movies, del Toro went back to the Spanish Civil War setting to write, produce and direct the Spanish-language dark fantasy drama 'Pan's Labyrinth' (2006). With its parable-like story and themes reminiscent of 'The Devil's Backbone', the film opened to widespread critical acclaim and received numerous international awards, including three 'Oscars' and three 'BAFTAs'.
  • In April 2008, Peter Jackson hired him to direct the live-action film trilogy based on 'The Hobbit' by J. R. R. Tolkien, but due to the financial issues faced by MGM, the project was delayed. While he left the project in May 2010, he was still credited as the co-writer for the three installments of the series.
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  • Guillermo del Toro became an author in 2009 with the release of his vampire horror novel 'The Strain', co-written with Chuck Hogan, which spawned two sequels, 'The Fall' (2010) and 'The Night Eternal' (2011). In 2014, he directed the pilot of a TV series for FX, based on the trilogy, which ran successfully for four seasons.
  • In 2013, he directed the sci-fi action film 'Pacific Rim', a movie about giant monsters and gigantic mecha suits called 'Jaegers', the screenplay of which he co-wrote with Travis Beacham. The film, which starred Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi in principal roles, pleased fans and critics equally and became his most commercially successful film.
  • His next film was the gothic horror movie 'Crimson Peak', starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam, which he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Cox. The movie released in October 2015, during the Halloween season, and was received with generally positive reviews.
  • In August 2016, he filmed the Cold War drama 'The Shape of Water' over three weeks in Toronto with Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon as the main cast. The film, once again containing his recurring dark fantasy themes, was released in August 2017, and became a critical and commercial success, earning him four 'Oscars' including 'Best Picture' and 'Best Director'.
  • His production company and Disney had jointly announced at the D23 Expo in 2009 the original animated project, 'Trollhunters', which he eventually moved to DreamWorks in late 2010. The first season of the show, released worldwide on Netflix on December 23, 2016, became the most-watched kids original ever on the network and is considered to be one of the best children's animated series.
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Major Works
  • Guillermo del Toro's two films 'The Devil's Backbone' and 'Pan's Labyrinth' set in the backdrop authoritarian leader Francisco Franco's Spain, are among his most critically acclaimed works. 'Pan's Labyrinth' gave him international recognition, earning $80 million worldwide, and became one of the top-grossing foreign releases in the United States.
  • 'The Shape of Water' is his most celebrated work which earned nearly $195 million worldwide against a budget of $19.5 million. It was nominated for 13 Oscars and won four, apart from numerous other accolades including two Golden Globe awards and three BAFTA awards
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Guillermo del Toro began dating Lorenza Newton, cousin of Mexican singer Guadalupe Pineda, while both of them were studying at the Instituto de Ciencias in Guadalajara. The two later got married and had two children, but their divorce was finalized in September 2017.
  • His father was kidnapped in Guadalajara in 1997, following which he paid the ransom with financial help from his good friend filmmaker James Cameron. While his father was released 72 days after being kidnapped, the culprits were never apprehended, and the family eventually moved abroad in "involuntary exile".
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Trivia
  • After Guillermo del Toro's was treated poorly by Miramax, his friend James Cameron had almost come to an altercation with Miramax co-founder and owner Harvey Weinstein during the 70th 'Academy Awards'.
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1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

  (Drama, War, Fantasy)

2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

  (Fantasy, Family, Adventure)

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

  (Fantasy, Adventure)

4. The Orphanage (2007)

  (Mystery, Thriller, Drama)

5. Biutiful (2010)

  (Romance, Drama)

6. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

  (Drama, Horror)

7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

  (Adventure, Fantasy)

8. The Shape of Water (2017)

  (Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Horror, Thriller)

Awards

Academy Awards(Oscars)
2018 Best Achievement in Directing The Shape of Water (2017)
2018 Best Motion Picture of the Year The Shape of Water (2017)
Golden Globe Awards
2018 Best Director - Motion Picture The Shape of Water (2017)
BAFTA Awards
2007 Best Film not in the English Language El laberinto del fauno (2006)

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