Javier Bardem Biography

Javier Bardem is a renowned Spanish actor. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

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Birthday: March 1, 1969

Nationality: Spanish

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Age: 51 Years, 51 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem

Born in: Las Palmas

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Penélope Cruz

father: Carlos Encinas

mother: Pilar Bardem

siblings: Carlos Bardem, Mónica Bardem

children: Leo Encinas Cruz, Luna Encinas Cruz

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Spanish actor Javier Bardem is one of the most well-known actors in the global film industry due to his exemplary body of work in Spanish and English films in a career that has stretched for over two decades. Javier Bardem hails from an influential Spanish film family; his mother and grandparents were actors and his uncle was a renowned screenwriter and director. Initially, Javier Bardem wanted to be a painter but once he had decided to ditch the painters’ brush for the camera, his life turned around and he became one of the most well-known faces in world cinema even without appearing in Hollywood for a long time. ‘Jamon Jamon’ is one of his earlier Spanish films that made him an internationally noted actor of rare talent but his inability to speak English made him unsuitable for many projects that came his way early on in his career. Bardem learned English and then made his foray into English language films. His performance in the 2007 film ‘No Country for Old Men’ is regarded as the most important role of his career due to the menace that he brought to the screen in his portrayal of a cold blooded assassin.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Javier Angel Encinas Bardem was born on 1 March 1969 in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Canary Islands of Spain, to Jose Carlos Encinas Doussinague and Pilar Bardem. His father was a businessman while his mother is an actress.
  • Bardem grew up among those associated with films due to his family’s association with the Spanish film industry for many generations and in spite of having an interest in acting, he wanted to become a painter. He was only six years old when he appeared in his first film. The film was titled ‘El Picaro’.
  • Bardem studied at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios in order to get trained as a painter. In fact, he did start off as a painter but did not find the sort of success that he aspired for and when he struggled with his finances he took up stray acting jobs. In 1989, he appeared on the TV show ‘The Day Ahead’ on Spanish television and decided to give up on painting as a career.
  • When Bardem was 20 years old he appeared in his first film titled ‘The Ages of Lulu’ and his performance in the film led to him being cast in the film ‘Jamon Jamon’ that released in 1993. ‘Jamon Jamon’ was a major success and Bardem became a known face internationally. In the same year, he also starred in the film ‘Golden Balls’.
  • Bardem’s work in Spanish cinema was noticed by filmmakers from the English speaking world but he had to turn down roles because his English was not up to the mark and after taking English lessons he starred in the film ‘Perdita Durango’ in 1998. However, in the years following that following he continued to work in Spanish films.
  • Javier Bardem’s first foray into big budget productions was with the film ‘Before Night Falls’ that released in the year 2000 and his performance was praised by critics and fellow actors alike. It led to an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor as well and proved to be the big break of his career. Two years later he starred in the film ‘The Dancer Upstairs’ in which he played the role of a detective.
  • Javier Bardem’s next project was the Spanish film ‘Mar Adentro’ in 2004. The film was distributed in the United States under the title ‘The Sea Inside’ and the actor’s role as a euthanasia activist brought him plenty of plaudits. The same year Bardem was also cast in the role of a gangster in the film ‘Collateral’.
  • The year 2007 was one of the highlights of Javier Bardem’s career as he starred in the films ‘No Country for Old Men’ by Coen Brothers and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. Bardem’s portrayal of the assassin Anton Chigurh in ‘No Country for Old Men’ was widely appreciated and his work gave him worldwide recognition. The character has been regarded by many as among the most iconic villains in Hollywood history.
  • In 2008, Bardem starred in the Woody Allen film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ alongside Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. Bardem’s next big project was the Spanish film ‘Biutiful’ that brought him a lot of plaudits and also led to him being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, something that was unprecedented considering the fact that the film was a Spanish one.
  • In 2012, Javier Bardem was cast as the villain in the Bond film ‘Skyfall’ and his performance in the role was well received by critics and audiences alive. He followed it up with the film ‘Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony’.
Major Works
  • Javier Bardem has delivered exemplary performances in a wide variety of roles throughout his career as one of the leading actors of his generation but his role in the 2007 film ‘No Country for Old Men’ is without doubt his most important work. He received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for that role.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2008, Javier Bardem won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as the BAFTA Award and Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in the film ‘No Country for Old Men’.
  • Bardem won the award for Best Actor at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for his role in the film ‘Biutiful’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Javier Bardem got married to Penelope Cruz in the year 2010 after having dated for three years. They have a son and a daughter.
Net Worth
  • Javier Bardem has an estimated net worth of $20 million.

1. No Country for Old Men (2007)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller)

2. The Sea Inside (2004)

  (Romance, Drama, Biography)

3. Skyfall (2012)

  (Action, Thriller, Adventure)

4. Mondays in the Sun (2002)

  (Comedy, Drama)

5. Collateral (2004)

  (Thriller, Crime, Drama)

6. Biutiful (2010)

  (Romance, Drama)

7. Carne trémula (1997)


8. Before Night Falls (2000)

  (Biography, Drama, Romance)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
2008 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role No Country for Old Men (2007)
Golden Globe Awards
2008 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture No Country for Old Men (2007)
BAFTA Awards
2008 Best Supporting Actor No Country for Old Men (2007)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2013 Best Latino Actor Skyfall (2012)

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