Demián Bichir

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Demián Bichir
Demián Bichir by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Demián Bichir Nájera
(1963-08-01) August 1, 1963 (age 54)
Torreon, Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Lisset Gutierrez (div. 2003)
Partner(s) Stefanie Sherk (2011–present)
Children 1
Parent(s) Maricruz Nájera
Alejandro Bichir
Relatives Bruno and Odiseo Bichir (brothers)
Family Bichir family

Demián Bichir Nájera (Spanish pronunciation: [deˈmjan biˈtʃir ˈnaxeɾa]; born August 1, 1963)[1] is a Mexican actor.[2][3][4] He is one of the Mexican actors for the Bichir family.[5] He began his acting career in Mexico, working on telenovelas and films. After moving to the United States, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for A Better Life (2011) and starred in the FX television series The Bridge.[6]

Early life[edit]

Bichir was born at Torreon, Mexico,[1][7] the son of actor Alejandro Bichir and actress Maricruz Nájera.[1] His brothers, Odiseo and Bruno Bichir, are also actors. He began his career in the theater and became a member of the National Theater Company in 1976, performing Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky among others. His mastery of the greats at a young age garnered him several awards from the Mexican Association of Theater Critics.[8]


Early career[edit]

Bichir in 2012

Bichir's first film role was the United States production Choices of the Heart. He got his first starring character in the telenovela El Rincon de los Prodigios, where he played a stranger performing miracles in front of the people and confronting the corrupt authorities. Bichir continued his acting roles in telenovelas with film productions between in Mexico, Spain and the United States. Bichir played Alfonso Carbajal, the half-brother of Luis Mario Gómez (José Ángel Llamas) in Nada Personal.

Mexican film breakout[edit]

He starred in Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999), which broke box-office records and became the #1 Mexican film of all time. It also won five Ariel Awards and brought a lot of attention to him and to his brothers. They acted in some films that in the MTV Movie Awards-México a special category was created: "Best Bichir in a Movie". He co-starred with Victoria Abril, Penélope Cruz and Gael García Bernal in the 2003 film Bendito infierno (Holy Hell or Don't Tempt Me).

United States[edit]

He starred in the American film In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) with Salma Hayek, based on the real life of a group of sisters who fought against the government of a Dominican dictator. Later, he got some recognition when he depicted Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's biopic Che (2008) on the life of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara.[9] In Showtime's Weeds, he played Esteban Reyes, the corrupt mayor of Tijuana and love interest of Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker).

Bichir played Carlos Galindo in A Better Life (2011), and he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. On 24 January 2012, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.[10][11] His success came as a shock to Mexican and American audiences alike. He is the first male Mexican actor to receive this nomination since Anthony Quinn. Bichir starred in other American films, including Savages, The Heat, Machete Kills and The Hateful Eight. In 2013, he played Detective Marco Ruiz in the FX drama series The Bridge.

Bichir made his directorial debut, Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song, which premiered in October 2016 at the Morelia International Film Festival.[12][13][14] In 2017, Bichir co-starred in Alien: Covenant, the second installment of the Alien prequel series.[15] In April 2017, it was announced that he will star in The Conjuring spin-off film, The Nun (2018).[16]

Political activism[edit]

Bichir is an ACLU Ambassador for Immigration Rights.[17][18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Bichir at the 2014 Peabody Awards

In 1985, Bichir moved to New York City with his ex-girlfriend in order to get into the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. For a brief period, he did not act and started working at the Rosa Mexicano Restaurant, while learning English. Later, he moved to Los Angeles but failed to land in any acting roles, ultimately deciding to go back to his native Mexico, where he found great success.[20] Since 2011, Bichir has been in a relationship with actress Stefanie Sherk.[21]

Bichir married to Mexican singer Lisset Gutiérrez, whom he divorced in 2003. He stated that he finds long-term commitment difficult. He had a short-lived relationship which led to the birth of his daughter, Gala,[22] in May 2011 in Spain.[23] He remains involved in his daughter's life.[24]

Bichir holds dual Mexican and American citizenship.[25] He splits his time between homes in Los Angeles and Mexico City.[17][22]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Choices of the Heart Armando
1989 Rojo Amanecer Jorge
1993 Miroslava Ricardo
1995 Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead Omar
1996 Solo Rio
1997 Perdita Durango Catalina
1999 Todo el poder Gabriel
1999 Sexo, pudor y lágrimas Tomás
2001 Don't Tempt Me Manny MTV Movie Award for Best Bichir in a Film
2001 In the Time of the Butterflies Manuel 'Manolo' Tavárez Justo
2007 Fuera del cielo Everardo Sánchez
2007 American Visa Mario Alvarez
2008 Che Fidel Castro
2010 Hidalgo: La historia jamás contada Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Nominated – Ariel Award for Best Actor
2011 A Better Life Carlos Galindo
2012 Savages Alex
2012 El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza[26] Pork Gutiérrez 03 (voice)
2013 The Heat Hale
2013 Machete Kills Mendez the Madman
2013 Dom Hemingway Mr. Fontaine
2014 Death in Buenos Aires Inspector Chávez
2015 The Hateful Eight Bob/ Marco the Mexican
2016 Good Kids Yaco
2016 Lowriders Miquel
2016 7:19 Fernando Pellicer
2017 Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper Sergeant Lope Short film[27]
2017 Alien: Covenant Sergeant Lope
2018 The Nun Father Burke Post-production
2019 Chaos Walking Ben Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Rina Juanito
1982 Vivir enamorada Nacho
1983 Cuando los hijos se van Ricardo
1984 Los años felices Tomas
1988 El rincón de los prodigios Monchito
1996 Nada personal Comandante Alfonso Carbajal
2008 Weeds Esteban Reyes 27 episodes
2013–2014 The Bridge Detective Marco Ruiz 26 episodes


Award Category Title of work Result
Academy Awards Best Actor A Better Life Nominated
ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Actor Nominated


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  12. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (5 September 2014). "Demian Bichir Talks Diversity and Latino Representation in Film and TV". Indiewire. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Amatangelo, Amy (10 September 2014). "Catching Up With Demian Bichir of The Bridge". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
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  15. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (February 22, 2016). "Demian Bichir Joins Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’". Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-04-05). "Demian Bichir to Star in ‘Conjuring 2’ Spinoff ‘The Nun’". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  17. ^ a b "Demian Bichir: ACLU Ambassador Project". ACLU. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mexican Actor Demian Bichir Named New ACLU 'Ambassador On Immigration Rights'". Fox News Latino. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  19. ^ Carter, Gayle Jo (23 July 2014). "Demian Bichir builds a 'Bridge' from acting to activism". USA Today. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Corcoran, Katherine (23 February 2012). "Demian Bichir: Oscar Nominee For 'A Better Life' Interview On Leaving Mexico And His Move To The U.S.". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "From soccer dreams to ‘The Bridge:’ Demian Bichir shares his passion for acting". miamiherald. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
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  24. ^ Kuckzynski, Alex (19 August 2011). "The Devil and Demian Bichir". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  25. ^ Bichir, Demian (2 July 2012). "Demian Bichir: 'What It Means To Be American' (VIDEO". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "Personajes". El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  27. ^ Alien: Covenant | Prologue: Last Supper | 20th Century FOX

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