Demián Bichir

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Demián Bichir
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Demián Bichir Nájera

(1963-08-01) August 1, 1963 (age 57)
  • Mexico
  • United States[1]
Years active1977–present
(m. 2001; div. 2003)
Partner(s)Stefanie Sherk (2011–2019, died)
FamilyBichir family

Demián Bichir Nájera (Spanish pronunciation: [deˈmjam biˈtʃiɾ ˈnaxeɾa];[a] born August 1, 1963) is a Mexican–American actor and one of the members of the Bichir family of actors.[2][3] After starring in telenovelas, he appeared in Hollywood films.[4] He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Better Life.

Early life[edit]

Bichir in 2012

Bichir was born in Torreón, the son of actors Alejandro Bichir and Maricruz Nájera.[5] His paternal family are actors of Lebanese origins.[6][7] His brothers are Odiseo Bichir and Bruno Bichir.[8] He worked at the National Theater Company, performed Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky, and won several awards from the Mexican Association of Theater Critics.[9] He attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and worked at the Rosa Mexicano Restaurant.[10]


Bichir played Fidel Castro in Che[11] and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in A Better Life.[12][13] He starred in the television series The Bridge[14][15][16] and the western film The Hateful Eight.[17] His directorial debut film, Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song, premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival.[18][19] Bichir starred in the prequel films, Alien: Covenant[20] and The Nun.[21] He joined the cast for the film Chaos Walking, based on Patrick Ness' trilogy novels.[22] Bichir starred in the ABC remake Grand Hotel, based on the eponymous series.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Bichir at the 2014 Peabody Awards

Bichir was in a relationship with Stefanie Sherk from 2011 to 2019.[24][25][26] Sherk was supposed to be part of the cast for the reboot film The Grudge, but she committed suicide on 12 April 2019 and died eight days later.[27] He was married to Lisset from 2001 to 2003. His daughter, Gala, is from a brief relationship with a Spanish woman.[28][29][30] He is an American Civil Liberties Union Ambassador for Immigration Rights.[31][32][33]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Penitent Roberto
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
Sexo, pudor y lágrimas Tomás
2000 Gimme the Power Gabriel
2001 Don't Tempt Me Manny Chavez
In the Time of the Butterflies Manolo Tavárez
2004 Hipnos Miguel
2007 Fuera del cielo Everardo Sánchez
American Visa Mario Alvarez
2008 Che Fidel Castro
2010 Hidalgo: La historia jamás contada Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
2011 A Better Life Carlos Galindo Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Foreverland Salvador
2012 Savages Alex Reyes
El Santos vs. la Tetona Mendoza 'Pork' Gutiérrez Voice[34]
2013 The Heat Hale
Machete Kills Marcos 'The Madman' Mendez
Dom Hemingway Ivan Fontaine
2014 Death in Buenos Aires Inspector Chávez
2015 The Hateful Eight Marco 'The Mexican' / Senor Bob
2016 Good Kids Yaco
Lowriders Miguel Alvarez
7:19 Fernando Pellicer
2017 Alien: Covenant Sergeant Lope
2018 The Nun Father Burke
2020 The Grudge Detective Goodman
The Midnight Sky Sanchez
2021 Land Post-production
Chaos Walking Ben Moore Post-production
Godzilla vs. Kong Walter Simmons Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Rina Juanito
1982 Vivir enamorada Nacho
1983 Cuando los hijos se van Ricardo
Choices of the Heart Armando Television film
1984 Los años felices Tomas
1988 El rincón de los prodigios Monchito
1995 Lazos de Amor Valente Segura
1996 Nada personal Comandante Alfonso Carbajal
2008 Weeds Esteban Carlos Reyes 27 episodes
2013 The Bridge Detective Marco Ruiz 26 episodes
2019 Grand Hotel Santiago Mendoza Main role


Award Category Title 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
Gold Derby Awards Best Cast The Hateful Eight Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards Best Cast Won


  1. ^ In isolation, Demián is pronounced [deˈmjan].


  1. ^ Bichir, Demian (2 July 2012). "Demian Bichir: 'What It Means To Be American' (VIDEO)". HuffPost.
  2. ^ Smiley, Tavis (18 July 2014). "Actor-activist Demián Bichir". Tavis Smiley. PBS. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  3. ^ Bichir, Demian (10 June 2014). "Exiled: The Obama Administration's Horrifying Deportation Record". HuffPost.
  4. ^ Main, Ph.D.first1=S.J. (27 February 2012). "Actor Demian Bichir Talks Hollywood, Scarlett, Oscars & Being Latino (PHOTOS)". HuffPost.
  5. ^ "Demián Bichir" (in Spanish). Televisa. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ Gayle, Carter. "Demián Bichir Runs a Miami Hotel Full of Sexy Secrets in 'Grand Hotel'".
  7. ^ "Medalla de plata Filmoteca UNAM al primer actor Demian Bichir".
  8. ^ "Demián Bichir" (in Spanish). Milenio. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  9. ^ "The Stubbornness of Demian Bichir". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  10. ^ Corcoran, Katherine (23 February 2012). "Demian Bichir: Oscar Nominee For 'A Better Life' Interview On Leaving Mexico And His Move To The U.S." HuffPost.
  11. ^ Balfour, Brad (6 June 2009). "The Young Castro Comes Alive In Soderbergh's Epic Che Through Actor Demian Bichir's Performance". HuffPost.
  12. ^ "Nominees-The Oscars 2012". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  13. ^ Rodriguez, Cindy Y. (24 January 2012). "Demián Bichir: Mexican Actor Nominated For An Academy Award For Best Actor In 'A Better Life' (VIDEO)". HuffPost.
  14. ^ Petrarca, Emilia (10 July 2013). "Crossing the Bridge". Interview. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  15. ^ Sager, Mike (23 July 2014). "Demian and Bruno Bichir Talk Working Together on The Bridge". Esquire. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  16. ^ Amatangelo, Amy (10 September 2014). "Catching Up With Demian Bichir of The Bridge". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  17. ^ Ramisetti, Kirthana (November 6, 2014). "'The Hateful Eight' cast announced: Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Channing Tatum among all-star cast in Quentin Tarantino's latest film". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  18. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (5 September 2014). "Demian Bichir Talks Diversity and Latino Representation in Film and TV". Indiewire. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  19. ^ de la Fuente, Anna Marie (20 August 2016). "Morelia Film Fest To Unveil Demian Bichir's Debut 'Un Cuento de Circo & a Love Song'". Variety. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  20. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (February 22, 2016). "Demian Bichir Joins Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (5 April 2017). "Demian Bichir to Star in 'Conjuring 2' Spinoff 'The Nun'". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  22. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (3 August 2017). "Demian Bichir Joins Lionsgate's 'Chaos Walking'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  23. ^ Boucher, Ashley (2 March 2018). "Lands 'Grand Hotel' Pilot at ABC". The Wrap. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Demián Bichir's Wife Stefanie Sherk's Cause of Death Revealed as Suicide by Drowning".
  25. ^ "Demian Bichir and wife Stefanie Sherk: Through the years".
  26. ^ "From soccer dreams to 'The Bridge:' Demian Bichir shares his passion for acting". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  27. ^ "Demian Bichir's wife Stefanie Sherk drowned in pool, death ruled as suicide".
  28. ^ Mandell, Andrea (18 January 2012). "Demian Bichir disappears into Oscar-worthy role". USA Today. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  29. ^ Grossman, Samantha (24 January 2012). "Demián Bichir, Star of A Better Life and Surprise Oscar Nominee". Time. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  30. ^ Kuckzynski, Alex (19 August 2011). "The Devil and Demian Bichir". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  31. ^ "Demian Bichir: ACLU Ambassador Project". ACLU. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  32. ^ "Mexican Actor Demian Bichir Named New ACLU 'Ambassador On Immigration Rights'". Fox News Latino. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  33. ^ Carter, Gayle Jo (23 July 2014). "Demian Bichir builds a 'Bridge' from acting to activism". USA Today. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  34. ^ "Personajes". El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza. Retrieved 13 September 2014.

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