Bichir at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Demián Bichir Nájera
August 1, 1963
|Residence||Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Lisset Gutierrez (div. 2003)|
|Partner(s)||Stefanie Sherk (2011–present)|
|Relatives||Bruno and Odiseo Bichir (brothers)|
Demián Bichir Nájera (Spanish pronunciation: [deˈmjan biˈtʃir ˈnaxeɾa]; born August 1, 1963) is a Mexican actor. He is one of the Mexican actors for the Bichir family. 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.
Bichir was born at Torreon, Mexico, the son of actor Alejandro Bichir and actress Maricruz Nájera. 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.
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
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).
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. 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. 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. In 2017, Bichir co-starred in Alien: Covenant, the second installment of the Alien prequel series. In April 2017, it was announced that he will star in The Conjuring spin-off film, The Nun (2018).
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. Since 2011, Bichir has been in a relationship with actress Stefanie Sherk.
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, in May 2011 in Spain. He remains involved in his daughter's life.
|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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