Antonio Banderas, whose famous films include Philadelphia, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro and the Spy Kids trilogy, turns 49 today.Antonio began his acting career at age 19 with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then starred in high-profile Hollywood films including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire and the Shrek sequels.
His breakthrough role was as the character “Ricky” in ¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) Banderas divorced his first wife, Ana G. Leza, and in May 1996 married actress Melanie Griffith, whom he met a year earlier when they shot Two Much. They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas, born in 1996, who appeared in the film Crazy in Alabama (1999), in which Griffith starred and which Banderas directed.