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Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967), known professionally as Benicio Del Toro, is a Puerto Rican actor.
Benicio gave creditable performances in many overlooked films for the next several years, such as The Indian Runner (1991), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) and Money for Nothing (1993).
However, things looked better when he landed the role of Dario, the vicious henchman in the James Bond film Licence to Kill (1989).
Then he went to work for actor's director Steven Soderbergh in Traffic (2000).
A complex and graphic film, this nonetheless became a widespread success and Oscar winner.
He took a leading role with his good friend Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), co-written and directed by the legendary Terry Gilliam. Gonzo, the drug-addicted lawyer to sportswriter Raoul Duke, Benicio immersed himself totally in the role.
Using his method acting training so far as to burn himself with cigarettes for a scene, this was a trying time for Del Toro.
A basketball player with an interest in acting, he decided to follow the family way and study business at the University of California in San Diego.