Demián Bichir biography
Date of Birth: August 1, 1963
Best known in the United States and Canada for his portrayal of a young Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's biopic
Che and for his role as Esteban Reyes in the hit Showtime series Weeds, Demian Bichir is
one of the most well known and respected actors in his native home of Mexico. Born Demian Bichir Najera in 1963 to
the famous theater director Alejandro Bichir and actress Maricruz Najera, Bichir and his brothers, Odiseo and Bruno,
are all well known actors. In fact, the Bichir brothers have been in so many films over the years that the MTV Movie
Awards in Mexico created a special category named after them: "Mejor Bichir en una Pelicula" ("Best Bichir in a
movie"), which Demian won in 2003.
Throughout his career Demian has received and been nominated for an array of awards. He is an Ariel award winner
for Best Actor for his role in the Mexican film Hidalgo - La historia jamas contada, and he was nominated for
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Weeds. Bichir has also starred in the independent film
The Runway, which won an award at The Galway Irish Film Festival in 2011.
His films have been seen by more than twelve million people in Mexico alone. Demians's features have large
audiences in Spain and South America, where he has shot several pictures, including Rojo Amanecer
(winner of Grand Jury Prize in the San Sebastian Film Festival), Perdita Durango (starring Javier
Bardem), and Hasta Morir (winner of Best Actor Ariel award).
Bichir was recently nominated for an Academy Award in the Actor in a Lead Role category for his work in the 2011
American drama A Better Life, directed by Chris Weitz. Originally known as "The Gardener,"
the screenplay was written by Eric Eason based on a story by Roger L.
Simon. The film follows the life of two gardeners, Carlos Galindo (Demian) and Blasco Martinez (Joaquin Cosio).
Carlos' son Luis is dating the niece of a powerful local gang leader, while Luis contemplates choosing the gang
lifestyle and is at odds with his father.
Some of Bichir's recent films include the 2012 titles Foreverland and Savages.
No longer married to singer Lisset Gutierrez, Demian Bichir currently lives in both Los Angeles and Mexico.
Demián Bichir Filmography