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White House releases anti-sexual assault PSA starring male celebrities

White House releases anti-sexual assault PSA starring male celebrities

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro and other actors take part in Vice President Joe Biden's campaign against sexual assault on college campuses.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
By United Press International

Marvel says Vin Diesel will be Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Marvel Studios says actor Vin Diesel has been cast as Groot, a sort of giant tree, in the upcoming film "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Benicio Del Toro to star in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Benicio Del Toro to star in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Benicio Del Toro has joined director James Gunn's upcoming Marvel Studios movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," Deadline reported Monday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012.
By United Press International
'Sin City' sequel in the works

'Sin City' sequel in the works

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are collaborating with writer William Monahan on a sequel to their hit film "Sin City," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Michael Douglas honored at AFI gala

Michael Douglas honored at AFI gala

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas was honored with the 37th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in Los Angeles Thursday night.
Penn, Carrey up for 'Stooges' roles

Penn, Carrey up for 'Stooges' roles

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (UPI) -- The Farrelly brothers' big-screen version of "The Three Stooges" could co-star Hollywood actors Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro.
Universal, USA Network sign pact

Universal, USA Network sign pact

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- USA Network says it has acquired the exclusive network television premiere rights to the 2009 Universal Pictures' film slate.
'Camino,' Del Toro win big at Goyas

'Camino,' Del Toro win big at Goyas

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "Camino" won the prizes for best film, director, actress and supporting actor at the Goya Awards ceremony in Spain during the weekend.

Robbers snatch gems using 'Snatch' script

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The daylight heist in which robbers dressed as Hasidic Jews relieved a New York Diamond District wholesaler of his jewels reads like a movie script.
Del Toro hopeful 'Che' will find audience

Del Toro hopeful 'Che' will find audience

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Puerto Rican actor Benicio Del Toro said his new movie, "Che," should find an audience despite being 4 1/2 hours long and in Spanish.
'Che' to be released in two parts in Jan.

'Che' to be released in two parts in Jan.

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- IFC Films says the four-hour-plus epic "Che" is to open for a week in Los Angeles and New York next month, then be divided in two parts elsewhere in January.

'The Class' takes top prize at Cannes

CANNES, France, May 25 (UPI) -- "The Class (Entre les murs)" took the top prize Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in a unanimous decision by the jury, Daily Variety reported.
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Benicio del Toro arrives on the red carpet before the screening of the film "Biutiful" during the 63rd annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2010. UPI/David Silpa
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Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor and film producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for his role as Javier Rodríguez in Traffic (2000). He is also known for his roles as Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects (1995), Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Franky Four Fingers in Snatch (2000), Jackie Boy in Sin City (2005), and Che Guevara in Che (2008). He is the third Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.

Benicio del Toro was born and grew up in Santurce, Puerto Rico, a district of San Juan. He is the son of Gustavo Adolfo del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera, who were both lawyers. He has an older brother, Gustavo, who is a pediatric oncologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He is of Italian and Spanish ancestry.

Del Toro, whose childhood nicknames were "Skinny Benny" and "Beno", was raised a Roman Catholic and he attended Academia del Perpetuo Socorro (The Academy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help), a Roman Catholic school in Miramar, Puerto Rico. When del Toro was nine years old, his mother died of hepatitis. At age 12, he moved with his father and brother to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, where he was enrolled at the Mercersburg Academy. He spent his adolescence and attended high school there. After graduation, del Toro followed the advice of his father and pursued a degree in business at the University of California, San Diego. Success in an elective drama course encouraged him to drop out of college and study with noted acting teachers Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza, in Los Angeles, as well as at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, in New York City.

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