Del Toro's performance as troubled ex-con turned religious fanatic, Jack Jordan, in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams (2003) earned him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a second Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination and a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
He is also known for his roles as the eccentric, unintelligible crook Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects (1995) which won him his first Independent Spirit Award, Benny Dalmau in Basquiat (1996) which won him a second consecutive Independent Spirit Award, Dr.
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Del Toro is related to Puerto Rican basketball player Carlos Arroyo, Spanish pop-eurodance singer Rebeca Pous Del Toro, whose maternal grandfather was Puerto Rican, and Puerto Rican singer Eliseo Del Toro.
He spent most of his infancy in Santurce, a barrio within San Juan.
Del Toro, whose childhood nicknames were "Skinny Benny" and "Beno", was raised a Roman Catholic 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.
Del Toro began to surface in small television roles during the late 1980s, playing mostly thugs and drug dealers on programs such as Miami Vice and the NBC miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.
It was rumored that Diaz and Del Toro would both star in an action-comedy flick due out next year, titled "Agent: Century 21," but according to IMDb the project remains in development.
The only credit they share appears to be 1998 flick "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Diaz's has apparently been flying solo - and playing the field - since splitting from embattled Yankee Alex Rodriguez, 38, in 2011.
Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor.
He won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Javier Rodríguez in the film Traffic (2000).
In his acceptance speech, del Toro thanked the people of both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora and dedicated his award to them.
In addition to the Oscar, he also won the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor.
His performance swept all of the major critics awards in 2001.