|Guillermo del Toro Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||October 9, 1964|
Guillermo del Toro is a multitalented Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, novelist, actor, former special effects makeup artist, and an Academy Award-winning director. His films are recognized for their unique infusion of fairy tales and horror, with brilliant visuals for a dramatic finish. His notable works include The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Mimic, Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak. Guillermo has over 2 million followers on Twitter.
Guillermo del Toro Gómez
Guillo Tine Del Toro
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
He divides his time between –
- Los Angeles, California, United States
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Guillermo del Toro attended the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos, at the University of Guadalajara.
Filmmaker, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Novelist, Actor, Former Special Effects Makeup Artist
- Father – Federico del Toro Torres (Automotive Entrepreneur)
- Mother – Guadalupe Gómez (Died in 2022)
Guillermo del Toro is managed by Exile Entertainment, California, United States.
6 ft or 183 cm
89 kg or 196 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Guillermo del Toro has dated –
- Lorenza Newton – He was previously married to Lorenza Newton. They started dating while they were both students at the Instituto de Ciencias in Guadalajara. They parent a son, Daniel del Toro, and daughter Marisa Del Toro. The couple decided to head separate ways and divorced in September 2017.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt & Pepper
- Squared jawline
- Wears thick rimmed glasses
- Heavy physique
He was raised a Catholic.
Best Known For
- His film, The Shape of Water (2017), for which he won several “Best Director” awards including the Academy Award (2018), BAFTA Awards (2018) and the Golden Globe Awards (2018). His film Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) also received an Academy Award nomination in 2007.
- Other directorial works like Cronos (1993), The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Mimic (1997), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015)
- Production work on films like The Orphanage (2007), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), The Hobbit film series (2012–14), Mama (2013), The Book of Life (2014), and Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
In 1993, he made his theatrical film debut in the horror film, Cronos. However, he was uncredited for his role.
In 2000, he made his first credited theatrical film appearance in the action fantasy film, Bullfighter.
As a voice artist, he made his theatrical film debut by providing his vocals to the character of a newsreader in the fantasy horror film, Diary of the Dead, in 2007. However, he was uncredited for his character.
In 2008, he made his credited theatrical film debut as a voice artist by providing additional voices in the action thriller film, Quantum of Solace.
First TV Show
In 2004, he made his first TV show appearance in the mini-series, Entrevistas: Dando forma a internet.
In 1989, he made his TV show debut as a voice artist in the animated comedy series, The Simpsons.
Guillermo del Toro Favorite Things
- Film Monsters – Frankenstein’s Monster and the Creature of the Black Lagoon
- Film – Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
- Music Albums – “The Wall” (1982) by Pink Floyd, “Security” (1982) by Peter Gabriel
- Fright Films – Freaks (1932), The Uninvited (1944), The Innocents (1961), Jaws (1975), Alien (1979), The Shining (1980)
Source – IMDb
Guillermo del Toro Facts
- He was raised by his Catholic grandmother.
- While working as an orderly at a mental institution, he often had his lunch in a morgue.
- He uses a lot of religious relics and artifacts in his films.
- Tends to casts Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, and Federico Luppi in his films.
- He likes to present monsters as sympathetic beings despite their horrifying appearances.
- He temporarily became a vegetarian for 4 years after seeing The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
- Guillermo has a photographic memory.
- He and director James Cameron are close friends and have stood by each other on many occasions including the Weinstein brothers incident.
- In 1997, his father was kidnapped for ransom in Mexico. Filmmaker James Cameron helped in putting together the ransom money.
- He has had a terrible experience working with producers Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein and considers Mimic (1997) as his weakest film.
- In 2007, Entertainment Weekly placed him on the 37th spot of “The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood” list.
- He has a separate house for his movie and comic book collection.
- On March 12, 2015, he was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas.
- If his name is translated in English, it becomes “William of the Bull”.
- He became the 3rd Mexican director to get an Academy Award nomination for ‘Best Director’ after Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón.
- Guillermo, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu have been named “The Three Amigos of Cinema”.
- One of the primary qualities he seeks while casting an actor or actress in his films is the expressiveness of their eyes.
- In 2015, he was one of the members of the ‘Official Competition’ jury at the Cannes International Film Festival.
- In 2018, he acted as the President of the ‘Official Competition’ jury at the Venice International Film Festival.
- As a special make-up artist, he has worked in numerous projects including Algunas nubes (1995), Dollar Mambo (1993), Mi querido Tom Mix (1992), Bandits (1991), Cabeza de Vaca (1990), and Hora Marcada (1988-1990).
- Some of his writing works include The Shape of Water (2017), Crimson Peak (2015), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy (2004), The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Mimic (1997), and Cronos (1993).
- With Chuck Hogan, he co-authored The Strain trilogy of novels which were titled “The Strain” (2009), “The Fall” (2010), and “The Night Eternal” (2011). The books were later adapted to comic-book series.
- In December 2022, Guillermo was honored with an award at the 2022 Film Benefit.
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