Demian Bichir

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Demian Bichir: Biography at a Glance

  • Known for starring in “The Hateful Eight,” “The Heat” and “Alien: Covenant”
  • Nominated for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Independent Spirit Award for his role in “A Better Life”
  • First Mexican-born actor to be nominated for best actor by the Academy since 1957
  • Ambassador for immigration rights for the American Civil Liberties Union 



Demian Bichir is one of the most well-known and well-respected actors in his home of Mexico and the U.S. He received a 2012 Academy Award, SAG Award and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his portrayal of an undocumented gardener trying to connect with his estranged teenage son in Chris Weitz’s feature A Better Life. He is the first Mexican born actor to be nominated for the Best Actor award by the Academy since Anthony Quinn was nominated for the film Wild Is The Wind in 1957. He was just appointed by the American Civil Liberties Union as their Celebrity Ambassador for Immigrants Rights in April 2014.

In the United States, Bichir currently stars in the critically acclaimed television series, The Bridge for FX opposite Diane Krueger. The show entered its second season in the summer of 2014. Bichir is beloved for his portrayal of 'Esteban Reyes' opposite Mary-Louise Parker in the hit Showtime series Weeds.

He just wrapped shooting his directorial debut of the film he wrote entitled Refugio, a coming of age story of a young dreamer, born in the circus, who embarks on a search to find his long lost true love. The film is currently in post-production.

His outstanding U.S. film credits include: portraying Fidel Castro in Che, starring in Savages, The Runway, The Heat and Machete Kills. In 2014 Bichir co-stars in the upcoming release of Dom Hemingway, and has the lead role in the independent film Death in Buenos Aires.

In Mexico, Bichir is an Ariel Award winner for Best Actor, given by the Mexican Academy of Cinematography, and has received numerous other nominations and prestigious honors including a Medal of Honor for Merit in the Fine Arts, given by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City.

He is the son of famed theater director Alejandro Bichir and acclaimed actress Maricruz Nájera. His brothers Odiseo and Bruno are also two of the most talented actors of their generation.

Bichir has amassed an impressive resume of theater credits in Mexico including the starring role in the theater adaptation of the film Swimming with Sharks in Mexico City, directed by his brother Bruno Bichir. Bichir’s work in theater includes Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard the III, The Ghost Sonata, Equus, Ah! Wilderness, Broadway Bound, The Odd Couple, Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs and Extras. Bichir also impressed U.S. audiences in 2008, starring in the play By the Waters of Babylon opened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Bichir is also starring in Guillermo Arriaga’s upcoming collaboration of short films titled Words with Gods. His most memorable Latin American credits include Rojo Amanecer (winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the San Sebastian Film Festival), Perdita Durango, Hasta Morir (Best Actor Ariel winner, the Mexican Academy of Cinematography), Sin Noticias de Dios, the Showtime feature film In the Time of the Butterflies, Sex, Shame and Tears (Ariel Best Actor nominee), American Visa (Best Foreign Film nominee at the Goyas in Spain), Fuera del Cielo, Enemigos Intimos and Hidalgo, The Untold Story (Ariel Award nominee and winner of the Best Actor award at the Huelva Film Festival in Spain). Demian resides in Los Angeles and Mexico City.

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