Demin Bichir Mexican Actor
Demin Bichir Njera
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Date of Birth: August 1, 1963
His father, Alejandro Bichir, actor and theater director
His mother, Maricruz Njera, actress
His brothers: Bruno Bichir Bichir and Odysseus, also actors.
His girlfriend, Sandra Echeverria
Demián Bichir is one of the most well-known and well-respected actors in his home of Mexico and all of Latin America. He recently received Academy Award®, Screen Actors Guild Award and Film Independent Spirit Award nominations for his searing portrayal of an undocumented gardener trying to connect with his estranged teenage son in Chris Weitz’s A Better Life.
Prior to A Better Life, Bichir was known to U.S. television audiences for his portrayal of Esteban Reyes, opposite Mary-Louise Parker, in the hit Showtime series Weeds. He also portrayed a young Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che: Part One and Che: Part Two, opposite Benicio Del Toro. He is currently in production on the film Machete Kills, for director Robert Rodriguez. He also starred in the independent feature film The Runway, which was on-demand through Tribeca Films.
In Mexico, Bichir is a Silver Ariel Award winner for Best Actor, given by the Mexican Academy of Cinematography, and has received numerous other award nominations and prestigious honors including a Medal of Honor for Merit in the Fine Arts given by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City.
Bichir comes from a strong theater background and a well-respected theatrical family. He is the son of famed theater director Alejandro Bichir and acclaimed actress Maricrúz Nájera. His brothers, Odiseo and Bruno, are two of the most talented actors of their generation. Throughout his career, Bichir has amassed an impressive resume of theater credits in Mexico and, in 2008, impressed U.S. audiences when he starred in the play By the Waters of Babylon, which opened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
His films have been seen by millions of people throughout all of Latin America. His credits include such films as Red Dawn (winner of the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival); Álex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango, with Javier Bardem; ’Til Death (for which he won the Silver Ariel for Best Actor at the Ariel Awards); Don’t Temp Me, with Victoria Abril and Penélope Cruz; Sex, Shame & Tears (for which he was nominated for a Silver Ariel for Best Actor); American Visa (Best Spanish Language Foreign Film nominee at the Goya Awards in Spain); Fuera del Cielo; Enemigos íntimos; and Hidalgo: La historia jamás contada (Ariel Award nominee and winner of the Best Actor award at the Huelva International Film Festival in Spain). Early in his career, he starred opposite Salma Hayek in the Showtime film In the Time of the Butterflies.
In his native Mexico, Bichir has starred in plays such as William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III; AugustStrindberg’s The Ghost Sonata;Peter Shaffer’s Equus;Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!;Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound and The Odd Couple; DavidHalliwell’s Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs; and Sabina Berman’s eXtras. He recently completed playing the starring role in the Mexican theater adaptation of the film Swimming With Sharks, in Mexico City.
Bichir resides in Los Angeles and Mexico City.
Filmography Demin Bichir
Machete Kills (2013)
Savages by Oliver Stone - (2012)
A Thousand Guns de Daniel Calparsoro (2012)
The Gardener de Chris Weitz (2011)
The Runway de Ian Power
A Better Life de Chris Weitz
Bitter Grapes de Leandro Sanchez (2010)
Hidalgo - La historia jamás contada de Antonio Serrano (2010)
Enemigos íntimos de Fernando Sariñana (2010)
Weeds - (9 episodes, 2009)
Che: Guerrilla de Steven Soderbergh (2009)
Che: el argentino de Steven Soderbergh (2009)
Capadocia (1 episode, 2008)
Fuera del Cielo de Javier 'Fox' Patrón (2006)
Heartbreak Hospital (2002)
Ciudades oscuras (2002) .... Mario
Sin noticias de Dios (Bendito infierno) de Agustin Diaz Yanez (2001)
En el tiempo de las mariposas (2001)
Cerebro de Andrés León Becker (2000)
Todo el poder de Fernando Sariñana (1999)
La toma de la embajada (1999)
Ave María de Eduardo Rossoff (1999)
Simón Cruz (1998)
Sexo, pudor y lágrimas de Antonio Serrano (1998)
Cilantro y perejil de Rafael Montero (1996)
Rojo amanecer de Jorge Fons (1989)
The Penitent (Los penitentes) de Cliff Osmond (1988)
Hotel Colonial de Cinzia Th. Torrini (1987)
Astucia de Mario Hernández (1986)
Viaje al paraíso de Ignacio Retes (1985)