Robert Rodriguez, whose full name is Robert Anthony Rodriguez, is a director, writer, businessman, and producer of American descent. Robert was born on June 20, 1968 in San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.
His mother, Rebecca, was a nurse while his father, Cecilio G. Rodríguez, was a salesman. Robert also has two sisters named Angela Lanza and Patricia Vonne. Once, Cecilio bought a VCR with a camera for his son, and since then Robert became fascinated with films. He attended St. Anthony High School Seminary, San Antonio.
There, his teachers Gabe him the responsibility to record and videotape the school football team's matches. However, since he used to focus more on the audience's reactions, the teachers fired him. Robert also met Carlos Gallardo while at school and they would shoot short films together.
Later, he studied at College of Communication, where he became interested in cartooning. Since his grades were poor, Robert was unable to secure an admission in the film program of the institute, and so he created a comic strip named Los Hooligans.
Most of the characters from the strip shared similar traits with his family members and relatives. In 1990, he participated in a local contest of films and managed to impress the jury. As a result, the authorities of College of Communication decided to revoke their original decision and included him in their program.
Robert made a movie called Bedhead for the competition which attracted rave attention and graced several film festivals. Within few years, Robert bagged his first mainstream project titled El Mariachi. Since then he has worked on Spy Kids Series, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, From Dusk till Dawn, and much more.
He loves to shoot in Mexico and Texas. Robert is the member of A Band Apart and is the owner of a television channel named El Rey.He married to Elizabeth Avellán in 1990. The couple has five children. However, they separated after being together for sixteen years.
They both continue to share a cordial, professional relationship. Robert briefly dated
. Robert not only produces, writes, and directs, but sometimes also dons the hat of an editor, production designer, Steadicam operator, sound editor, photography director, visual effects supervisor, production designer, and composer. He has also written a book titled Rebel Without a Crew. Robert is a supporter of digital filmmaking and has released several series of DVDs.