Javier Bardem was born into a Spanish family from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands in Spain. His family has been involved in the Spanish film industry for many generations, his mother Pilar Bardem was an actor herself. As a kid he spent most of his time in the sets of the films, by the age of six, he performed as a child artist for Fernando Fernan Gomez’s El Picaro (The Scoundrel).
He played rugby at the school level and went on to represent the junior Spanish National Team. Just like most of the children from film backgrounds, Javier never wanted to be a part of the family business but soon recognized his interest in the works of art. He went to Madrid to study painting at Escuela de Artes y Oficios and took some part time acting jobs to support his career.
Javier kept on doing small roles after he realized that he was not good at painting and even considered his options with acting. He made his first impact as an actor at the age of 20, when he played a cameo role in The Ages of Lulu, along with his mother. His performance in Lulu impressed the director who later cast him as the protagonist, who played the role of an underwear model and a bullfighter in his next directorial venture in 1992 named Jamon Jamon.
Soon, Javier’s talent got noticed by the directors from English Speaking Regions. He bagged his first role as a Santeria-practicing robber in an English movie Perdita Durango by director Alex de la Iglesia but before that he got an offer of a role from
John Malkovich, but he turned down the offer because of his poor English skills. His performance as a Cuban poet-Reinaldo Arenas in the drama film, 'Before Night Falls' directed by Julian Schnabel, he gained worldwide recognition for his role, was nominated in the
Best Actors category for the Academy Awards and was praised his icon, Al Pacino.
He entered the Hollywood with a concise role of a crime lord in the movie Collateral. In 2008, he went on to win Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role for his performance as Anton Chigurh, a sociopathic killer in the movie No Country for Old Man. In the same year, he was part of another adaptation based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ novel ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. He appeared as Juan Antonio for Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona alongside
Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.
He won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, for a role that was written with Bardem on the mind of director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his movie Biutiful. He got nominated for the Academy Award again in the category of the Best Actor. After turning down offers to work on TV shows, he signed up for the antagonist role in Skyfall- a Bond movie in 2012, later in the same year he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Since 2012, he has been involved in To The Wonder,
The Counselor, The Last Face,
The Gunman and many more. He is presently working on his role for the next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean series. Javier is a very talented actor who adapts to his role very convincingly. Even after such fame and his upbringing Bardem is a very kind and modest person and considers himself as a worker rather than an actor. He got married to his co- worker from Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Penelope Cruz in 2010 after dating each other for three years and are blessed with a son and a daughter.