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Javier Bardem, born March 1, 1969 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain, to Pilar Bardem – an actress and Carlos Encinos – a businessman, who separated shortly after his birth, was raised Roman Catholic by his grandmother. He debuted in his first film El Pícaro (The Scoundrel) at the age of six and a half and he appeared in several television series before turning to painting and, eventually, sports, before acting professionally. Javier Bardem also played rugby in Spain.
Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors. He is the grandson of actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, and the nephew of screenwriter and director Juan Antonio Bardem. Both his older brother and older sister, Carlos and Mónica Bardem, are actors.
Javier Bardem has garnered critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne tremula, Boca a boca, Los Lunes al sol and Mar adentro.
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