Joaquim de Almeida

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Almeida at the 2011 Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons
Joaquim António Portugal Baptista de Almeida

(1957-03-15) 15 March 1957 (age 62)
NationalityPortuguese [1]
CitizenshipAmerican (2005-present) [1]
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Maria Cecília de Almeida
Maria Risques Pereira
  • João Baptista de Almeida (father)
  • Maria Sara Portugal (mother)

Joaquim António Portugal Baptista de Almeida (born 15 March 1957) is a Portuguese actor. [1]

Portuguese people ethnic group

Portuguese people are a Romance ethnic group indigenous to Portugal that share a common Portuguese culture and speak Portuguese. Their predominant religion is Christianity, mainly Roman Catholicism, though vast segments of the population, especially the younger generations, have no religious affiliation. Historically, the Portuguese people's heritage largely includes the pre-Celts and Celts, who became culturally Romanized during the conquest of the region by the ancient Romans. A number of Portuguese also can trace limited descent from Germanic tribes who arrived after the Roman period as ruling elites, including the Suebi and Visigoths in northern Portugal, as well as converted Jewish and North Africans as a result of the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.


Almeida began his acting career in theatre during the 1980s, he started his film career appearing on the 1982 action film The Soldier , and later achieved recognition for playing Andrea Bonanno in the 1987 Italian film Good Morning, Babylon . He achieved international fame with his portrayals of Félix Cortez in the 1994 thriller Clear and Present Danger and Bucho in the 1995 action thriller Desperado . Several years later, he became popular for playing Ramon Salazar on the Fox thriller drama series 24 , between 2003 and 2004, and Hernan Reyes in the 2011 film Fast Five .

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Cinema of Italy

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Fluent in several languages, Almeida has worked in several countries in Europe and the Americas, in many film and stage productions, winning some international awards in films like Retrato de Família, Adão e Eva and O Xangô de Baker Street. His other well-known films include The Honorary Consul (1983), Only You (1994), La Cucaracha (1998), One Man's Hero (1999), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), Whore (2004), The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007), Che: Part Two (2008), The Burning Plain (2008), and The Gilded Cage (2013). [2]

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Early life and education

Almeida was born on 15 March 1957 in São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon, Portugal, the son of João Baptista de Almeida and Maria Sara Portugal. [3] At the age of eighteen, after attending a theater course at the Lisbon Conservatory (School of Theatre and Cinema) for two years, he left Portugal to continue his studies after the Conservatory was temporarily closed following the 1974 democratic revolution. He spent a year in Vienna, moving again, in 1976, to New York City where he studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, a school for the performing arts. [3] [4]

São Sebastião da Pedreira was a Portuguese parish (freguesia) in the municipality of Lisbon. With the 2012 Administrative Reform, the former São Sebastião da Pedreira parish merged with the Nossa Senhora de Fátima parish into a new parish named Avenidas Novas.

Lisbon Capital city in Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. With an estimated population of 505,526 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2, Lisbon's urban area extends beyond the city's administrative limits with a population of around 2.8 million people, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, including the Portuguese Riviera,. It is mainland Europe's westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost areas of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, which is known as Cabo da Roca, located in the Sintra Mountains.

Carnation Revolution revolution

The Carnation Revolution, also known as the 25th of April, was initially a 25 April 1974 military coup in Lisbon which overthrew the authoritarian Estado Novo regime. The revolution began as a coup organised by the Armed Forces Movement, composed of military officers who opposed the regime, but it was soon coupled with an unanticipated, popular civil resistance campaign. The revolution led to the fall of the Estado Novo, the end of 48 years of authoritarian rule in Portugal, and Portugal's withdrawal from its African colonies.



After his beginning in theater, Almeida started his film career in 1982 appearing in The Soldier . His first significant role came in a 1983 film, The Honorary Consul . He made appearances in TV series such as Miami Vice , [5] but it was some years later that he made his breakthrough, appearing in the Good Morning, Babylon , a film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani that opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. Being fluent in six languages, Almeida continued his acting career in several countries such as Portugal, England, Spain, France, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and Germany, working in numerous films. [3] [4]

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In 1994, Almeida played Félix Cortez, a former colonel of Cuban military intelligence in the Tom Clancy thriller, Clear and Present Danger , co-starring Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe and Anne Archer. The film debuted at number one in the box office, earning a reported $20.5 million in the United States. [6]

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Harrison Ford American film actor and producer

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Clear and Present Danger was a great success and was nominated for two Academy Awards. [7] Later in 1994, Almeida starred in the romantic comedy Only You , in which he plays a suave Italian businessman named Giovanni. According to The New York Times , the film director and producer Norman Jewison said: "I interviewed many actors for the role.... There was one Italian actor, fairly prominent, that I met in L.A. and again in New York and in Rome. And I wanted to meet several other Italian actors in Italy." When the production moved from Pittsburgh to Italy last fall, however, none of the country's actors seemed right for what Jewison called "the cliched Italian gigolo, the guy that women from the Midwest always meet." After the interview with Almeida, Jewison recalled: "Howard Feuer, the casting director, said, 'Joaquim's not that tall. He's not that handsome. He's no Rossano Brazzi here.' I said, 'But listen to his voice.' There's a machoness. Especially when he lowers it, whispers, leans across the table and pours you another glass of wine. He can be extremely intimate with his voice." [8]

In 1995, Almeida appeared with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in the Robert Rodriguez's action thriller Desperado . This film is the sequel to Rodriguez's independent film El Mariachi and the second entry in the Mexico Trilogy . Joaquim de Almeida portrays the main villain Bucho, a wealthy but casually bloodthirsty drug kingpin, who rules a seedy Mexican border town. [9] Almeida replaced Raúl Juliá as Bucho, following Juliá's death in 1994. Desperado was screened out of competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. [10] He won a Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Actor in his next film, the 1995 Portuguese drama Adão e Eva (Adam and Eve), [11] where he played the main female character career rival Francisco. [12]

In 1997 he appeared in the miniseries Nostromo and starred in the Luís Galvão Teles' drama Elles (Women). [13] The following year, he co-starred with Eric Roberts in the Jack Perez thriller La Cucaracha (1998). The film premiered at the Austin Film Festival where it won the Feature Film Award. [14]


In 2001, Almeida starred in the Brazilian comedy O Xangô de Baker Street , where he plays the legendary British detective Sherlock Holmes. The film is based in a book written in 1995 by the Brazilian author Jô Soares about a case involving Sherlock Holmes and is his loyal friend Doctor Watson, who are called by the Brazilian Emperor Pedro II, to find the thief of a priceless Stradivarius owned by his lover. Due Almeida's good representation of the character, he won another Portuguese Golden Globe for best actor, his third, and was nominated for Cinema Brazil Grand Prize award for best actor. [15] In 2001, he had a supporting role in the war film Behind Enemy Lines as Admiral Juan Miguel Piquet, the commander of NATO's naval forces, starring alongside Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film, based on the Mrkonjić Grad incident, is centered on the story of an American naval flight officer, played by Owen Wilson, who was shot down over Bosnia, who ends up uncovering a massacre during the Bosnian conflict.

In 2004, he starred with Daryl Hannah and Denise Richards in Yo Puta , a gritty docu-style prostitution tale, [16] based on a bestselling book by Spaniard Isabel Pisano, that tracks the slow descent of a girl, into the sex business, which is interspersed with interviews with real-life prostitutes. [17]

That same year, he joined the cast of 24 as Ramon Salazar, the ruthless leader of a drug cartel who is put into—and later broken out of—prison by Jack Bauer. In 2007, Joaquim de Almeida limns a brutal foreman named Baxter, in the Antonio Cuadri's El corazón de la tierra, a heady romance with a social conscience. [18]

Later that year, he turned his attention towards romantic drama La Cucina , a film about several mostly separated storylines in which couples, friends and associates meet for a night of cooking and befriending. He portrayed a Spanish born photo journalist named Michael. [19]

In 2008, he starred in the Che: Part Two , a biographical film about an Argentine doctor-turned-international revolutionary named Ernesto Guevara. Almeida played President René Barrientos, a former Bolivian politician who served as his country's Vice President in 1964 and as its President from 1964-69.[ citation needed ]

Later that year he appeared in The Burning Plain as local man named Nick Martinez, starring alongside Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. He also provided his voice for the animated show The Batman as the voice of the villain Bane, and reprised his role in all of his appearances in the show except one in which Ron Perlman voices the character for one line.[ citation needed ]


On 16 July 2010, Almeida was confirmed to be taking on the role of antagonist Hernan Reyes in the 2011 action film Fast Five directed by Justin Lin and co-starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. [20]

The film took $3.8 million in receipts during launch midnight showings marking the best ever opening for a Universal title and The Fast and The Furious franchise. [21] Fast Five became the highest-grossing film of 2011 for 15 days before being replaced on 30 May 2011. [22]



1983 The Honorary Consul LeonMovie nominated for two BAFTA Film Awards.
1987 Good Morning, Babylon Andrea BonannoMovie presented in 1987 Cannes Film Festival.
1990 Sandino Augusto César Sandino
1994 Clear and Present Danger Col. Felix CortezMovie nominated for two Academy Awards.
1994 Only You Giovanni
1995 O Xangô de Baker Street Sherlock HolmesBrazil
1995 Desperado Bucho (Cesar)Movie presented in 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
1995 Sostiene Pereira Manuel
1997 Fatima Avelino de Almeida, Chief Editor, O Século
2001 Behind Enemy Lines Admiral Juan Miguel Piquet
2006 The Celestine Prophecy Father Sanchez
2008 The Burning Plain Nick Martinez
2011 Fast Five Hernan Reyes
2013 The Gilded Cage José Ribeiro"People's Choice Award" at the 26th European Film Awards.
2015 Our Brand is Crisis Pedro Castillo
2016 Queen of the South Don Epifanio
2016 A Date with Miss Fortune Jose
2017 The Hitman's Bodyguard Jean Foucher
2018 Downsizing Dr. Oswaldo Pereira

Awards and nominations

YearCeremonyAwardFilm/TV ShowResult
1994 Cairo International Film Festival Cairo International Film Festival Award for Best ActorRetrato de FamíliaWon
1995 Portuguese Golden Globes Golden Globe for Best ActorAdão e EvaWon
1997 Portuguese Golden Globes Golden Globe for Best Actor Sostiene Pereira Nominated
1998 Portuguese Golden Globes Golden Globe for Best ActorTentaçãoWon
2000 Portuguese Golden Globes Golden Globe for Best ActorInfernoNominated
2002Cinema Brazil Grand PrizeCinema Brazil Grand Prize for Best Actor O Xangô de Baker Street Nominated
Portuguese Golden Globes Golden Globe for Best ActorWon
2004Festival Cinema de BadajozCareer Award [23] Won
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series 24 Nominated
2006 Portuguese Golden Globes Golden Globe for Best ActorUm Tiro no EscuroNominated
2008Avanca Film FestivalAvanca Film Festival Award for Best ActorÓscar. Una pasión surrealistaWon
2009 Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva Prize of the City of HuelvaWon

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