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Returning from a two-year hiatus after Fear and Loathing, del Toro gained a mainstream audience in 2000 with a string of performances in four high-profile films.
First up was The Way of the Gun (2000), a crime yarn that reunited him with The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher Mc Quarrie, making his directorial debut.
Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor.
He won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Javier Rodríguez in the film Traffic (2000).
His performance swept all of the major critics awards in 2001.
Del Toro won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the fourth living Oscar winner whose winning role was a character who speaks predominantly in a foreign language.
For Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Oscar Zeta Acosta), Thompson's lawyer and drug-fiend cohort.
Thompson's famous book, he gained more than 40 lbs. The surrealistic film, directed by Terry Gilliam, has earned a cult following over the years.
This led to more strong roles in independent and major studio films, including playing Gaspare in Abel Ferrara's The Funeral (1996) and winning a second consecutive Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his work as Benny Dalmau in Basquiat (1996), directed by his friend, artist Julian Schnabel.Del Toro's performance as troubled ex-con turned religious fanatic, Jack Jordan, in Alejandro González Iñárritu´s 21 Grams (2003) earned him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a second Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination and a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.He is also known for his roles as the eccentric, unintelligible crook Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects (1995) which won him his first Independent Spirit Award, Benny Dalmau in Basquiat (1996) which won him a second consecutive Independent Spirit Award, Dr.Del Toro was born on February 19, 1967, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera, who were both lawyers.
Many of del Toro's relatives are involved in Puerto Rico's legal system.Del Toro is related to Puerto Rican basketball player Carlos Arroyo, Spanish pop-eurodance singer Rebeca Pous Del Toro, whose maternal grandfather was Puerto Rican, and Puerto Rican singer Eliseo Del Toro.