Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Javier Bardem's latest critical success, Biutiful, chronicles the life of Uxbal, an underworld figure and devoted father as he attempts to reconcile with a past love and secure his family's future as he prepares for his own death.
Early in his career, Bardem was a hit in his home country of Spain, appearing in films like High Heels. His first international hit came in 1992 with his role in Jamon Jamon, which co-starred his now-wife Penelope Cruz. Over the years, Bardem has continued to wow critics and audiences worldwide—he showed his hardened side in No Country for Old Men, his tragic side in The Sea Inside and his romantic side in Love in the Time of Cholera and Eat Pray Love.