Del Toro took his first leading man role in Excess Baggage (1997), starring and produced by Alicia Silverstone.
Del Toro's big-screen career got off to a slower start, however--his first role was Duke the Dog-Faced Boy in Big Top Pee-wee (1988).
However, things looked better when he landed the role of Dario, the vicious henchman in the James Bond film Licence to Kill (1989).
Del Toro won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role in the Oscar-winning film.
Staying true to his independent roots, he next gave a charismatic turn as cold-blooded gangster Gaspare Spoglia in The Funeral (1996) directed by Abel Ferrara.
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Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967), known professionally as Benicio Del Toro, is a Puerto Rican actor.He has 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).He is also known for his roles as Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects (1995), Dr.Taking a short break after the ordeal, 2000 proved to be the second "Year of Benicio".He first appeared in The Way of the Gun (2000), directed by friend and writer Christopher Mc Quarrie.Benicio was born on February 19, 1967 in San Germán, Puerto Rico, the son of lawyer parents Fausta Genoveva Sanchez Rivera and Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermudez.