José Antonio Domínguez Bandera , known professionally as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish actor, director, and producer. Banderas was born on 9 August 1960, in the Andalusian city of Málaga, the son of José Domínguez, a police officer in the Civil Guard, and Ana Bandera Gallego, a school teacher. He began his acting career with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then appeared in high-profile Hollywood movies, especially in the 1990s, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Desperado,The Mask of Zorro and Spy Kids. Banderas also portrayed the voice of “Puss in Boots” in the Shrek sequels and Puss in Boots as well as the bee in the US Nasonex commercials.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in 2005. In May 2010, Banderas received his honorary doctorate from the University of Málaga in the city where he was born.