Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro (; born October 9, 1964) is a<!--awards and nominations don't belong here--> Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist and designer. He is mostly known for his acclaimed films, Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy film franchise. He is a frequent collaborator with Ron Perlman, Federico Luppi and Doug Jones. His films draw heavily on sources as diverse as weird fiction, fantasy and war.

Early life

Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He was raised in a strict Catholic household. He first got involved in filmmaking when he was about eight years old and studied special effects and make-up with SFX artist Dick Smith.Wood, Jason, Talking Movies: Contemporary World Filmmakers in Interview Page 29 Del Toro participated in the cult series La Hora Marcada with other renowned Mexican filmmakers such as Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso CuarĂ³n.

He spent eight years as a special effects make-up designer and formed his own company, Necropia. He also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Later on in his directing career, he formed his own production company, the Tequila Gang.

In 1997, at the age of 33, Guillermo was given a $30 million budget from Miramax studios to shoot his second film, Mimic. During this time, his father, automotive entrepreneur Federico del Toro,...
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