Demián Bichir grew up in a family of performers. His father ran a theater in Mexico City, and his mother and two brothers are both actors. Bichir, 57, who earned his first screen role at just three years old, saw his career come into focus when he became only the second Mexican actor ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for best actor, for his commanding performance in Chris Weitz’s A Better Life. (The first was Anthony Quinn.)
That was 10 years ago. Alongside theater and independent films, Bichir has worked with some of the industry’s best-known directors, on films including Steven Soderbergh’s two-part historical biopic, Che (2008), in which he portrayed Fidel Castro. He also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) and joined Ridley Scott’s much-lauded science-fiction franchise in Alien: Covenant (2017).