del Toro, Guillermo 1964–

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del TORO, Guillermo 1964–


Born October 9, 1964, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; married; children: one daughter. Education: Attended University of Guadalajara; trained in special effects with Dick Smith.

Addresses: Agent—Endeavor, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Exile Entertainment, 732 El Medio Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

Career: Director, screenwriter, producer, special effects make–up artist, and actor. Necropia (a special effects company), cofounder, 1985; University of Guadalajara, teacher of film language and student film workshop coordinator, 1986–92; Tequila Gang (a production company), founder, 1999.

Awards, Honors: First Prize, International Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival, Golden Ariel, Mexican Academy Awards, Silver Ariels, best first feature, best direction, best original story, and best screenplay, Mexican Academy Awards, Catalonian International Film Festival Award, best screenplay, Golden St. George Award nomination, Moscow International Film Festival, Coral Award, best first work, Havana Film Festival, DICINE Award, Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival, Mercedes–Benz Award, Cannes Film Festival, 1993, Silver Raven, Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film, Audience Jury Award and International Fantasy Film Award, Fantasporto, 1994, Best Direction, Fantafestival, 1995, all for Cronos; Catalonian International Film Festival Award nomination, best film, 1997, ALMA Award nomination, outstanding Latino director of a feature film, 1998, both for Mimic; Youth Jury Grand Prize, Special Jury Prize, and International Critics Award, Gerardmer Film Festival, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver, Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, 2002, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Gold Award nomination, Cinenygma–Luxembourg International Film Festival, 2003, all for El espinazo del diablo; MTV Movie Award, MTV North Feed–Best Mexican Working in a Foreign Movie, 2002, for Blade II and El espianzo del diablo.


Film Work:

(Uncredited) Production assistant, El corazon de la noche (also known as The Heart of the Night), 1983.

Executive producer and production manager, Dona Herlinda y su hijo (also known as Dona Herlinda and Her Son), 1985.

Director, Dona Lupe, 1985.

Special makeup effects artist, Mentiras piadosas (also known as Love Lies), 1988.

Director, Geometria, 1988.

Special makeup artist, Goitia, un dios para si mismo, 1988.

Special makeup effects artist, Morir en el golfo, 1990.

Special makeup effects artist, Mi querado Tom Mix (also known as My Dear Tom Mix), 1991.

Special makeup effects artist, Bandidos (also known as Bandits), 1991.

Special makeup effects artist, Cabeza de Vaca, 1991.

Director, Cronos (also known as Chronos and La invencion de Cronos), October Films, 1992.

Special makeup effects artist, Dollar Mambo, 1993.

Special makeup effects artist, Algunas nubes, 1995.

Director, Mimic, Dimension, 1997.

Producer, Un embrujo (also known as Under a Spell), 1998.

Additional editor and consultant editor, Amores perros, Lions Gate Films, 2000.

Producer and director, El espinazo del diablo (also known as The Devil's Backbone), Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.

Executive producer, Asesino en serio (also known as I Murder Seriously), 2002.

Director, Blade II, New Line Cinema, 2002.

Director, Hellboy, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2004.

Film Appearances:

Voice, Mimic, Dimension, 1997.

Bull boy, Bullfighter, 1999.

Himself, The Blood Pact: The Making of "Blade II," New Line Cinema, 2002.

Voices of Baby Hellboy, Kroenen, and Samuel, Hellboy, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2004.

Television Director; Episodic:

Directed three episodes of Hora marcada.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Interviewee, Masters of Horror, 2002.



Cronos (also known as Chronos and La invencion de Cronos), October Films, 1992.

Mimic, Dimension, 1997.

El espinazo del diablo (also known as The Devil's Backbone), Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.

Hellboy, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2004.

Television Episodes:

Wrote three episodes Hora marcada.


Wrote Alfred Hitchcock, University of Guadalajara.



Interview, August, 1997, p. 56.

Time International, May 24, 1999, p. 103.

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