Behind the scenes, you’d find creative and talented fellows like Guillermo Del Toro. There are just very few of them who have had a successful career as film directors and producers. Guillermo Del Toro has distinguished himself as a great director, producer, screenwriter, and novelist.
The multi-talented celebrity is well-known for his Golden Globe award-winning movie titled The Shape of Water which was released in 2017. Del Toro has directed and produced other movies including Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim, Hell Boy and Pan’s Labyrinth. He has a standing record that is second to none. In 2013, he was listed as one of the top 10 most paid producers in the world.
In 2018, his project, The Shape of Water has been nominated for multiple awards. Del Toro is married to Lorenza Newton and they are blessed with two children.
Let’s take a look at the award-winning multi-talented producer’s biography, his career, awards and nominations, personal life, wife and children, house, net worth, and other interesting facts below.
Guillermo del Toro’s Bio
Guillermo del Toro Gomez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on October 9, 1964. He was born into a Catholic family; his parents are Guadalupe and Federico del Toro Torres. While he was growing up, Guillermo was always decorating their household with weird objects that often made people afraid. He attended a film school named Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Cinematograficos and after his graduation, he started his own effects company named Necropia in the mid-80s. He also owns a production company named Tequila Gang.
Del Toro studied special effects and makeup with makeup and special effects artist named Dick Smith after which he spent more than ten years as a special effects makeup artist. Guillermo has made a huge impact in the Mexican film industry as one of the founding members of the Guadalajara Film Festival.
The top-rated film director began his career in 1993 when he produced his first movie titled Cronos which was very successful and also earned him eight Ariel Awards from the Mexican Academy of Film.
Subsequently, in 1997, when Del Toro was given about $30 million budget by Miramax Films to shoot a film titled Mimic, an unfortunate incident happened. His father was kidnapped for more than two months and the upcoming film producer, however, paid twice the ransom requested by the kidnappers.
As a result of his father’s mishap, Del Toro had to relocate his whole family to America where he continued his directing career. He has directed a whole lot of movies including comics, historical fantasies and horror films.
Some of his projects include Mimic released in 1997, The Devil’s Backbone released in 2001, Blade II and Hellboy I & II, Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006, Pacific Rim in 2013, Crimson Peak in 2015, and The Shape of Water in 2017.
Guillermo del Toro has also collaborated with famous actors including Tom Hiddleston, Michael Shannon, and Wesley Snipes just to mention a few.
Awards and Nominations
The top-notch director Guillermo del Toro has received numerous award nominations which include three Golden Globe Awards, five Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, Producers Guild of America Award, Directors Guild of America Awards, the Golden Lion and six Ariel Awards.
So far, he has received 67 award nominations and has won 33 out of 67. Currently, his latest movie titled The Shape of Water has gained much popularity, winning the 2018 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature film and Producers Guild Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.
Personal Life: Wife and Children
Talking about his personal life, the iconic filmmaker is married to his longtime sweetheart Lorenza Newton whom he met during his university days at Guadalajara. After dating for a while, the couple decided to tie the knot in 1986. Lorenza is a Veterinary Doctor and also a film art director and the couple were blessed with two beautiful daughters named Mariana and Marisa Del Toro.
The film director, after paying the ransom was able to secure the release of his kidnapped father and had to move his family to America. Since then, Del Toro has decided to keep information regarding his family out of the media eye.
Guillermo del Toro has a Bleak house located in Agoura Hills, a suburban Los Angeles where he has a massive collection of artworks, books, horror movie props, and other strange collections that he considers as an inspiration.
The house has a false window that was designed to appear as if a storm is happening outside, a shortcut to the melancholic fantasy worlds in which his movie takes place. Other features of the bleak house include a collection of 7,000 Blu-Ray and DVD movies and up to 13 different library rooms, each containing books from a particular subject area.
You can have a look inside the director’s bleak house in the video below
Guillermo del Toro’s Net Worth
The Hollywood director has had a successful career. Being one of the highest-paid directors of all time, he was formerly rated as among the top 10 most paid directors of 2013. Aside from directing, he also earns from other sources including screenwriting and novels.
Quick Facts About Guillermo del Toro
Birth name: Guillermo del Toro
Date of birth: October 9, 1964
Birth City: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Birth sign: Libra
Education: University of Guadalajara
Profession: Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Lorenza Newton (m. 1986)
Children: 2 (Mariana del Toro and Marisa del Toro)
Net Worth: $20 million