May 24, 2016  

10 Fascinating Facts About Birthday Boy Antonio Banderas

August 10, 2010 (7:30 am) GMT
From almost being a professional soccer player, the now 50-year-old actor conquers Hollywood with his charm as Spanish hunk.

Celebrations are in order - it's ' 50th birthday! The star was born Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas in Spain 50 years ago today, August 10 and dreamed of being a professional soccer star until a broken foot ended his sporting dreams - and put him on the path to Tinseltown.

After launching his acting career on the Spanish stage, Banderas found fame in Hollywood with roles in hit movies including "Desperado", "The Mask of Zorro" and the "Shrek" franchise, making him one of Spain's most successful exports. Now, as Banderas reaches a new milestone, WENN takes a look back at his life with 10 fascinating facts about the birthday boy:

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. New 'Finding Dory' Trailer: Meet the Younger Version of Dory
  2. Teen Choice Awards 2016: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Lead Music Nominees
  3. Is Nicki Minaj the Reason Drake Can't Fully Commit to Rihanna?
  4. Teen Choice Awards 2016: 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Vampire Diaries' Dominate TV Nominations
  5. Kim Kardashian Celebrates 2nd Wedding Anniversary With Kanye West in Italy
  6. Jason Derulo Splits From Girlfriend Daphne Joy
  7. Twitter Users Are Begging Marvel to Give Captain America a Boyfriend
  8. Amy Schumer Blasts Body Shaming 'Trolls': 'I Think I Look Strong and Healthy'