Del Toro, whose childhood nicknames were "Skinny Benny" and "Beno", was raised a Roman Catholic Success in an elective drama course encouraged him to drop out of college and study with noted acting teachers Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza, in Los Angeles, as well as at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, in New York City.
Del Toro began to surface in small television roles during the late 1980s, playing mostly thugs and drug dealers on programs such as Miami Vice and the NBC miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.
He was a Bond villain – the youngest ever, at 21 – in Licence To Kill.
And he was mad Doctor Gonzo, the attorney who rode shotgun with Hunter S Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
"I was just willing it, muscling it," he says empathically. He co-produced it and brought Steven Soderbergh – who had steered him to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2001, for Traffic – in to direct.
Initially wanting to be a lawyer, Benicio Del Toro made extreme switch to acting and has successfully established himself as one of prominence actors Hollywood has ever had.
He has battled addiction (in 21 Grams and Things We Lost In The Fire) and was a morally ambiguous narcotics cop in Traffic. He walks, in his films, on the wild side, in the shoes of marginal types consumed by obsession.
He was a usual suspect, in The Usual Suspects, and looked right at home in the police line-up.On Thursday morning (August 10, 2017) the Spanish Sun-Times reported Benicio del Toro and girlfriend, to be shopping for engagement rings.The couple was seen closely eyeing some pricey bling in a couple of major jewelry stores — especially major diamond baubles that could only be described as the kind usually slipped on a woman’s left-hand ring finger. (read more)According to some insiders, they'll soon be engaged. Rumor Explodes on Twitter Naturally, the Sun-Times’ article sent Facebook and Twitter into a frenzy. Hmmm..answers seems to be written by someone hoping to cause B. rumors or ascertain attention for them selves, owing to the fact that "Tobin Jordan" is also married to Zachary Quinto of the television series "Heroes." Also the "Film maker" is hard to track down via any site that has any info on ANY AND ALL film makers out there.So I would be careful of buying into the previous answer just yet.