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Juan Diego Botto

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Juan Diego Botto
Premios Goya 2018 - Juan Diego Botto.jpg
Botto at the 32nd Goya Awards in 2018
Juan Diego Botto Rota

(1975-08-29) August 29, 1975 (age 46)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Argentina
  • Spain
  • Actor
  • director
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Olga Rodríguez

Juan Diego Botto Rota (born August 29, 1975) is an Argentine-Spanish actor.

Early life

Juan Diego Botto Rota was born 29 August 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, son of Diego Botto and Cristina Rota. His parents were both actors. His father disappeared during the Argentine Dirty War when Juan Diego was two years old. With his mother, and older sister María, he moved to Madrid, Spain, where his little sister, Nur Al Levi, was born.[1][2][3] His sisters are both actresses. His mother taught acting classes out of their apartment, before creating her own academy.

He attended high school in New York and lived there for two years.[4]


Botto studied acting at the school founded by his mother in Madrid, which later became the Center for New Creators, based in the Sala Mirador. Later he moved to New York to continue his studies under the direction of Uta Hagen.[5]

His first film appearance was at the age of eight in the film Game of Power, by Fausto Canel (1983).[6]

During the 1980s he played small roles in movies and appeared in the 1990 American television series Zorro. In 1992 he landed a role as the son of Christopher Columbus in the film 1492: Conquest of Paradise, by Ridley Scott. Three years later he starred in the film Stories from the Kronen, by Montxo Armendáriz, in which he achieved great success and popularity.[7]

His role in the 1999 film Sobreviviré (I will survive), about a woman who falls in love with a man who, unknown to her, is homosexual, got him more national and international recognition.[8]

His career has included films such as Martín (hache), by the director Adolfo Aristarain; Broken Silence, by Montxo Armendáriz, Plenilunio, by Imanol Uribe, Asfalto, by Daniel Calparsoro; Go Away from Me, by Víctor García León; Todo lo que tú quieras, by Achero Mañas; as well as several works abroad, such as The Dancer Upstairs, directed by John Malkovich and starring Javier Bardem; Bordertown, by Gregory Nava, starring Jennifer Lopez; The Anarchist's Wife, by Marie Noëlle and Peter Sehr; and El Greco, by Yannis Smaragdis, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Cairo Film Festival in 2008.[6][9][10][11]

In his professional career he has always combined cinema and theater. He is the coordinator of the Sala Mirador theater.[12]

In 2005 he directed the play El privilegio de ser perro (The Privilege of Being a Dog), written by himself, about the tough life immigrants are subjected to while trying to sneak into and live in a new country. In December 2008, and after a tour throughout Spain, Hamlet premiered at the Theatre of María Guerrero in Madrid, directed and starring him, along with José Coronado, Marta Etura and Nieve de Medina, among others. He is also the author of the plays Despertares y celebraciones, directed by his mother Cristina Rota, and The Last Night of the Plague, directed by Víctor García León.[13][14][15]

In 2012 he wrote the play Un trozo invisible de este mundo. The text, which deals with immigration and exile, mixes drama and humor with commitment. In it he acted, directed by Sergio Peris-Mencheta. In 2014 Botto won the Max Theater Awards for Best Actor and Best New Author for this work, which also won the Max Award for Best Play of the year.[16][17]

He has received numerous cinematographic distinctions. He has been nominated for the Goya Awards four times for his appearances in the films Historias del Kronen, Plenilunio (2000), Vete de mí (2006) and Ismael (2013). His career in the theater has also made him the winner of a Fotograma de Plata Award for best theater actor in 2008 for his participation in Hamlet, as well as two Max Awards and a Cosmopolitan Award.[18][16]

In the 2010s he participated in the films Silencio en la Nieve (2012), by Gerardo Herrero, Ismael (2013), by Marcelo Piñeyro, Hablar (2015), by Joaquín Oristrell, and La ignorancia de la sangre (2014), by Manuel Gómez Pereira.[19][20][21][22]

From 2016 to 2017, Botto starred in the TNT drama series Good Behavior, playing Javier, a charming hitman with a moral code who crosses paths with Letty (Michelle Dockery), a professional thief. Underneath their cold and calculating work, they both hide a harsh and dark family reality.[23][24][4][25][26]

In January 2017 he worked on the suspense series Pulsaciones, on Antena 3, where he played Rodrigo Ugarte.[27]

He played General Presidente Silvio Luna in the 2021 DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn.[28]

His debut as feature film director is the film On the Fringe,[29][30] shot in 2021.

Personal life

Botto currently lives in Madrid with his wife, Spanish journalist and writer Olga Rodríguez. They have a daughter, Salma.[31] He is also active in politics, protesting the 2003 war in Iraq[32] and taking part in a support group for fellow children of the disappeared.[citation needed]



  • En Los margenes ( to shooting, 2022)[35] Main cast include Adela Calvo. Cristhian Chuecas, Penelope Cruz , Luis tosar, and Nur Levi[36]
  • Relatos C-o-n-f-i-n-a-d-o-s ( 2020, Amazon prime video)[37]
  • Hay motivo ( 2004)


  • El privilegio de ser perro (2008)
  • El ultimo dia de la peste (2010)
  • Invisibles (2014)
  • Una noche Sin Luna (2021)


  1. ^ Press, Europa (2015-11-15). "Juan Diego Botto: "El punto de inflexión de mi vida ha sido el nacimiento de mi hija"". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  2. ^ Cruz, Juan (2005-04-09). "La historia que viene de una ausencia". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  3. ^ "Homenaje de Botto a su padre, uno de los 30.000 desaparecidos de la dictadura de Videla |". 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  4. ^ a b Cohn, Paulette. "Good Behavior's Juan Diego Botto on Playing a Hitman with a Moral Code". Parade. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Juan Diego Botto, en pleno Lavapiés". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
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  7. ^ "'Siento que me han arrebatado mi país'". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  8. ^ Kehr, Dave (2001-12-08). "FILM REVIEW; Bridget Jones Is Suddenly Spanish". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  9. ^ "Juan Diego Botto y Laia Marull participan una película sobre El Greco". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  10. ^ Maldivia, Beatriz (2009-01-21). "'La mujer del anarquista', una familia fragmentada". Espinof (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  11. ^ Press, Europa (2007-05-17). "Juan Diego Botto estrena 'La última noche de la peste', "una broma sobre la inutilidad del teatro"". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  12. ^ Cultura, elDiarioes (2014-09-03). "La Sala Mirador seguirá siendo el parlamento del teatro". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  13. ^ " - Juan Diego Botto debuta como dramaturgo y director de escena". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  14. ^ "Juan Diego Botto trae al Parque Santa Catalina su versión de 'Hamlet'". (in Spanish). 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  15. ^ "Cristina Rota y Juan Diego Botto descubren los sentimientos en «Despertares y Celebraciones»". abc (in Spanish). 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  16. ^ a b "'Un trozo invisible de este mundo', de Juan Diego Botto arrasa en los Max con cuatro premios". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  17. ^ Campos, Prado (2014-05-27). "Los Premios Max coronan a 'Un trozo invisible de este mundo'". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  18. ^ 20minutos (2014-02-05). "J. D. Botto: "Nunca hubiéramos creído que sería más fácil abortar en 'Cuéntame' que en la vida real"". - Últimas Noticias (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  19. ^ Press, Europa (2012-01-07). "Juan Diego Botto y Carmelo Gómez protagonizan 'Silencio en la nieve'". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  20. ^ Sarabia, David (2015-06-12). "Decirlo todo en 80 minutos". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  21. ^ Press, Europa (2013-03-15). "Comienza el rodaje de 'Ismael', con Mario Casas, Belén Rueda, Sergi López y Juan Diego Botto". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  22. ^ Press, Europa (2014-11-14). "Paz Vega y Juan Diego Botto presentan 'La ignorancia de la sangre'". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  23. ^ Hinckley, David; ContributorEntertainment; Writer, Pop Culture (2016-11-11). "Humanize a Hitman? Juan Diego Botto Says That's What TNT's Good Behavior Does. Really". HuffPost. Retrieved 2021-08-12. {{cite web}}: |last2= has generic name (help)
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  32. ^ "El mundo vuelve a decir 'no a la guerra' cuatro años después de la invasión de Irak por EEUU". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  33. ^ Capetillo, Belem (31 March 2017). "Residente estrena su primer álbum como solista y, no te preocupes, ¡no deja Calle 13!". starMedia (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 April 2017.
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