Joaquim de Almeida

Joaquim de Almeida
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name:  Joaquim António Portugal Baptista de Almeida

Nickname/Stage Name: Joaquim de Almeida

Birth Date: March 15, 1957

Genres: Action, Crime Drama

Occupation: Actor

Years Active: 1982 till Present

Net Worth: $10 million


Personal Life

Joaquim de Almeida was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He has two children; a son and a daughter with his partner Maria Risques Pereira.


When he was eighteen, Almeida attended a theater course at the Lisbon Conservatory (School of Theatre and Cinema) for two years and left Portugal to further his studies after the Conservatory was closed down following the 1974 democratic revolution.

He studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York in 1976.


Almeida's film career began in 1982 following his appearance in the 1982 film The Soldier. He had his first notable role in The Honorary Consul (1983).

He made television appearances in Miami Vice and his breakthrough came in Good Morning, Babylon (1987). It opened the Cannes Film Festival.

The star played Felix Cortez in the Tom Clancy thriller Clear and Present Danger co-starring Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, and Anne Archer.

He appeared opposite Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in Robert Rodriguez's action movie Desperado (1995) and in 1997, was featured in the miniseries Nostromo.

In 2001, Almeida had a supporting role in the war film Behind Enemy Lines alongside Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. He was cast in series 24 as Ramon Salazar, the ruthless leader of a drug cartel.

He was confirmed to play antagonist Hernan Reyes in Fast Five (2011). The film co-stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson.

Between 2013 and 2020, Almeida has had roles in The Gilded CageOur Brand is CrisisThe Hitman's Bodyguard, and Downsizing.


Cairo International Film Festival Award (1994)

Golden Globe Award (1995, 1998, 2002)

Festival Cinema de Badajoz Career Award (2004)

Avanca Film Festival Award (2008)

Prize of the City of Huelva Award (2009)


Apart from his native Portuguese, he speaks five languages; English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German.

Is a Knight of the Order of Prince Henry.

He became a citizen of the United States on October 28, 2005.


The Honorary Consul (1983)

Good Morning, Babylon (1987)

Sandino (1990)

Desperado (1995)

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

The Celestine Prophecy (2006)

Che (2008)

Fast Five (2011)

Of Mind and Music (2014)

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

Downsizing (2018) 

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