Happy Birthday to Demián Bichir Nájera

Happy Birthday to movie star Demián Bichir Nájera, born on August 1, 1963 in Mexico City, Mexico.   His family is in the entertainment business, and Nájera first traveled to the US with an acting troop at age 14.  While he has been a celebrity in Mexico, his first big splash in el Norte was the 2011 movie, “A Better Life”.  He received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a struggling Mexican immigrant and devoted father trying to raise his son and create a better life for them in California. In an interview with NPR, Nájera spoke of his role as, “It was like ‘Hamlet’ in many ways … one of those bigger-than-life roles, and I fell in love with it immediately….” (Photo by David Shankbone)

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