Guillermo del Toro is a famous Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer and writer best known for creating dark fantasy-themed films like The Devil’s Backbone (2001), and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). In addition, he also directed some popular action and supernatural superhero movies like Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Pacific Rim (2013).


Del Toro originated from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and pursued his studies at the Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Cinematograficos. He also learned the arts of special effects with the special effects artist, Dick Smith.

His fascination for filmmaking started when he played with his father’s camera and used in making short films using his toys and other objects as props. Two of these short films, Dona Lupe and Geometria, were the only ones that were made available to the audiences.

Del Toro is married Lorenza Newton. They have two daughters, Mariana and Marisaa, and they currently reside in Agoura Hills, California.


Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth were both set in Spain during the time of the Spanish Civil War. For him, his horror films reflect his beliefs in politics.

In 2008, Del Toro was slated to direct The Hobbit but he abandoned the film in 2010.

The film Pacific Rim was science-fiction film that hit the box office in 2013. His other films include Cronos (1993), Mimic (1997), Bullfighter (2000), Hellboy: Sword of Storms (2006) Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007), The Orphanage (2007), Hellboy: Iron Shoes (2007), Diary of the Dead (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), Splice (2009), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Cowboys and Aliens (2011), Crimson Peak (2015), and many other movies from different genres.

Aside from directing films, Del Toro also authored a novel, The Strain, which was eventually adapted into a TV series in which he directed the pilot episode.