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Celebrating Robert Rodriguez ‘King of Grindhouse’ on His Birthday


Feliz Cumpleaños

Today in 1968 director and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas. The natural-born film maker honed his passion for film making at the University of Texas’ film department. Rodriguez’ first film Bedhead (1991) was a college project. A year later he made one of his signature films El Mariachi (1992) on a $7000 budget – another one of his movie making signature is low-budget films that make money. El Mariachi earned $2 million at the box office.

The Mexican-American director entered the Hollywood studio system in 1995 as a result of the fame garnered from El Marichai. Since then some of the films to his credit are: Desperado, Machete, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the Spy Kids movie franchise.

Rodriguez is one of a few Latino filmmakers in Hollywood and one of a select few that is regularly sought after for new projects. In 2013 he partnered with Univision and Comcast to launch El Rey network on Comcast targeting Latino audiences and fans who love grindhouse content. The network has one original drama series from Rodriguez From Dusk till Dawn in
collaboration with his pal Quentin Tarantino.

His many fans not only celebrate his talents on his birthday but the fact he always casts Latinos in his films and loves to film in Mexico or Texas.

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