Photo: Demián Bichir
Demián Bichir, an award-winning actor who redefined the immigration debate through his groundbreaking role in A Better Life, will be among this year’s recipients of the National Immigration Law Center‘s Courageous Luminaries award. The organization will recognize Bichir and other luminaries at an awards dinner at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, December 6, 2012.
Bichir received an Academy Award, SAG Award, and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his searing portrayal of an undocumented gardener trying to connect with his estranged teenage son in Chris Weitz’s feature A Better Life. He recently appeared in Oliver Stone’s Savages and Ian Power’s The Runway. He is currently shooting Don Hemmingway starring opposite Jude Law, and stars in the upcoming films Machete Kills for Robert Rodriguez and The Heat for Paul Feig.
Prior to A Better Life, Bichir became known to United States television audiences for his portrayal of Esteban Reyes opposite Mary Louise Parker in the hit Showtime series Weeds. He also portrayed a young Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che opposite Benicio Del Toro.
Demián will join a distinguished group of honorees, which include Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who last year disclosed that he is undocumented; SABEResPODER, a Spanish language marketing group that serves to inform and empower Latinos; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a multinational law firm that is deeply committed to pro bono work; and the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, a grassroots champion for day laborers and workers.