Demián Bichir is one of the main cast members of Grand Hotel, portraying the role of Santiago Mendoza.


Early LifeEdit

Bichir was born in Torreón, the son of Alejandro Bichir and Maricruz Nájera. His brothers, Odiseo and Bruno, are also actors. He worked at the National Theater Company, performed Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky, and won several awards from the Mexican Association of Theater Critics.


Bichir played Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's biopic film Che on the life of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in A Better Life (2011). In Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, he played Bob, a mysterious Mexican. His directorial debut film, Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song, premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival. Bichir starred in Alien: Covenant, the second prequel film for the Alien franchise. In 2017, he stars in The Conjuring spin-off film, The Nun (2018) and joined the cast for Doug Liman's 2019 film adaptation Chaos Walking, based on Patrick Ness' trilogy novels.

In 2018, Bichir was cast as Santiago Mendoza on Grand Hotel, a remake of Spanish series Gran Hotel.[1]

Personal LifeEdit

Bichir attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. After learning English, he worked at the Rosa Mexicano Restaurant. Bichir has been in a relationship with Stefanie Sherk since 2011. Bichir married singer Lisset Gutiérrez, but they were divorced. His daughter, Gala, was born in Spain. He is an ACLU Ambassador for Immigration Rights.

External LinksEdit


  1. Demian Bichir To Star In ‘Grand Hotel’ ABC Drama Pilot, by Nellie Andreeva, Deadline (March 2, 2018)
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