Eduardo Noriega Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo noˈɾjeɣa]; born 1 August 1973) is a Spanish film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in two of Alejandro Amenábar's films: the multiple Goya Award-winning Tesis (Thesis) (1996) and Open Your Eyes (Spanish: Abre los Ojos) (1997). He also starred in The Wolf (Spanish: El Lobo) (2004). In the United States, Noriega is probably best known for his role as Enrique in the political thriller Vantage Point (2008).
Noriega was born in Santander, Spain, to a Mexican father and a Spanish mother. He is the youngest of seven siblings and the only one who became an actor. As a child, he devoted himself to music. When he grew up he left his law degree and his love for music and moved to Madrid to become an actor.
He acted in several short films by directors Amenábar, Mateo Gil and Carlos Montero and he appeared in a short role in the well-known Spanish film Stories from the Kronen (Spanish: Historias del Kronen). But it was not until Tesis that he had his first starring role in a film that became one of most-important successes in the history of Spanish films. Amenábar confessed in a T.T[clarification needed] interview that at first he did not want Noriega in Tesis, thinking he was just a "pretty face", although his collaborators thought otherwise. In the end he called him again because he preferred him over the other actors in the casting. They became close friends and later worked on different projects together, including Open Your Eyes.
With Leonardo Sbaraglia, he appeared in Plata Quemada (English: Burnt Money) (2000), an Argentine film directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. Noriega went on to star in another Piñeyro film, The Method (Spanish: El Método (2005), reuniting with Plata Quemada co-star Pablo Echarri. He appeared as Jacinto in The Devil's Backbone (2001), a film directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Agustín Almodóvar and Pedro Almodóvar, about life in an orphanage in the last months of the Spanish Civil War. The film also stars Marisa Paredes and Federico Luppi.
He starred as the main actor in Novo (2002), a French film directed by Jean-Pierre Limosin, where he appeared completely nude.
In 2005, he played the lead role in the independent film Che Guevara produced and directed by Josh Evans.
Noriega appeared as Conde de Guadalmedina in Alatriste (2006). Agustín Díaz Yanes directed the film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Javier Cámara, Ariadna Gil, Blanca Portillo, and Juan Echanove. Alatriste is based on five novels written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
He starred in Vantage Point (2008), playing Enrique, a Spanish police officer assigned to protect the local mayor, and who plays an unintended central role in the investigation of the assassination of the American president. He recently portrayed an escaped drug lord in The Last Stand, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
|1993||En Casa de Diego|
|1994||Soñé Que te Mataba|
|Una Historia Más|
|Historias del Kronen (also known as Stories from the Kronen)|
|Más Allá del Jardín|
|1997||Cuestión de Suerte||Julio|
|Abre los Ojos (also known as Open Your Eyes)||César|
|1998||Allanamiento de Morada||Simón Romero|
|Cha Cha Cha||Antonio|
|1999||La Fuente Amarilla||Sergio|
|Nadie Conoce a Nadie (also known as Nobody Knows Anybody)||Simón Cárdenas|
|2000||Carretera y Manta||Luis|
|El Invierno de las Anjanas||Eusebio|
|Plata Quemada (also known as Burnt Money)||Angel|
|2001||El Espinazo del Diablo (also known as The Devil's Backbone)||Jacinto|
|2002||Guerreros (also known as Warriors)||Teniente Alonso|
|Les mains vides (also known as Where Is Madame Catherine?)||Gerard|
|2004||El Lobo (also known as The Wolf)||Txema|
|El Método (also known as The Method)||Carlos|
|Alatriste||Conde de Guadalmedina|
|2007||Canciones de Amor en Lolita's Club (also known as Lolita's Club)||Raúl Fuentes/Valentín Fuentes|
|2008||Che Guevara||Ernesto 'Che' Guevara|
|2009||Petit Indi (also known as Little Indi)||Sergi|
|2010||El mal ajeno (also known as For the Good of Others)||Diego|
|2013||The Last Stand||Gabriel Cortez|
|2014||Beauty and the Beast||Perducas|