Q: I've seen the guy who plays Drax in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies in a lot of things lately. Where did he come from?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

I'm assuming you mean what's his career background, rather than where was he born. (If I'm wrong, the answer to your question is Washington, D.C., and you can stop reading now.)

It's natural to wonder about his background. Usually when notably muscle-bound actors show up in big roles out of nowhere, there's a sports career behind them somewhere, and so it is with Dave Bautista, though his was a particularly theatrical sports career.

Prior to being Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bautista was a pro wrestler who fought under the clever nickname Batista. He became a superstar in that most film-friendly of sports before shifting over to films.

He moonlighted for a while, but aside from the occasional cameo at a major wrestling event, Bautista is now a full-time actor.

As you said, he's been in a lot lately. Apart from his four Marvel movies, he's also appeared in the 2015 Bond film "Spectre" and has branched out even further in the past two years with leading roles in two comedy films, "Stuber" (2019) and "My Spy" (2020).


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