Joaquim de Almeida
- Studied theater and cinema at Lisbon Conservatory.
- Moved to New York City at the age of 19 in 1976.
- Trained with Lee Strasberg at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, studied script interpretation with Stella Adler, and spent time studying at the Actors Studio.
- Was given a scholarship to New York University by Nicolas Ray, the director of Rebel Without a Cause.