Wagner Moura

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Wagner Moura
Wagner in 2012
Born Wagner Maniçoba de Moura
(1976-06-27) June 27, 1976 (age 38)
Rodelas, Bahia, Brazil
Alma mater Federal University of Bahia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Sandra Delgado
Children 3 children

Wagner Maniçoba de Moura (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvaɡneɾ ˈmowɾɐ]; born June 27, 1976)[1] is a Brazilian film, television and stage actor. Besides being a well-established and acclaimed actor in Brazil, he has achieved widespread international fame for his portrayal of Captain (later Colonel) Roberto Nascimento, protagonist of the highly successful 2007 film Elite Squad and its sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. He also gained recognition globally playing "Spider" in the 2013 sci-fi film Elysium.

Early life and education[edit]

Moura was born in Rodelas, in the state of Bahia, in the North-East region of Brazil. His mother, Alderiva Moura, was a housewife, and his father, José Moura, was a Sergeant in the Brazilian Air Force. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to Salvador, Bahia.

He graduated in journalism at Federal University of Bahia but decided to become an actor.[2]


In 1996 he starred in his first play, called Cuida bem de mim. After this he did some commercials and other plays. He started in the cinema in 1999, with the short film Pop Killer and the movie Rádio Gogó. The next year, he participated in the film Woman on Top starring Penélope Cruz.

Later he moved to Rio de Janeiro. There he auditioned for some TV productions, and had his debut in the television series Carga Pesada and Sexo Frágil. He became a well-known TV and movie actor in Brazil. In 2007 he participated in his most acclaimed work in the movies as Captain Nascimento, protagonist of the Golden Bear winner in the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, Elite Squad.

During the preparation for the first Elite Squad movie, Wagner and part of the cast were subject to lifelike special forces training conducted by Paulo Stovani, a former captain of BOPE, the elite squad portrayed in the movie.[3] During training, Stovani was asked by the movie's cast director to help "develop" Wagner's aggressiveness for the role, which he attempted to do through repeated sessions of moral abuse.[4] After several days, Stovani finally got the reaction he was looking for, and a little more. He reportedly made a fictional threat to Wagner's family, particularly mentioning Wagner's newborn to which the actor responded with a punch that fractured Stovani's nose. "That's when Captain Nascimento was born", said Stovani.[5]

In 2010, he started the sequel to Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. and affirmed himself as a top-notch actor. In 2013, he played "Spider" in the sci-fi film Elysium.


Besides his acting career, Moura is also a lyricist and the vocalist of a band named Sua Mãe ("Your Mum").[6]

Personal life[edit]

Moura married photographer Sandra Delgado.

He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and a Muay Thai practitioner.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Trash
2013 Praia do Futuro Donato
Serra Pelada Lindo Rico
Elysium Spider
Father's Chair Theo
2011 O Homem do Futuro João (Zero)
2010 VIPs Marcelo Nascimento
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Nascimento Tropa de Elite 2
2009 They Killed Sister Dorothy Narrator (Brazilian version) Mataram Irmã Dorothy
2008 Blackout Marcelo
Romance Pedro
2007 Elite Squad Captain Roberto Nascimento
Saneamento Básico Joaquim
Ó Paí, Ó Boca
2005 A Máquina TV Host
Lower City Naldinho Cidade Baixa
2004 Nina Blind Man
2003 Caminho das Nuvens Romão
Carandiru Zico
The Man of the Year Suel
God Is Brazilian Taoca Deus é Brasileiro
2002 The Three Marias Jesuíno Cruz As Três Marias
2001 Behind the Sun Matheus Abril Despedaçado
2000 Woman on Top Rafi Sabor da Paixão
1999 Rádio Gogó (short film)
1998 Pop Killer (short film)


Year Title Role Notes
2013 A Menina Sem Qualidades Alex's Father Mini-series
2007 Paraíso Tropical Olavo TV-series
2006 JK Juscelino Kubitschek (ages 18–43) Mini-series
2005 A Lua me Disse Gustavo Bogari TV-series
2007 Sexo frágil Edu/Magali TV-series
2003 Carga Pesada Pedrinho TV-series


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hamlet Hamlet
2005 O que diz Molero?
2005 Dilúvio em Tempos de Seca
2002 Os solitários
2000 A Máquina Antônio
1999 Abismo de Rosas
1996 A casa de Eros
1996 Cuida bem de mim


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