Wagner in 2012
|Born||Wagner Maniçoba de Moura
June 27, 1976
Rodelas, Bahia, Brazil
|Alma mater||Federal University of Bahia|
Wagner Maniçoba de Moura (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvaɡneɾ ˈmowɾɐ]; born June 27, 1976) 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
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.
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. 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. 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.
Moura married photographer Sandra Delgado.
|2013||Praia do Futuro||Donato|
|Serra Pelada||Lindo Rico|
|2011||O Homem do Futuro||João (Zero)|
|Elite Squad: The Enemy Within||Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Nascimento||Tropa de Elite 2|
|2009||They Killed Sister Dorothy||Narrator (Brazilian version)||Mataram Irmã Dorothy|
|2007||Elite Squad||Captain Roberto Nascimento|
|Ó Paí, Ó||Boca|
|2005||A Máquina||TV Host|
|Lower City||Naldinho||Cidade Baixa|
|2003||Caminho das Nuvens||Romão|
|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)|
|2013||A Menina Sem Qualidades||Alex's Father||Mini-series|
|2006||JK||Juscelino Kubitschek (ages 18–43)||Mini-series|
|2005||A Lua me Disse||Gustavo Bogari||TV-series|
|2005||O que diz Molero?|
|2005||Dilúvio em Tempos de Seca|
|1999||Abismo de Rosas|
|1996||A casa de Eros|
|1996||Cuida bem de mim|
- "Biography of Wagner Moura at "Gente Babado"" (in Portuguese). IG. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- Biography for Wagner Moura at the Internet Movie Database
- "Article about Wagner Moura in Hamlet and as vocalist of Sua Mãe (in Portuguese)". O Dia. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-04-05.