Jay Hernandez

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Jay Hernandez
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Jay Hernandez at San Diego Comic-Con 2015
Born Javier Manuel Hernandez, Jr.
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 37)
Montebello, California, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Daniella Deutscher (m. 2006)

Javier Manuel "Jay" Hernandez, Jr. (born February 20, 1978) is an American actor.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Hernandez was born in Montebello, California, the son of Isis (née Maldonado), a secretary and accountant,[2] and Javier Hernandez, Sr., a mechanic.[3] He has a younger sister, Amelia, and two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel. Hernandez is a fourth-generation Mexican American.[4] He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California, but transferred to Schurr High School in Montebello his senior year. While riding an elevator in a high rise in Los Angeles,[2] Hernandez was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood.[4] He enrolled Hernandez into acting school and sent his pictures to casting agents.

From 1998 to 2000 he played Antonio Lopez on the NBC series Hang Time. Hernandez subsequently hit success with his role opposite Kirsten Dunst in Crazy/Beautiful. He has since appeared in several major Hollywood films, including playing the lead roles in Carlito's Way: Rise to Power,[5] the 2005 horror film Hostel[2] and World Trade Center. Hernandez appeared in the action/crime film Takers, which was released in August 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2006, Hernandez has been married to his former Hang Time co-star Daniella Deutscher.


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Living the Life Kikicho
2001 Crazy/Beautiful Carlos Nuñez
2001 Joy Ride Marine
2002 The Rookie Joaquin "Wack" Campos
2004 Torque Dalton
2004 Ladder 49 Keith Perez
2004 Friday Night Lights Brian Chavez
2005 Hostel Paxton
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Carlito Brigante
2006 Nomad Erali
2006 Karas: The Prophecy Nue Voice
2006 World Trade Center Dominick Pezzulo
2007 Grindhouse Bobby Teaser trailer segment "Thanksgiving"
2007 Live! Pablo
2007 Hostel: Part II Paxton
2008 American Son Junior
2008 Lakeview Terrace Javier Villareal
2008 Quarantine Jake
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays Ozzy
2010 Takers Eddie Hatcher
2012 LOL James Supporting Role, Hernandez' second film with Lionsgate
2013 Trooper Carlos Coto Film starring : Mira Sorvino
2015 Max Sergeant Reyes
2015 The Night Is Young Dean Filming
2016 Suicide Squad Chato Santana / El Diablo Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Hang Time Antonio Lopez Unknown episodes
1999 USA High Jose 1 episode
2000 Undressed Eddie Unknown episodes
2000 One World Octavio 1 episode
2002 American Family Cisco 2 episodes
2006–2007 Six Degrees Carlos Green 14 episodes
2012 Last Resort Paul Wells 7 episodes
2013 Nashville Dante Rivas 3 episodes
2013 Ghost Ghirls Agent Sanchez 1 episode
2014 Gang Related Daniel Acosta Unknown episodes
2015 The Expanse[6] Havelock

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2002 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated Crazy/Beautiful
2006 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Dude You Don't Wanna Mess With (Best Hero) Nominated Hostel
2006 Teen Choice Awards Movie – Choice Scream Nominated Hostel


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Actor gets a tortured role in ‘Hostel’, eastvalleytribune.com, 11 January 2006.
  3. ^ "Film Reference". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  4. ^ a b Munoz, Lorenza. Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2001.
  5. ^ Anita Gates (2005-10-01). "Carlito, When He Was Young". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  6. ^ http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/thomas-jane-the-expanse-syfy-1201261984/

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