Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr.
February 20, 1978
Montebello, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, fashion model|
Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr. (born February 20, 1978) is an American actor and fashion model. After making his television debut in NBC's Hang Time, Hernandez made his film debut opposite Kirsten Dunst in the romantic drama Crazy/Beautiful (2001). He has since starred in numerous films, including Friday Night Lights (2004), Hostel (2005), Bad Moms (2016), and as Chato Santana / El Diablo in Suicide Squad (2016). Since 2018 he has been portraying Thomas Magnum in the CBS reboot of Magnum P.I.
Hernandez was born on February 20, 1978, in Montebello, California, the son of Isis (née Maldonado), a secretary and accountant, and Javier Hernandez Sr., a mechanic, both of whom are third-generation Mexican Americans. He has a younger sister, Amelia, and two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel. He met his wife, actress Daniella Deutscher, when he was fourteen years old and Daniella was 17. 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, Hernandez was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood. 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, the 2005 horror film Hostel and World Trade Center. Hernandez appeared in the action/crime film Takers, which was released in August 2010.
|2000||Living the Life||Kikicho|
|2002||The Rookie||Joaquin "Wack" Campos|
|Ladder 49||Keith Perez|
|Friday Night Lights||Brian Chavez|
|Carlito's Way: Rise to Power||Carlito Brigante|
|Karas: The Prophecy||Nue||Voice|
|World Trade Center||Dominick Pezzulo|
|2007||Grindhouse||Bobby||Teaser trailer segment "Thanksgiving"|
|Hostel: Part II||Paxton Rodriguez|
|Lakeview Terrace||Detective Javier Villareal|
|Nothing like the Holidays||Ozzy|
|2010||Takers||Detective Eddie Hatcher|
|The Night Is Young||Dean|
|2016||Bad Moms||Jessie Harkness|
|Suicide Squad||Chato Santana / El Diablo|
|2017||A Bad Moms Christmas||Jessie Harkness|
|2019||Toy Story 4||Bonnie's dad||Voice|
|1998–2000||Hang Time||Antonio Lopez||Unknown episodes|
|1999||USA High||Jose||1 episode|
|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||6 episodes|
|Ghost Ghirls||Agent Sanchez||1 episode|
|2014||Gang Related||Daniel Acosta||13 episodes|
|2015||The Expanse||Dimitri Havelock||5 episodes|
|2017||Scandal||Curtis Pryce||Season 7|
|2018–present||Magnum P.I.||Thomas Magnum||Main role; also producer (2021–present)|
|2019||BoJack Horseman||Himself/Mario (voice)||Episode: "A Horse Walks into a Rehab"|
|2020||Hawaii Five-0||Thomas Magnum||Episode: "Ihea 'oe i ka wa a ka ua e loku ana?"|
Awards and nominations
|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)||Hostel|
|Teen Choice Awards||Movie – Choice Scream|
|2020||National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards||Outstanding Performance in a Telelvision Series||Won||Magnum PI|
- "The New York Times". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2007. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (December 30, 2018). "'Magnum P.I.': Jay Hernandez Cast As Thomas Magnum In CBS' Reboot Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
- Garcia Berumen, Frank Javier (August 1, 2014). Latino Image Makers in Hollywood: Performers, Filmmakers and Films Since the 1960s. McFarland, p. 307. Archived at Google Books. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
- "Actor gets a tortured role in 'Hostel'", eastvalleytribune.com, January 11, 2006.
- "Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him". Los Angeles Times. June 27, 2001.
- Munoz, Lorenza (June 27, 2001). "Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him". Los Angeles Times.
- Anita Gates (October 1, 2005). "Carlito, When He Was Young". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Max: What Kind Of Dog Is Max?". The New York Times. June 18, 2015.
- Otterson, Joe (February 20, 2018). "'Magnum PI' Reboot Pilot at CBS Casts Jay Hernandez in Lead Role". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- "I Saw the Sun Rise". IMDB. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- Cabrera, Daniela. "Jay Hernandez & His Wife Had A Very '90s Meeting". bustle.com.