|Born||February 20, 1978|
Montebello, California, U.S.
Javier Manuel "Jay" Hernandez (born February 20, 1978) is an American actor. After making his television debut in NBC's Hang Time, he 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 played Thomas Magnum in the 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. He has a younger sister, Amelia, and two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel. He met his wife, actress Daniella Deutscher, when he was 14 years old and she was 17. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California, but transferred to Schurr High School in Montebello for his senior year. While riding an elevator in a high-rise in Los Angeles, he was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested he 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 Hernandez played Antonio Lopez on the NBC series Hang Time. His name break came with his role opposite Kirsten Dunst in the 2001Touchstone Pictures feature Crazy/Beautiful. He has since appeared in several major Hollywood films, including lead roles in Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, the 2005 horror film Hostel and World Trade Center. He appeared in the action/crime film Takers (2010).
On February 20, 2018, Hernandez was cast as Thomas Magnum in CBS drama series Magnum P.I. reboot. It premiered on September 24, 2018. After four seasons, it was canceled in May 2022, before being rescued by NBC with a two-season order that June.
|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 role|
|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 role|
|2023||The Long Game|
|1998–2000||Hang Time||Antonio Lopez||Guest star (Season 4)
Main cast member (Seasons 5-6)
|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, 76 episodes; producer (2021–present)|
|2019||BoJack Horseman||Himself/Mario||Voice role;|
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|
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- 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.
- Munoz, Lorenza (June 27, 2001). "Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
- 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.
- Travers, Ben (September 20, 2018). "'Magnum P.I.' Review: This Humdrum CBS Procedural Is the Corporatized, Synergistic Reboot of the Future". IndieWire. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 30, 2022). "'Magnum P.I.' Rescued By NBC With 2-Season, 20-Episode Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
- Cabrera, Daniela (August 2016). "Jay Hernandez & His Wife Had A Very '90s Meeting". Bustle.