Jay Hernandez

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Jay Hernandez
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Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr.

(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 43)
OccupationActor, fashion model
Years active1998–present
(m. 2006)

Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr. (born February 20, 1978) is an American actor and fashion model.[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hernandez was born on February 20, 1978, in Montebello, California, the son of Isis (née Maldonado), a secretary and accountant,[3][4] and Javier Hernandez Sr., a mechanic,[citation needed] both of whom are third-generation Mexican Americans.[3][5] 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.[6] He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California, but transferred to Schurr High School in Montebello his senior year.[4] While riding an elevator in a high-rise in Los Angeles,[3][4] Hernandez was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood.[6] He enrolled Hernandez into acting school and sent his pictures to casting agents.[3]


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,[7] the 2005 horror film Hostel[4] and World Trade Center. Hernandez appeared in the action/crime film Takers, which was released in August 2010.

Hernandez appeared in the 2005 crime prequel Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, playing Carlito Brigante, the role originated by Al Pacino in the original 1993 film Carlito's Way.

Hernandez portrayed Paxton in Eli Roth's Hostel (2005) and its 2007 sequel, Hostel: Part II.

In 2015, he appeared in Max as a sergeant in the United States military assigned with the titular rescue dog, which was traumatized by his previous handler's death.[8]

In 2016, he starred as Jessie Harkness in the comedy film Bad Moms, and as metahuman ex-gangster El Diablo in the superhero film Suicide Squad.

On February 20, 2018, news outlets reported that Hernandez was cast as Thomas Magnum in CBS drama series Magnum P.I. reboot.[9] The series premiered on September 24, 2018.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Hernandez married his former Hang Time co-star Daniella Deutscher.[11]



Year Film Role Notes
2000 Living the Life Kikicho
2001 Crazy/Beautiful Carlos Nuñez
Joy Ride Marine
2002 The Rookie Joaquin "Wack" Campos
2004 Torque Dalton
Ladder 49 Keith Perez
Friday Night Lights Brian Chavez
2005 Hostel Paxton Rodriguez
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Carlito Brigante
2006 Nomad Erali
Karas: The Prophecy Nue Voice
World Trade Center Dominick Pezzulo
2007 Grindhouse Bobby Teaser trailer segment "Thanksgiving"
Live! Pablo
Hostel: Part II Paxton Rodriguez
2008 American Son Junior
Lakeview Terrace Detective Javier Villareal
Quarantine Jake
Nothing like the Holidays Ozzy
2010 Takers Detective Eddie Hatcher
2012 LOL James
2013 Trooper Carlos Coto
2015 Max Sergeant Reyes
The Night Is Young Dean
2016 Bad Moms Jessie Harkness
Suicide Squad Chato Santana / El Diablo
2017 A Bad Moms Christmas Jessie Harkness
Bright Rodriguez
2019 Toy Story 4 Bonnie's dad Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Hang Time Antonio Lopez Unknown episodes
1999 USA High Jose 1 episode
2000 Undressed Eddie Unknown episodes
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[edit]

Year Association Category Result Work
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


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 30, 2018). "'Magnum P.I.': Jay Hernandez Cast As Thomas Magnum In CBS' Reboot Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ a b c d 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.
  4. ^ a b c d "Actor gets a tortured role in 'Hostel'", eastvalleytribune.com, January 11, 2006.
  5. ^ "Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him". Los Angeles Times. June 27, 2001.
  6. ^ a b Munoz, Lorenza (June 27, 2001). "Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Anita Gates (October 1, 2005). "Carlito, When He Was Young". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "Max: What Kind Of Dog Is Max?". The New York Times. June 18, 2015.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 20, 2018). "'Magnum PI' Reboot Pilot at CBS Casts Jay Hernandez in Lead Role". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "I Saw the Sun Rise". IMDB. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Cabrera, Daniela. "Jay Hernandez & His Wife Had A Very '90s Meeting". bustle.com.

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