Jay Hernandez

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Jay Hernandez
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Jay Hernandez at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
Born Javier Manuel Hernandez, Jr.
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 38)
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] 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 followed that up with several major Hollywood films like Torque, Ladder 49 and Friday Night Lights (2004), Hostel (2005), World Trade Center (2006), Lakeview Terrace (2008) Takers (2010) and Suicide Squad (2016).

Early life[edit]

Hernandez was born February 20, 1978 in Montebello, California, the son of Isis (née Maldonado), a secretary and accountant,[2][3] and Javier Hernandez, Sr., a mechanic,[4] both of whom are third generation Mexican Americans.[2] 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 Daniella was 17 at that time.[5] He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California, but transferred to Schurr High School in Montebello his senior year.[3] While riding an elevator in a high rise in Los Angeles,[2][3] Hernandez was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood.[5] He enrolled Hernandez into acting school and sent his pictures to casting agents.[2]

Career[edit]

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,[6] the 2005 horror film Hostel[3] 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.[7]

In 2016, he starred as metahuman ex-gangster El Diablo in the superhero film Suicide Squad.

Filmography[edit]

Film
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
2013 Trooper Carlos Coto
2015 Max Sergeant Reyes
2015 The Night Is Young Dean
2016 Bad Moms Jessie Harkness
2016 Suicide Squad Chato Santana / El Diablo
Television
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[8] Dmitri 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

Personal Life[edit]

Hernandez is married to his former Hang Time co-star, Daniella Deutscher.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b c d "Actor gets a tortured role in 'Hostel'", eastvalleytribune.com, 11 January 2006.
  4. ^ "Film Reference". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  5. ^ a b Munoz, Lorenza (June 27, 2001). "Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Anita Gates (2005-10-01). "Carlito, When He Was Young". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Max: What Kind Of Dog Is Max?". Thew New York Times. June 18, 2015.
  8. ^ http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/thomas-jane-the-expanse-syfy-1201261984/
  9. ^ https://www.bustle.com/articles/176115-who-is-jay-hernandezs-wife-the-suicide-squad-actor-met-his-spouse-on-the-set-of

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