Oscar Nunez

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Oscar Nunez
2009 CUN Award Party Oscar Nuñez 058.JPG
Nuñez in Los Angeles, California, February 2009
Born (1958-11-18) November 18, 1958 (age 60)[1]
Other namesOscar Núñez
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Ursula Whittaker

Oscar Nunez (born November 18, 1958), sometimes credited as Oscar Núñez, is a Cuban-American actor and comedian. Nunez is best known for his role as Dunder Mifflin accountant Oscar Martinez on NBC's The Office.

He was a member of The Groundlings and later became a regular cast member on The Office. He also created and co-starred in the Comedy Central series Halfway Home in 2007. In 2010, he portrayed a pet shop owner in Fred: The Movie. In 2014, he co-starred in the short-lived USA Network comedy series Benched.

Life and career[edit]

Nunez's mother, a dentist, and father, a lawyer, were classmates of Fidel Castro at the University of Havana. Nunez was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, but his parents soon moved first to Venezuela, and then to the United States. His family moved to Boston when he was two years old and then to Union City, New Jersey, when he was four.[3][4] He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Nunez attended various colleges in New York, including Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design for writing, and became a certified dental technician after studying at the Magna Institute of Dental Technology.[5]

Nunez started his comedy career in New York, performing over 300 shows with The Shock of the Funny theater company. The troupe was active in the East Village for several years. In addition to his work with Shock, Nunez appeared in theater in New York and Washington, D.C. before moving to Los Angeles in the mid 1990s. In LA, he joined The Groundlings and performed in their Sunday Company. While with the Groundlings, he wrote and starred in a production called "Smooth Down There."

In 1997, Nunez graduated from the Warner Brothers Comedy Writer's Workshop. In 1999, he was a finalist in the ABC Latino Writers Project.

In 1998, he appeared on the game show Match Game, wearing a Dio shirt, but was not a winner[citation needed].

Nunez was Adam Carolla's stand-in on The Man Show.

Nunez's television credits include Malcolm in the Middle, 24, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, The District and Mad TV, in addition to his role on The Office. He was also the creator and executive producer of the Comedy Central series Halfway Home, in which he co-starred as the character Eulogio Pla.

His film credits include The Italian Job (as a security guard), Reno 911!: Miami, and When Do We Eat?. In 2009, Nunez played the role of Ramon, the caterer, stripper, soda jerk, and finally clergy performing the wedding ceremony in The Proposal. In 2012, Nunez played the role of Jose Baez, an attorney in the Lifetime movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony.

Nunez appeared as one of eight judges in the 2010 Miss USA Contest, posing a question about the Arizona illegal immigrant law to Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard. Nunez was booed by the audience before finishing the question; however he asked the audience to wait until he finished the question before they reacted. Although Woolard replied that she supports the law as a state rights issue, she added that she is against racial profiling.[6]

In 2014, Nunez co-starred alongside Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington in the short-lived USA Network comedy series Benched.

In 2016, Nunez appeared as a regular in the TBS comedy series, People of Earth, on TBS.[7]

In 2018, Nunez portrayed State Farm Insurance Agent Cole Perez in a series of commercials.[8]

Currently, Nunez is portraying Mr. Hernandez on Netflix original Mr. Iglesias.

Personal life[edit]

Nunez is married to actress Ursula Whittaker,[9] who gave birth to their first child, daughter August Luce Nunez, on October 4, 2012.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Male Parking Attendant Season 1 Episode 5: "Interior Decorator"
2001 Grounded for Life Security Guard Episode: “I Wanna Be Suspended”
2002–2003 Malcolm in the Middle Ranch Hand 2 episodes
2003 The Italian Job Security Guard
2003 Still Standing Tim Episode: "Still Hairdressing"
2003 Reno 911! Captain Dwayne Hernandez 2 episodes
2003 24 Pilot Season 3 Episode 6: "Day 3: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m."
2005–2013 The Office Oscar Martinez Main Cast; 189 episodes
2006 Reno 911! "Spanish Mike" Alvarez Season 4 Episode 5: "Spanish Mike Returns"
2007 Halfway Home Eulogio Pla 10 episodes
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Jose Jose Jose
2009 The Proposal Ramone
2010 Fred: The Movie Lorenzo
2011 Without Men Priest Rafael
2011 Language of a Broken Heart Adam Lebowitz
2011–2012 Bob's Burgers Cha-Cha / Pepe (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Prosecuting Casey Anthony Jose Baez
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sudz Manager Season 9 Episode 3: "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award"
2014 Benched Carlos 12 episodes
2014 New Girl Doug Season 3 Episode 23: "Cruise"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! FBI Agent José González Season 4 Episode 2: "Maya Rudolph Wears a Black Skirt & Strappy Sandals"
2015 The 33 Yonni Barrios
2015 Adam Ruins Everything Benny Season 1 Episode 8: "Adam Ruins Work"
2015 Life in Pieces Dr. James Changa Season 1 Episode 10: "Burn Vasectomy Milkshake Pong"
2015 Romantically Speaking Carl Hallmark movie
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. Porp Season 3 Episode 12: "9 Days"
2016 iZombie Stan Mendoza Season 2 Episode 14: "Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind"
2016 Shameless Rick Encarnacion 2 episodes
2016 Liv and Maddie Mr. Beelick Season 4 Episode 1: "Sorta-Sisters-A-Rooney"
2016 Miss Stevens Principal Albert Alvarez
2016 Mascots Cesar Hidalgo
2016–2017 People of Earth Father Doug 10 episodes
2017 Baywatch Councilman Rodriguez
2018 Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Himself Season 13: Celebrity Edition 4
2018–2019 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Sergeant Costas 9 episodes
2019 NCIS: Los Angeles Lionel Fernandez Season 10 Episode 22: "No More Secrets"
2019 Mr. Iglesias Carlos Netflix Original series
2019 Where's Waldo? Wizard Featherbeard (voice) Episode: "Costa Rica... In Color!"


  1. ^ Fox News, November 18, 2008 Archived January 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Janet Varney (15 May 2014). "The JV Club #109: Boys of Summer: Oscar Nunez". Nerdist.com (Podcast). Event occurs at 11:31. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. ^ "'Office' worker Nunez has a second 'Home'", New York Daily News, May 9, 2007. Accessed July 23, 2008.
  4. ^ Girl on Guy Podcast 91, 20130418, Girlonguy.net
  5. ^ "The Offist Biographies" Archived 2012-01-07 at the Wayback Machine, May 17, 2010. Accessed May 16, 2010.
  6. ^ "Michigan woman crowned 2010 Miss USA in Las Vegas", Forbes.com, May 16, 2010. Accessed May 16, 2010.
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4695530/news
  8. ^ "Out with the Stars". Out with the Stars. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  9. ^ "Ursula Whittaker". IMDb. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Oscar Nunez, Wife Ursula Whittaker Welcome Baby Girl August Luce". Us Weekly. October 10, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2017.

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