Pascal at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal
April 2, 1975
|Residence||New York City, U.S.|
|Relatives||Lucas Balmaceda (brother)|
José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal (American Spanish: [xoˈse ˈpeðɾo βalmaˈseða pasˈkal]; born April 2, 1975), known professionally as Pedro Pascal, is a Chilean actor. He is best known for portraying the roles of Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones and Javier Peña in the Netflix biographical crime series Narcos. He has also starred as mercenary Pero Tovar in The Great Wall (2016); as Agent Whiskey in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017); as Dave York, the primary antagonist in The Equalizer 2 (2018); and as Francisco "Catfish" Morales in the heist drama Triple Frontier (2019). Pascal currently stars in the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian (2019–present).
Early life and education
Pascal was born in Santiago, Chile. His mother is a child psychologist and his father, José Balmaceda, a fertility doctor; his younger brother Lucas Balmaceda is an actor in Chile. Pascal has Spanish roots from a Basque grandfather and Majorcan grandmother.
Pascal's parents were Allende supporters and were involved in the opposition movement against the US-backed military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile around the time of Pascal's birth. Because of this, soon after his birth, Pascal's family was granted political asylum in Denmark. The family ultimately moved to the United States, and Pascal was raised in Orange County, California and San Antonio, Texas. Pascal was involved in competitive swimming during his early years and took part in the state championships in Texas at the age of 11, but immediately stopped competitive swimming after getting into drama class. He studied acting at the Orange County School of the Arts and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Pascal has appeared in several television series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Mentalist, and Graceland. He appeared as kidnapper Reggie in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Weeping Willow". He was cast in the pilot for the 2011 Wonder Woman television adaptation, but the show was never picked up. In June 2013, he was cast as Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Pascal stated that he was a huge fan of Game of Thrones before being cast as Oberyn and was ecstatic to join. In 2015, Pascal was cast in the role of U.S. DEA agent Javier Peña in the Netflix original show, Narcos. In the movie Bloodsucking Bastards (2015), Pascal portrayed the vampire Max.
Pascal has extensive stage experience as both an actor and director; he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award for his role in the International City Theater production of Orphans, and has performed in classical and contemporary works. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison, Beauty of the Father by Nilo Cruz, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story, Trista Baldwin's Sand, David Greenspan's Old Comedy, Terrence McNally's Some Men, and Shakespeare in the Park's 2006 production of Macbeth. He is a member of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company.
In April 2015, Pascal co-starred with Heidi Klum in the music video for Sia's "Fire Meet Gasoline". In 2017, he starred as Agent Whiskey in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle and as mercenary Pero Tovar in The Great Wall. In 2018, Pascal co-starred as Dave York, the primary antagonist in the thriller sequel film The Equalizer 2; the film starred Denzel Washington.
In November 2018, it was announced that Pascal would play the title role in the first live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which debuted on Disney+ in November 2019. He starred as Francisco "Catfish" Morales in the heist drama Triple Frontier (2019). He was cast as Maxwell Lord alongside Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in the DC Extended Universe film Wonder Woman 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins; the film is scheduled to be released in 2020.
|2008||I Am That Girl||Noah|
|2011||The Adjustment Bureau||Paul De Santo|
|Sweet Little Lies||Paulino|
|2016||The Great Wall||Pero Tovar|
|2017||Kingsman: The Golden Circle||Jack Daniels / Agent Whiskey|
|The Equalizer 2||Dave York|
|If Beale Street Could Talk||Pietro Alvarez|
|2019||Triple Frontier||Franscisco "Catfish" Morales|
|2020||Wonder Woman 1984||Maxwell Lord||Post-production|
|1999||Good vs. Evil||Gregor New||Episode: "Gee Your Hair Smells Evil"|
|Downtown||Pedro Balmaceda||Voice role; episode: "Hot Spot"|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Eddie||Episode: "The Freshman"|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Ricky||Episode: "Stealing Hope"|
|2001||NYPD Blue||Shane "Dio" Morrissey||Episode: "Oh Golly Goth"|
|Earth vs. the Spider||Goth Guy||Television film|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Reggie Luckman||Episode: "Weeping Willow"|
|Without a Trace||Kyle Wilson||Episode: "Candy"|
|2008||Law & Order||Tito Cabassa||Episode: "Tango"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Kevin "Kip" Green||Episode: "The Glory That Was..."|
|2009–2011||The Good Wife||Nathan Landry||6 episodes|
|2010||Nurse Jackie||Steve||Episode: "Twitter"|
|2011||Lights Out||Omar Assarian||4 episodes|
|Brothers & Sisters||Zach Wellison||2 episodes|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Special Agent Greer||Episode: "Smoked"|
|Charlie's Angels||Frederick Mercer||Episode: "Angels in Paradise"|
|Wonder Woman||Ed Indelicato||Pilot|
|Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe||Comandante Veracruz||Television film|
|2012||Body of Proof||Zack Goffman||Episode: "Falling for You"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kyle Hartley||Episode: "Malice in Wonderland"|
|Red Widow||Jay Castillo||4 episodes|
|Graceland||Juan Badillo||9 episodes|
|Homeland||David Portillo||Episode: "Tin Man Is Down"|
|The Sixth Gun||Special Agent Ortega||Pilot|
|2014||The Mentalist||Marcus Pike||7 episodes|
|Exposed||Oscar Castro Vargas||Pilot|
|Game of Thrones||Oberyn Martell||7 episodes|
|2015–2017||Narcos||Javier Peña||Main role (seasons 1-2) |
Lead role (season 3)
|2019–present||The Mandalorian||The Mandalorian / Mando / Dyn Jarren||6 episodes|
|2015||Fire Meet Gasoline||Music video by Sia|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Gold Derby Awards||Drama Guest Actor||Game of Thrones||Won|
|Breakthrough Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|2016||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Actor – Television||Narcos||Nominated|
|2014||NewNowNext Awards||Best New Television Actor||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|Online Film & Television Association||Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
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