Wagner Moura

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Wagner Moura
Moura in 2012
Born Wagner Maniçoba de Moura
(1976-06-27) June 27, 1976 (age 39)
Rodelas, Bahia, Brazil
Alma mater Federal University of Bahia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Sandra Delgado
Children 3

Wagner Maniçoba de Moura (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvaɡneɾ ˈmo-ɾa]; born June 27, 1976)[1] is a Brazilian film, television and stage actor. Besides being a well-established and acclaimed actor in Brazil, he has achieved widespread international fame for his portrayal of Captain (later Colonel) Roberto Nascimento, protagonist of the highly successful 2007 film Elite Squad and its sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. He also gained recognition globally playing "Spider" in the 2013 sci-fi film Elysium. He is currently playing the lead role of Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series Narcos.

Early life and education[edit]

Moura was born in Rodelas, in the state of Bahia, in the North-East region of Brazil. His mother, Alderiva Moura, was a housewife, and his father, José Moura, was a Sergeant in the Brazilian Air Force. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to Salvador, Bahia.

He graduated in journalism at Federal University of Bahia but decided to become an actor.[2]


In 1997 he appeared in the film Woman on Top starring Penélope Cruz.

In 2007 he played Captain Nascimento, protagonist of the Golden Bear winner in the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, Elite Squad.

During the preparation for the first Elite Squad film, Wagner and part of the cast were subject to realistic special forces training conducted by Paulo Stovani, a former captain of BOPE, the elite squad portrayed in the movie.[3] During training, Stovani was asked by the cast director to help "develop" Wagner's aggression for the role, which he attempted to do through repeated sessions of moral abuse.[4] After several days, Stovani finally got the reaction he was looking for, and a little more. He reportedly made a fictional threat to Wagner's family, particularly mentioning Wagner's newborn to which the actor responded with a punch that fractured Stovani's nose. "That's when Captain Nascimento was born", said Stovani.[5]

In 2010, he starred in the sequel to Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. In 2013, he played "Spider" in the sci-fi film Elysium. He is currently starring in the Netflix original series Narcos.


Besides his acting career, Moura is a lyricist and the vocalist of a band named Sua Mãe ("Your Mum").[6]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2001, Moura is married to journalist and photographer Sandra Delgado, with whom he has three sons: Bem, Salvador and José. He practices Transcendental Meditation.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Pop Killer Short film
1999 Rádio Gogó Replay Short film
2000 Woman on Top Rafi
2001 Behind the Sun Matheus
2002 The Three Marias Jesuíno Cruz
2003 God Is Brazilian Taoca
2003 The Man of the Year Suel
2003 Carandiru Zico
2003 The Middle of the World Romão
2004 Nina Blind Man
2005 Lower City Naldinho
2005 A Máquina TV Host
2007 Ó Paí, Ó Boca
2007 Saneamento Básico Joaquim
2007 Elite Squad Captain Roberto Nascimento
2008 Romance Pedro
2008 Blackout Marcelo
2009 They Killed Sister Dorothy Narrator (Brazilian version)
2010 Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Nascimento
2010 VIPs Marcelo da Rocha
2011 O Homem do Futuro João (Zero)
2013 Father's Chair Theo
2013 Elysium Spider
2013 Serra Pelada Lindo Rico
2013 Praia do Futuro Donato
2014 Rio, I Love You Gui segment "Inútil Paisagem"
2014 Trash José Angelo
2016 The Magnificent Seven Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Carga Pesada Pedrinho TV-series
2005 A Lua Me Disse Gustavo Bogari Soap opera
2006 JK Juscelino Kubitschek (ages 18–43) Mini-series
2007 Sexo Frágil Edu/Magali TV-series
2007 Paraíso Tropical Olavo Soap opera
2013 A Menina Sem Qualidades Alex's Father Mini-series
2015 Narcos Pablo Escobar Web series


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Cuida bem de mim
1996 A Casa de Eros
1999 Abismos de Rosas
2000 A Máquina Antônio
2002 Os Solitários
2005 Dilúvio em Tempos de Secas
2005 O Que diz Molero?
2008 Hamlet Hamlet


  1. ^ "Biography of Wagner Moura at "Gente Babado"" (in Portuguese). IG. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  2. ^ Biography for Wagner Moura at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ http://veja.abril.com.br/211107/p_124.shtml
  4. ^ http://veja.abril.com.br/211107/p_124.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.estadao.com.br/noticias/impresso,ex-capitao-teve-nariz-quebrado-por-ator,55880,0.htm
  6. ^ "Article about Wagner Moura in Hamlet and as vocalist of Sua Mãe (in Portuguese)". O Dia. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  7. ^ De Campos Mello, Raphaela (July 9, 2012). "Meditação transcendental: a técnica de David Lynch e Wagner Moura". Casa.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014. Assim como Lynch, praticante há 40 anos, diversos artistas aderiram ao treinamento mental, entre eles Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Paul McCartney e o brasileiro Wagner Moura. 

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