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Isaac at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada [1] [2]

(1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 (age 40) [3]
Residence New York City, U.S.
Education
OccupationActor
Years active1998–present
Home town Miami, Florida, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Elvira Lind(m. 2017)
Children1

Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada (born March 9, 1979) [4] [5] [6] is a Guatemalan-born American actor. He has played lead film roles in the comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, the crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014), and the science fiction thriller Ex Machina (2015), in which he played Nathan Hamlet Bateman. In 2006, he portrayed Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, in The Nativity Story . He also portrayed José Ramos-Horta, former president of East Timor, and co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize in the Australian film Balibo for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Guatemala republic in Central America

Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. With an estimated population of around 16.6 million, it is the most populated country in Central America. Guatemala is a representative democracy; its capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.

<i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i> 2013 film by Coen brothers

Inside Llewyn Davis is a 2013 French-American black comedy tragedy film written, directed, produced, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in 1961, the film follows one week in the life of Llewyn Davis, played by Oscar Isaac in his breakthrough role, a folk singer struggling to achieve musical success while keeping his life in order. It co-stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, and Justin Timberlake.

Golden Globe Award award of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

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He has appeared in the Star Wars sequel trilogy as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, and in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) as the titular mutant supervillain Apocalypse. He also headlined the 2015 HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero as politician Nick Wasicsko, which earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. In 2016, Time named Isaac one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. [7] In 2017 Isaac was described as the "best dang actor of his generation" by Vanity Fair . [8]

<i>Star Wars</i> sequel trilogy third film trilogy in the Star Wars franchise

The Star Wars sequel trilogy is the third and final set of three films in the Star Wars franchise, an American space opera created by George Lucas. It is being produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The trilogy is to consist of episodes VII through IX, and chronologically follows Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983). Lucas had planned a sequel trilogy as early as 1976, but had cancelled it by 1981 and produced only the first six episodes. The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in late 2012 and announced plans to produce the sequel films.

Poe Dameron fictional character in Star Wars

Poe Dameron is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he is portrayed by Oscar Isaac. Poe is an X-wing fighter pilot for the Resistance who inadvertently brings renegade stormtrooper Finn and Jakku scavenger Rey into battle against the sinister First Order. He is featured in The Force Awakens media and merchandising as well as an eponymous comic book series and the December 2017 sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Isaac and the character have received positive reviews, with Poe being compared to the characterization of Han Solo in the original Star Wars film trilogy.

<i>X-Men: Apocalypse</i> 2016 superhero film directed by Bryan Singer

X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer and written by Simon Kinberg from a story by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. The film is based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics and is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series. It is the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, and Lucas Till. In the film, the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse awakens in 1983 and plans to wipe out modern civilization and take over the world, leading the X-Men to try to stop him and defeat his team of mutants. This film also shows Stan Lee in a cameo with his wife Joan. This was her last appearance with her husband in any film as she died soon after.

Early life

Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia Estrada, and a Cuban father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, a pulmonologist. [9] [10] [11] His sister is climate scientist Nicole Hernandez-Hammer. [12] Isaac's family settled in the U.S. when he was five months old, and he was raised in Miami, Florida. [13] [14] [15] He has described his evangelical Protestant upbringing as "very Christian." [16]

Guatemala City City in Guatemala, Guatemala

Guatemala City, locally known as Guatemala or Guate, officially Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, is the capital and largest city of Guatemala, and the most populous in Central America. The city is located in the south-central part of the country, nestled in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita. It is estimated that its population is about 1 million. Guatemala City is also the capital of the Municipality of Guatemala and of the Guatemala Department.

Cubans or Cuban people, are the inhabitants, citizens of Cuba and people born in Cuba. Cuba is a multi-ethnic nation, home to people of different ethnic and national backgrounds. As a result, some Cubans do not treat their nationality as an ethnicity but as a citizenship with various ethnicities and national origins comprising the "Cuban people." The majority of Cubans descend from Spaniards. Despite its multi-ethnic composition, the culture held in common by most Cubans is referred to as mainstream Cuban culture, a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of Western European migrants, beginning with the early Spanish settlers, along with other Europeans arriving later but in much smaller numbers, such as the English, French and Italians. There is a West African cultural component which has been somewhat influential, with many Afro-Cubans also being of Jamaican or other Afro-Caribbean origin.

Pulmonology medical specialty

Pulmonology is a medical speciality that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract. The term is derived from the Latin word pulmō, pulmōnis ("lung") and the Greek suffix -λογία, -logia. Pulmonology is synonymous with pneumology, respirology and respiratory medicine.

Isaac caused trouble at his private grade school, Westminster Christian, when growing up. "I set off a fire extinguisher in the gym, defaced a mural, just stupid stuff", he said in an interview. [17] He liked to make kids laugh. At one point, his teacher had to screen off his desk from the rest of the class with a piece of cardboard. Eventually, he was expelled. [18]

Westminster Christian School is a private PK3-12 Christian school in Palmetto Bay, Florida. WCS is governed by a board of directors- 13 people elected by parents of current enrollees. It is operated by a Superintendent who is hired by the Board.

Isaac's entry into professional acting began at the Area Stage Company, Miami Beach, when Artistic Director John Rodaz cast him in a play. [19] He also acted in Miami-based City Theatre's Summer Shorts short play festival in 2000–2001. While in Miami, he played lead guitar and sang vocals for ska-punk band The Blinking Underdogs. [20] Other band members included Nick Speck (bass), Bill Sommer (drums), Alan Mills (trombone), Keith Cooper (saxophone), and Matt LaPlant (guitar). [21] The band enjoyed some success, opening for Green Day [22] and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. [21] Isaac spent his musical years living a "straight edge" lifestyle. [23] [24] [25] Isaac put music to the side after being accepted into the acting program of New York's prestigious Juilliard School in 2001. While a student there, he worked on one of his first films, All About the Benjamins (2002). He was part of the Drama Division's Group 34 (2001–2005). [26]

Green Day American rock band

Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1991).

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones American ska-core band from Boston

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is an American ska punk band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1983. Since the band's inception, lead vocalist Dicky Barrett, bassist Joe Gittleman, tenor saxophonist Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton and dancer ("Bosstone") Ben Carr have remained constant members. The line-up also includes drummer Joe Sirois, saxophonist Leon Silva, guitarist Lawrence Katz and trombonist Chris Rhodes.

Straight edge punk subculture

Straight edge is a subculture originated from hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs, in reaction to the excesses of punk subculture. For some, this extends to refraining from engaging in promiscuous sex, following a vegetarian or vegan diet or not using caffeine or prescription drugs. The term straight edge was adopted from the 1981 song "Straight Edge" by the hardcore punk band Minor Threat.

Career

Isaac made his acting debut in the 1996 crime drama Illtown , credited as "Pool Boy". [27] Next, he appeared briefly in 2002's All About the Benjamins and made an appearance on the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent four years later. [28] [29] Isaac garnered recognition in his first major film role in 2006 as Joseph in the biblical epic The Nativity Story , opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes. [30] He appeared as Romeo in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park performances of Romeo and Juliet and as Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona . [31]

Illtown is a 1998 film directed by Nick Gomez.

<i>All About the Benjamins</i> 2002 film by Kevin Bray

All About the Benjamins is a 2002 American action comedy film directed by Kevin Bray, and starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps as a bounty hunter and a repeat offender who join forces to find a group of diamond thieves, the former for glory, and the latter to retrieve a winning lottery ticket. The film was released in theaters in March 2002 to negative reviews. Despite this, the film was a moderate box office hit. The film's title was taken from the popular 1997 hip-hop song performed by Puff Daddy "It's All About the Benjamins". Ice Cube and Mike Epps also starred together in the Friday series and the (2009) film Janky Promoters.

<i>Law & Order: Criminal Intent</i> American police procedural television drama series (2001-2011)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the series premiered on September 30, 2001, as the third series in Wolf's successful Law & Order franchise. Criminal Intent focuses on the investigations of the Major Case Squad in a fictionalized version of the New York City Police Department set in New York City's One Police Plaza. In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are often "ripped from the headlines" or loosely based on a real crime that received media attention.

Isaac was awarded the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor of 2009, for his role as José Ramos-Horta in Balibo (2009). [32] He had a small role in Guerrilla, Part Two of the Che Guevara biopic Che (2008). [33] Isaac played King John in the 2010 film Robin Hood . [34] He portrayed a security guard in the Madonna-directed film W.E. and starred in the crime drama Drive , both of which were released in September 2011. [33] He had a role as a musician in 10 Years . He performed his own song "Never Had" in the film. "Never Had" and "You Ain't Goin Nowhere" were included in the movie's soundtrack. [35]

Isaac at the premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013. His portrayal of the title character received critical praise. Oscar Isaac 2013.jpg
Isaac at the premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013. His portrayal of the title character received critical praise.

In 2013, Isaac starred in the dramatic comedy film Inside Llewyn Davis , written and directed by the Coen brothers, where he played a talented yet unsuccessful folk singer in Greenwich Village in 1961. [36] The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. [37] For the role of Llewyn, Isaac was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the 2014 Golden Globes. [38]

He co-starred with Jessica Chastain in J. C. Chandor's film A Most Violent Year (2014), replacing actor Javier Bardem. [39] In 2015, Isaac portrayed Nathan Hamlet Bateman in the science fiction film Ex Machina and starred in the 6-episode HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero , receiving universal critical acclaim and winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his performance as politician Nick Wasicsko. [40] [41] [42]

Isaac co-starred in the epic space opera film Star Wars: The Force Awakens , released on December 18, 2015, [43] playing Poe Dameron, an X-wing pilot. He reprised the role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi , released on December 15, 2017. [44] He is set to reprise his role again in Star Wars: Episode IX , the last film in the sequel trilogy. [45]

Isaac played X-Men villain Apocalypse in the film X-Men: Apocalypse , which was released on May 27, 2016. [46] Also that year, he played the lead role in the historical drama The Promise , with co-star Christian Bale, in a story about the Armenian Genocide. [47]

In 2016, he was the narrator for the Nike ad "Unlimited You" created by Wieden+Kennedy.[ citation needed ] In November 2016, the first episode of the podcast series Homecoming was released. It is a six—episode psychological thriller from Gimlet Media, co-starring Catherine Keener and David Schwimmer; Isaac voices a soldier trying to rejoin civilian life. [48]

In July 2017, Isaac starred as Prince Hamlet in The Public Theater production of Hamlet alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Ritchie Coster, Gayle Rankin, Roberta Colindrez, and Anatol Yusef. [49] The production, directed by Sam Gold, ran until September 2017. [50] His performance received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. [8] Also that year, Isaac appeared in the black comedy Suburbicon , directed by George Clooney and written by the Coen Brothers. [51] It was his second role in a Coens-written film, after Inside Llewyn Davis.

Isaac co-starred with Natalie Portman in the film adaptation of the novel Annihilation , playing her character's husband. [52] Directed by Alex Garland, the role is Isaac's second collaboration with the director, after Ex Machina. In late-January 2019, Issac was cast as Duke Leto Atreides in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve film Dune . [53]

Personal life

Isaac is an accomplished singer and guitar player, having played since the age of twelve. [54] He has been dubbed a sex symbol [55] [56] and "the internet's boyfriend" by multiple media outlets, most notably Rolling Stone magazine, though he has expressed skepticism about the label. [13]

Isaac married Danish film director Elvira Lind in February 2017. [57] Their son Eugene [58] was born in late April 2017. [59] He resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [60]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998 Illtown Pool Boy
2002 All About the Benjamins Francesco
2004 Lenny the Wonder Dog Detective Fartman
2006 Pu-239 Shiv
The Nativity Story Saint Joseph
2007 The Life Before Her Eyes Marcus
2008 Che: Part One Interpreter
Body of Lies Bassam
2009 Agora Orestes
Balibo José Ramos-Horta
2010 Robin Hood John, King of England
2011 Sucker Punch Blue Jones
W.E. Evgeni
10 Years Reeves
Drive Standard Gabriel
2012 For Greater Glory Victoriano "El Catorce" Ramírez
Revenge for Jolly! Cecil
The Bourne Legacy Outcome #3
Won't Back Down Michael Perry
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Llewyn Davis
In Secret Laurent LeClaire
2014 The Two Faces of January Rydal Keener
Ticky TackyLucien Short film
A Most Violent Year Abel Morales
2015 Ex Machina Nathan Bateman
Mojave John "Jack" Jackson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poe Dameron
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
The Promise Mikael Boghosian
2017LightningfaceBasil Stitt Short film; also executive producer
Suburbicon Bud Cooper
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poe Dameron
2018 Annihilation Kane
Operation Finale Peter Malkin Also producer
At Eternity's Gate Paul Gauguin
Life Itself Will Dempsey
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Miguel O'Hara / Spider-Man 2099 (voice)Cameo
2019 Triple Frontier Santiago "Pope" Garcia
The Addams Family Gomez Addams (voice)Post-production
Star Wars: Episode IX Poe DameronPost-production [61]
2020 Dune Duke Leto Atreides Filming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robbie PaulsonEpisode: "The Healer"
2015 Show Me a Hero Nick Wasicsko 6 episodes
2018–2019 Star Wars Resistance Poe Dameron (voice)4 episodes [62]

Video games

YearTitleVoice role
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Poe Dameron
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Podcasts

YearTitleRole
2016HomecomingWalter Cruz

Theatre

YearTitleRoleTheatre
2005 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus Shakespeare in the Park
2006 Beauty of the Father Federico García Lorca Manhattan Theatre Club
2007 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague Shakespeare in the Park
2008 Grace Tom Manhattan Theatre Club
2011 We Live Here Daniel Manhattan Theatre Club
2017 Hamlet Prince Hamlet The Public Theater

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2009 AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Balibo Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Supporting RoleNominated
2012 ALMA Award Favorite Movie Actor: Supporting Role For Greater Glory Nominated
2013 Gotham Awards Best Actor Inside Llewyn Davis Won
Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough PerformerWon
International Cinephile Society Best Actor Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
International Cinephile Society Best Ensemble Won
National Society of Film Critics Award Best Actor Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Actor Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Actor Won
Empire Award Best Male Newcomer Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award Best Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Lead Male Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actor Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Actor (3rd place)Nominated
2014 National Board of Review Award Best Actor (Tied with Michael Keaton) A Most Violent Year Won
Gotham Independent Film Award Best Actor Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Actor Nominated
2015 Florida Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actor Ex Machina Won
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actor Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)Won
Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting ActorNominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award Best Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Show Me a Hero Won
Satellite Award Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
2017 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actor Suburbicon Nominated

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