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Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada[1][2]
(1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 [3]
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 2002–present
Home town Miami, Florida, United States

Oscar Isaac (born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada; March 9, 1979)[4][5][6] is a Guatemalan American actor and singer. He is known for his 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).

He will star in the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron and will star in the ninth X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), as the titular supervillain Apocalypse. He also starred in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero as American politician Nick Wasicsko in 2015.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Video games 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Isaac was born in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, Maria Eugenia Estrada Nicolle, and a Cuban pulmonologist father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano.[7][8] His maternal grandmother was French.[9] Isaac was raised in Miami, Florida.[10][11] While in Miami, he played lead guitar and sang vocals for his band the Blinking Underdogs. He has described his evangelical Protestant upbringing as "very Christian".[12][13][14]

Isaac liked to cause trouble at the private grade school he attended when growing up. “I set off a fire extinguisher in the gym, defaced a mural, just stupid stuff,” he said in an interview. 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.[15]

Isaac graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was part of the Drama Division's Group 34 (2001–2005).[16]


Oscar Isaac performing at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, February 2015.

Isaac was awarded the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor of 2009, for his role as José Ramos-Horta in Balibo (2009).

Isaac's first major film role was as Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes in the film The Nativity Story. He also had small roles in All About the Benjamins and Guerrilla, Part Two of the Che Guevara biopic Che.

Isaac played King John in the 2010 film Robin Hood. Later that year, he portrayed a security guard in the film W.E., which was directed by Madonna and released in September 2011. In the same month, Isaac starred in the crime drama Drive. He also had a role in 10 Years, in which he played a musician. 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.

He has made an appearance in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He appeared as Romeo in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park performances of Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona.[17]

In 2013, Isaac starred in the film Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by the Coen brothers. Isaac played a talented yet unsuccessful folk singer in a drama set in Greenwich Village in 1961.[18] The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[19] For the role of Llewyn, Isaac received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Isaac co-starred with Jessica Chastain in J. C. Chandor's film A Most Violent Year (2014), replacing actor Javier Bardem.[20]

In 2015, Isaac portrayed Nathan in the science fiction film Ex Machina.[21] He will be a cast member in the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, scheduled for December 2015.[22] The film's first trailer, released on November 28, 2014, revealed his character to be an X-wing pilot, with the character's name being announced as Poe Dameron two weeks later. He also returned to voice Poe in the video game Disney Infinity 3.0.[23]

On November 24, 2014, Isaac was announced to play the X-Men villain Apocalypse in the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse which will be released on May 27, 2016.[24]

In 2015, Isaac was announced to play the lead role in The Promise with co-star Christian Bale.[25]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 All About the Benjamins Francesco
2004 Lenny the Wonder Dog Detective Fartman
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robbie Paulson TV Series; Episode: "The Healer"
2006 Pu-239 Shiv
2006 The Nativity Story Joseph MovieGuide Award for Film
2007 The Life Before Her Eyes Marcus
2008 Che: Part One Interpreter
2008 Body of Lies Bassam
2009 Agora Orestes
2009 Balibo José Ramos-Horta AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Robin Hood Prince John
2011 Sucker Punch Blue Jones
2011 W.E. Evgeni
2011 10 Years Reeves
2011 Drive Standard Gabriel
2012 For Greater Glory Victoriano "El Catorce" Ramírez Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor: Supporting Role
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Cecil
2012 The Bourne Legacy Number 3
2012 Won't Back Down Michael Perry
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Llewyn Davis Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actor
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Ensemble
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance on Camera
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated—Iowa Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
2013 In Secret Laurent LeClaire
2014 The Two Faces of January Rydal Keener
2014 Ticky Tacky Lucien Short film
2014 A Most Violent Year Abel Morales National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (Tied with Michael Keaton)
Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2015 Ex Machina Nathan Bateman
2015 Mojave Jack
2015 Show Me a Hero Nick Wasicsko HBO miniseries
2015 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Poe Dameron Post-production
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse Post-production
2016 The Promise Michael Filming

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Poe Dameron Voice


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  2. ^ Shoard, Catherine (2013-05-23). "'"Oscar Isaac: 'The irony is not lost on me. Being celebrated for playing someone who wasn't. The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Live with Kelly and Michael: Season 26, Episode 92: Joel McHale/Oscar Isaac" at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Oscar Isaac says he can relate to 'Llewyn Davis' character |". 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Oscar Isaac Had A Most Excellent Year". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
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  7. ^ "Oscar Buzz". Miami Herald. December 1, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Bustle". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  10. ^ John Lopez: How to Train Your Villain with Robin Hood's Oscar Isaac. Vanity Fair, May 10, 2010, retrieved April 16, 2011
  11. ^ Madeleine Marr: Miami actor Oscar Isaac rule 'Robin Hood'. The Miami Herald, May 16, 2010, retrieved April 16, 2011
  12. ^ Greydanus, Steven (2006-11-22). "Joseph Gets His Due". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  13. ^  
  14. ^ Stars and Stories. "'"Oscar Isaac interview for Inside Llewyn Davis: 'I had no interest in going off the rails. Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  15. ^ Canada (2013-12-27). "An actor’s classroom punishment that led to Llewyn Davis". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  16. ^ "Alumni News: November 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Oscar Isaac (Group 34) 
  17. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Shakespeare in the Park Review; Enter 'Two Gentlemen' For a Sexy Sip of Sangría", The New York Times, August 29, 2005
  18. ^ Roberts, Randall (November 9, 2013). "The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' aims to keep 1960s folk scene real". Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ Richford, Rhonda (May 26, 2013). "Cannes Film Festival Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  20. ^ Feinberg, Siege, Scott, Tatiana (December 3, 2013). "Oscar Isaac, J.C. Chandor Team Up for 'A Most Violent Year' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. ^ Feinberg, Siege, Scott, Tatiana (December 3, 2013). "Ex Machina". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  22. ^ "Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced". 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ X-Men: Apocalypse': Oscar Isaac Nabs Villain Role"'".  
  25. ^ . TheWrap. June 15, 2015 Retrieved June 15, 2015. 

External links

  • Oscar Isaac at the Internet Movie Database
  • Onofri, Adrienne (2006-02-11). "Rookie of the Year: Q&A with actor Oscar Isaac". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  • "". Oscar Issac Fans; Bringing fans daily news and images on all things Oscar 
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