Oscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born in the United States on March 9, 1979. Soon after, he began studying acting at the renowned Juilliard School of Drama, where he played many minor roles for most of the 2000s. 

Oscar Isaac

His performance as José Ramos-Horta in the 2009 Australian film Balibo garnered Isaac the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His breakthrough role was as a singer in the Coen brothers’ black comedy Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. It was after he had been in minor roles in films including Body of Lies (2008), Robin Hood (2010), and Drive (2013). (2011).

Isaac’s career grew with leading roles in A Most Violent Year (2014), Ex Machina (2015), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). (2016). With his leading role as Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019), he gained a global celebrity. Since then, he has appeared in the science fiction films Annihilation (2018) and Dune (2021), as well as the crime drama The Card Counter (2021)

On television, Isaac has featured in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero (2015) and Scenes from a Marriage (2021). He received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his performance as Nick Wasicsko. In 2022, he played the lead character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Moon Knight for the Disney+ streaming service.

Oscar Isaac Early life

Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia Estrada Nicolle, and a Cuban father, a doctor named  Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano. His older sister is the climate scientist Nicole Hernandez Hammer, and his younger brother is the journalist Mike Hernandez. Isaac’s family immigrated to the United States when he was five months old and frequently moved, ending in Miami, Florida. His evangelical upbringing has been described as “very Christian.” In addition to claiming French ancestry through his grandpa, he has described himself as a “certainly large mixture of various things.”

Growing up, Isaac caused issues at his private grade school, Westminster Christian. He said, “I set off a fire extinguisher in the gym and destroyed a mural; just foolish stuff.” He enjoyed making children laugh. His teacher had to use cardboard to separate his desk from the rest of the classroom at one point. Eventually, he was ejected.

Isaac’s professional acting career began when Artistic Director John Rodaz cast him in a play at Area Stage Company, Miami Beach. In 2000–2001, he also performed in the Miami-based City Theatre’s Summer Shorts short play festival. He played lead guitar and sang for the ska-punk band The Blinking Underdogs in Miami. Nick Speck (bass), Bill Sommer (drums), Alan Mills (trombone), Keith Cooper (saxophone), and Matt LaPlant were other band members (guitar). In addition to opening for Green Day and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. A “straight edge” lifestyle marked Isaac’s musical years. In 2001, Isaac abandoned music after getting accepted into the acting programme at the famous Juilliard School in New York. While a student, he worked on All About the Benjamins, one of his first films (2002). He was a member of Group 34 of the Drama Division from 2001 until 2005.

Oscar Isaac Career

1996-2010

Isaac made his acting debut as “Pool Boy” in the 1996 crime drama Illtown. Next, he made a brief appearance in the 2002 film All About the Benjamins and, four years later, on the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Isaac’s first significant film performance as Saint Joseph in the 2006 biblical epic The Nativity Story, with Keisha Castle-Hughes, earned him recognition. He played Romeo in Shakespeare in the Park performances of Romeo and Juliet at the Public Theater and Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Isaac had a supporting role in Guerrilla, Part Two of the Che Guevara biopic Che (2008). He won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as José Ramos-Horta in Balibo in 2009. (2009). In the same year, Isaac played the Roman prefect Orestes in the film Agora by Alejandro Amenábar. He portrayed King John in Robin Hood (2010).

2011–2014

In 2013, Isaac attended the New York premiere of Won’t Back Down. Alongside Abbie Cornish, he portrayed a security officer in the Madonna-directed historical romantic drama W.E. Also released in September 2011 was the Nicolas Winding Refn crime drama Drive, in which he appeared. In 10 Years, he had a position as a musician. In the film, he performed his song “Never Had.” “Never Had” and “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” were featured on the film’s soundtrack.

In the 2013 drama-comedy Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by the Coen brothers, Isaac portrayed a gifted but unsuccessful folk musician in 1961 Greenwich Village. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Grand Prix.

Isaac was nominated for the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance as Llewyn. He replaced Javier Bardem in J. C. Chandor’s 2014 film A Most Violent Year, in which he co-starred with Jessica Chastain.

2015–present

In 2015, Isaac portrayed Nathan Hamlet Bateman in the science fiction film Ex Machina and appeared in the 6-episode HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film to portray politician Nick Wasicsko.

Isaac portrayed X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in the 2015 epic space opera film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released on December 18. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, released on December 15, 2017, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), the last installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, both see him reprising the role.

In the May 27, 2016, blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse, Isaac portrayed the X-Men villain Apocalypse.

In the same year, he starred alongside Christian Bale in The Promise’s historical drama, a story about the Armenian genocide. He voiced Wieden+Kennedy’s “Unlimited You” Nike commercial. (Reference needed) The first episode of the audio series Homecoming was released in November 2016. It is a six-episode psychological thriller from Gimlet Media starring Catherine Keener and David Schwimmer; Oscar Isaac provides the voice of a soldier attempting to reintegrate into civilian life.

Isaac portrayed Prince Hamlet in The Public Theater’s Hamlet performance in July 2017, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Ritchie Coster, Gayle Rankin, Roberta Colindrez, and Anatol Yusef.

Sam Gold oversaw the production until September 2017. Both critics and audiences praised his performance. In the same year, Isaac participated in the George Clooney-directed and Coen Brothers-penned black comedy Suburbicon. It was his second role in a film written by the Coens, following Inside Llewyn Davis.

In the cinematic version of the novel Annihilation, Isaac co-starred alongside Natalie Portman as her character’s husband.

The role is Isaac’s second collaboration with director Alex Garland, following Ex Machina. Isaac was cast as Duke Leto Atreides in the 2021 Denis Villeneuve film Dune at the end of January 2019. Isaac was released in the 2019 Paul Schrader film The Card Counter and played as ex-CAG agent Pope in the J. C. Chandor-directed action-adventure picture Triple Frontier. In the 2022 Disney+ series Moon Knight, Isaac plays the titular character. Isaac will star in and adapt the graphic novel Ex Machina, The Great Machine.

Isaac is also going to star in the Ben Stiller-directed film London. In December 2020, he reported that Isaac would play Solid Snake in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ cinematic adaption of Metal Gear Solid. In October 2021, he was cast alongside Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in an untitled project written and directed by Martin McDonagh.

Oscar Isaac Public image

Multiple media publications, including Rolling Stone magazine, have called Isaac a sex symbol and “the Internet’s Boyfriend,” but he has expressed skepticism about the moniker. In 2016, Time included Isaac on its annual Time 100 list of the 100 most essential individuals in the world. Vanity Fair named Isaac the “greatest damn actor of his generation” in 2017. In 2020, The New York Times ranked him fourteenth on its list of the twenty-first century’s top 25 actors.

Oscar Isaac Relationship, Wife And Children

In December of 2007, he proposed to Maria Miranda. During an interview in 2010, he mentioned having a wife. In February 2017, he wed Danish film director Elvira Lind, whom he met in 2012.

Eugene was born in April 2017, and Mads was born in October 2019. The household is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Isaac is a naturalized citizen of the United States. He speaks both English and Spanish.

Isaac has been a vocalist and guitarist since he was twelve years old.

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Illtown Pool Boys
2002 All About the Benjamins Francesco/Frank
2004 Lenny the Wonder Dog Detective Fartman
2006 Pu-239 Shiv
2006 The Nativity Story Saint Joseph
2007 The Life Before Her Eyes Marcus
2008 Che Interpreter
2008 Body of Lies Bassam
2009 Agora Orestes
2009 Balibo José Ramos-Horta
2010 Robin Hood John, King of England
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
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Cecil
2012 The Bourne Legacy Outcome No. 3
2012 Won’t Back Down Michael Perry
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Llewyn Davis
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
2015 Ex Machina Nathan Bateman
2015 Mojave John “Jack” Jackson
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poe Dameron
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
2016 The Promise Mikael Boghosian
2017 Lightningface Basil Stitt Short film; also executive producer
2017 Suburbicon Bud Cooper
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poe Dameron
2018 Annihilation Kane
2018 Operation Finale Peter Malkin Also producer
2018 At Eternity’s Gate Paul Gauguin
2018 Life Itself Will Dempsey
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Miguel O’Hara / Spider-Man 2099 Cameo; voice role; character credited as “Interesting Person #1”
2019 Triple Frontier Santiago “Pope” Garcia
2019 The Addams Family Gomez Addams Voice role
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Poe Dameron
2020 The Letter Room Richard Short film; also executive producer
2021 The Card Counter William Tell
2021 Dune Duke Leto I Atreides
2021 The Addams Family 2 Gomez Addams Voice role
2022 Big Gold Brick Anselm Vogelweide Also executive producer
2023 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Versedagger Miguel O’Hara / Spider-Man 2099 Voice role; in production

table source wikipedia

Television Shows

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robbie Paulson Episode: “The Healer”
2015 Show Me a Hero Nick Wasicsko Miniseries; 6 episodes
2018–2019 Star Wars Resistance Poe Dameron (voice) 4 episodes
2021 Scenes from a Marriage Jonathan Levy Miniseries; 5 episodes
also executive producer
2022 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: “Oscar Isaac/Charli XCX”
Moon Knight Marc Spector / Moon Knight 6 episodes; also executive producer
Steven Grant / Mr. Knight
Jake Lockley

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Poe Dameron
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Podcasts

Year Title Role
2016 Homecoming Walter Cruz

Stage Shows 

Year Title Role Venue
2005 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus Delacorte Theater
2006 Beauty of the Father Federico García Lorca New York City Center
2007 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague Delacorte Theater
2008 Grace Tom Lucille Lortel Theatre
2011 We Live Here Daniel New York City Center
2017 Hamlet Prince Hamlet The Public Theater

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