Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez

Born: February 20, 1978
Age: 43
Birthplace: Montebello, California, U.S.
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Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr. (born February 20, 1978) is an American actor and fashion model.[1] After making his television debut in NBC's Hang Time, Hernandez made his film debut opposite Kirsten Dunst in the romantic drama Crazy/Beautiful (2001). He has since starred in numerous films, including Friday Night Lights (2004), Hostel (2005), Bad Moms (2016), and as Chato Santana / El Diablo in Suicide Squad (2016).

Javier Manuel Hernandez was born on February 20, 1978, in Montebello, California, the son of Isis (née Maldonado), a secretary and accountant,[2][3] and Javier Hernandez Sr., a mechanic,[4] both of whom are third-generation Mexican Americans.[2] He has a younger sister, Amelia, and two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel. He met his wife, actress Daniella Deutscher, when he was 14 years old and Daniella was 17 at that time.[5] He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California, but transferred to Schurr High School in Montebello his senior year.[3] While riding an elevator in a high-rise in Los Angeles,[2][3] Hernandez was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood.[5] He enrolled Hernandez into acting school and sent his pictures to casting agents.[2]



From 1998 to 2000 he played Antonio Lopez on the NBC series Hang Time. Hernandez subsequently hit success with his role opposite Kirsten Dunst in Crazy/Beautiful. He has since appeared in several major Hollywood films, including playing the lead roles in Carlito's Way: Rise to Power,[6] the 2005 horror film Hostel[3] and World Trade Center. Hernandez appeared in the action/crime film Takers, which was released in August 2010.

Hernandez appeared in the 2005 crime prequel Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, playing Carlito Brigante, the role originated by Al Pacino in the original 1993 film Carlito's Way.

Hernandez portrayed Paxton in Eli Roth's Hostel (2005) and its 2007 sequel, Hostel: Part II.

In 2015, he appeared in Max as a sergeant in the United States military assigned with the titular rescue dog, which was traumatized by his previous handler's death.[7]

In 2016, he starred as Jessie Harkness in the comedy film Bad Moms, and as metahuman ex-gangster El Diablo in the superhero film Suicide Squad.

On February 20, 2018, news outlets reported that Hernandez was cast as Thomas Magnum in CBS drama series Magnum P.I. reboot.[8] The series premiered on September 24, 2018.[9]

Personal life

In 2006, Hernandez married his former Hang Time co-star Daniella Deutscher.[10]


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Living the Life Kikicho
2001 Crazy/Beautiful Carlos Nuñez
2001 Joy Ride Marine
2002 The Rookie Joaquin "Wack" Campos
2004 Torque Dalton
2004 Ladder 49 Keith Perez
2004 Friday Night Lights Brian Chavez
2005 Hostel Paxton
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Carlito Brigante
2006 Nomad Erali
2006 Karas: The Prophecy Nue Voice
2006 World Trade Center Dominick Pezzulo
2007 Grindhouse Bobby Teaser trailer segment "Thanksgiving"
2007 Live! Pablo
2007 Hostel: Part II Paxton
2008 American Son Junior
2008 Lakeview Terrace Detective Javier Villareal
2008 Quarantine Jake
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays Ozzy
2010 Takers Detective Eddie Hatcher
2012 LOL James
2013 Trooper Carlos Coto
2015 Max Sergeant Reyes
2015 The Night Is Young Dean
2016 Bad Moms Jessie Harkness
2016 Suicide Squad Chato Santana / El Diablo
2017 A Bad Moms Christmas Jessie Harkness
2017 Bright Rodriguez
Year Title Role Notes
1998-2000 Hang Time Antonio Lopez Unknown episodes
1999 USA High Jose 1 episode
2000 Undressed Eddie Unknown episodes
2000 One World Octavio 1 episode
2002 American Family Cisco 2 episodes
2006-2007 Six Degrees Carlos Green 14 episodes
2012 Last Resort Paul Wells 7 episodes
2013 Nashville Dante Rivas 6 episodes
2013 Ghost Ghirls Agent Sanchez 1 episode
2014 Gang Related Daniel Acosta Unknown episodes
2015 The Expanse[11] Dimitri Havelock
2016 Scandal Curtis Pryce Season 7
2018 Magnum P.I. Thomas Magnum Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result Work
2002 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated Crazy/Beautiful
2006 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Dude You Don't Wanna Mess With (Best Hero) Nominated Hostel
Teen Choice Awards Movie - Choice Scream Nominated Hostel

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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