Oscar Isaac (born Óscar Isaac Hernández; March 9, 1980) is a Guatemalan-American actor and singer.
Early life and education
Isaac was born in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, Maria, and a Cuban pulmonologist father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández. His maternal grandfather was French. Isaac was raised in Miami, Florida. 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".
Isaac liked to cause trouble when he was growing up in a private grade school. “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.
Isaac was late going into Juillard at the age of 21. He graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was part of the Drama Division's Group 34 (2001–2005).
Isaac's first major film role was as Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes in the film The Nativity Story. He also had a small role in All About the Benjamins and in Guerrilla, Part Two of the Che Guevara biopic Che.
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 played Prince 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.
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. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. On December 3, 2013, Isaac was cast alongside Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor's film A Most Violent Year, replacing actor Javier Bardem.
On April 29, 2014, Isaac was announced as a cast member for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.
|2002||All About the Benjamins||Francesco|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Robbie Paulson||TV Series; Episode: "The Healer"|
|The Nativity Story||Joseph||MovieGuide Award for Film|
|2007||The Life Before Her Eyes||Marcus|
|2008||Che: Part One||Interpreter|
|Body of Lies||Bassam|
|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||King John|
|2011||Sucker Punch||Blue Jones|
|2012||For Greater Glory||Victoriano "El Catorce" Ramírez||Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor: Supporting Role|
|Revenge for Jolly!||Cecil|
|The Bourne Legacy||Number Three|
|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
|2014||In Secret||Laurent LeClaire|
|The Two Faces of January||Rydal Keener|
|A Most Violent Year||Abel Morales||Post-production|
|2015||Star Wars Episode VII||TBA||Pre-Production|
- at the Internet Movie Database
- 2006 interview at BroadwayWorld.com