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      Ismael Cruz Cordova

      Ismael Cruz Cordova

      Highest Rated: 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Exposed (2016)

      Birthday: Apr 7, 1987

      Birthplace: Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

      Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova enjoyed recurring roles in "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016), "Ray Donovan" (Showtime, 2013-) and "The Catch" (ABC, 2016-17), and was also the first ever "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969-) star to land a role via an open casting call. Born in Aguas Buenas in 1987, Cordova started acting at his high school's drama club and made his screen debut aged 16 in "Stray Bullet" (2003). Following a supporting turn in another Spanish-language true crime drama, "El cuerpo del delito" (2005), Cordova relocated to New York where he studied at the city's Tisch School of the Arts. He landed his first English-language role in 2011 when he was cast as cult leader Jimmy Patrick in the third season of legal drama "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016). Cordova then appeared in entertainment industry satire "White Alligator" (2012) and LGBT shorts "La Edwin" (2012) and "Chaser" (2013) before beating hundreds of open casting call auditionees to the role of Latino writer Mando in children's TV institution "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969-). After playing island local Manny in Gina Carano vehicle "In the Blood" (2014), Cordova starred as a soon-to-be immigrant in short "La Loteria" (2014), appeared alongside Keanu Reeves in police corruption tale "Exposed" (2016) and landed the recurring part of Hector Campos, a troubled boxing champion involved in an incestuous relationship with his drug-addled half-sister, in fixer drama "Ray Donovan" (Showtime, 2013-). Following a leading role in Hispanic Christian drama "The Pastor" (2016), Cordova played Sergeant Holliday in Ang Lee's high-tech war drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" (2016), guested as a Gym Source manager in dark comedy "Divorce" (HBO, 2016-) and enjoyed a three-episode stint as assassin The Hammer in Shonda Rhimes' P.I. dramedy "The Catch" (ABC, 2016-17). Cordova was then cast as one of nine friends whose class conflicts come to the fore during their annual hog roast in indie "Simple Little Lives" (2017) and Italian courtier David Rizzio in historical biopic "Mary Queen of Scots" (2018).

      Highest rated movies

      Mary Queen of Scots Settlers Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
      In the Blood
      Finestkind Miss Bala
      Exposed

      Photos

      MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA AS RIZZIO, 2018. PH: LIAM DANIEL. © FOCUS FEATURES MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, FROM LEFT: ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA AS RIZZIO, MARIA DRAGUS AS MARY FLEMING, IZUKA HOYLE AS MARY SETON, SAOIRSE RONAN AS MARY STUART, 2018. PH: LIAM DANIEL. © FOCUS FEATURES MISS BALA, FROM LEFT: GINA RODRIGUEZ, ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA, 2019. PH: GREGORY SMITH/© COLUMBIA MISS BALA, FROM LEFT: ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA, GINA RODRIGUEZ, 2019. PH: GREGORY SMITH/© COLUMBIA MISS BALA, ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA, 2019. PH: GREGORY SMITH/© COLUMBIA MISS BALA, FROM LEFT: GINA RODRIGUEZ, ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA, 2019. PH: GREGORY SMITH/© COLUMBIA MISS BALA, FROM LEFT: ANTHONY MACKIE, GINA RODRIGUEZ, 2019. PH: GREGORY SMITH/© COLUMBIA MISS BALA, FROM LEFT: ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA, GINA RODRIGUEZ, 2019. PH: GREGORY SMITH/© COLUMBIA MISS BALA, FROM LEFT: ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA, GINA RODRIGUEZ, 2019. PH: GREGORY SMITH/© COLUMBIA Ismael Cruz Cordova at arrivals for MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Premiere, The Paris Theater, New York, NY December 4, 2018. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection Ismael Cruz Cordova at arrivals for BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK Premiere at 54th New York Film Festival, AMC Loews Lincoln Square, New York, NY October 14, 2016. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Ismael Cruz Cordova at arrivals for BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK Premiere at 54th New York Film Festival, AMC Loews Lincoln Square, New York, NY October 14, 2016. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      25% No Score Yet Finestkind Costa (Character) - 2023
      58% 36% Settlers Jerry (Character) $24.5K 2021
      22% 63% Miss Bala Lino (Character) $15.0M 2019
      62% 41% Mary Queen of Scots Rizzio (Character) $16.4M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The ADK Henry (Character) - 2017
      44% 41% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Holliday (Character) $1.7M 2016
      8% 16% Exposed Jose De La Cruz (Character) - 2016
      38% 38% In the Blood Manny (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Cuerpo del Delito Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stray Bullet Unknown (Character) - 2003

      TV

      Credit
      93% 72% Cabinet of Curiosities Unknown (Character) 2022
      83% 38% The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Arondir (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 38% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2022
      75% 66% The Undoing Fernando Alves (Character) 2020
      72% 85% Ray Donovan Hector (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2016 2019
      93% 90% The Good Wife Jimmy Patrick (Guest Star) 2011