Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez

Highest Rated: 100% American Son (2008)

Lowest Rated: 6% Nomad (2007)

Birthday: Feb 20, 1978

Birthplace: Montebello, California, USA

Armed with the requisite good looks and plenty of screen charisma, Jay Hernandez had his career kickstarted by one of those serendipitous only-in-Hollywood experiences. While riding an elevator in a high rise in his native Los Angeles, the young man was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood. In 1998, he made his TV series debut as Antonio Lopez, a high school basketball player, in the Saturday morning teen sitcom "Hang Time" (NBC 1998-2000) and stayed with the show for two seasons. Hernandez moved to MTV with the short-term role of pizza delivery guy Eddie on the popular late-night serial "Undressed" (MTV 1999-2002) before segueing to the big screen. Although he shot roles in two movies ("Living the Life" and "Joy Ride") in 2000, neither had been released before his first lead role hit the multiplexes. In 2001, Hernandez co-starred with Kirsten Dunst in the teen romance "crazy/beautiful," portraying stalwart, straight-A high school student Carlos Nunez, whose plans to attend the US Naval Academy are threatened by his growing attraction to a self-destructive rich girl. He next appeared in Disney's surprise hit film of 2002, "The Rookie," as high school baseball team captain "Wack" Campos, and had a supporting role in the videogame-ish actioner "Torque" (2004). He next appeared in the melodramatic "Ladder 49" (2004), playing a firefighter who, along with other members of his crew, struggles to rescue a seasoned veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) trapped inside a burning building. Hernandez moved on to Peter Berg's acclaimed sports drama, "Friday Night Lights" (2004), a true-life story about the Permian High School Panthers' quest for a fifth-straight championship. Hernandez played a level-headed tight end with a one-way ticket to Harvard. He next starred in Eli Roth's "Hostel" (2005), a brutal horror flick about two American college buddies (Hernandez and Derek Richardson) lured to an out-of-the-way Slovakian hostel. Hernandez starred in "Carlito's Way: Rise to Power" (2006), a prequel to the 1993 film starring Al Pacino, depicting merciless kingpin Carlito Brigante's rise to power after being lured into a deadly circle of greed and retribution. Hernandez next appeared in "World Trade Center" (2006), Oliver Stone's sober and heart-wrenching look at the September 11th terrorist attacks. Hernandez returned to regular television series work with "Six Degrees" (ABC 2006-07), a one-hour drama about the intertwining lives of six New Yorkers who are all strangers to one another. Back in the feature world, Hernandez signed on for a small role in "Stop-Loss" (2006), a war drama about a soldier returning home to Texas from Iraq who is recalled, but refuses to return to battle. Meanwhile, Hernandez returned for the sequel "Hostel: Part II" (2007) and took on supporting roles in the dramas "American Son" (2008) and "Lakeview Terrace" (2008). A co-starring role in found-footage thriller "Quarantine" (2008) was followed by steady supporting work in films ranging from Miley Cyrus-starring teen drama "LOL" (2012) to family-friendly animal drama "Max" (2015). Hernandez raised his profile significantly with key roles in raunchy comedy "Bad Moms" (2016) and DC Comics supervillain-ensemble blockbuster "Suicide Squad" (2016), in which he costarred as El Diablo.

Highest rated movies

American Son
The Rookie
Friday Night Lights World Trade Center
Hostel Bad Moms Quarantine




No Score Yet No Score Yet You're Not Alone Executive Producer - 2020
20% 50% Beneath Us Executive Producer - 2019
97% 94% Toy Story 4 Bonnie's Dad (Voice) $434.0M 2019
27% 83% Bright Rodriguez (Character) - 2017
32% 44% A Bad Moms Christmas Jessie (Character) $72.1M 2017
26% 59% Suicide Squad Diablo (Character) - 2016
58% 63% Bad Moms Jessie Harkness (Character) $113.2M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night Is Young Dean (Character) - 2015
14% 51% LOL James (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Own Korean Drama Cinematography - 2012
28% 62% Takers Eddie Hatcher (Character) $57.7M 2010
100% 51% American Son Junior (Character) - 2008
54% 42% Nothing Like the Holidays Ozzy (Character) $7.5M 2008
56% 44% Quarantine Jake (Character) $31.7M 2008
44% 39% Lakeview Terrace Javier Villareal (Character) $39.3M 2008
47% 43% Live! Pablo (Character) - 2007
44% 39% Hostel Part II Paxton (Character) $17.5M 2007
6% 40% Nomad Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 81% Karas: The Revelation Nue (Voice) - 2007
66% 60% World Trade Center Dominick Pezzulo (Character) $70.2M 2006
No Score Yet 83% Karas: The Prophecy Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nomad: The Warrior Erali (Character) $77.2K 2005
59% 53% Hostel Paxton (Character) $47.3M 2005
33% 50% Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Carlito Brigante (Character) - 2005
82% 85% Friday Night Lights Brian Chavez (Character) $61.2M 2004
41% 81% Ladder 49 Keith Perez (Character) $74.5M 2004
22% 41% Torque Dalton (Character) $21.2M 2004
84% 70% The Rookie Joaquin "Wack" Campos (Character) - 2002
63% 69% Crazy/Beautiful Carlos Nuñez (Character) $16.9M 2001
No Score Yet 88% Living the Life Kikicho (Character) - 2000


No Score Yet 82% Magnum P.I. Thomas Magnum (Character),
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Thomas Magnum (Guest Star) 2020
93% 73% Scandal Curtis Pryce (Guest Star) 2017
41% 89% Gang Related Daniel Acosta (Character) 2014
91% 71% Nashville Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
79% 83% Last Resort Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
42% 0% Six Degrees Carlos Greene (Character) 2006-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet One World Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hang Time Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
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