Jay Hernandez

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Jay Hernandez
BornJavier Manuel Hernandez, Jr.
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 34)
Montebello, California, U.S.
Years active1999—present
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Jay Hernandez
BornJavier Manuel Hernandez, Jr.
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 34)
Montebello, California, U.S.
Years active1999—present

Javier Manuel "Jay" Hernandez, Jr. (born February 20, 1978) is an Hispanic-American actor.[1]


Early life and career

Hernandez was born in Montebello, California, the son of Isis (née Maldonado), a secretary and accountant,[2] and Javier Hernandez, Sr., a mechanic.[3] He has a younger sister, Amelia, and two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel. Hernandez is a fourth-generation Mexican American.[4] He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California, but transferred to Schurr High School in Montebello his senior year. While riding an elevator in a high rise in Los Angeles,[2] Hernandez was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood.[4] He enrolled Hernandez into acting school and sent his pictures to casting agents.

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[5] and the 2005 horror film Hostel[2] and World Trade Center. Hernandez appeared in the action/crime film Takers, which was released in August 2010.


2000Living the LifeKikicho
2001Crazy/BeautifulCarlos Nuñez
Joy RideMarine
2002The RookieJoaquin "Wack" Campos
Ladder 49Keith Perez
Friday Night LightsBrian Chavez
Carlito's Way: Rise to PowerCarlito Brigante
Karas: The ProphecyNueVoice
World Trade CenterDominick Pezzulo
2007GrindhouseBobbyTeaser trailer segment "Thanksgiving"
Hostel: Part IIPaxton
2008American SonJunior
Lakeview TerraceJavier Villareal
Nothing Like the HolidaysOzzy
2010TakersEddie Hatcher
2012LOLJamesSupporting Role, Hernandez' second film with Lionsgate
1998–2000Hang TimeAntonio LopezUnknown episodes
1999USA HighJose1 episode
2000UndressedEddieUnknown episodes
One WorldOctavio1 episode
2002American Family: Journey of DreamsCisco2 episodes
2006–2007Six DegreesCarlos Green14 episodes
2012–presentLast ResortPaul Wells4 episodes

Award nominations

2002ALMA AwardNominatedOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureCrazy/Beautiful
2006Teen Choice AwardNominatedMovie - Choice ScreamHostel


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/530704/Jay-Hernandez. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ a b c Actor gets a tortured role in ‘Hostel’, eastvalleytribune.com, 11 January 2006.
  3. ^ "Film Reference". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/59/Jay-Hernandez.html. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  4. ^ a b Munoz, Lorenza. Suddenly, Expectations Are Being Heaped on Him, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2001.
  5. ^ Anita Gates (2005-10-01). "Carlito, When He Was Young". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/2005/10/01/movies/01carl.html. Retrieved 2012-02-18.

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