Edit
Jay Hernandez Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3)  | Mini Bio (1)  | Spouse (1)  | Trivia (11)  | Personal Quotes (2)

Overview (3)

Born in Montebello, California, USA
Birth NameJavier Manuel Hernandez Jr.
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carrying talent, the requisite good looks, and plenty of on-screen charisma, Jay Hernandez was born in Montebello, California, to Isis (Maldonado), an accountant and secretary, and Javier Hernandez, Sr., a mechanic. He is of Mexican descent. Jay had a serendipitous experience that led to his career. 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", one of the high school basketball players in the NBC Saturday morning teen sitcom, Hang Time (1995), and stayed with the show for two seasons. Departing NBC, Hernandez moved to MTV with the short-term role of pizza delivery guy "Eddie" on the popular late-night serial, Undressed (1999), before segueing to the big screen. In 2001, Hernandez co-starred with Kirsten Dunst in the teen romance, Crazy/Beautiful (2001), 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, (Kirsten Dunst). He next appeared in Disney's surprise hit film, The Rookie (2002), as high school baseball team captain Joaquin "Wack" Campos. He also had a supporting role in the video-game-ish actioner, Torque (2004). Also in 2004, he was in the action-packed drama, Ladder 49 (2004), as "Keith Perez", and in the other action-packed drama, Friday Night Lights (2004). In 2006, 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 hostel in a Slovakian town rumored to house desperate, but beautiful Eastern European women. Following their wrong heads, both Americans get trapped in a truly sinister situation that plunges them into the dark recesses of human nature.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bryson Atud

Spouse (1)

Daniella Deutscher (2006 - present)

Trivia (11)

Appeared in the season opener of American Family (2002) but was replaced by A.J. Lamas. [2002]
Played on the 'stars' team for MTV's Rock and Jock (2002).
Parents are Isis and Javier.
Hernandez was discovered by an agent while in an elevator.
Has older brothers, Michael and Gabriel and younger sister Amelia.
Attended Don Bosco Technical Institute (High School) in Rosemead, California.
Attended Schurr High School, Montebello, California, class of 1996.
Featured in TV Guide's January 23, 2004 issue on page 21by: Allyssa Lee, "The 5-Year Plan."
Married his former co-star on Hang Time (1995), Daniella Deutscher.
Was in the same Math Class with Skateboarder, Actor Frank Miranda at Don Bosco Technical Institute.
His voice, accent, and rhythm of speech are remarkably similar to George Clooney, although the two grew up in different parts of the country - Clooney in Kentucky and Hernandez in California.

Personal Quotes (2)

It was cool to be around that many Latinos, because when I'm on set it's usually white or whatever. It's no big deal, but to be around Mexicans and Latins, it's a little bit closer to family, more camaraderie. It's a different feeling, and it was cool to see that, and to realize that there actually is a part of Hollywood that is Latin [the set of American Family (2002)]
When I first started, there was nothing. There were no Latin roles, and that's the only thing that they'll see you as unless you can convince them otherwise.

See also

Other Works |  Publicity Listings |  Official Sites

View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro Pro Name Page Link

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed