Fast Facts

  • Born in Chile, Pascal and his family fled the country in the 1970s as political refugees during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
  • Spent time in Denmark, Texas and Southern California, before moving to New York City at age 18 to pursue theater.
  • Was a competitive swimmer as a child, qualifying for the state championships in Texas at age 11.
  • The stage veteran received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award and Garland Award for his role in the International City Theater production of Orphans.
  • Directed original productions for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and as a member of Off-Broadway's renowned LAByrinth Theater Company.
  • Before filming Season 1 of Narcos, he and his costar Boyd Holbrook spent a week in Virginia, during which they were able to train at Quantico and met the real-life undercover DEA agents they portray on the Netflix series.
  • Appeared with Heidi Klum in a video set to Sia's "Fire Meet Gasoline" filmed for the model's Intimates Lingerie collection.


  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Lucas Balmaceda — Brother


  • New York, University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA, 1997)


  • Birth Name: Jose Pedro Balmaceda Pascal
  • Birth Place: Santiago, Chile
  • Profession: Actor

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