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Jay Hernandez Biography

Birth Name:
Javier Hernández Jr.
Birth Place:
Montebello, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout on a Los Angeles elevator
  • First acting job was a commercial that aired only in Japan
  • Breakthrough role was opposite Kirsten Dunst in the romance Crazy/Beautiful (2001); in 2002, he was nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for this role
  • Never played baseball before he was cast in The Rookie (2001), in which he portrayed a high-school baseball player
  • Sprained his leg while filming the movie Friday Night Lights (2004)
  • Played a Port Authority officer in World Trade Center (2006), and researched the role by spending time with members of the Port Authority in New York City


  • Gabriel Hernández -- Brother
  • Michael Hernández -- Brother
  • Javier Hernández -- Father
  • Isis Hernández -- Mother
  • Amelia Hernández -- Sister