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Oscar Isaac Biography

Birth Name:
Oscar Isaac Hernández
Birth Place:
Actor, musician

Fast Facts

  • Started putting on plays with his sister in their family's backyard when he was just 4 years old
  • Dropped his last name, Hernandez, to avoid being typecast as Hispanic characters
  • Is the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the punk band the Blinking Underdogs, which has played on the Vans Warped Tour and opened for Green Day
  • Cowrote and performed the music in the Juilliard School production of American Occupation
  • Made his feature-film debut in the 2002 Ice Cube action comedy All About the Benjamins
  • Was the recipient of the Grace LeVine Theater Award at the 2004 Princess Grace Awards, which honor young talents in theater, film and dance
  • Starred as Joseph in the 2006 Biblical film The Nativity Story; as a child, he once played a shepherd in a church nativity play


  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2014National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2009Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner


  • Maria Miranda -- Ex-fiancée
  • Oscar Isaac Hernandez -- Father
  • Maria Hernandez -- Mother
  • Elvira Lind -- Significant Other
  • Nicole -- Sister
  • Eugene -- Son