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Pedro Pascal Biography

Birth Name:
José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal
Birth Place:
Santiago, Chile

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


  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated


  • Lucas Balmaceda -- Brother
  • Lucas Balmaceda Pascal -- Brother
  • José Pedro Balmaceda Riera -- Father
  • Veronica Pascal -- Mother