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Also Known As: Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr. Died:
Born: February 20, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montebello, California, USA Profession: actor

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A rising talent with the requisite good looks and plenty of on screen charisma, Jay Hernandez had one of those serendipitous experiences 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," 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" before segueing to the big screen. Although he shot roles in two movies ("Living the Life" and "Joy Ride") in 2000, neither had been released before his first lead role hit the multiplexes.

A rising talent with the requisite good looks and plenty of on screen charisma, Jay Hernandez had one of those serendipitous experiences 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," 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" before segueing to the big screen. Although he shot roles in two movies ("Living the Life" and "Joy Ride") in 2000, neither had been released before his first lead role hit the multiplexes.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Max (2015)
2.
 Takers (2010)
4.
 Lakeview Terrace (2008)
5.
 American Son (2008)
6.
 Quarantine (2008)
7.
 Hostel: Part II (2007)
8.
 Live! (2007)
9.
 Hostel (2006)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Met talent agent Howard Tyner, who enrolled him in acting school
1998:
Made TV series debut in the Saturday Morning series "Hang Time" playing Antonio Lopez
2000:
Joined cast of the MTV serial "Undressed" as pizza delivery boy Eddie
2000:
Made film debut in the drama "Living the Life"
2001:
First released feature, starring opposite Kirsten Dunst in "Crazy/Beautiful"
2002:
Appeared alongside Dennis Quaid in the baseball-themed feature "The Rookie"
2004:
Cast opposite Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta in "Ladder 49"
2004:
Cast in Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights" as Safety Brian Chavez
2006:
Co-starred in Eli Roth's horror film "Hostel"
2006:
Cast as Port Authority cop, Dominick Pezzulo in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"
2007:
Reprised his role for the sequel "Hostel: Part II"
2007:
Co-starred in "Grindhouse," a film co-written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
2008:
Appeared in the horror film "Quarantine" opposite Jennifer Carpenter
2008:
Joined an ensemble cast for the dramady "Nothing Like the Holidays"
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"
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Education

Montebello High School: Montebello , California - 1996

Notes

On his character in "crazy/beautiful", Jay Hernandez told Lorenza Munoz of the Los Angeles Times (June 27, 2001): "I got sick of reading roles that said 'gang member No. 1,' 'crack dealer No. 2'. Finally, here was a character who was positive and had goals. He didn't drink, he didn't smoke. All the Latin roles are so negative, and finally here was one that wasn't."

Family close complete family listing

father:
Javier Hernandez. Mechanic.
mother:
Isis Hernandez. Secretary.

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