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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez portrays Carlos, a New York City public defender in Six Degrees. He's a hopeless romantic and a relentless optimist who just wants to help the people he defends - especially when he helps a young woman, Mae, off of a misdemeanor charge. After their first fleeting encounter, Carlos comes to believe their connection was a flicker of fate, and he sets off on a romantic journey to find Mae.

Hernandez emerged onto the Hollywood scene opposite Kirsten Dunst in the 2001 film Crazy/Beautiful. Since then he has starred in a number of films, including Disney's sleeper hit, The Rookie, opposite Dennis Quaid, Torque with Ice Cube, Ladder 49 with Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta, and the inspiring action drama Friday Night Lights, alongside Billy Bob Thornton.

Hernandez was most recently seen in the disturbing psychological thriller Hostel. Premiering last September at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews, the film opened No. 1 at the box office in January, displacing two blockbusters (The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong) that had been competing at the top of the chart for a month. Hernandez played the sole survivor of a post-collegiate right-of-passage backpacking trip to Europe gone horribly wrong, as the men quickly become victims in an underground ring of human trafficking and sex tourism.

This August Hernandez will appear in the highly-anticipated Oliver Stone 9/11 project, World Trade Center. The story follows three New York City Port Authority officers (played by Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena and Hernandez) who volunteered to enter the World Trade Center after the planes were flown into the towers.

Hernandez also recently completed production on the historical epic Nomad, an independent feature set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, which debuted in Cannes and will be distributed next year by the Weinstein Company.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Hernandez didn't grow up with the dream of moving to Hollywood to become an actor. Born and raised in Montebello, California with his two older brothers and younger sister, as clich├ęd as it sounds, Hernandez was discovered in an elevator by a talent manager when he was 18 years old. In a short time, his career has blossomed; it has only been seven years since his first acting role on the popular Saturday-morning television show, Hang Time. Hernandez is now noted as one of the few Latino leading men in the entertainment industry, and has had the honor of working with some of the most in-demand writers, directors, producers and actors of his time.

Hernandez currently resides in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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Jay Hernandez Facts

BirthdayFebruary 20, 1978 (45)
BirthplaceMontebello, California, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Jay Hernandez compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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