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  • Oscar Isaac Biography

    Born: March 09, 1979 in , , Guatemala

    OSCAR ISAAC is one of the great young actors of today. He gained critical acclaim, a Golden Globe nomination, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for his portrayal of the title character in the Coen Brothers’ film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.  The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix award and also garnered Isaac the Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actor.  Isaac shows off his skills as a singer and performer on the film’s soundtrack, lending an element of authenticity to his portrayal of the struggling folk singer.

    After receiving rave reviews for his starring role opposite Catherine Keener in the HBO miniseries “Show Me A Hero,” Isaac received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film” and a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.  Isaac plays Nick Wasickso, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of the fight for housing desegregation in Yonkers, N.Y. in the late 1980s.

    In 2014, Isaac led J.C. Chandor’s action-packed drama, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, for which he earned the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor.  The film won the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.  The following year, Isaac starred alongside Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson in EX MACHINA, written and directed by Alex Garland.  This science fiction psychological thriller tells the story of programmer Caleb Smith who is invited by his employer, the eccentric billionaire Nathan Bateman (Isaac) to administer the Turing test to an android with artificial intelligence.  The National Board of Review recognized EX MACHINA as one of the ten best independent films of the year. 

    Most recently, Isaac starred as the Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron, in the highly awaited STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, the seventh installment in the STAR WARS film series. Directed, co-produced, and co-written by J.J. Abrams, THE FORCE AWAKENS, the first of a trilogy planned by Disney, premiered in December 2015 and within two weeks, became the highest grossing domestic film of all-time.  It is the fastest film to reach $700 million, and broke opening day box office records, domestic and worldwide.  THE FORCE AWAKENS has also earned the highest domestic second and third weekend ever, set a new domestic record for the biggest Christmas Day and New Year’s Day box office haul, and became Imax’s second highest-grossing movie ever.  Isaac is set to make his reprise as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode VIII due for release in 2018.

    Isaac recently completed filming on THE PROMISE, with Christian Bale, in Spain.

    Isaac also starred in MOJAVE, written and directed by William Monahan; THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY from director Hossein Amini; THE BOURNE LEGACY, the fourth installment of the Bourne franchise, directed by Tony Gilroy; W.E., directed by Madonna; Nicolas Winding Refn’s DRIVE opposite Carey Mulligan; and as King John in Ridley Scott’s ROBIN HOOD.

    Other past films include, the Anchor Bay ensemble feature TEN YEAR, for which Oscar wrote an original song that he performs in the film; Zak Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH;  AGORA, directed by Alejandro Amenabar; BALIBO, for which Oscar received an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor; IN SECRET, based on the Emile Zola novel; Ridley Scott’s BODY OF LIES; Daniel Barnz’s WON’T BACK DOWN; Steven Soderbergh’s CHE; Vadim Perelman’s THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES; HBO’s PU-239; and as Joseph in THE NATIVITY STOR.

    Off-Broadway, Isaac appeared in Zoe Kazan’s play We Live Here, at Manhattan Theatre Club; as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; and in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the latter productions for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.  Isaac appeared in Beauty of the Father at Manhattan Theatre Club and in MCC Theater’s Grace.

    Additional theatre credits include: Arrivals and Departures, When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba and Spinning into Butter. Isaac studied performing arts at the famed Juilliard School and currently resides in New York City.

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