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After making several films, actor Oscar Isaac rose to fame in 2013's Inside Llewyn Davis.
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Born in 1980 in Guatemala, actor Oscar Isaac loved to act and make music growing up in Miami, Florida. He landed a number of film roles after graduating from the Juillard School in 2005. Isaac played Joseph in 2006's The Nativity Story. He then went on to supporting parts in such films as Robin Hood (2010), Drive(2011) and W.E. (2011). In 2013, Isaac starred in the critically acclaimed Inside Llewyn Davis.
Born Oscar Isaac Hernandez on January 5, 1980, in Guatemala, actor Oscar Isaac grew up in Miami, Florida. His father was Cuban and his mother was Guatemalan. He developed a passion for music and acting early on. Isaac and his sister would stage plays in their backyard.
In his teens, Isaac also performed in bands as a singer and guitarist. He played with the ska-punk outfit the Blinking Underdogs, which developed a quite following. Isaac, however, put his music to the side after being accepted to the famed Juilliard School's acting program. While a student there, he worked one of his first films All About the Benjamins (2002).
After graduating from Juilliard in 2005, Isaac landed a major part in The Nativity Story (2006). He and Keisha Castle-Hughes star as Joseph and Mary in this biblical tale. Before long, Isaac returned to the big screen, albeit in small roles. He appeared in such films as Steven Soderbergh's biographical drama Che and Body of Lies with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
In 2009, Isaac starred opposite Rachel Weisz in the Roman era drama Agora. He also had a leading role in the true life thriller Balibo with Anthony LaPaglia the following year. Moving on to mainstream fare, Isaac showed his dark side as the evil King John in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe in 2010.
For Sucker Punch (2011), a dark action fantasy film, Isaac had an opportunity to showcase his singing talents in addition to his acting abilities. He sang a cover of Roxy Music's "Love is the Drug" for the movie's soundtrack. For the romantic comedy 10 Years (2011), Isaac also did double duty as an actor and a singer. He had a supporting roles in the crime drama Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan and the biographical romance W.E. by Madonna that same year.
For Inside Llewyn Davis, Isaac brought his two passions to the title role. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen had search far and wide for a musician who act or an actor with musical talent for the 1960s drama about a performer in the Greenwich Village folk scene. The film is loosely based on the life of musician Dave Von Ronk. For his audition tape, Isaac studied Von Ronk's distinctive musical style, which is called Travis Picking. He also was able to take some guitar lessons from another musician who had actually played with Von Ronk as well.
The Coen brothers were extremely impressed with Isaac and cast him as Llewyn Davis, a struggling folk musician. The film opened in December 2013 to warm reviews. For his work in the film, Isaac received his first Golden Globe Award nomination. He is also considered a contender for a possible Academy Award nomination as well. Outside of acting, Isaac performs and records as a part of a duo called NightLab.
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