Oscar Isaac Biography
Oscar Isaac is an American actor best known for Robin Hood (2010) Drive (2011), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Annihilation (2018), and Dune (2021). He rose to fame after starring in the American animated superhero film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
Oscar Isaac Career
He joined a punk band, played in plays, and had a small part in his first movie as a teenager. After going to the Juilliard School, Isaac worked as a minor actor in movies for a lot of the 2000s. In 2006, he played Joseph in the biblical drama The Nativity Story. That same year, he got an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as José Ramos-Horta in the Australian movie Balibo. Isaac first became known for supporting roles in Robin Hood (2010) and Drive (2011). His big break came when he played the lead role of a singer in the musical drama Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), which won him a Golden Globe nomination.
Isaac’s career took off when he got lead parts in the thriller Ex Machina (2015), the crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014), and the superhero movie X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). As Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel series (2015–2019), he became famous all over the world. Isaac’s first movie role was in the historical drama Operation Finale (2018). He also played in the science fiction movies Annihilation (2018) and Dune (2021), the crime drama The Card Counter (2021), and the animated superhero movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023).
Isaac played the lead role in three miniseries on TV: Show Me a Hero (2015), for which he got a Golden Globe Award for his role as Nick Wasicsko; Scenes from a Marriage (2021); and Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Moon Knight (2022). He has played the lead in plays like Romeo and Juliet (2007), Hamlet (2017), and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (2023).
Isaac kept writing music and performing in small New York clubs after he graduated from Juilliard. He also played Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona (2005) at The Public Theatre. The next year, he played Federico García Lorca in Beauty of the Father by the New York City Center. David Rooney of Variety said that his “injection of wry humor provides welcome levity.” Also in 2006, he made a short appearance on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and played Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes in the historical epic The Nativity Story. In Vatican City, it was the first time a movie was shown to the whole world.
Isaac came from a religious family and thought it was important to make his character “as human as possible” and treat him like any other part. He read a book called The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah to learn more about Joseph’s past. The movie got mixed reviews, but it made $46 million at the box office, even though it cost $35 million to make. Someone who writes for The Abbotsford News said Isaac gave the part “a freshness and vulnerability that it usually” lacks. Toddy Burton of The Austin Chronicle said that Isaac was “endearing,” but he thought that the character’s lack of selflessness made him seem fake.
Isaac played Romeo in the Public Theater production of Romeo and Juliet with Lauren Ambrose. Michal Daniel of The Record thought that Isaac was overshadowed by Ambrose because he was “persuasively young and inexperienced.” Isaac spoke and behaved with a lot of emotion, though. Isaac had small parts in a lot of movies again in the 2000s. These included the thriller The Life Before Her Eyes (2007), the biopic Che (2008), the spy thriller Body of Lies (2008), and the Spanish historical drama Agora (2009).
In a book released by Rutgers University Press that looks at the work of up-and-coming actors in the 2010s, Rick Warner said that Isaac “momentarily steals the scene” as a UN interpreter in Che. Isaac got the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part as José Ramos-Horta in the 2009 movie Balibo. Chris Barsanti of PopMatters said he used “improbable charm” in his performance. As R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine put it, Isaac became “a bona fide scene-stealer” after Balibo.
Before the 2010s, Isaac played the bad guy King John in the movie Robin Hood. He read about the character to get ready and talked with director Ridley Scott about how to play him. He liked playing a bad guy because, as he put it, you don’t have to worry about making them likable, which let him show more of his character.
Some critics liked the movie, and it made $321 million at the box office, even though it cost $200 million to make. According to R. Kurt Osenlund, Isaac skillfully made Russell Crowe, who played Robin Hood, look bad, “bringing new, magnetic venom to the done-and-done-again role.” Rick wrote, “In his early minor film roles, Isaac makes the most of the few lines he is given, supplying emotional complexity not just verbally but also through his attractive face and piercing stare.”
Abraham Isaac played Nathan Hamlet Bateman, the reclusive creator of a humanoid AI, in the 2015 science fiction movie Ex Machina. He looked at director Stanley Kubrick and copied the way he spoke to get ideas for how his character would look and sound. However, Isaac based Bateman’s personality on chess champion Bobby Fischer. He also played chess while shooting to get “in that mode of always trying to be a few steps ahead.”
Ex Machina did well at the box office and with critics, who praised Isaac’s acting. RogerEbert.com’s Matt Zoller Seitz said that Isaac had “an electrifying star quality, cruelly sneering yet somehow delightful, insinuating and intellectually credible.” After that, Isaac got his first major role on TV in the 6-episode HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, where he played politician Nick Wasicsko. Isaac was asked to play the part soon after he finished filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
He found the story “fascinating,” but at first he didn’t want to join because it was “a little impenetrable” for him. He agreed after seeing a video of Wasicsko talking to the press. Since shows tend to be longer than movies, Isaac had a little more trouble filming the miniseries and wasn’t sure if the six-hour formula would work. Critics gave Isaac high marks for his role, which won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film. It was called “a star performance agile enough to elevate scenes that might veer into agitprop” by Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker.
Isaac shot Annihilation (2018) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the same studio at the same time. So, he didn’t have enough time to practice for his part in the first one. He said that his co-star Natalie Portman, who played his wife, made it easy for him to film the scenes. Moreover, reviews were good for the movie. Tasha Robinson of The Verge said Isaac and Portman looked great together, and Caryn James of the BBC said Isaac could act well just by looking at her.
Isaac made his acting debut as a director in the 2018 historical drama Operation Finale. In this drama, he played Peter Malkin, the Israeli spy who caught Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi war criminal on the run in 1960. He said he wanted to add to the stories he is a part of when asked about his first time creating. He thought that the movie’s subject was still important today when people are okay with having strong views.
Most reviewers agreed that Operation Finale is “well-meaning, well-acted, and overall entertaining. Even if the depth and complexity of the real-life events depicted can get a little lost in their dramatization.” Firstpost’s Bhaskar Chattopadhyay thought Isaac was great in some parts, but he mostly praised the work of the supporting actors. The movie didn’t do well at the box office.
In addition, Isaac had roles in At Eternity’s Gate (as Paul Gauguin), Life Itself, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). Additionally, Isaac co-starred with Olivia Wilde in Life Itself, which didn’t do well at the box office. Caroline Siede of Consequence thought the two stars were weak and that their parts were badly written.
Isaac played the main character in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window in 2023. Rachel Brosnahan played the same role. The show started at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and ran there for a while before moving to Broadway in April 2023. In the movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, he voiced Spider-Man 2099, a version of the main character. Moreover, the movie got good reviews and did well at the box office. Maya Phillips thought Isaac did a good job playing a Spider-Man who is a little crazy and full of himself.
Oscar Isaac Salary
Issac earns a salary of about $ 5 Million – $8 Million per movie.
Oscar Isaac Net Worth
Issac has an estimated net worth of about $20 Million – $40 Million which he has earned throughout his career as an actor.
Oscar Isaac Age
Issac was born on March 9, 1979, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He is 44 years old as of 2023 and he celebrates his birthday on the 9th of March every year.
Oscar Isaac Height and Weight
Issac stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches tall (1.75m) and weighs 77 kgs (169 lbs).
Oscar Isaac Family
Issac was born and raised in Guatemala City to a Cuban Father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernandez, and a Guatemalan mother, Maria Eugenia Estrada Nicolle. His parents moved to the United States when he was just five months old because his father had to finish his medical residency as a pulmonologist there. Issac has a younger brother named Mike Hernandez and an older sister named Nicole Hernandez Hammer.
Oscar Isaac Wife
Issac is married to Elvira Lind, a Danish film director. The two met at a party in 2012 and tied the knot in 2017 in an intimate wedding ceremony. Moreover, they are blessed with two sons; Eugene Issac (born in April 2017) and Mads Issac (October 2019). The family currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was engaged to Maria Miranda in 2007.
Oscar Isaac Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Issac voices Miguel O’Hara / Spider-Man 2099 in the American animated superhero film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. In the year 2099, Miguel is the leader of the Spider Society. This is a group of Spider-People from different worlds whose job is to protect the multiverse. Miguel is a “ninja-vampire” Spider-Man with Irish and Mexican roots. Miguel was called “the one Spider-Man who doesn’t have a sense of humor” by Isaac.
Oscar Isaac The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window
Isaac plays the role of Sidney Brustein in the staged play The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window shows a writer named Sidney and his wife, Iris. The two are having a hard time with their marriage. Sidney has a hard time making it as an artist in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. Because of his beliefs, he stays away from politics and the evil that comes with it, even though his home life is very hard. Iris is an actress who is having a hard time. During the play, she leaves her angry husband to work as an actor on TV. Despite how much they care about each other, Sidney and Iris talk a lot about how low their trust is.
Iris’s sister Gloria is said to be an international model, and Alton Scales, an African-American activist, and Sidney’s friend falls in love with her. He can get Sidney to back Wally O’Hara’s campaign, even though Sidney didn’t want to include politics in his brand-new artistic newspaper at first. Nevertheless, Wally is a liberal politician in Greenwich Village. He is shocked by how many drugs are being used there and in the nearby areas. Sidney decides to back him but then finds out that O’Hara is dishonest. He also has a lot of hate for the reform politician ever since.
Oscar Isaac Moon Knight
Isaac plays the role of Marc Spector / Moon Knight in the American television miniseries Moon Knight. Marc has dissociative identity disorder (DID), which means that his different identities are separate people. Moreover, in the script, their attitudes were used to show this. Isaac decided to make things more interesting by giving them different accents. He liked that he could do naughty with the role, like getting inside Spector’s mind.
However, Isaac had a hard time with technology. So he had to put a lot of energy into taking on each character. At first, Isaac would film everything for one role and then move on to the next. And once he had “a handle” on both, it was easier for him to switch between them. Michael Benjamin Hernandez, Isaac’s brother, was his body double. This lets Isaac play someone else in scenes where Marc and Steven meet. Isaac called Robert B. Oxnam’s book A Fractured Mind his “bible” because it helped him get ready for the part.
Oscar Isaac In the Hand of Dante
Issac will be playing the role of Nick Tosches / Dante Alighieri in the upcoming American-Italian drama film In the Hand of Dante.
Oscar Isaac Movies and TV Shows
- Romeo and Juliet
- Moon Knight
- Show Me a Hero
- The Card Counter
- Show Me a Hero
- Star Wars sequel trilogy
- X-Men: Apocalypse
- A Most Violent Year
- Ex Machina
Oscar Isaac Social Media Platforms
Issac is very active on her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page and she has 8.4k followers on Twitter, 112.5k followers on Instagram, and 306k followers on Facebook.