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Oscar Isaac Biography

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Birth Name: Oscar Isaac
Born: 01/05/1980
Birth Place: Guatemala

Born in Guatemala, Oscar Isaac moved with his family to the United States when he was four months old. His family uprooted often in his youth, briefly residing in Baltimore and St. Louis, before finally settling in Miami, FL. It was there that Isaac first discovered his love of acting. He acted in several local plays throughout the city, before making his way to New York. While staying in New York, Isaac randomly applied to the prestigious Juilliard School of Drama. Although he had limited experience at the time of his application, Isaac was accepted into the school, thus beginning his professional training as an actor.

After graduation, Isaac landed a part as a Russian mobster in director Scott Z. Burns' 2006 drama, "Pu-239." Despite being his first major film role, Isaac's sterling performance caught the attention of the Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh, who cast Isaac as an interpreter in his next film, the underseen biopic "Che" (2008). Although his part in Soderbergh's epic two-part historical drama was small, Isaac soon began landing larger roles in major Hollywood movies. He played Prince John in 2010's "Robin Hood," a star musician that returns home for his high school reunion in "10 Years," and a troubled ex-convict in the critically acclaimed crime drama, "Drive."

In 2012, Isaac appeared alongside Academy Award-winner Holly Hunter in the school drama "Won't Back Down." However, despite an all-star cast that also included Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the film received generally poor reviews upon its release. That year, Isaac was also featured as a secret operative in "The Bourne Legacy," starring Jeremy Renner. Isaac's major starring turn arrived in 2013, when he portrayed the folk-singing title character in Joel and Ethan Coen's 1960s-set film "Inside Llewyn Davis." The movie featured an impressive supporting cast, including fellow "Drive" actor Carey Mulligan, and Isaac opted for another ensemble production with "Therese" (2013), a moody literary adaptation co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange.