He may not be well known in America, but in his native Brazil, Wagner Moura was a bona-fide star. His early roles (1999's "Radio Gogo," 2000's "Woman on Top") proved brief, but his performance as a pr...
Rodelas, Bahi, , BR
|Praia do Futuro||2014||Actor||n/a||20147|
|The Middle of the World||2004||Actor||Romao||20047|
|Elite Squad||2008||Actor||Capitao Nascimento||20087|
|Elite Squad: The Enemy Within||2011||Actor||Captain Nascimento||20117|
|O Pai, O||2013||Actor||Boca||20137|
|Rio, I Love You||2014||Actor||n/a||20147|
|Saneamento Basico: O Filme||2013||Actor||Joaquim||20137|
|The Three Marias||2003||Actor||Jesuino Cruz||20037|
|The Man of the Year||2013||Actor||Suel||20137|
|Woman on Top||2000||Actor||Rafi||20007|
|Elite Squad: The Enemy Within||2011||Co-Producer||n/a||1|
|Featured on "Paradiso Tropical"|
|Played a police captain in "Elite Squad"|
|Cast in "Carandiru"|
|Appeared opposite Matt Damon in "Elysium"|
|Landed a role on the telenova "A Lua me Disse"|
|Made film debut in "Radio Gogo"|
|Cast in "Elite Squad: Enemy Within"|
Moura grew up in the capital of Bahia, a populous state on Brazil's eastern side. His father Jose served in the Brazilian Air Force, while his mother Alderiva owned and operated a photo restoration company. Initially drawn to acting as a way to impress girls, Moura acted in local plays with friends until he enrolled as a journalism student at the Federal University of Bahia. When the trio reunited in a local production of "The Machine," Moura ditched a life of reporting crime for a life of portraying it. After minor roles in the short film "Radio Gogo" and the sex comedy "Woman on Top," Moura was cast as a petty thief in the brutal "Carandiru." Based on the real-life events that led the infamous 1992 prison massacre, the movie showcased Moura's ability to transform himself. His next major role, the vengeful heir Gustavo Bogari, on the popular telenovela "A Lua me Disse" (Rede Globo, 2005- ) proved another showcase for his dramatic talents.
Brazilian cinema had a rich history of exploring the country's many economic and political problems, and 2007's award-winning "Elite Squad" was no exception. A tense thriller centered on rampant police corruption in impoverished favelas, "Elite Squad" was an international success and Moura won numerous awards for his explosive portrayal of the violent Captain Roberto Nascimento. He returned to the theater shortly after to tackle Hamlet, the ultimate brooder, in a stripped-down production that saw the actors performing and simultaneously videotaping themselves with handheld video cameras. After regrouping his long-dormant band His Mother, in which he sang and occasionally wrote lyrics, Moura signed on to play Nascimento again in the sequel "Elite Squad: Enemy Within," which grossed more than 108 million dollars in Brazil's native currency. In 2013 he made his Hollywood debut opposite Matt Damon as the criminally enterprising Spider in the sci-fi blockbuster "Elysium."
|Federal University of Bahia|
|Is an advanced student of both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.|
|Graduated from Federal University of Bahia with a degree in journalism.|
|Writes for and sings in the Brazilian band Sua Mae (Your Mother).|
|Has won over a dozen awards from South American awards associations, critics groups and film festivals, including Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, the Miami Film Festival and the Sao Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards.|
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