A rising talent with the requisite good looks and plenty of on screen charisma, Jay Hernandez had one of those serendipitous experiences that led to his career. While riding an elevator in a high rise...
Appeared in the horror film "Quarantine" opposite Jennifer Carpenter
First released feature, starring opposite Kirsten Dunst in "Crazy/Beautiful"
Co-starred in "Grindhouse," a film co-written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
Joined cast of the MTV serial "Undressed" as pizza delivery boy Eddie
Met talent agent Howard Tyner, who enrolled him in acting school
Cast in Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights" as Safety Brian Chavez
Joined an ensemble cast for the dramady "Nothing Like the Holidays"
Co-starred in Eli Roth's horror film "Hostel"
Reprised his role for the sequel "Hostel: Part II"
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"
Made TV series debut in the Saturday Morning series "Hang Time" playing Antonio Lopez
Cast opposite Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta in "Ladder 49"
Appeared alongside Dennis Quaid in the baseball-themed feature "The Rookie"
Made film debut in the drama "Living the Life"
Cast as Port Authority cop, Dominick Pezzulo in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"
A rising talent with the requisite good looks and plenty of on screen charisma, Jay Hernandez had one of those serendipitous experiences that led to his career. While riding an elevator in a high rise in his native Los Angeles, the young man was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood. In 1998, he made his TV series debut as Antonio Lopez, one of the high school basketball players, in the NBC Saturday morning teen sitcom "Hang Time," and stayed with the show for two seasons. Departing NBC, Hernandez moved to MTV with the short-term role of pizza delivery guy Eddie on the popular late-night serial "Undressed" before segueing to the big screen. Although he shot roles in two movies ("Living the Life" and "Joy Ride") in 2000, neither had been released before his first lead role hit the multiplexes.