Wagner Moura

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 prisoner in 2003's ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1976 in Rodelas, Bahi, , BR

Filmography

Actor (19)

Praia do Futuro 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rio, I Love You 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trash 2014 (Movie)

José Angelo (Actor)

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

Spider (Actor)

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within 2011 (Movie)

Captain Nascimento (Actor)

Father's Chair 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

O Homem do Futuro 2011 (Movie)

Zero (Actor)

VIPs 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Elite Squad 2008 (Movie)

Capitao Nascimento (Actor)

Romance 2008 (Movie)

Pedro (Actor)

O Pai, O 2007 (Movie)

Boca (Actor)

Saneamento Basico: O Filme 2007 (Movie)

Joaquim (Actor)

A Máquina 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lower City 2006 (Movie)

Naldinho (Actor)

Carandiru 2004 (Movie)

Zico (Actor)

The Middle of the World 2004 (Movie)

Romao (Actor)

The Man of the Year 2003 (Movie)

Suel (Actor)

The Three Marias 2003 (Movie)

Jesuino Cruz (Actor)

Woman on Top 2000 (Movie)

Rafi (Actor)

Biography

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 prisoner in 2003's "Carandiru" was full of brooding promise. He landed a lead role on a popular Brazilian telenovela and continued performing on stage until landing a trifecta of career-defining roles in 2007: first as a vicious police captain in the critically-acclaimed "Elite Squad;" then as a villainous entrepreneur on the telenovela "Paradiso Tropical" (Rede Globo); and finally as the tortured title Dane in an experimental production of "Hamlet." After reprising his role as Lt. Colonel Nascimento in 2010's "Elite Squad: Enemy Within," Moura, now a father of two, broke through to American audiences as the mysterious Spider in the blockbuster "Elysium" (2013). Just as fascinating as the characters he played - he fronted the Brazilian rock band His Mother and practiced jiu-jitsu - Wagner Moura was full of surprises.

Relationships

Sandra Delgado

Wife

EDUCATION

Federal University of Bahia

Milestones

2013

Appeared opposite Matt Damon in "Elysium"

2010

Cast in "Elite Squad: Enemy Within"

2007

Played a police captain in "Elite Squad"

2007

Featured on "Paradiso Tropical"

2005

Landed a role on the telenova "A Lua me Disse"

2003

Cast in "Carandiru"

1999

Made film debut in "Radio Gogo"

Bonus Trivia

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Is an advanced student of both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.

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Graduated from Federal University of Bahia with a degree in journalism.

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Writes for and sings in the Brazilian band Sua Mae (Your Mother).

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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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