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Pedro Pascal
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Pascal at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal

(1975-04-02) April 2, 1975 (age 45)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality
  • Chilean
  • American
Other names
  • Pedro Balmaceda
  • Alexander Pascal
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActor
Years active1996–present
ChildrenGrogu
Signature
Pedro Pascal Signature.png

José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal (born April 2, 1975) is a Chilean-American actor. He began his career guest starring on various television shows before rising to prominence for portraying Oberyn Martell on the fourth season of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2014) and Javier Peña on the Netflix biographic crime series Narcos (2015–2017). Pascal has starred as the title character on the Disney+ space Western series The Mandalorian since 2019. Outside of television, he has appeared in the films The Great Wall (2016), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), The Equalizer 2 (2018), Triple Frontier (2019), and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).

Early life and education

Pascal was born in Santiago, Chile. His mother, Verónica Pascal Ureta, was a child psychologist and his father, José Balmaceda, is a fertility doctor;[1][2] he has an older sister, Javiera,[3] and two younger brothers, Nicolás, and Lucas Balmaceda, an actor in Chile.[4]

Pascal's parents were Allende supporters and were involved in the opposition movement against the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile around the time of Pascal's birth.[5] Because of this, nine months after his birth, Pascal's family was granted political asylum in Denmark.[6][7] The family ultimately moved to the United States, and Pascal was raised in Orange County, California and San Antonio, Texas.[8] By the time he was 8, his family was able to take regular trips back to Chile to visit his 34 first cousins.[9] Pascal was involved in competitive swimming during his early years and took part in the state championships in Texas at the age of 11, but stopped competitive swimming after getting into drama class.[5] He studied acting at the Orange County School of the Arts, graduating in 1993, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1997.[6][10]

While at NYU, Pascal's father was involved in a scandal with the Orange County fertility clinic he ran with two other men. His father, mother and two youngest brothers fled to Chile, where his mother died shortly after.[2] Following her death, he began using his mother's surname professionally both in honor of her and because people couldn't pronounce his surname.[7][9]

Career

Pascal has appeared in several television series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Mentalist, and Graceland.[11] He appeared as kidnapper Reggie in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Weeping Willow" and appeared as Special Agent Greer in Law & Order: SVU episode "Smoked". He was cast in the pilot for the 2011 Wonder Woman television adaptation,[12] but the show was never picked up. In June 2013, he was cast as Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones.[13] Pascal stated that he was a huge fan of Game of Thrones before being cast as Oberyn and was ecstatic to join.[5] In 2015, Pascal was cast in the role of U.S. DEA agent Javier Peña in the Netflix original show, Narcos. In the movie Bloodsucking Bastards (2015), Pascal portrayed the vampire Max.[14]

Pascal has extensive stage experience as both an actor and director; he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award for his role in the International City Theater production of Orphans, and has performed in classical and contemporary works. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison, Beauty of the Father by Nilo Cruz, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story, Trista Baldwin's Sand, David Greenspan's Old Comedy, Terrence McNally's Some Men, and Shakespeare in the Park's 2006 production of Macbeth.[15] He is a member of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company.[16]

In April 2015, Pascal co-starred with Heidi Klum in the music video for Sia's "Fire Meet Gasoline".[17] In 2017, he starred as Agent Whiskey in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle and as mercenary Pero Tovar in The Great Wall.[18] In 2018, Pascal co-starred as Dave York, the primary antagonist in the thriller sequel film The Equalizer 2; the film starred Denzel Washington.[19]

Since 2019, Pascal has portrayed the title role in The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars television series, which debuted on Disney+.[20] The same year, he starred as Francisco "Catfish" Morales in the Netflix heist drama Triple Frontier.[21] He also played Maxwell Lord in the DC Extended Universe film Wonder Woman 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins. Following delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released to theaters and HBO Max on December 25, 2020.[22][23]

Personal life

He moved to New York City in 1993 and has lived there for over 20 years.[6]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hermanas Steve
2008 I Am That Girl Noah
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Maitre D’ Paul De Santo
Sweet Little Lies Paulino
2015 Bloodsucking Bastards Max
Sweets Twin Peter
2016 The Great Wall Pero Tovar
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Jack Daniels / Agent Whiskey
2018 Prospect Ezra
The Equalizer 2 Dave York
If Beale Street Could Talk Pietro Alvarez Uncredited
2019 Triple Frontier Francisco "Catfish" Morales
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Maxwell Lord
We Can Be Heroes Marcus Moreno
2021 The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Javi Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Good vs. Evil Gregor New Episode: "Gee Your Hair Smells Evil" (Credited as Pedro Balmaceda)
Downtown voice Voice role; episode: "Hot Spot" (Credited as Pedro Balmaceda)
Undressed Greg 3 episodes (Credited as Pedro Balmaceda)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Eddie Episode: "The Freshman" (Credited as Pedro Balmaceda)
2000 Touched by an Angel Ricky Episode: "Stealing Hope" (Credited as Pedro Balmaceda)
2001 NYPD Blue Shane "Dio" Morrissey Episode: "Oh Golly Goth" (Credited as Alexander Pascal)
Earth vs. the Spider Goth Guy Television film
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Reggie Luckman Episode: "Weeping Willow"
Without a Trace Kyle Wilson Episode: "Candy"
2008 Law & Order Tito Cabassa Episode: "Tango"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kevin "Kip" Green Episode: "The Glory That Was..."
2009–2011 The Good Wife Nathan Landry 6 episodes
2010 Nurse Jackie Steve Episode: "Twitter"
2011 Lights Out Omar Assarian 4 episodes
Brothers & Sisters Zach Wellison 2 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Special Agent Greer Episode: "Smoked"
Charlie's Angels Frederick Mercer Episode: "Angels in Paradise"
Wonder Woman Ed Indelicato Pilot
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe Comandante Veracruz Television film
2012 Body of Proof Zack Goffman Episode: "Falling for You"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kyle Hartley Episode: "Malice in Wonderland"
2013 Nikita Liam Episode: "Aftermath"
Red Widow Jay Castillo 4 episodes
Homeland David Portillo Episode: "Tin Man Is Down"
The Sixth Gun Special Agent Ortega Pilot
2013–2014 Graceland Juan Badillo 10 episodes
2014 The Mentalist Marcus Pike 7 episodes
Exposed Oscar Castro Vargas Pilot
Game of Thrones Oberyn Martell Recurring role; 7 episodes
Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2014)
2015–2017 Narcos Javier Peña Main role (seasons 1–2)
Lead role (season 3)
2019–present The Mandalorian The Mandalorian / Din Djarin Lead role
Pending—Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series (2021)
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride[24] Inigo Montoya Episode: "Chapter Two: The Shrieking Eels"

Music videos

Year Artist(s) Title
2011 Beastie Boys "Make Some Noise"
2015 Sia "Fire Meet Gasoline"
2020 Artists for We Are One "Imagine (Quarantine Edition)"[25]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Dishonored 2 Paolo Voice

References

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