Oscar Isaac

by follers on September 30, 2012

Birth Name: Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada

Place of Birth: Guatemala

Date of Birth: March 9, 1979

Ethnicity: Cuban, Guatemalan, French

Oscar Isaac is an American actor and singer. He was born in Guatemala, as Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada.

Oscar’s father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, is Cuban, and left the country for the U.S. before the Cuban Revolution. Oscar’s mother, María Eugenia Estrada Nicolle, is from Guatemala, where Oscar’s parents met. Oscar has also said that his maternal grandfather was French.

The family settled in the U.S. when Oscar was around five months old, and he was raised in Miami, Florida. Oscar was raised in a religious, Evangelical Christian (Protestant), household.

Oscar is married to Danish film director Elvira Lind, with whom he has a son.

It appears that Oscar’s paternal grandparents’ surnames were Hernández and Cano. Oscar’s paternal grandfather was also named Oscar.

Oscar’s maternal grandmother was possibly the daughter of Benjamin Nicolle and Guadalupe Penagos.

Oscar has also stated, “Isaac is Jewish from my father side. I am definitely a big mix of many things”, implying that his father has the surname Isaac in his family tree, and some Jewish heritage from that surname. If this is the case, then the most recent ancestor of Oscar’s that could have been Jewish and surnamed Isaac is one of Oscar’s paternal great-grandmothers.

image via Debby Wong/bigstock.com

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Alyx October 4, 2016 at 9:42 pm

He looks Middle Eastern.

madman October 4, 2016 at 6:45 am

His maternal grandfather was French, so the amount is not that small.

“My grandfather was French in Guatemala and my father is Cuban but he grew up in the States as well. I came to the States when I was five months old and I grew up my entire life mostly in Miami, between Miami and New York.”


anen87 December 5, 2016 at 4:21 pm

A French named Estrada??? I don’t think so. I believe he meant maternal great-grandfather…Benjamin Nicolle (Nicolle is a french surname). Oops on him making himself more french than he is.
1/8 French he is.

anen87 July 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I don’t see the guatemalan/mestizo in him (the French probably deluted it). He fits Cuban though. He can pass for Mediterranean. They probably thought he was Jewish because of his name even though it’s actually his middle name.

phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:26 pm

He looks 100% Spaniard. He can also be Caucasian (Georgian/Armenian) or West Asian.

Doesn’t look remotely native central American.

neiltennant July 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

+ 1

very good comment

andrew April 18, 2015 at 7:45 am

just saw him in “The Bourne Legacy”, he almost passes as a Spaniard


follers April 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

Why almost? Look at Javier Bardem.

andrew November 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm

he doesn’t look like Bardem, btw he can pass for a Spaniard.

His Wikipedia profile in Spanish states “Su abuela materna era de origen francés” (his maternal grandmother was of French origin)

slowdive December 29, 2015 at 1:20 am

Why “almost” pass as a Spaniard? It’s not really hard to pass as a Spaniard due to their phenotypical diversity.

I mean I’ve seen Iberians who look super North African and ones who look Danish due to Visigothic ancestry.

WTF January 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

He actually looks Middle Eastern. I remember watching “The Nativity Story”, and he looks very Middle Eastern in it.

Katz December 28, 2015 at 7:16 am

He does. At first I thought he might be slightly native, but he doesn’t really have that look, he’s just dark featured. I’m surprised there’s no Levant ancestry in his background, it’s probably just a Mediterranean appearance.

Mekon November 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

Typicial white race “latin”.

the punisher November 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Not really

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

No, he doesn’t look like a white Latino.

Check7t January 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Looks totally Spanish to me.


I don’t see anything Negroid/Amerindian.

follers January 9, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Don’t forget 1/4 French.

noneofyourbusiness January 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

His Cuban side could have some black admixture. Even the whitest Cubans have some black in them.

Jordan December 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

No, not always.

marjanel February 22, 2016 at 6:59 am

Not always. Do you think that racism was only in USA?

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