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Ismael Cruz Córdova Biography – Childhood, Career & Love Life

Ismael Cruz Córdova Biography

Ismael Cruz Córdova is a talented actor who has worked on many popular projects such as Sesame Street, Berlin Station, Ray Donovan, Mary Queen of Scots, The Undoing, and more. Most recently he came into the limelight for playing Arondir in the fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Ismael has found much fame from his acting journey as well as his good looks.

Well, having starred in many popular shows over the years has led people to show interest in Ismael’s life. In this biography, we will take a look at Córdova’s childhood in his hometown, his career trajectory, and his love life.

Where Did Ismael Cruz Córdova Grow Up?

The talented actor was born Ismael Enrique Cruz Córdova in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico on April 7, 1987. He grew up in the mountains of Puerto Rico but became an activist from an early age since he was surrounded by poverty, illiteracy, and underrepresentation. However, Ismael Cruz Córdova’s parents, including his mother, Maritza Cordova, tried to give him a normal childhood.

Moreover, Ismael Cruz reportedly found interest and his talent in competitive swimming and became consumed by the sport. He even made his way to national championships and earned a private school scholarship. And with parents who instilled in him that becoming a lawyer or doctor was the way to go, Córdova chose to focus on mathematics and science courses.

However, after joining the drama club on a whim, Ismael Cruz found interest in acting. While he had to keep it hidden from his parents, the talented actor continued to take part in school plays. Later, he started skipping classes and traveled to San Juan on a bus to audition. His parents were not happy about him skipping school but Córdova was not deterred.

After winning a community development prize that funded his travel, Ismael Cruz Córdova enrolled at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. There he broke the ground as the first Latino actor to play a lead role on the main stage. However, his college journey was not devoid of struggle as he had to work three jobs to afford tuition. But he did complete his studies and graduated.

When Did Ismael Cruz Córdova Start Acting Professionally?

As aforementioned, the Puerto Rican actor found interest in acting when he was still in school and even attended the Tisch School of the Arts. But even before moving to New York, Ismael Cruz had already made his professional acting debut. Córdova‘s first work was in the Puerto Rican movie, Bala Perdida (Stray Bullet in English) which was released in 2003. The actor was just fifteen when he landed the role and had to come clean to his parents about skipping school after hiding it for a while.

After his debut film, Ismael Cruz Córdova starred as Manny in the 2005 TV movie, El cuerpo del delito. Following this, the Puerto Rican star seems to have focused on his studies and only returned to the acting business in 2011. He started playing the recurring character Jimmy Patrick that year in the popular show, The Good Wife. He then had small parts in projects such as La Edwin, Chaser, White Alligator, Little Children, Big Challenges, In the Blood, and La Loteria.

Ismael Cruz Córdova’s prominence grew after he voiced the character Mando in Sesame Street from 2013 to 2015. His performance as Hector Campos in Ray Donovan also helped raise his popularity. A few other projects that the talented actor has worked on over the years are given below:

  • Exposed
  • The Pastor
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  • Divorce
  • Citizen
  • The Catch
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Miss Bala
  • The Mandalorian
  • Settlers

The NYU graduate also had significant parts in shows such as Berlin Station (2018-2019) and The Undoing (2020) which helped him earn fame as well as fortune. But it was not until Ismael Cruz Córdova was cast as Arondir in the fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power that he found worldwide fame. The show premiered in September 2022 and will have four more seasons. Ismael who plays an Elven warrior is set to star in the upcoming seasons.

Besides The Rings of Power, the talented actor has many other projects in various stages of production. And even with many obstacles in his way, there is no doubt that Ismael Cruz Córdova’s career and fortune will see a considerable rise in the coming days.

Is Ismael Cruz Córdova Married?

Talking about his love life, Ismael Cruz Córdova has managed to keep much of it away from the spotlight. While he has shared details regarding his time in Puerto Rico, the talented actor seems to prefer to remain private regarding his romantic history.s

Therefore, we might have to wait a while to find out who Ismael Cruz Córdova’s partner is. But let’s hope the handsome The Lord of the Rings star is enjoying his personal and professional life.