Óscar Jaenada

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Óscar Jaenada Gajo (born 4 May 1975) is a Spanish actor.[1]

Óscar Jaenada
Black-and-white image of Hispanic man with goatee and top bun, wearing an open-necked white shirt and staring intently into camera
Jaenada in 2001
Óscar Jaenada Gajo

(1975-05-04) 4 May 1975 (age 47)
Esplugues de Llobregat, Catalonia, Spain
Years active1999–present


Jaenada began acting at the age of 13, performing in Shakespeare plays. The memory of his grandmother taking him to the Rívoli Cinema made him want to become an actor, as he commented in the magazine Fotogramas. He trained with the theater group l'Endoll de Esplugues de Llobregat.

Jaenada moved to Madrid to improve his career prospects, and got a job as a waiter at the Hard Rock Café. He obtained several television roles, appearing in 7 vidas and Hospital Central, before landing roles in feature films. Some of his early roles were in such productions as Lisístrata (2002) and Descongélate (2003). Shortly afterwards, Achero Mañas offered him the leading role in November (2003). Jaenada was a candidate for the Goya Awards in 2004 as best actor for his role in this production but couldn't attend the ceremony as he was in Argentina filming El juego de la verdad. Upon his return to Spain, he was offered several roles in comedies. Among them was the lead in the film XXL (2004). He also obtained a permanent role in the series Javier ya no vive solo.

Just as Jaenada was beginning to feel pigeonholed as a comedian, Jaime Chávarri sent him a script for a film about the life of flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla. The role involved singing, and the actor had doubts about accepting since he could not sing. He eventually took the role upon the urging of his brother Victor, a visual artist.

Camarón premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2005, where critics already hinted at a possible Goya Award. On 15 December 2005, Jaenada was nominated for the Goya Award for Best Actor in Camarón. Nine days later, he was nominated for the Silver Frames prize and the Circle of Cinematographic Writers medal. At the beginning of 2006, Jaenada won all three honours. The Circle of Cinematographic Writers recognized him as best actor of the year, he won the Goya Award, and on 20 February, he received the Silver Frames prize. Also in 2006, Jaenada served as master of ceremonies with Candela Peña at the inaugural gala of the Málaga Film Festival. A week later, he obtained a nomination at the Spanish Actors Union for his work with Chavarri.

In 2011, Jaenada auditioned for a role in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, where he played a Spanish officer. He returned to the pirate theme in 2011 for the Telecinco series Piratas.

Personal lifeEdit

Jaenada has a son with actress Barbara Goenaga, with whom he was romantically linked from 2000 until 2012.

In April 2017, he was sentenced to six months in prison for falsifying the official title of Recreational Boat Skipper in a nautical school. Jaenada admitted to the charges and reached an agreement to have the penalty commuted to a 3,600 Euro fine.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Character Director
2003 Lisístrata Francesc Bellmunt
Descongélate Félix Sabroso
Noviembre Alfredo Achero Mañas
2004 El juego de la verdad Álvaro Fernández Armero
XXL Fali Julio Sánchez Valdés
2005 Camarón Camarón de la Isla Jaime Chávarri
Carne de neón Ricky Paco Cabezas
Skizo Jesús Ponce
Somme Gabriel
2006 Días azules Boris Miguel Santesmases
La vida abismal El Chino Ventura Pons
Skizo Iván Jesús Ponce
2007 Todos estamos invitados Josu Jon Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón
2008 Sukalde Kontuak
Che David "Dario" Ardiazola Steven Soderbergh
2009 Trash David Carles Torras
2010 La herencia Valdemar Nicolás Trémel José Luis Alemán
The Losers Cougar Sylvain White
La herencia Valdemar II: La sombra prohibida Nicolás Trémel José Luis Alemán
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides "El español" Rob Marshall
2012 ¡Buscando a Eimish! Lucas Ana Rodríguez Rosell
Hold-Up! Ramos Eduard Cortés
The Cold Light of Day Dueño de Fabrik Mabrouk El Mechri
2014 Cantinflas Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" Sebastián del Amo
2016 The Shallows Carlos Jaume Collet-Serra
Hands of Stone Chaflán Jonathan Jakubowicz
2017 Gold Gorriamendi Agustín Díaz Yanes
Loving Pablo Santoro

Fernando León de Aranoa

Snatched Morgado Jonathan Levine
2018 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Blair Terry Gilliam
2019 Rambo: Last Blood Víctor Martínez[3] Adrian Grunberg
2020 MJ Adventure K-gong Salomon Gil
Operación Bolívar TBA TBA
2021 Chaos Walking Wilf[4] Doug Liman
Xtreme Lucero Teo García
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Hospital Central
2003 7 vidas
2011 Piratas Álvaro Mondego [5]
2018–2021 Luis Miguel: The Series Luisito Rey 14 episodes
2019 Hernán Hernán Cortés

Awards and recognitionEdit


  1. ^ "La película de Cantinflas hace olvidar la maldición familiar" [Cantinflas makes you forget the family curse]. elmundo.es (in Spanish). 28 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Seis meses de cárcel para el actor Óscar Jaenada por falsificar el título de Patrón de Embarcación" [Six months in prison for actor Óscar Jaenada for falsifying the title of skipper] (in Spanish). 4 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (23 October 2018). "Sylvester Stallone's 'Rambo: Last Blood' Adds Oscar Jaenada". Deadline. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  4. ^ Galuppo, Mia (October 3, 2017). "Oscar Jaenada Joins Doug Liman's 'Chaos Walking' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  5. ^ ""Piratas es el proyecto más ambicioso en la historia de Telecinco"". Vertele!. eldiario.es. 28 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Óscar Jaenada "Mi labor ha sido copiar a Camarón"" [Óscar Jaenada «My job has been to copy Camarón»]. 20minutos.es (in Spanish). 25 January 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Medallas del CEC a la producción española de 2005" [CEC medals for Spanish productions in 2005]. cinecec.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Ganadores de los Premios Platino 2015" [Platinum Awards 2015 Winners]. sensacine.com (in Spanish). 18 July 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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