The Office has been over since 2013 and yet it is still one of the most-watched shows around the world! Fans loved "Oscar Martinez" the reasonable but still kooky accountant of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch. Meet the Oscar behind "Oscar", Oscar Nunez!
The Office's Oscar Nunez
Oscar Nunez was born in Colón, Cuba on November 18th, 1958 to a dentist and lawyer. His family emigrated from Cuba to Venezuela to the United States. He was raised in Boston and Union City, New Jersey, and Oscar became a naturalized American citizen in 1964.
Oscar studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and writing at the Parsons School of Design before he began his comedy career. Nunez joined a comedy theater company and performed in hundreds of shows for years in New York City before making the trek to Los Angeles in the '90s.
Oscar landed roles on countless comedy shows like Malcolm in the Middle, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, and Mad TV.
In 2005 he took a chance on the role of a lifetime, "Oscar Martinez" in the NBC series The Office. Oscar played the highly educated and impatient accountant who was outed on accident by his very un-tactful boss "Michael Scott".
"Oscar" had an incredibly interesting and surprising character arc and attitude that The Office heads loved to watch every week. Memes of his character are constantly circulating, especially during the election because "Oscar" dressed up as a dinosaur for Halloween but labeled himself as the Electoral College, insinuating that the democratic system is prehistoric.
Oscar portrayed "Oscar" for all 9 seasons of the hit show. After The Office came to an end, Nunez went on to land roles in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and was even a contestant on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition!
Oscar has also played serious roles like in The 33, the 2015 film about the terrifying 2010 Chilean mining disaster. He portrayed one of the trapped miners "Yonni Barrios" alongside Antonio Banderas.
Oscar Nunez Today
Lately, Oscar has been playing "Mr. Hernandez" in Gabriel Iglesias' Netflix series Mr. Iglesias. "Mr. Hernadez" is the bull-headed school principal who clashes with big-hearted "Mr. Iglesias" but eventually softens as he tries to teach the misfit kids theater.
Oscar has been married to his wife actress Ursula Whittaker in 2011 and the two had their first child in 2012! He loves being a dad to adorable August Luce Nunez and continues to act.
Fun Oscar Nunez Facts!
- He was a judge for the 2010 Miss USA contest and asked a tough question about the problematic Arizona Undocumented immigrant law.
- Oscar's father studied at the University of Havana while Fidel Castro was also a student there!
- He followed in his mother's footsteps and became a certified dental technician!
- He was once a contestant on the Match Game but unfortunately did NOT win.
We can't wait to see what she does next!