He is originally from Puerto Rico.
He discovered his love for acting when he joined a drama club.
He perfected his craft while studying experimental theater at NYU.
By the age of 14, he already had aspirations “to be part of the Tolkien world” as an elf.
Ismael’s dreams came true and he made history as the first black elf to be featured in a Tolkien adaptation.
He has spoken candidly about how hard he has fought for the role of Arondir after receiving “pure and vicious hate speech” in his DMs for two years.
In 2006, he landed one of his first recurring TV roles as Jimmy Patrick the good woman. Although the part was originally only one day’s work, it ended up being five episodes.
You may also remember him for his roles in Sesame Street, Ray Donovan, Mary Queen of Scots, or undo it.
He has a number of upcoming projects to keep an eye on, including: Simple little lives, cabinet of curiosities, and dear child.
The actor always keeps his creative streak alive. He is known for spending his days off with music and as a visual artist.
He currently has over 200,000 followers on IG alone. Follow his daily adventures: @ismaelcruzcordova
Growing up, he was a national champion swimmer and even got a scholarship to private school.
Ismael’s favorite person in the world is his cousin, and he hopes to inspire him when he grows up.
The one thing he wanted to take home from Middle-earth? His sword, of course, because it was ‘so beautiful’.
And finally, Ismael isn’t afraid to clap back at haters when it comes to representation within The rings of power.