Ismael Cruz Cordova

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Ismael Cruz Cordova

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Ismael Cruz Córdova is a Puerto Rican actor who continues to build a diverse filmography as he pushes the expectations of what it means to be a leading man in Hollywood.

Currently in production for Season 2, Córdova stars as ‘Arondir’, a Silvan elf, in Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER. His work in Season 1 garnered him a Critics Choice Awards nomination in the ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’ category. He was additionally honored with the ‘Breakthrough Actor Award for Television’ at the Critics Choice Association’s 2nd Annual Celebration of Latino Cinema & Television.

Additionally in 2022, Córdova starred in Guillermo del Toro’s horror anthology series CABINET OF CURIOSITIES for Netflix and wrapped production on Paramount+’s crime thriller drama film FINESTKIND. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, FINESTKIND also stars Ben Foster, Toby Wallace, Jenna Ortega and Tommy Lee Jones.

In 2020, he co-starred opposite Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland in THE UNDOING, HBO’s high-profile six-episode limited series. He also appeared in Jon Favreau’s THE MANDALORIAN.

Additional notable television credits include the third season of the EPIX original series BERLIN STATION, his role as ‘Hector Campos’ on RAY DONOVAN opposite Liev Schreiber, and his role as ‘Mando’ on SESAME STREET. In film, he co-starred in Wyatt Rockefeller’s feature SETTLERS, the action thriller MISS BALA opposite Gina Rodriguez, and Focus Features’ MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

Córdova is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
  • The Undoing
  • The Mandalorian
  • Berlin Station
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • The Catch
  • Ray Donovan
  • The Good Wife
  • Sesame Street


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