Who is Jamie Hector?
Jamie Hector was born on 7 October 1975, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is an actor, best known for his work in the HBO television series “The Wire” in which he played the character Marlo Stanfield who is a drug lord. He also worked on the series “Bosch”, in the role of Detective Jerry Edgar.
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The Riches of Jamie Hector
As of early-2020, Jamie Hector’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, earned through a successful career in acting. He’s been active in the entertainment industry since 1998, and has gained numerous lucrative contracts. He’s also worked in the video game industry, lending his voice to several projects.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Jamie is of American and Haitian descent. He grew up in Brooklyn, and at a young age, developed an interest in pursuing an acting career. After matriculating from high school, he began developing his skills by joining a community theatre company. There he participated in numerous productions, while also working on his college education. Eventually, he started gaining support roles in notable television programs, including “Law & Order”, “New York Undercover”, and “Third Watch”.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he then furthered his acting studies by enrolling at New York City’s Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
The school is known to teach Lee Strasberg’s popularized acting style called method acting, in which actors fully immerse themselves in their role as if they are actually the characters they are portraying. In 2002, after several minor roles in films, he gained his first major role in “Paid in Full”. The film is inspired by the song of the same name by Eric B. & Rakim, and tells the story of a group of three friends who are drug dealers.
The following year, Hector made his breakthrough in the short film “Five Deep Breaths”, which won numerous awards, and was showcased in several independent film festival circuits, such as Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance, and IFP.
The short tells the story of a group of friends who are motivated to take revenge after a woman is physically assaulted by her boyfriend. The film won 16 awards, and was praised for its morally ambiguous take on the story, that not everyone is right or wrong.
In 2004, he then got his biggest role as he was cast in the television series “The Wire”, playing the leader of the criminal drug trade ring the Stanfield Organization, portrayed as ruthless, intelligent and ambitious. The show follows the story of law enforcement as they try to tackle big issues such as the distribution of illegal drugs. The show has been praised for its realistic depiction though, despite that, it never won any big awards during its run.
For his performance, Jamie was named one of the greatest television villains of all time by the magazine “Rolling Stone”.
Work after The Wire
In 2007, Jamie had a starring role in “Blackout”, working alongside Zoe Saldana and Michael B. Jordan in the film which premiered at the Zurich Film Festival. Afterwards, he returned to another villainous role in the third season of “Heroes”, one of the most popular shows of its time, telling the story of people who discover they have superpowers akin to comic book superheroes. While it was highly acclaimed early in its run, the show eventually declined in popularity as seasons progressed, leading to its cancellation.
In 2008, he appeared once more as a crime boss in the film “Max Payne”, which is an adaptation of the video game of the same name. It stars Mark Wahlberg in the titular role, and was developed with the help of the video game developers Remedy Entertainment and Rockstar Games. The film received negative reviews, but was successful commercially due to the established popularity of the “Max Payne” video games. The following year, he portrayed a rapper in the television movie “Just Another Day” which aired on BET. He also worked on the film “Night Catches Us”, alongside Anthony Mackie.
In 2010, Hector lent his voice to the video game “Halo: Reach”, in which he voices Noble 4 or Emile-A239. The game is a part of the “Halo” franchise, and takes place before the first game “Halo: Combat Evolved”. It follows a team of super soldiers who must fight in a war with an alien race known as Covenant. The game was very successful, and attracted a lot of positive reviews from reputable publications.
In 2014 he was cast in another notable project, establishing himself back in a regular television role in “Bosch”, playing the partner of the titular character. The show aired through Amazon’s streaming service, and is inspired by several Michael Connelly novels, including “The Concrete Blonde”, “Echo Park”, and “City of Bones”.
He’s been with the show for its entire run, with its seventh season announced as its final season to be completed in 2020. While working on the show, he also appeared as the character Devon Finch during the second season of “Queen of the South”, an American adaptation of the Spanish telenovela “La Reina del Sur”, which in turn, is an adaptation of the Arturo Perez-Reverte novel of the same name.
It is known that Jamie married longtime partner Jennifer Amelia in 2005, and they have two children together. They were in the news on one occasion, as a gun battle erupted just outside of a baby shower party they were hosting. The party had lasted through the night into the early morning, and the battle occurred at around that time.
One teenager was killed in the gunfight with two men also injured. One of the wounded victims who was driven to the hospital was followed by the gunmen who then tried to shoot him just near the hospital premises. The man was able to survive even after the second attack. The media tried to reach Jamie for a comment on the events, but he didn’t make any statements indicating that the event that occurred was just coincidental and had nothing to do with him or the party. Around 50 bullet shells were found on the scene.
While he continues his work in acting, he also spends a lot of his free time doing philanthropic work. He is the founder of the non-profit organization Moving Mountains, a theater organization that helps youth through providing classes in film, dance, and drama.