Who is Hemky Madera?
Hemky Madera was born in Queens, New York City USA, on 18 November 1977 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio and he holds both Dominican and American nationality. He is an actor and film producer, who is perhaps known best for his portrayal of Mr. Delmar in the 2017 action adventure science fiction movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, written by Jonathan Goldstein, directed by Jon Watts, and which starred Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. It follows Peter Parker as he tries to balance his life as a high school student, and that of the superhero Spider-Man. The movie won seven and was nominated for 10 other awards.
Early life, family and education
Hemky was born in Queens only because his mother Gisela Madera came there to visit her relatives, and then went with her and his father Luis back to Santiago in the Dominican Republic. He has no siblings.
Hemky became interested in acting while attending a high school in Santiago, and upon matriculating in 1995, he enrolled at a college from which he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1999. Hemky launched his acting career while attending college, as he portrayed Luis in the drama mini-series “En la Olla”, and in 1999 he appeared in two other mini-series – “Un Asalto en la Lincoln” and “Trio en Alta Mar”. Following graduation, he decided to move to New York City to work on his acting career.
Roles in movies
Hemky has now appeared in more than 75 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.
His debut film appearance was in the 2000 short drama “The Bookie’s Lament”, and in 2003 he portrayed a young revolutionary in the comedy drama “Cuban Blood”.
Hemky gained recognition in 2005, after he portrayed Miliciano in the romantic drama “The Lost City”, directed by Andy Garcia who also starred in it alongside Ines Sastre and Bill Murray. The film follows the owner of an Havana club and his family during the Marxist revolution in ‘50s Cuba, and was nominated for five awards winning two.
The year 2007 saw him appear in the drama “Yuniol” while a couple of Hemky’s following roles were in the 2008 sports comedy “Playball”, the 2009 crime drama “La Soga”, and the 2010 fantasy thriller “King of the Avenue”. He made his debut voicing performance in the 2011 animated adventure comedy “Rango”, which starred Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher, and follows a chameleon who becomes the sheriff of a Wild West city and helps its citizens find water. The movie was a hit, winning 46 awards including an Oscar.
The year 2012 saw Hemky play a supporting character in the biographical drama “Bless Me, Ultima”, set in New Mexico during the Second World War, and in 2015 he portrayed Cristobal Veliz in the crime thriller drama “Beautiful & Twisted”.
Three of his most recent roles in movies have been in the 2016 critically acclaimed musical comedy “La La Land”, which starred Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and won 242 awards including six Oscars; the 2018 thriller drama “En Altamar”; and the 2018 action comedy “The Happytime Murders”.
Hemky has recently finished shooting for three upcoming movies, “A Cloud So High”, “The Portrait’s Secret” and “El Secreto Del Retrato”, and he has just recently been cast to appear in two other upcoming movies – “La Maquina” and “Calle 40”.
Roles in TV series
Hemky appeared in an episode or two of various series until 2008, when he was cast to portray the supporting character Ignacio in the critically acclaimed crime comedy “Weeds”, which starred Mary-Louise Parker and Hunter Parrish, and follows a mother who starts selling marijuana after her husband’s death. It aired from 2005 to 2012. and won 15 awards including one Golden Globe while it was nominated for 99 other awards.
In 2011, Hemky was cast to star as Carlos Saldana in the action drama “Caribe Road”, but which attracted little attention and received mixed reviews. In 2015, he portrayed Bruno in the action fantasy comedy “Ash vs Evil Dead”, which starred Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo, and follows a man who has been acting irresponsibly for the past three decades and now has to help save humanity from the Deadite Plague.
The series won 12 awards of the 29 it was nominated for. Hemky went on to play the supporting character Pedro Uribe, in the sports comedy “Brockmire”, and a couple of his following roles were in the mystery crime drama “Criminal Minds”, the drama “The Good Doctor” and the crime drama “Perry Mason”.
His most recent role in a TV series has been in the hit action crime drama “Queen of the South”, in which he starred alongside Alice Braga and Peter Gadiot, and which follows Teresa who has come to Dallas from Mexico, and is determined to become the biggest drug smuggler there.
Hemky has two producing credits – the 1999 mini-series “Un Asalto en la Lincoln”, and the 2015 short film “Belle and the Claytons: The River”.
He has contributed to the making of the 2000 series “Ciudad Nueva” and the 2019 short film “Jack and Jo Don’t Want to Die”.
Hemky also appeared in the 2013 short documentary “Tamale Lesson”, and the 2015 TV special “Hidden Tears Project: Live from Riviera 31 at Sofitel Hotel”. He has been invited to appear in two talk-shows: “Noches con Platanito” in 2017 and “Red Carpet Report” in 2019.
Awards and nominations
Hemky has been nominated for four awards. In 2009, he and his colleagues were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for “Weeds”, and in 2017 he and his colleagues were nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game for “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”.
In both 2019 and 2020, Hemky was nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television for his performance in the series “Queen of the South”.
Love life and wife
Hemky has been married to his other half, Jesse Lynn Madera since 2011. They dated for several years prior to marrying in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family; several months after the ceremony, the two welcomed their first son George who was followed by their second son Jack a couple of years later. The family of four seems to be leading a happy life together in New York City.
Jesse Lynn Madera is a singer and songwriter, who has been praised for her skills while one American magazine has written about her having ‘an astounding ability to blend pop, Americana, jazz, and soul’. She is very active on Instagram, and is followed by more than 5,000 people while she’s uploaded over 1,750 pictures.
Hemky hasn’t talked about any other women he might had dated before Jesse, and as of February 2021, he’s married and has two sons.
Hobbies and other interests
Hemky is keen on travelling, and has been to many US states together with his wife, as she’s a fan of travelling as well. The two have also vacationed in Europe together, and stayed in several countries including England and Italy.
He is a cat-lover, and has a pet cat called Kris Kristofferson which has recently become seriously ill – Hemky hasn’t shared whether or not the cat has pulled through.
Hemky plays the guitar, and has recently began teaching his sons as well.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Chadwick Boseman, Heath Ledger and Meryl Streep, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Black Panther”, “The Dark Knight” and “Brokeback Mountain”.
Age, height and net worth
Hemky’s age is 43. He has short black and gray hair and beard, his eyes are brown and his height is around 5ft 8ins (1.74m), while he weighs around 185lbs (85kgs).
As of February 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1.4 million.