Oscar Nunez From ‘The Office’ Is Using His Name To Help The World One Cause At A Time
There’s no question that Oscar Martinez, played by Oscar Nunez, is the only character in NBC’s hit show The Office that you’d actually want to be friends with. He played an accountant who wanted to be acknowledged as the intellect of the office but was instead reduced to a gay Mexican token by his boss Michael Scott. While his character was fictional, in a way, it gave insight to so many of us dealing in work environments with ignorant people.
The man behind the character actually has next to nothing in common with the persona he plays. Except for the first name. We think his story will give you life, támbien.
Oscar Nunez is Cuban, not Mexican.
He was born in Colón, Cuba on November 18, 1958. That’s right. He’s a Scorpio, or can’t you tell?
His parents were classmates wi Fidel Castro.
They all went to the University of Havana together. During the rise of Castro’s regime, their family fled to Venezuela first, and then to the United States.
First, they moved to Boston when he was 2 years old, and then landed in Union City, New Jersey.
As a first generation Cuban-American, habla español y ingles. All those bits with Oscar yelling at the camera about what a pendejo Michael is was just pure off the cuff rage at a fictional character.
Nunez went to fashion school.
He started out at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then went to Parsons School of Design for writing. It seems like he first wanted to make his break as a writer.
He’s a certified dental technician.
His father was a lawyer and his mother a dentist. After he graduated from Parsons, he went to the Magna Institute of Dental Technology to become a dental tech. This guy is mega educated.
He started up his comedy career in New York and joined The Groundlings.
While there, he wrote and starred in a production called “Smooth Down There.” Now, he goes back as a famous comedy celebrity alum for special performances.
Nunez was a finalist in the ABC Latino Writers Project.
I mean, makes sense right? He went to school for writing. I think I speak for all of us in saying that we want to see your written work, Oscar.
He won’t play roles that diminish Latinos.
While he’s 100 percent condescended to in The Office and treated differently because of his Latinidad, his character has all the integrity around his culture. The whole time Oscar knows he’s better than Michael and the bigots around him and the audience knows it.
He worked in the industry for years before making it on The Office.
Some of his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, 24 and Malcolm in the Middle. He went on to become the creator and producer of Halfway Home which explains his almost season-long break in The Office Season 3.
He’s not gay.
When Oscar initially signed onto the show, he assumed his character’s sexuality would be straight. It wasn’t until later on in the show that the writers wrote in this plot twist, which helped account for his absence when Michael Scott sexually harasses him and he gets a company paid vacation.
He has a wife and kid.
He married his longtime girlfriend Ursula Whittaker, who also happens to be an actress. The two had their first child, August Luce Nunez on October 4, 2012, and they all live together in Los Angeles.
You might remember him as the stripper in The Proposal.
That’s right. He gyrated on Sandra Bullock. In the 2009 film, he also played the caterer, soda jerk and clergyman who ended up marrying Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. He’s multitalented in life and on screen.
Nunez used his fame to call an end to cosmetic testing on animals.
He teamed up with Cruelty Free International to call on the U.S. to keep up with the European Union to end cosmetic testing on animals.
He’s also used his celebrity platform to show what a bad chef he is.
Here’s the plot twist: he signed onto Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition for a chance to win $25,000 for a charity of his choice. So, still selfless and pure.
He played Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Sitcom
The series is a radio play that tells the story of how the power couple had to navigate the cultural tensions and obstacles to allowing a Latino with an accent on television. Think of it as a podcast reenactment of the true story behind the infamous show, I Love Lucy.
He is State Farm’s latest rep.
He’s the agent “that gets you,” which means he’ll play rock, paper, scissors with basketball star Chris Paul all night, and will serve the perfect lay up. Yes, please, you actually rep me, Oscar!
He participated in a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the show The Aquabats! Super Show!
When you’re passionate about comedy, you dress up like this and participate in a punk rock musical comedy show on The Hub Network. It was canceled in 2014, and the cast has to start their own Kickstarter and telethon to raise money for its reboot.
He rocked the boat as a judge on the 2010 Miss USA pageant, asking about Arizona’s immigration laws.
Apparently, the crowd started booing before he finished asking the question about whether laws like SB1070, which allow state law enforcement to check the federal immigration status of individuals, should exist. Miss Oklahoma said she believes the state should have a right to create the laws, and the contestant got second place. Boo-yah.
The reason his parents fled Cuba was because of their Catholic faith.
Nunez’s parents didn’t want to live in an atheist country and willingly fled for that reason. He grew up super Catholic and came to the U.S. for its freedom of religion.
If you want more Nunez rn, you can tune into People of Earth.
He’s in ten episodes and plays Father Doug. Yup, he plays a priest. His parents would be proud.