• Jamie Hector was born in 1975 in Brooklyn, NY and is of Haitian descent.
• He made his acting debut in 1997 and started gaining notoriety in 2000 with roles in “The Beat” and “Law & Order”.
• His big break came in 2004 with a leading role in “The Wire”, for which he was ranked #2 in a Rolling Stone list of the "40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time" in 2016.
• He is married to Jennifer Amelia and they have two daughters.
• He is estimated to have a net worth of around $2 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 7, 1975
MarkCalm monotone voice
FactHe opened a store for his clothing line "Royal Addiction" in Brooklyn, New York. (2007).

The story of the scar

No matter how much the media would like to dispel the mystery of the scar on Jamie Hector’s face, he won’t tell anyone how he got it. He recognizes it to be his trademark, and something that helps his characters to bring out emotions, but doesn’t like to talk about its origins.

Jamie’s early life

Jamie Hector was born on 7 October 1975, but little is known about his childhood years, apart from the fact that he spent them in Brooklyn, New York City, where he attended high school, too. He is of Haitian descent, which was of course both a blessing and a curse in his attempt to conquer the American film world. Acting was his great passion even as a little curious and enthusiastic boy. Therefore, immediately after matriculating, he started auditioning for plays, projects and theatre companies. During college years, he booked some roles which eventually helped him draw the attention of big producers and labels.

When did he officially begin his acting career?

1997 and 1998 were definitely decisive in his career. He made his acting debut in 1997 in the “New York Undercover” TV series, and the following year another minor role was added to his portfolio – ‘I Love You’ Leech from “He Got Game”. He even played in an award-winning production, directed by Jim Jarmusch – “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” (1999) – in the role of the Gangsta in Red. What followed were a series of other minor roles in “The Day the Ponies Come Back” (2000), “Prison Song” (2001), “Central Park Jog” (2002), “Paid in Full” (2002). His early projects also include some TV series appearances in “The Beat” and “Law & Order” in 2000, “Third Watch” in 2001, and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” two years after the first release of the series.

Jamie becoming a big name of the industry

The above represent, of course, just minor or even figurant roles, but each and every experience was essential in building Jamie’s professional actor profile. He polished his acting skills so that he could adapt to any type of role, and be able to co-ordinate and control his feelings accordingly. Of major importance in his technical development was that he enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City, from where he received the guidance he needed.

As a result, a leading role offer wasn’t long in coming. He first starred in the short film “Five Deep Breaths” in 2003, an acclaimed performance with him in the lead of a huge success, too; it gathered 16 awards, to which an Official Selection of Cannes adds.

Jamie Hector Scar

“The wire” and the new beginning

One of his biggest achievements is his role in “The Wire” between 2004 and 2008, appearing in 32 episodes in the role of the leader of a drug empire named Marlo Stanfield. The drug organization quickly rose to the top of the Baltimore drug trade, mostly due to Marlo’s determination, ambition, and strict principles. Because of his fearlessly taken actions, this character appears to be of notorious cruelty, which makes it more difficult to portray him. However, Hector does a tremendous job, being able to illustrate him in the best way. Thus, he was even ranked #2 in a Rolling Stone list of the “40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time” in 2016.

The TV series in general, has been fairly successful, with an admirable score of 9.3 on IMDB. It gathered 15 awards and a total of 51 nominations, with two Primetime Emmys nominations among them.  In the last years Jamie went on raising his popularity and his professional value, playing in “Max Payne” (2008), “The Gift” and “Night Catches Us”, both in 2010, “Life, Love, Soul” (2012).

“Bosch” – from criminal to detective

Jamie’s talent and professionalism made him capable of portraying two antagonistic characters. From the drug dealer in “The Wire” he became a detective in another big and illustrative project, the TV series “Bosch”. From 2014 Hector appeared in almost 50 episodes in one of the two main roles, the homicide detective Jerry Edgar, trying to solve the most difficult of the cases.  This remains not only Hector’s most recent project, but also one for which he is particularly known.

Jamie Hector’s personal life

Jamie tries to keep privacy over his personal life, but a sure thing is that he is married to a beautiful woman called Jennifer Amelia since 2005 or 2006. In 2009 they had their first child and unfortunately, a sad incident is linked with Amelia’s first pregnancy and, especially with her first baby shower. On 17 July 2009, Jamie and his wife organized a party to celebrate their first child’s coming, but a strange man broke in with a gun and started to randomly shoot, almost 50 shots; according to the police, at least 46 shells casings were found in the street. Various persons were hurt and emotionally affected, and one teenager, Linton Williams, who was only 17 years old, died from serious wounds. It is not known whether Hector was present there at the moment of the incident but neither he nor his wife was injured.

Jennifer eventually gave birth to a girl, and got her a sister after some time; their mother periodically posts photos of them on Instagram.

Privacy is privacy

He is pretty active on social media accounts, being followed by more than 55,000 people on Instagram. However, their family seems like having some rules regarding the exposure of the little girls to social media. Barely a few photos are posted by their mother on her Instagram account and that’s it. By and large, they seem to be a happy family.

Parallel to his movie projects, Jamie founded also a non-profit organization Moving Mountains, Inc. in 2007, through which he and other talented people mentor young actors who want to become big names in the industry. They have drama, vocal, dance, and of course film classes.

When talking about Jamie’s net worth he keeps a sort of mystery, too. However, due to the fact that he began early his career and has had a lot of successful projects, authoritative sources estimate that his fortune is around $2 million.

General Info

Full NameJamie Hector
Date Of BirthOctober 7, 1975
Height1.83 m
ProfessionEntrepreneur, Actor, Teacher


MoviesAll Eyez on Me, The Magic City, Blood Ties, Just Another Day, Night Catches Us, Max Payne, Brooklyn Bound, Paid in Full, He Got Game, Five Deep Breaths, The Day the Ponies Come Back
TV ShowsThe Wire

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#Marks / Signs
1Calm monotone voice
2Facial scar


1Founded a 501(c)(3) in Brooklyn called Moving Mountains Inc. that works to serve inner city youth by developing their innate talents and expanding their creative opportunities.
2He opened a store for his clothing line "Royal Addiction" in Brooklyn, New York. (2007).




Canal Street2017pre-productionPastor Sam Billings (rumored)
All Eyez on Me2017completedMutulu Shakur
Doubting Thomas2016completedRon
Dishonored 22016Video GameVice Overseer Liam Byrne (voice)
Quarry2016TV SeriesArthur Solomon / Arthur
Bosch2014-2016TV SeriesJerry Edgar
The Strain2014-2015TV SeriesAlonso Creem
Michael Raymond-James for BulliesKeepOut.com2015Video short
Power2014-2015TV SeriesDrifty
A Year and Change2015Todd
Person of Interest2014-2015TV SeriesLink Cordell
Real New York City Muggings2014Short
Secrets of the Magic City2014Tru
Habeas Corpus2013ShortGary
Blood Ties2013/INick
Grow2013TV MovieSosa
The Start Up2013TV MovieKeith Blackstone
TRON: Uprising2012TV SeriesMoog
A Feeling from Within2012Samuels
Common Law2012TV SeriesBart the Security Guard
Life, Love, Soul2012Mr. Roundtree
CSI: Miami2011TV SeriesJean Guiton
Lens on Talent2010TV Series
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesHenry Miller
Halo: Reach2010Video GameEmile (voice)
Mercy2010TV SeriesTrae Adams (Robber)
The Gift2010/IIDarnell Powell
Frederick Douglass: Pathway from Slavery to Freedom2010TV MovieFrederick Douglass
Night Catches Us2010Dwayne 'DoRight' Miller
Cold Case2009TV SeriesRonde Brooks '70
Just Another Day2009/IVYoung Eastie
Heroes: Hard Knox2008TV Mini-SeriesBenjamin 'Knox' Washington
Heroes2006-2008TV SeriesBenjamin 'Knox' Washington
Max Payne2008Lincoln Deneuf
The Game2008TV SeriesCarnell
Jericho2008TV SeriesCorporal Adams
The Wire2004-2008TV SeriesMarlo Stanfield
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories2005Video GameMiguel (voice)
The Warriors2005Video GameAdditional Soldiers (voice)
Joy Road2004Dante
Brooklyn Bound2004Courtland
Everyday People2004Devon
The Fast Life2003Danny
Five Deep Breaths2003ShortBanny
Paid in Full2002Dunn
Central Park Jog2002ShortJogger 2
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002TV SeriesDoc
Third Watch2001TV SeriesLegros
Prison Song2001Phone Kid
Law & Order2000TV SeriesJean Marchier
The Day the Ponies Come Back2000Darryl Boyd
The Beat2000TV SeriesRasta
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai1999Gangsta in Red
He Got Game1998'I Love You' Leech
New York Undercover1997TV SeriesTony sands


Taking Chance2014Short executive producer
Grow2013TV Movie executive producer


Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis2006Video Game motion capture talent


IMDb: What to Watch2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Crime Thriller Club2014TV Series documentaryHimself / Jerry Edgar
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Huff Post's BV 3652012TV SeriesHimself
A Hip Hop Hustle: The Making of 'Just Another Day'2010Video documentary shortHimself
Heroes Unmasked2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wire Odyssey2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Life After Death: The Movie2007Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
The Wire: It's All Connected2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
How We Live: The Reality of 'Brooklyn Bound'2005Video documentary shortAs Himself

Archive Footage

Heroes Unmasked2008TV Series documentaryBenjamin 'Knox' Washington

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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