Jose Maria Yazpik is a Mexican actor who rose to fame after starring in the critically acclaimed film ‘The Obscure Spring’. Yazpik realized he was passionate about acting in his first year at law school. He dropped out of law and studied acting at Centro de Educación Artística of Televisa in Mexico. After graduating, he landed many minor roles in films and TV series in Mexico. A major role eluded him until 2001, when he was finally cast as a lead character in the drama ‘Cara o Cruz’. The series was popular in the country and established Yazpik’s status as an actor. Despite this success, he spent the next decade being cast in supporting roles in both films and TV series. He received his second breakthrough in 2014 after starring as the protagonist in the hit film ‘The Obscure Spring’, which was a global success. He won the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival for his performance in the movie. Since then, Yazpik has remained a popular actor and has worked in ‘Narcos’, ‘Narcos: Mexico’, and ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’. His latest project ‘The Jesuit’ is scheduled for release this year.
While studying law for his undergraduate degree, Yazpik recognized that his passion lay in acting and decided to switch careers. After graduating from the Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) of Televisa, he was seen on the big screen for the first time in 1995 in the TV series ‘La Paloma’ and was later seen in ‘Cancion de Amor’ (1996), ‘The Last Call’ (1996), and ‘Pueblo chico, infierno grande’ (1997). Despite several roles to his credit, he continued making only guest appearances for the next couple of years, including performances in the TV series ‘Angela’ (1998), ‘La vida en el espejo’ (1999), and ‘Todo por amor’ (2000). He received his breakthrough in 2001 after being cast in a leading role in the drama romance ‘Cara o Cruz’. He played the character of Armando Pescador in 55 episodes and the series was moderately successful. Since 2002, Yazpik started focusing working more on films as they provided a greater opportunity to showcase his talent. He began with the role of Camilo Cienfuegos in the TV movie ‘Fidel’ (2002). Other movies, such as ‘Talk to Her’ (2002), ‘The Blue Room’ (2002), ‘Tiro de gracia’ (2003), and ‘Sin ton ni Sonia’ (2003) followed. He also starred in a supporting role in the action comedy ‘Nicotina’, which was directed by Hugo Rodríguez. Yazpik played the role of Joaquín in this hit movie and shared screen space with Diego Luna, Marta Belaustegui, and Rosa María Bianchi.
In 2004, he starred as Ivan Suarez in the hit Sebastián Cordero movie ‘Cronicas’. He was also seen in the short ‘Pata de Gallo’ and the critically acclaimed movie ‘Innocent Voices’. In the next year, he played the role of Pancho in the Renée Chabria drama comedy ‘Sueno’ and José Isabel in the fantasy ‘Las vueltas del citrillo’. In 2006, he was first seen in the Carlos Bolado mystery ‘Only God Knows’. Later, he appeared in the short ‘Matapájaros’ and the comedy thriller ‘Un mundo maravilloso’. Yazpik continued to be cast in supporting well for many more years. He was seen in movies such as ‘Borderland’ (2007), ‘Por Siempre’ (2007), ‘Dusk’ (2008), ‘The Burning Plain’ (2008), ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ (2008), ‘Walking Vengeance’ (2008), ‘Abel’ (2010), and ‘The Attempt Dossier’ (2010). He returned to TV in the series ‘Gritos de muerte y libertad’ as Santa Anna in 2010. In the next couple of years, he continued playing more fleshed out roles in movies such as ‘Morelos’ (2012), ‘Colosio: El asesinato’ (2012), ‘I’m So Excited’ (2013), ‘I Don't Know Whether to Slit My Wrists or Leave Them Long’ (2013), and ‘Fighting for Freedom’ (2013).
He received his breakthrough in a film after being cast in a leading role in the Ernesto Contreras drama ‘The Obscure Spring’ (2014), where he played the role of Igor/the husband. The movie was a hit at the box office and was unanimously appreciated by the critics. It also garnered several nominations at different film festivals. Yazpik, along with the cast, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival in 2015. After achieving global fame, Yazpik was seen in the movies ‘Mr. Pig’ (2016), ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ (2017), ‘El Futuro que viene’ (2017), and ‘Mamartuile’ (2017). He made his mark felt when he appeared as Amado Carrillo Fuentes in the popular crime drama ‘Narcos’ for four episodes. He later reprised this role in the Mexican spinoff ‘Narcos: Mexico’, in 2018. He was seen in eight episodes of the series. More recently, Yazpik is set to be seen in the Alfonso Pineda Ulloa drama ‘The Jesuit’, which is set for release soon.
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Family & Personal Life
Jose Maria Yazpik was born on November 13, 1970, in Mexico City, Mexico, to Dr. Jose Maria Meza and Cristina Yazpik. Despite being born into a moderately wealthy family, Yazpik’s family faced many financial difficulties. The family moved constantly in order to establish themselves in a stable position but failed repeatedly. Yazpik ended up doing odd jobs and taking loans to continue his education. Yazpik’s hardwork paid off and he managed to make a name for himself as an actor. He was previously in a relationship with the Mexican actress Iliana Fox for several years and they have a daughter together. Currently, Yazpik hasn’t revealed information about his dating life.