David Zayas

Actor, Police officer
A former New York City police officer-turned-actor, David Zayas developed into a fine character performer in films, on television and on stage. While usually typecast as one form of police officer or another, Zayas did ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1969 in Puerto Rico

Filmography

Actor (58)

Gotham 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ride 2015 (Movie)

Ramon (Actor)

Annie 2014 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Coach 2014 (Movie)

Ramon (Actor)

Saint George 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lennon Report 2014 (Movie)

Medina (Actor)

Deception 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 2006 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Junction 2013 (Movie)

Lt. Tarelli (Actor)

Samuel Bleak 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blacklist 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Following 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grimm 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

13 2011 (Movie)

Detective Larry Mullane (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Skyline 2010 (Movie)

Oliver (Actor)

The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

General Garza (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Plain Sight 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Concerto 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 1995, 1998, 2003, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Angel Rodriguez 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Burn Notice 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

Detective Dalberto (Actor)

Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Path to 9/11 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

Eduardo (Actor)

Wake 2007 (Movie)

Grayson (Actor)

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

16 Blocks 2006 (Movie)

Robert Torres (Actor)

Conviction (NBC) 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jailbait 2006 (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

Numb3rs 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Feast of the Goat 2006 (Movie)

Antonio de la Maza (Actor)

The Interpreter 2005 (Movie)

Charlie Russell (Actor)

Brooklyn Bound 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Oz 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undefeated 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Washington Heights 2003 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gentleman's Game 2000 (Movie)

Alfred D'Angelo (Actor)

The Beat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

Officer Jerry Rifkin (Actor)

Third Watch 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

Cop in Elevator (Actor)

Above Freezing 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lena's Dreams 1998 (Movie)

Jorge (Actor)

Return to Paradise 1998 (Movie)

Construction Foreman (Actor)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Osborne (Actor)

Stepmom 1998 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Flying By (TV Show)

Actor

Scarred City (TV Show)

Actor

Wit (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former New York City police officer-turned-actor, David Zayas developed into a fine character performer in films, on television and on stage. While usually typecast as one form of police officer or another, Zayas did spread his wings on occasion, usually on stage and in low-budget features. He did over 30 plays off-Broadway for a local theater group, while at the same time, building his resume by guest starring on prominent television shows. Eventually, he landed his first regular role on the ill-fated procedural "The Beat" (UPN, 1999-2000), then made viewers take notice with his portrayal of a cold, calculating gang leader in the acclaimed prison series "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). But it was his turn as a good-hearted, but ultimately too-trusting homicide detective on "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) that truly propelled his career, turning Zayas from typecast beat cop to strong supporting player.

Relationships

Liza Colon-Zayas Actor

Wife
Met while members of the LAByrinth Theatre Company in NYC

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the film, "The Expendables"

2010

Featured in the indie hit, "Shadowboxing"

2006

Portrays Sgt. Angel Batista on the Showtime series, "Dexter"

2005

Played the father of a troubled inner-city kid in "Angel Rodriguez" (HBO)

2001

Played the boss of an aspiring comic book artist in "Washington Heights"

2000

Landed his first regular series role in UPN’s short-lived cop series, "The Beat"

2000

Breakout role as a ruthless murderer-turned-prison gang leader on the HBO series, "Oz"

1999

Played a cop in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead"

1998

Had small roles in the films, "Stepmom" and "Rounders"

1996

Made his feature debut in "Lena’s Dreams"

1995

First appearance on NBC's "Law and Order"

Performed with the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City

Bonus Trivia

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Served as a New York police officer after being discharged from the U.S. Air Force.

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Performed as a percussionist for several artists, including singer songwriter Jason Mraz.

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