Esai Morales

Actor, Director
Handsome, charismatic and intense, actor Esai Morales' film debut as a brutal youth offender in "Bad Boys" (1983) was so chillingly convincing that he struggled against being confined to similar roles throughout the ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1962 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Hit The Floor: Til Death Do Us Part 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brink 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Playin' For Love 2015 (Movie)

Jose Marti (Actor)

Spare Parts 2015 (Movie)

Mr. Santillan (Actor)

Hero Dog Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Joey One-Way 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Once Upon A Wedding 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spin Cycle (Galilay Entertainment) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jarhead 2: Field of Fire 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Magic City 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Crimes 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Atlas Shrugged: Part II -- The Strike 2012 (Movie)

Francisco "Frisco" d'Anconia (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seattle Superstorm 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

We Have Your Husband 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Fairly Legal 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Genesis Awards 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Gun Hill Road 2011 (Movie)

Enrique (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caprica 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cherry 2010 (Movie)

Wes (Actor)

The Perfect Game 2010 (Movie)

Cesar (Actor)

The Rainbow Tribe 2010 (Movie)

Sunny (Actor)

The Line 2009 (Movie)

Pelon (Actor)

Family Law 2000 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jericho 2001 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 2000 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Fusion 2007 (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

Burn Notice 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

How to Go Out on A Date In Queens 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vanished 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Freddie 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Virgin of Juarez 2005 (Movie)

Father Herrerea (Actor)

American Family 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina 2004 (Movie)

Vergas Mouse (Actor)

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Paid in Full 2002 (Movie)

Lulu (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

War Letters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Resurrection Blvd. 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Elian Gonzalez Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Live Virgin 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Animal Crusaders 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Southern Cross 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Circle of Deceit 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Scorpion Spring 1997 (Movie)

Astor (Actor)

Sherman Oaks 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca 1997 (Movie)

Ricardo (Actor)

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1997 (Movie)

Dominguez (Actor)

My Family, Mi Familia 1995 (Movie)

Chucho (Actor)

Don't Do It 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Army Now 1994 (Movie)

Sergeant Stern (Actor)

Livers Ain't Cheap 1994 (Movie)

Collin (Actor)

Rapa Nui 1994 (Movie)

Make (Actor)

The Burning Season 1994 (Movie)

Jair (Actor)

Don't Do It! 1993 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

The Waiter 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Freejack 1992 (Movie)

Ripper (Actor)

Ultraviolet 1992 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Amazon 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Naked Tango 1991 (Movie)

Zico Borenstein (Actor)

A Climate For Killing 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Handsome Jack (Actor)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

Bob Morales (Actor)

The Principal 1987 (Movie)

Raymi Rojas (Actor)

Rainy Day Friends 1984 (Movie)

Neekos Valdez (Actor)

Bad Boys 1983 (Movie)

Paco Moreno (Actor)

Atomic Train (TV Show)

Actor

Dogwatch (TV Show)

Actor

How To Get Away With Murder (Tv Show)

Actor

On Wings of Eagles (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Love Experiment (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Handsome, charismatic and intense, actor Esai Morales' film debut as a brutal youth offender in "Bad Boys" (1983) was so chillingly convincing that he struggled against being confined to similar roles throughout the remainder of his career. After his near battle to the death against Sean Penn in "Bad Boys," Morales landed what would be his biggest cinematic success with the role of Richie Valens' mercurial older brother in the rock-n-roll box office hit "La Bamba" (1987). He stretched himself as an actor with admirable turns in films such as "Rapa-Nui" (1994), before finding his comfort zone as a member of generational ensemble pieces like the drama "Mi Familia" ("My Family") (1995), co-starring Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits. Morales helped break new ground with the Latino-centric series "Resurrection Blvd" (Showtime, 2000-03) and "American Family" (PBS, 2001-04), in addition to gaining wider visibility as a cast member on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) during the same period. His opportunity to lead a high-profile series failed to take off, however, when the science-fiction soap opera "Caprica" (SyFy, 2009-2010) lasted for less than a season. Despite the challenges of finding work in projects that allowed him to break free of preconceived notions and ethnic stereotypes, Morales continued to work steadily in film and on television in roles both familiar and surprising.

Relationships

Susie Field

Companion
dated in late summer 1996

Elizabeth Mazzocchi

Companion
lived together while they were dating sued Morales in 2007, alleging that the former "NYPD Blue" star assaulted her and gave her herpes

Esai Morales

Father
born c. 1937 divorced from Morales' mother c. 1968

Iris Morales

Mother
was involved with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union divorced from Morales' father c. 1968 remarried

EDUCATION

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York
classmates included Elizabeth Pena

Milestones

2007

Joined the CBS series "Jericho" in a recurring role, as Col. Hoffman, a career military officer and Iraq War veteran

2006

Cast in the short-lived Fox drama, "Vanished" as an FBI agent

2006

Cast as part of an ensemble in "Fast Food Nation," Richard Linklater's adaptation of Eric Schlosser's non-fiction book

2005

Cast in the lead role of Cesar Castillo in the Broadway-bound musical staging of "The Mambo Kings"

2002

Had recurring role on the PBS drama "American Family" as an ex-convict

2001

Joined regular cast of the ABC series "NYPD Blue" as Lt. Tony Rodriguez

2000

Played recurring role in the Showtime drama series "Resurrection Blvd."

1997

Had leading role in "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca"

1996

Co-starred in ABC TV-movie "Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story"

1995

Appeared in "My Family/Mi Familia"

1994

TV directorial debut, "America's Most Wanted"

1992

Broadway debut as a young Syrian in love with the titular temptress in "Salome"

1987

Played the ex-convict/half-brother of 1950s rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba"

1986

TV miniseries debut, "On Wings of Eagles" starring Burt Lancaster

1985

First feature starring role, "Rainy Day Friends" (released on video 1988)

1984

TV acting debut, "The Great Love Experiment", an "ABC Afterschool Special"

1983

Feature debut, "Bad Boys" opposite Sean Penn

1981

Off-Broadway debut at age 17 in NY Shakespeare Festival production of "The Tempest"

1978

Ran away from home at age 15 when his mother objected to his theatrical ambitions; became a voluntary ward of the state (date approximate)

Professional stage debut, "El Hermano" at the Ensemble Theater in NYC

Enrolled in NYC's High School of Performing Arts

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