Giancarlo Esposito

Actor, Playwright
Working on stage and screen, Giancarlo Esposito emerged from the indie-film movement of the 1990s to become one of his generation's most respected actors. Raised in Europe by his theatrical, ethnically diverse parents ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1958 in Denmark

Filmography

Actor (126)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 2015 (Movie)

Jorge (Actor)

The Jungle Book (Disney) 2015 (Movie)

Akela (Voice)

Once Upon a Time 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Poker Night 2014 (Movie)

Bernard (Actor)

Racing Daylight 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Revolution 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

S.W.A.T.: Firefight 2014 (Movie)

Hollander (Actor)

The Box 2014 (Movie)

Burkhalter (Actor)

Axe Cop 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Community 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

Daramus Holiday (Actor)

Certainty 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

NYC 22 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Over/Under 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

They Die By Dawn 2012 (Movie)

Isom Dart (Actor)

Breaking Bad 1998 - 2000, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1995 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Detroit 1-8-7 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leverage 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rabbit Hole 2010 (Movie)

Auggie (Actor)

Chelsea on the Rocks 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

Dr Palmer (Actor)

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Amsterdam 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Feel The Noise 2007 (Movie)

Roberto (Actor)

Kidnapped 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hate Crime 2006 (Movie)

Sergeant Esposito (Actor)

Las Vegas 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Senator Dillings (Actor)

Sherrybaby 2006 (Movie)

Parole Officer Hernandez (Actor)

South Beach 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Back in the Day 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Carlito's Way Rise To Power 2005 (Movie)

Little Jeff (Actor)

Chupacabra: Dark Seas 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Derailed 2005 (Movie)

Detective Church (Actor)

Law & Order 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

5ive Days to Midnight 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Horizon 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Half & Half 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Killer Within 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ash Tuesday 2003 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

Lucky 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Street Time 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

girls club 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Centre Street 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Cassius Clay Sr (Actor)

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

Hypnos (Actor)

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

Miguel Algarin (Actor)

Speak Truth to Power 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stardust 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The $Treet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wonderland 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thirst 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Big City Blues 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Peter Benchley's Creature 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Phoenix 1998 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Trouble on the Corner 1998 (Movie)

Daryl (Actor)

Twilight 1998 (Movie)

Reuben (Actor)

Kla$h 1997 (Movie)

Stoney (Actor)

Loose Women 1997 (Movie)

2nd Stylist (Actor)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

Charlie Dunt (Actor)

The Keeper 1997 (Movie)

Paul Lamont (Actor)

Swift Justice 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Maze 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Tommy--No 1 OBT Guy (Actor)

Reckless 1995 (Movie)

Game Show Host (Actor)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Tommy--No 1 OTB Man (Actor)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

Jack Baer (Actor)

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Benders 1994 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Fresh 1994 (Movie)

Esteban (Actor)

The 9th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Amos and Andrew 1993 (Movie)

The Reverend Fenton Brunch (Actor)

Peace and Quiet 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Simple Justice 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Bugs Raplin (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Thomas Hayer (Actor)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

YoYo (Actor)

Seven Songs for Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

Jimmy Jiles (Actor)

King of New York 1990 (Movie)

Lance (Actor)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

Left Hand Lacey (Actor)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Buggin Out (Actor)

Making "Do the Right Thing" 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

Julian "Big Brother Almighty" Eaves (Actor)

Sweet Lorraine 1987 (Movie)

Howie (Actor)

Maximum Overdrive 1986 (Movie)

Videoplayer (Actor)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Street Vendor (Actor)

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 1985 (Movie)

Julio (Actor)

Finnegan Begin Again 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Exchange Student 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Bumpy Rhodes' Hood (Actor)

Go Tell It on the Mountain 1983 (Movie)

Elisha (Actor)

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

2nd Cellmate (Actor)

Taps 1981 (Movie)

J.C. Pierce (Actor)

The Gentleman Bandit 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Five Desperate Hours (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

New Year (TV Show)

Actor

Roanoak (TV Show)

Actor

Rockabye (TV Show)

Actor

Shall Not Want (Movie)

(Actor)

The Box (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Keeper 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (1)

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Working on stage and screen, Giancarlo Esposito emerged from the indie-film movement of the 1990s to become one of his generation's most respected actors. Raised in Europe by his theatrical, ethnically diverse parents, Esposito was brought to New York at the age of six and first performed on Broadway two years later. More lauded work in various stage productions soon made way for the young Obie Award-winning actor's growing list of film credits, most notably a series of collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee that began with "School Daze" (1988) and "Do the Right Thing" (1989). Throughout the 1990s, Esposito was an in-demand performer with other independently-minded filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch in "Night on Earth" (1991) and actor-director Tim Robbins for a prominent role in "Bob Roberts" (1992). Looking to distance himself from the street thug roles he was most frequently offered, Esposito became just as well known for portrayals of law enforcement officers in such projects as "The Usual Suspects" (1995) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Later, he lent his prodigious talents to a pair of insightful biopics with "Ali" (2001), opposite star Will Smith and "Piñero" (2001), alongside Benjamin Bratt. Nearly a decade later, the busy actor garnered some of the strongest notices of his career with his nuanced performance of Machiavellian drug kingpin Gus Fring on the acclaimed crime series "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2012). Equally adept at comedy or high drama, Esposito never failed to bring something unique to each and every role.

Relationships

Joy McManigal

Wife
Married 1995

Kate Lyn McManigal Esposito

Daughter
Born May 10, 1998 in Bel Air, CA; mother, Joy McManigal

Shayne McManigal Esposito

Daughter
Born June 8, 1996 in Culver City, CA; mother, Joy McManigal

Fia Porter Actor

Companion
Appeared together in "Malcolm X" (1992)

EDUCATION

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Cast as a ruthless Militia officer on NBC's "The Revolution"

2012

Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel Cross by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry

2011

Played dual role of Sidney Glass and Magic Mirror on ABC fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time"

2010

Cast in supporting role in drama feature "Rabbit Hole," directed by John Cameron Mitchell

2009

Joined the cast of AMC's "Breaking Bad" as main antagonist Gustavo 'Gus' Fring; character memorably killed off during fourth season

2006

Played Maggie Gyllenhaal's parole officer in "Sherrybaby"

2005

Cast opposite Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in the psychological thriller "Derailed"

2002

Landed another television series role on Fox drama "Girls Club"

2001

Featured in "Piñero," a biopic of the Latino poet-playwright Miguel Piñero

2000

Starred in the sci-fi adventure "Stardust"; aired on HBO in lieu of theatrical release

2000

Returned to series TV as co-star of the Fox drama "The $treet"

2000

Reprised role of Special Agent Mike Giardello in "Homicide: The Movie" (NBC)

1998

Played a hit man hired to murder an old high school pal in Showtime's "Naked City: Justice With a Bullet"

1998

Played supporting role in Robert Benton's "Twilight," starring veterans Paul Newman, James Garner, and Gene Hackman

1998

Co-starred as FBI Agent Mike Giardello on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1997

Featured alongside the odd buddy pairing Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins in the adventure film "Nothing to Lose"

1996

Guest starred on episodes of "Chicago Hope," "Nash Bridges" (both CBS), "NYPD Blue" (ABC), and "Living Single" (Fox)

1995

Co-produced and starred in "The Keeper," playing a corrections officer on a journey of self-discovery

1995

Acted in featured roles in "The Usual Suspects," "Reckless," and "Kla$h" as well as Wayne Wang's "Smoke" and its follow up "Blue in the Face"

1995

Appeared in the short-lived Broadway play "Sacrilege"

1994

Starred as a drug dealer who takes a streetwise teen under his wing in Boaz Yakin's drama "Fresh"

1993

Starred as Sgt. Paul Gigante on the quirky sitcom "Bakersfield P.D." (Fox)

1993

Co-starred in "Simple Justice," an installment of PBS "The American Experience" docudrama series examining the groundbreaking Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling

1992

Appeared in the biopic "Malcolm X"; fourth feature with Spike Lee

1992

Co-starred as Bugs Raplin, an investigative journalist with dirt on Senate hopeful "Bob Roberts" in Tim Robbins' comedic pseudo-documentary

1991

Played YoYo in the New York-set segment of Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth"

1990

Featured in Abel Ferrara's cult hit "King of New York"

1990

Acted in Lee's "Mo' Better Blues"

1989

Played incendiary neighborhood activist Buggin Out in Spike Lee's acclaimed "Do the Right Thing"

1988

First collaboration with Spike Lee, "School Daze"

1987

Co-starred in the Broadway musical "Don't Get God Started"

1986

Appeared in the Stephen King drama "Maximum Overdrive"

1986

Acted in the miniseries "Roanoak" (PBS), a chronicle of English explorers' first encounters with Native Americans in the New World

1985

Landed cameo role in the comedy feature "Desperately Seeking Susan" and a memorable guest turn as Adonis Jackson on "Miami Vice" (NBC)

1984

Portrayed Ernesto in the New York theater production of "Balm in Gilead," directed by John Malkovich

1984

Acted in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club"

1983

Played a bit part in "Trading Places"; also featured in "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute"

1982

Cast in regular role on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1981

Featured in the ensemble drama "Taps"

1981

Acted in the short-lived Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical "Merrily We Roll Along"

1981

TV-movie debut, "The Gentleman Bandit" (CBS)

1979

Made film debut in "Running"

1973

Landed featured role in the Broadway musical "Seesaw"; performed the musical number "Spanglish"

1966

Made Broadway debut in "Maggie Flynn" at the age of eight

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