Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito

  • Highest Rated: 97% Bob Roberts (1992)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Hate Crime (2005)
  • Birthday: Apr 26, 1958
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Versatile American actor Giancarlo Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, but grew up in Manhattan from the age of six. His mother was an African-American nightclub singer (who once shared a bill with Josephine Baker) and his father was an Italian stagehand. In show business most of his life, Esposito made his Broadway debut in a 1966 production of Maggie Flynn. His other stage credits include Sacrilege, Miss Moffatt, and Balm in Gilead. He won a 1981 Theatre World Award for his performance in Zooman and the Sign.On the big screen, Esposito started appearing in Spike Lee films during the late '80s in a wide range of roles with great character names. He was the frat leader Julian "Big Brother Almighty" in School Daze, the outspoken reactionary Buggin' Out in Do the Right Thing, the dandy pianist Left Hand Lacey in Mo' Better Blues, and the criminal Thomas Hayer in Malcolm X. Esposito's other film roles include an investigative journalist in Bob Roberts, an activist in Amos & Andrew, and a game show host in Reckless. In 1995, he earned an Independent Spirit award nomination for his supporting role of doting drug dealer Esteban in Boaz Yakin's debut drama Fresh. Esposito also appeared in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's Smoke, along with the sequel Blue in the Face. The next year, he turned briefly to producing with the independent prison film The Keeper, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.On television, Esposito appeared on NYPD Blue, Law & Order, and the short-lived Fox comedy Bakersfield, P.D. In 1999, he earned an Image award nomination for his role as FBI Agent Michael Giardello on Homicide: Life on the Street. He also has contributed to the Fox television dramas The $treet and girls club. While teaching at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Esposito found time to portray real-life figures in the biopics Ali (as Cassius Clay Sr.) and Piñero (as Miguel Algarin). Projects for 2004 included James Hunter's feature Back in the Day and the television movie NYPD 2069. He played a detective in the thriller Derailed, and appeared in the indie drama SherryBaby. In 2008 he directed, starred in, and helped write the drama Gospel Hill. In 2010 he joined the cast of the highly-respected AMC drama series Breaking Bad, and appeared in the 2012 big-screen thriller Alex Cross.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

50% Stuck Actor 2019
41% MFKZ Actor 2018
43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure Jorge $57.1M 2018
86% Okja Frank 2017
14% The Show Director Producer Mason Washington 2017
57% Brother Nature Congressman Frank McClaren 2016
No Score Yet On Meditation Actor $4.3K 2016
59% Money Monster Capt. Marcus Powell 2016
95% The Jungle Book Akela $364M 2016
No Score Yet The Pills: Sempre meglio che lavorare Actor 2016
46% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Jorge 2015
50% Poker Night Bernard 2014
64% Son of Batman Actor 2014
75% Batman: Assault on Arkham Actor 2014
50% Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Actor $36.3K 2013
No Score Yet Josephine Actor 2013
33% Certainty Priest 2012
11% Alex Cross Daramus Holiday $25.9M 2012
No Score Yet S.W.A.T.: Firefight Inspector Hollander 2011
86% Rabbit Hole Auggie $2.3M 2010
71% Chelsea on the Rocks Actor 2009
33% Gospel Hill Producer Director Dr. Palmer 2008
12% Feel the Noise Roberto Vega $5.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Box Det. Dwayne Burkhalter 2007
No Score Yet Racing Daylight Fred 2007
No Score Yet Rain Actor 2007
75% Sherrybaby Parole Officer Hernandez 2006
No Score Yet Rain Ken Arnold 2006
56% Last Holiday Senator Dillings $38.4M 2006
21% Derailed Det. Church $36M 2005
33% Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Little Jeff 2005
6% Hate Crime Sergeant Esposito 2005
No Score Yet Chupacabra Terror Dr. Pena 2005
No Score Yet Doing Hard Time Capt. Pierce 2004
No Score Yet Five Days to Midnight Tim Sanders 2004
No Score Yet A Killer Within Vargas 2004
No Score Yet Noise Hank 2004
No Score Yet Back in the Day Reggie's Father 2004
No Score Yet StarDust Actor 2004
No Score Yet Reggaeton Actor 2004
No Score Yet Beyond the Ashes Karl 2003
No Score Yet Blind Horizon JC Reynolds 2003
No Score Yet Ash Tuesday Actor 2003
43% Piñero Miguel Algarin $0.2M 2002
67% Ali Cassius Clay Sr. $58.2M 2001
19% Monkeybone Hypnos $5M 2001
86% Homicide: The Movie Mike Giardello 2000
17% Where's Marlowe? Blind Man 1999
No Score Yet Big City Blues Georgie 1999
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet Chaz Villanueva 1999
50% Phoenix Louie 1998
60% Twilight Reuben 1998
No Score Yet Stardust Actor 1998
No Score Yet Five Desperate Hours Joseph Grange 1997
28% Nothing to Lose Charlie Dunt 1997
17% The Keeper Paul Lamont Producer 1996
56% Waiting to Exhale Tarik's Father (uncredited) 1995
14% Reckless Game Show Host 1995
41% Blue in the Face Tommy/No. 1 OTB Guy 1995
89% The Usual Suspects Jack Baer 1995
93% Smoke Tommy 1995
No Score Yet Klash Stoney 1995
87% Fresh Esteban 1994
20% Amos & Andrew Rev. Brunch 1993
88% Malcolm X Thomas Hayer 1992
97% Bob Roberts Bugs Raplin 1992
75% Night on Earth YoYo 1991
22% Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Jimmy 1991
71% King of New York Lance 1990
73% Mo' Better Blues Left Hand Lacey 1990
93% Do the Right Thing Buggin Out 1989
58% School Daze Julian 1988
No Score Yet Sweet Lorraine Howie 1987
17% Maximum Overdrive Videoplayer 1986
No Score Yet Rockabye Marcus 1986
86% Desperately Seeking Susan Street Vendor $27.5M 1985
75% The Cotton Club Bumpy Hood 1984
No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again Intruder 1984
87% Trading Places Cellmate #2 1983
No Score Yet Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Julio 1983
67% Taps J.C. Pierce 1981

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

95% Godfather of Harlem
2019
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
  • 2019
93% Jett
2019
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Mandalorian
2019
  • 2019
95% Dear White People
2017
Narrator
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2018
97% Better Call Saul
2015-2018
Gustavo Fring
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2017
38% Rebel
2017
Lieutenant Charles Gold
  • 2017
81% The Get Down
2015-2017
Pastor Ramon Cruz
  • 2017
  • 2016
80% Once Upon a Time
2011-2018
Sydney/Mirror Mirror/Sidney Sidney/Mirror Sidney/Magic Mirror Sidney/The Mirror Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
47% Allegiance
2015
Oscar Christoph
  • 2015
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • 2015
  • 2014
67% Revolution
2012-2014
Tom Neville Capt. Tom Neville
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
96% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
Gus Fring
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
70% Axe Cop
2013-2015
Voice
  • 2013
No Score Yet Talking Bad
2013
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
88% Community
2009-2015
Gilbert Lawson
  • 2012
50% NYC 22
2012
Harvey Williams
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
42% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
Gordon Ramirez
  • 2011
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
Eddie Henderson
  • 2010
92% Leverage
2008-2012
  • 2010
79% Lie to Me
2009-2011
Beau Hackman
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
Chief Braga
  • 2008
  • 2006
90% Bones
2005-2017
Richard Benoit
  • 2006
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Ely Fisher
  • 2006
15% South Beach
2006
Robert Fuentes
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Mr. Baylor Fallon Dwayne Baylor Rodney Fallon
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 1996
No Score Yet Half & Half
2002-2006
Darrell Washington
  • 2004
18% Girls Club
2002
Nicholas Hahn
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Ray McMurphy
  • 2002
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Father Moreno
  • 2002
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
James `Junior' Bell
  • 2001
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Antonio
  • 2000
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Agent Mike Giardello Agent Michael Giardello
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Hunger
1997-1999
  • 1998
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Jamal Ferdinand Hollie
  • 1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Activist
  • 1996
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
Adolfo
  • 1995
70% Bakersfield P.D.
1993-1994
Paul Gigante
  • 1993
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Adonis
  • 1985
No Score Yet Breaking Bad
Gus Fring Gus Frings
96% Creepshow
2019

QUOTES FROM Giancarlo Esposito CHARACTERS

Buggin Out
Sal! We gonna boycott your fat pasta ass!
YoYo
Helmet, that's a fucked up name.
Buggin Out
Yo, Mookie.
Mookie
What?
Buggin Out
Stay Black.