Esai Morales

Esai Morales

Highest Rated: 100% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story (2021)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 1, 1962

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

Bad Boys
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
La Bamba
My Family/Mi Familia
Gun Hill Road
The Wall of Mexico
Cherry
Spare Parts

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part Two Unknown (Character) - 2024
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One Unknown (Character) - 2023
21% 79% Senior Moment Diego Lozana (Character) $41.6K 2021
100% 94% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story Self - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Find Your Groove Self - 2020
64% No Score Yet The Wall of Mexico Henry Arista (Character) - 2019
0% No Score Yet Imprisoned Governor Mandera (Character) $12.1K 2018
51% 46% Superfly Adalberto Gonzalez (Character) $20.5M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Casa Vita Rodrigo Vita (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 56% Never Back Down: No Surrender Unknown (Character) - 2016
56% 82% Spare Parts Mr. Santillan (Character) $3.6M 2015
No Score Yet 37% Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Capt.Jones (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saving Westbrook High Manny (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Playin' for Love Principle Jose Marti (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 3% Seattle Superstorm Tom Reynolds (Character) - 2012
4% 60% Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 Francisco d'Anconia (Character) $3.3M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Have Your Husband Eduardo (Character) - 2011
65% 68% Gun Hill Road Enrique (Character) $149.0K 2011
64% 67% Cherry Wes (Character) $11.1K 2010
No Score Yet 17% King of the Avenue Natas (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Panic Nation Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 19% The Line Pelon (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 31% Kill Kill Faster Faster Markie (Character) - 2008
49% 42% Fast Food Nation Tony (Character) $1.0M 2006
No Score Yet 40% The Virgin of Juarez Father Herrera (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 22% How to Go Out on a Date in Queens Frankie (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heartless Rick Benes/David Lopez (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 56% American Fusion Jose (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 33% Once Upon a Wedding Pineda (Character) - 2005
53% 93% Paid in Full Lulu (Character) $3.0M 2002
No Score Yet 40% The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina Vargas Mouse (Voice) - 2002
29% 9% American Virgin Jim the Director (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Elián González Story Juan Miguel Gonzalez (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doomsday Man Mike (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Southern Cross Philip Solano (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Atomic Train Noris MacKenzie (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 32% Atomic Train Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circle of Deceit Jeff Silva (Character) - 1998
83% 71% The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Dominguez (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dog Watch Murrow (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story Federico Pena (Character) - 1996
29% 58% The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Ricardo (Character) $226.4K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scorpion Spring Astor (Character) - 1995
79% 88% My Family/Mi Familia Chucho (Character) $11.1M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadlock 2 Tony Archer (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Livers Ain't Cheap Collin (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadlocked: Escape From Zone 14 Tony Archer (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 62% Rapa Nui Make (Character) $286.6K 1994
6% 44% In the Army Now Sgt. Stern (Character) $28.9M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Do It! Charles (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 74% The Burning Season Jair (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 43% Ultraviolet Nicholas Walker (Character) - 1992
22% 25% Freejack Ripper (Character) $15.8M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadline Jim Duran (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 92% Naked Tango Zico Borenstein (Character) $80.9K 1991
No Score Yet 23% Bloodhounds of Broadway Handsome Jack (Character) $25.8K 1989
50% 51% The Principal Raymi Rojas (Character) $18.8M 1987
82% 78% La Bamba Bob Morales (Character) $52.7M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Bad Neekos Valdez (Character) - 1985
90% 81% Bad Boys Paco Moreno (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forty Deuce Mitchell (Character) - 1982

TV

Credit
88% 85% How to Get Away With Murder Jorge Castillo (Guest Star) 2020
86% 67% Titans Deathstroke (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 67% NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Deputy Director Louis Ochoa (Guest Star) 2018-2019
82% 88% Ozark Del (Character) 2017-2018
No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Chief Lugo (Guest Star) 2017
25% 56% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Section Chief Mateo Cruz (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods Sgt. Trey Delgado (Guest Star) 2015-2016
No Score Yet 67% From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Lord Amancio Malvado (Character) 2015
55% 84% The Brink Julian Navarro (Character) 2015
No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2015
No Score Yet 82% Major Crimes Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
65% 66% Magic City Carlos Ruiz (Guest Star) 2013
57% 66% Fairly Legal Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jimmy Vasquez (Guest Star) 2012
81% 84% Caprica Joseph Adama (Character) 2010-2011
No Score Yet 63% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dora the Explorer Papi (Voice) 2002 2009
54% 86% Jericho Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
88% 94% Burn Notice Ernie Paseo (Guest Star) 2007
62% 0% Vanished Agent Michael Tyner (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2006
6% No Score Yet Freddie Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Family Esteban Gonzalez (Character) 2002 2004
83% 83% NYPD Blue Lt. Tony Rodriguez (Character) 2001-2004
No Score Yet 73% George Lopez Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd. Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunger Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1997
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet 100% The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 1989
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1985