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Giancarlo Esposito

Highest Rated:   100% Homicide: The Movie (2000)
Lowest Rated:   6% Hate Crime (2005)
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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
No Score Yet This Is Your Death
  • Director
  • Mason Washington
2017
No Score Yet This Is Your Death
  • Director
  • Mason Washington
2017
No Score Yet Okja
  • Frank
2017
67% Brother Nature
  • Congressman Frank McClaren
2016
No Score Yet On Meditation
  • Actor
$4.3k 2016
57% Money Monster
  • Capt. Marcus Powell
2016
95% The Jungle Book
  • Akela
$364M 2016
No Score Yet On Meditation
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Pills: Sempre meglio che lavorare
  • Actor
2016
47% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Jorge
2015
44% Poker Night
  • Bernard
2014
70% Son of Batman
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Actor
2014
47% Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary
  • Actor
$36.3k 2013
No Score Yet Josephine
  • Actor
2013
33% Certainty
  • Priest
2012
12% 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
70% Chelsea on the Rocks
  • Actor
2009
33% Gospel Hill
  • Producer
  • Dr. Palmer
  • Director
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
55% Last Holiday
  • Senator Dillings
$38.4M 2006
20% 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 Reggaeton
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet StarDust
  • 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
20% Monkeybone
  • Hypnos
$5M 2001
100% Homicide: The Movie
  • Mike Giardello
2000
No Score Yet Big City Blues
  • Georgie
1999
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet
  • Chaz Villanueva
1999
50% Phoenix
  • Louie
1998
59% Twilight
  • Reuben
1998
No Score Yet Stardust
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Five Desperate Hours
  • Joseph Grange
1997
29% Nothing to Lose
  • Charlie Dunt
1997
17% The Keeper
  • Producer
  • Paul Lamont
1996
52% Waiting to Exhale
  • Tarik's Father (uncredited)
1995
14% Reckless
  • Game Show Host
1995
43% Blue in the Face
  • Tommy/No. 1 OTB Guy
1995
88% The Usual Suspects
  • Jack Baer
1995
93% Smoke
  • Tommy
1995
No Score Yet Klash
  • Stoney
1995
89% Fresh
  • Esteban
1994
21% Amos & Andrew
  • Rev. Brunch
1993
91% Malcolm X
  • Thomas Hayer
1992
100% Bob Roberts
  • Bugs Raplin
1992
71% 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
60% School Daze
  • Julian
1988
No Score Yet Sweet Lorraine
  • Howie
1987
17% Maximum Overdrive
  • Videoplayer
1986
No Score Yet Rockabye
  • Marcus
1986
87% Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Street Vendor
$27.4M 1985
75% The Cotton Club
  • Bumpy Hood
1984
No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again
  • Intruder
1984
86% Trading Places
  • Cellmate #2
1983
75% Taps
  • J.C. Pierce
1981
100% French Cancan
  • Actor
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Better Call Saul
2015
  • Gustavo Fring
  • 2017
29% Rebel
2017
  • Lieutenant Charles Gold
  • 2017
74% The Get Down
2015
  • Pastor Ramon Cruz
  • 2017
  • 2016
81% Once Upon a Time
2011
  • Mirror/Sidney Sidney/Mirror Sidney/Magic Mirror Sidney/The Mirror Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
47% Allegiance
2015
  • Oscar Christoph
  • 2015
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
68% Revolution
2012-2014
  • Tom Neville Capt. Tom Neville
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
95% 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
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Gilbert Lawson
  • 2012
47% NYC 22
2012
  • Harvey Williams
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2012
44% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
  • Gordon Ramirez
  • 2011
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
  • Eddie Henderson
  • 2010
No Score Yet Leverage
2008-2012
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Beau Hackman
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Chief Braga
  • 2008
  • 2006
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Richard Benoit
  • 2006
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Ely Fisher
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mr. Baylor Fallon Dwayne Baylor Rodney Fallon
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 1996
No Score Yet Breaking Bad
  • Gus Fring Gus Frings

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