Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film, and stage actor whose acting career spans over several decades and whose film credits include over 60 films. Known for his roles in such ground-breaking films as Do the Right Thing, Ali, and The Usual Suspects, Esposito grew up in an era when not many faces on the silver screen resembled his own, and is now credited with helping to open doors for talent of all ethnicities and skin tones to accomplish their dreams—in entertainment and beyond.
Esposito currently co-stars in JJ Abrams’s and Eric Kripke’s hit NBC drama series Revolution. Television audiences know him best from his iconic portrayal of drug kingpin Gustavo “Gus” Fring in AMC’s Breaking Bad, for which he won the 2012 Critics Choice Award and earned a 2012 Emmy nomination. He recently finished production on the independent thriller Poker Night. This summer, Esposito will produce, direct, and star in the independent historical drama Patriotic Treason.
Esposito has appeared in notable films such as Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke, and The Last Holiday. His performances in Spike Lee’s films Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, School Daze, and Malcolm X are among his most memorable. In 1995, Esposito was recognized for his incredible work in Fresh with a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. Esposito's other film credits include outstanding performances in Ali, Nothing to Lose, Bob Roberts, King of New York, and Cotton Club.
In 2007, through his production company Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film Gospel Hill, which won over nine awards at various acclaimed film festivals. Quiet Hand Productions aspires to make “conscious content” films that focus on the inspirational.
He is also very well known to theatre-goers for his award-winning work on stage. He recently starred in Atlantic Theatre Company’s world premiere of Storefront Church. Esposito has won two Obie Awards for Zooman and The Sign at the Negro Ensemble Company and Distant Fires at The Atlantic Theatre Company. Esposito’s long list of Broadway credits includes Sacrilege, Seesaw, Merrily We Roll Along, and Lost In The Stars, to name a few. He also co-starred on Broadway in Debbie Allen’s rendition of the great Tennessee Williams classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Esposito is a yoga enthusiast and spends his free time riding his motorcycle and practicing the saxophone. He is also a proud board member of the Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment. He also lends his support to other various organizations, including the Waterkeeper Alliance, Kids for Peace, and World Merit USA, which support the arts and education.
Giancarlo Esposito was in attendance at An Evening With Giancarlo Esposito, featuring Do The Right Thing on Sunday, April 6, at 7:30PM at Enzian.