Giancarlo Esposito Biography (1958-)

Full name, Giancarlo Giuseppi Alessandro Esposito; born April 26, 1958, in Copenhagen, Denmark; raised in New York, NY; father, a stagehand and carpenter;mother, an opera and nightclub singer; married Joy McManigal (a producer), June 1995; children: Shayne Lyra, Kate Lyn. Addresses: Agent: Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069.;Manager: Untitled Entertainment, 331 North Maple Dr., Third Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
April 26, 1958
Copenhagen, Denmark

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice, Et salammbo? (short film), 1970
  • Puerto Rican teenager, Running (also known as Le vainqueur), Universal, 1979
  • J. C. Pierce, Taps (also known as The Siege at Bunker Hill: T.A.P.S.), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Julio, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (also known as Enormous Changes and Trumps), TeleCulture Films/ABC Circle Films, 1983
  • Second cellmate, Trading Places, Paramount, 1983
  • Bumpy Rhodes's hood, The Cotton Club, Orion, 1984
  • Elisha, Go Tell It on the Mountain, New Line Cinema/Learning in Focus, 1984
  • Street vendor, Desperately Seeking Susan, Orion, 1985
  • Video player, Maximum Overdrive, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • First gang member, Heartbeat, 1987
  • Howie, Sweet Lorraine, Angelika Films, 1987
  • Julian "Big Brother Almighty" Eaves, School Daze, Columbia, 1988
  • Buggin' Out, Do the Right Thing, Universal, 1989
  • Lance, King of New York, New Line Cinema, 1990
  • Left Hand Lacey, Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990
  • Jimmy Jiles, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1991
  • YoYo, "New York," Night on Earth (also known as LANewYorkParisRomeHelsinki and Une nuit sur terre), Fine Line Features, 1991
  • Bugs Raglin, Bob Roberts, Paramount/Miramax, 1992
  • Thomas Hayer, Malcolm X (also known as X), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Reverend Fenton Brunch, Amos and Andrew, New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Esteban, Fresh, Miramax, 1994
  • Jack, Benders, 1994
  • Peace and Quiet, 1994
  • Fast Tim Timko (game show host), Reckless, Samuel Goldwyn, 1995
  • Jack Baer, The Usual Suspects (also known as Die Ublichen Verdachtigen), Gramercy Pictures, 1995
  • Paul Lamont, The Keeper, Rada Film/Kino International, 1995
  • Stoney, Kla$h (also known as Klash), 1995
  • (Uncredited) Tarik's father, Waiting to Exhale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Tommy, Smoke (also known as Smoke--Raucher unter sich), Miramax, 1995
  • Tommy Finelli, Blue in the Face (also known as Brooklyn Boogie), Miramax, 1995
  • Himself, Dans les coulisses du clip "California" (short film), 1996
  • Rich man and pimp, California (short film), Polydor/Toutankhamoun,1996
  • Second stylist, Loose Women, Inmotion Entertainment, 1996
  • Anthony Rivera, The People, Paramount, 1997
  • Charlie Dunt, Nothing to Lose, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Darryl, Trouble on the Corner, Vision Films, 1997
  • Henry Kunitz, The Maze, Alpine Releasing, 1997
  • (Scenes deleted; uncredited) Black, Lulu on the Bridge, Trimark Pictures, 1998
  • Blind man, Where's Marlowe?, 1998, originally a pilot for ABC, 1996
  • Reuben Escobar, Twilight, Paramount, 1998
  • Georgie, Big City Blues, Avalanche Home Entertainment, 1999
  • Hypnos, Monkeybone (live action and animated), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Spike, Josephine, Amberlon Pictures/Senator Film, 2000
  • Cadillac Tramps, 2000
  • Cassius Clay, Sr., Ali, Columbia, 2001
  • Miguel Algarin, Pinero, Miramax, 2001
  • Karl, Ash Tuesday, Rockville Pictures, 2003
  • J. C. Reynolds, Blind Horizon, Lions Gate Films, c. 2004
  • Captain Pierce, Doing Hard Time, Grass Roots Entertainment, 2004
  • Hank, Noise (also known as The Dark Descends), Rockville Pictures, 2004
  • Vargas, A Killer Within, 2004
  • Benson Cooper (Reggie's dad), Back in the Day, DEJ Productions, 2005
  • Detective Church, Derailed, The Weinstein Company, 2005
  • Detective Esposito, Hate Crime, Pasidg Productions, 2005
  • Director, I Will Avenge You, Iago!, Iago Films, 2005
  • Little Jeff, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (also known as Carlito's Way: The Beginning), Universal, 2005
  • Officer Hernandez, Sherrybaby, Big Beach Films/Elevation Filmworks, 2005
  • Ken Arnold, Rain, Big Headz Entertainment/Lexi Dog Media, 2006
  • Senator Dillings, Last Holiday, Paramount, 2006
  • Some sources cite appearances in other films, including Little Italy.
  • Film Work
  • Coproducer, The Keeper, Rada Film/Kino International, 1995
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Clay Tynan, Guiding Light, CBS, 1982-83
  • Detective Paul Gigante, Bakersfield P.D. (also known as Bakersfield and Buddy Blues), Fox, 1993-94
  • FBI agent Mike Giardello, Homicide: Life on the Street (also knownas Homicide and H: LOTS), NBC, 1998-99
  • Tom Divack, The $treet (also known as The Street), Fox, 2000-2001
  • Nicholas Hahn, girls club, Fox, 2002
  • Robert Fuentes, South Beach, UPN, 2006-
  • Miniseries
  • Fernandes, "Roanoak," American Playhouse, PBS, 1986
  • Thomas Peniston/werewolf, Peter Benchley's "Creature" (also knownas Creature), ABC, 1998
  • Tim Sanders, 5ive Days to Midnight (also known as 5 Days to Midnight), Sci-Fi Channel, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Retrosexual: The 80s (documentary), VH1, 2004
  • Movies
  • Jamie, The Gentleman Bandit (also known as The Bandit Priest), CBS, 1981
  • Intruder, Finnegan Begin Again, HBO, 1985
  • Marcus, Rockabye, CBS, 1986
  • Joseph Grange, Five Desperate Hours, NBC, 1997
  • Chaz Villanueva, Naked City: Justice with a Bullet, Showtime, 1998
  • Dr. Lawrence Carver, Thirst, NBC, 1998
  • Louie, Phoenix (also known as Arizona), HBO, 1998
  • Mr. Peavey, Stardust, HBO, c. 2000
  • Officer Mike Giardello, Homicide: The Movie (also known as Homicide: Life Everlasting), NBC, 2000
  • Dr. Pena, Chupacabra: Dark Seas, Sci-Fi Channel, 2005
  • Young, Xenophobia, 2006
  • Specials
  • Kyle, "The Exchange Student," CBS Schoolbreak Special, CBS, 1985
  • Himself, Making "Do the Right Thing" (documentary), 1989
  • Dr. Kenneth Clark, "Simple Justice," The American Experience, PBS,1993
  • Narrator, Seven Songs for Malcolm X (documentary), Channel 4 (England), 1993
  • Himself, Stolen Moments: Red, Hot + Cool (documentary; also knownas Red Hot + Cool and Stolen Moments), 1994
  • The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power (documentary; also known as Speak Truth to Power), PBS, 2000
  • Himself, The Making of "Ali" (documentary), 2001
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The Ninth Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, syndicated, 1994
  • Performer, The 34th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Luther, "Little Prince," Miami Vice, NBC, 1984
  • Adonis Jackson, "The Dutch Oven," Miami Vice, NBC, 1985
  • "Nobody Lives Forever," Miami Vice, NBC, 1985
  • Jumpin' Jack, "The Line," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986
  • Ramos, "On the Night He Was Betrayed," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987
  • Tyson, "Blind Trust," Leg Work, CBS, 1987
  • Paris Minton, "Fearless," Fallen Angels (also known as PerfectCrimes), Showtime, 1994
  • Adolfo Guzman, "Brotherhood," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1995
  • Adolfo Guzman, "Buster and Claudia," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1995
  • Adolfo Guzman, "Digital Underground," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1995
  • Ferdinand Hollie, "Hollie and the Blowfish," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1995
  • Andrew Coffin, "Out on a Limb," Swift Justice, UPN, 1996
  • Andrew Coffin, "Sex, Death and Rock 'n' Roll," Swift Justice, UPN,1996
  • Cherchez La Femme, "Right to Life," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996
  • Jackson Turner (some sources cite Jackson Manning), "Kiss of the Spider Man," Living Single (also known as My Girls), Fox, 1996
  • Mr. Baylor, "Aftershock," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Mr. Baylor, "Good Girl," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Whip Tyrell, "Aloha Nash," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996
  • Jamal, "Speak for Yourself, Bruce Clayton," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1998
  • Vampire, "Fly-by-Night," The Hunger, Showtime, 1998
  • Arnold and Gordon Keller, "Curveball," Nash Bridges (also known asBridges), CBS, 1999
  • Himself, "Samuel L. Jackson," Biography (also known as A &E Biography: Samuel L. Jackson), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Antonio, "Here I Am," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000
  • Himself, "Ali," HBO First Look, HBO, 2001
  • Jacob Lenz, "Andromeda and the Monster," 100 Centre Street (also known as 101 Centre Street), Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • James "Junior" Bell, "Mortality," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2001
  • Ambassador Theodore Kelefy, "Immune to Murder," A Nero Wolfe Mystery (also known as Nero Wolfe), Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • Father Moreno (some sources cite Father Romero), "The Unforgiven," Third Watch, NBC, 2002
  • Ray McMurphy, "Pro Se," The Practice, ABC, 2002
  • Dr. Pembroke, "Wish You Were Here," The Division (also known as Heart of the City), Lifetime, 2003
  • Jesse Haslem, "Brothers," Street Time, Showtime, 2003
  • Lord Marion, "The Method," Lucky, FX Channel, 2003
  • Darryl Washington, "The Big Employee Benefits Episode," Half & Half, UPN, 2004
  • Jules, "Don't Think This Hasn't Been Fabulous," Soul Food, Showtime, 2004
  • Jules, "Fear Eats the Soul," Soul Food, Showtime, 2004
  • Rodney Fallon, "The Brotherhood," Law & Order, NBC, 2004
  • Rodney Fallon, "Vendetta," Law & Order, NBC, 2004
  • Orlando Ramirez, "Boys Will Be Boys," Law & Order: Trial by Jury, NBC, 2005
  • Pilots
  • Arthur Sistrunk, Relentless: Mind of a Killer (also known as Mood Indigo), NBC, 1993
  • Detective Paul Gigante, Bakersfield P.D. (also known as Bakersfield and Buddy Blues), Fox, 1993
  • Marcus Foster, New Year (also known as New Year's and New Year's 1999), ABC, 1993
  • Jonathan Driscoll, The Tomorrow Man, CBS, 1995
  • Andrew Coffin, Swift Justice, UPN, 1996
  • Carlos Rivera, I.A., NBC, 1996
  • Blind man, Where's Marlowe?, ABC, 1996, expanded version releasedas a feature film, 1998
  • Tom Divack, The $treet (also known as The Street), Fox, 2000
  • Nicholas Hahn, girls club, Fox, 2002
  • Lieutenant Gardner, NYPD 2069, Fox, 2004
  • Robert Fuentes, South Beach, UPN, 2006
  • Stage Appearances
  • Andrew, Maggie Flynn (musical), American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Theatre, New York City, beginning c. 1966
  • The American Christmas, c. 1969
  • Understudy, The Me Nobody Knows (musical), Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1970-71
  • Alex, Lost in the Stars (musical), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Via Galactica (musical), Uris Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Julio Gonzales, Seesaw (musical), Uris Theatre, 1973
  • Zeke, Miss Moffat, Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1974, produced in New York City, c. 1977
  • A Gala Tribute to Joshua Logan, Imperial Theatre, 1975
  • Zooman, Zooman and the Sign, Negro Ensemble Company, Theatre Four,New York City, 1980-81
  • Valedictorian, Merrily We Roll Along (musical), Alvin Theatre, NewYork City, 1981
  • Ken Benson, Who Loves the Dancer, Henry Street Settlement, Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, New Federal Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Skippy, Keyboard, Henry Street Settlement, Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, New Federal Theatre, 1982
  • Javier, The House of Ramon Iglesias, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NewYork City, 1983
  • Do Lord Remember Me, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Ernesto, Balm in Gilead, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City,1984, then Minetta Lane Theatre, New York City, 1984-85
  • Union Boys, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985-86
  • Jack/Silk, Don't Get God Started (musical), Longacre Theatre, NewYork City, 1987-88
  • Ignatius, Anchorman, Theatre Four, 1988
  • One for Dexter (concert), Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 1991
  • Foos, Distant Fires, Atlantic Theater Company, New York City, 1991, then Circle in the Square Downtown, New York City, 1992
  • Willie, The Root, Atlantic Theater, 1993
  • Papo, Trafficking in Broken Hearts, Atlantic Theater Company, 1994-95
  • Ramon, Sacrilege, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Threepenny Opera (opera and musical theatre piece), New York CityCenter, New York City, beginning c. 1995
  • Appeared in other productions.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • Daniel Coyle, Hardball: A Season in the Projects, HarperAudio, 1994
  • Stewart O'Nan, Everyday People, HarperAudio, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • Author of plays.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 9, Gale, 1995

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