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      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

      Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
      Bad Boys
      The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
      La Bamba
      My Family/Mi Familia
      Master Gardener
      Gun Hill Road
      The Wall of Mexico

      Photos

      MY FAMILY (MI FAMILIA), Esai Morales, 1995, (c)New Line Cinema BAD BOYS, Esai Morales, Sean Penn, 1983. ©Universal Fairly Legal, Esai Morales, 'Shattered', Season 2, Ep. #10, 05/18/2012, ©USA Fairly Legal, Esai Morales (L), Michael Trucco (C), Virginia Williams (R), 'Borderline', Season 2, Ep. #11, 06/01/2012, ©USA Fairly Legal, Esai Morales, 'Shattered', Season 2, Ep. #10, 05/18/2012, ©USA Fairly Legal, Esai Morales (L), Sarah Shahi (R), 'Shattered', Season 2, Ep. #10, 05/18/2012, ©USA Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Esai Morales, 'Home Invasion', Season 13, Ep. #14, 02/15/2012, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Esai Morales, 'Home Invasion', Season 13, Ep. #14, 02/15/2012, ©NBC AMERICAN FUSION, Esai Morales, Sylvia Chang, 2005. ©Wildcat Releasing Major Crimes, G.W. Bailey (L), Esai Morales (R), 'Jailbait', Season 2, Ep. #13, 12/02/2013, ©TNT IN THE ARMY NOW, Esai Morales, 1994, © Buena Vista Major Crimes, from left: Esai Morales, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison, 'Jailbait', Season 2, Ep. #13, 12/02/2013, ©TNT Magic City, Esai Morales, 'Season 2', 06/14/2013, ©STARZPR The Brink, Geoffrey Pierson (L), Esai Morales (C), Maribeth Monroe (R), 'There Will be Consequences', Season 1, Ep. #10, 08/23/2015, ©HBOMR IN THE ARMY NOW, from left: David Alan Grier, Esai Morales, Pauly Shore, Lori Petty, 1994, © Buena Vista The Brink, Esai Morales, 'Who's Grover Cleveland?', Season 1, Ep. #8, 08/09/2015, ©HBOMR Major Crimes, Esai Morales (L), G.W. Bailey (C), Mary McDonnell (R), 'Jailbait', Season 2, Ep. #13, 12/02/2013, ©TNT The Brink, Esai Morales, 'Half-Cocked', Season 1, Ep. #2, 06/28/2015, ©HBOMR Magic City, Esai Morales, 'Adapt Or Die', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/28/2013, ©STARZPR Magic City, Esai Morales, 'Adapt Or Die', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/28/2013, ©STARZPR

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two Gabriel (Character) - 2025
      96% 94% Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One Gabriel (Character) $172.0M 2023
      71% 55% Master Gardener Neruda (Character) $666.8K 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Latin from Manhattan Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 85% Art of Love Professor / Writer (Character) - 2021
      21% 76% 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 Halfway There ian sanchez (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Casa Vita Rodrigo Vita (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 55% Never Back Down: No Surrender Unknown (Character) - 2016
      56% 82% Spare Parts Mr. Santillan (Character) $3.6M 2015
      No Score Yet 36% Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Capt.Jones (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playin' for Love Principle Jose Marti (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saving Westbrook High Manny (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 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 39% The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina Vargas Mouse (Voice) - 2002
      29% 10% 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% 70% 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% 57% 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 63% 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 71% The Burning Season Jair (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 43% Ultraviolet Nicholas Walker (Character) - 1992
      25% 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 22% Bloodhounds of Broadway Handsome Jack (Character) $25.8K 1989
      44% 51% The Principal Raymi Rojas (Character) $18.8M 1987
      83% 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
      89% 67% Titans Deathstroke (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 67% NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Deputy Director Louis Ochoa (Guest Star) 2018-2019
      82% 85% Ozark Del (Character) 2017-2018
      No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Chief Lugo (Guest Star) 2017
      25% 47% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Section Chief Mateo Cruz (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Sgt. Trey Delgado (Guest Star) 2015-2016
      No Score Yet 85% From Dusk Till Dawn Lord Amancio Malvado (Character) 2015
      55% 84% The Brink Julian Navarro (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2015
      No Score Yet 78% Major Crimes Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      65% 71% Magic City Carlos Ruiz (Guest Star) 2013
      57% 64% Fairly Legal Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jimmy Vasquez (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
      81% 86% Caprica Joseph Adama (Character) 2010-2011
      No Score Yet 66% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dora the Explorer Papi (Voice) 2002 2009
      54% 83% Jericho Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      88% 95% Burn Notice Ernie Paseo (Guest Star) 2007
      62% No Score Yet 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% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Lt. Tony Rodriguez (Character) 2001-2004
      No Score Yet 81% 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 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999
      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 No Score Yet The Outer Limits Frank Kelton (Character) 1997
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Felipe Cruz (Guest Star) 1985 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Officer Miguel Canterra (Guest Star) 1985