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      Giancarlo Esposito

      Giancarlo Esposito

      Highest Rated: 95% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Hate Crime (2005)

      Birthday: Apr 26, 1958

      Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

      Working on stage and screen, Giancarlo Esposito emerged from the indie-film movement of the 1990s to become one of his generation's most respected actors. Raised in Europe by his theatrical, ethnically diverse parents, Esposito was brought to New York at the age of six and first performed on Broadway two years later. More lauded work in various stage productions soon made way for the young Obie Award-winning actor's growing list of film credits, most notably a series of collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee that began with "School Daze" (1988) and "Do the Right Thing" (1989). Throughout the 1990s, Esposito was an in-demand performer with other independently-minded filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch in "Night on Earth" (1991) and actor-director Tim Robbins for a prominent role in "Bob Roberts" (1992). Looking to distance himself from the street thug roles he was most frequently offered, Esposito became just as well known for portrayals of law enforcement officers in such projects as "The Usual Suspects" (1995) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Later, he lent his prodigious talents to a pair of insightful biopics with "Ali" (2001), opposite star Will Smith and "Piñero" (2001), alongside Benjamin Bratt. Nearly a decade later, the busy actor garnered some of the strongest notices of his career with his nuanced performance of Machiavellian drug kingpin Gus Fring on the acclaimed crime series "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2008-2012). Equally adept at comedy or high drama, Esposito never failed to bring something unique to each and every role.

      Highest rated movies

      93% Bob Roberts
      92% Unpregnant 92% Do the Right Thing
      88% Smoke
      88% Fresh
      87% Rabbit Hole
      87% The Usual Suspects
      86% Okja

      Photos

      THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Giancarlo Esposito, 1995, ©Gramercy Pictures DO THE RIGHT THING, Giancarlo Esposito, 1989. ©Universal Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston (L), Giancarlo Esposito (R), 'Full Measure', Season 3, Ep. #13, 06/13/2010, ©AMC DO THE RIGHT THING, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, Danny Aiello, 1989, mayhem at the urban riot MO' BETTER BLUES, Giancarlo Esposito, 1990 SCHOOL DAZE, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, 1988 NOTHING TO LOSE, John C. McGinley, Giancarlo Esposito, 1997, (c)Buena Vista Pictures NIGHT ON EARTH, (New York), Armin Mueller-Stahl, Giancarlo Esposito, 1991. © Fine Line Features NIGHT ON EARTH, (New York), Armin Mueller-Stahl, Rosie Perez, Giancarlo Esposito, 1991. © Fine Line Features TAPS, Sean Penn, Evan Handler, Billy Vam Zandt (crouching), Timothy Hutton (at radio), Giancarlo Esposito, Tim Riley, 1981, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. STUCK, FROM LEFT: ASHANTI, GIANCARLO ESPOSITO, 2017. © EAMMON FILMS SCHOOL DAZE, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, 1988 BIG CITY BLUES, William Forsythe, Georgina Cates, Arye Gross, Giancarlo Esposito, Burt Reynolds, 1999. ©Avalanche Releasing STUCK, FROM LEFT: GIANCARLO ESPOSITO, GERARD CANONICO, 2017. © EAMMON FILMS ALI, Jamie Foxx, Giancarlo Esposito, 2001, (c) Columbia Revolution, Giancarlo Esposito, 'The Song Remains The Same', Season 1, Ep. #13, 04/08/2013, ©NBC Revolution, Giancarlo Esposito, 'The Song Remains The Same', Season 1, Ep. #13, 04/08/2013, ©NBC Talking Bad, from left: Jimmy Kimmel, Giancarlo Esposito, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Banks, Chris Hardwick, 08/11/2013, ©AMC Allegiance, Giancarlo Esposito, 'Those Who Help Themselves', Season 1, Ep. #9, ©NBC Talking Bad, from left: RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Jimmy Kimmel, Giancarlo Esposito, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Banks, 08/11/2013, ©AMC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MaXXXine Unknown (Character) - 2024
      82% 85% Abigail Lambert (Character) $25.9M 2024
      52% No Score Yet Megalopolis Mayor Franklyn Cicero (Character) - 2024
      95% 90% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Baxter Stockman (Voice) $118.4M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Euphoria Unknown (Character) - 2023
      22% 0% BEAUTY Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonnie Self - 2022
      92% 15% Unpregnant Bob (Character) - 2020
      69% 69% Stargirl Archie (Character) - 2020
      62% 55% Coda Paul (Character) - 2019
      56% 60% Line of Duty Volk (Character) - 2019
      42% 58% Maze Runner: The Death Cure Jorge (Character) $57.4M 2018
      52% 83% Stuck Lloyd (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MFKZ Mr. K (Voice) - 2017
      10% 38% This Is Your Death Mason Washington (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 2017
      86% 81% Okja Frank Dawson (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 77% Unacknowledged Narrator - 2017
      59% 51% Money Monster Captain Powell (Character) $41.0M 2016
      94% 86% The Jungle Book Akela (Voice) $364.0M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pills: Sempre meglio che lavorare Il boss (Character) - 2016
      48% 54% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Jorge (Character) $81.7M 2015
      64% 72% Son of Batman Ra's al Ghul (Voice) - 2014
      50% 41% Poker Night Bernard (Character) - 2014
      78% 85% Batman: Assault on Arkham Black Spider (Voice) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Over/Under Oliver Ohrt (Character) - 2013
      50% 89% Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Unknown (Character) $35.8K 2012
      11% 47% Alex Cross Daramus Holiday (Character) $25.9M 2012
      33% 60% Certainty Father Heery (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 33% S.W.A.T. Firefight Inspector Hollander (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreaming American Daytona LeMans (Character) - 2011
      87% 72% Rabbit Hole Auggie (Character) $2.2M 2010
      71% 44% Chelsea on the Rocks Unknown (Character) $6.9K 2008
      33% 36% Gospel Hill Dr. Palmer (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 2008
      No Score Yet 35% Racing Daylight Fred / The Drifter (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 24% The Box Det. Dwayne Burkhalter (Character) - 2007
      11% 42% Feel the Noise Roberto (Character) $5.9M 2007
      No Score Yet 57% Rain Ken Arnold (Character) - 2006
      76% 57% Sherrybaby Officer Hernandez (Character) $198.4K 2006
      55% 67% Last Holiday Senator Dillings (Character) $38.4M 2006
      6% 61% Hate Crime Detective Esposito (Character) $40.8K 2005
      21% 58% Derailed Detective Church (Character) $36.0M 2005
      33% 50% Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Little Jeff (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 30% Chupacabra: Dark Seas Dr. Peña (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 11% I Will Avenge You, Iago! Director (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 57% Back in the Day Benson Cooper (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 32% Blind Horizon J.C. Reynolds (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 37% Noise Hank (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 35% A Killer Within Vargas (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 54% Doing Hard Time Captain Pierce (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet StarDust Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ash Tuesday Karl (Character) - 2003
      68% 65% Ali Cassius Clay, Sr. (Character) $58.2M 2001
      43% 70% Piñero Miguel Algarin (Character) $302.3K 2001
      20% 27% Monkeybone Hypnos (Character) $5.4M 2001
      86% 74% Homicide: The Movie Officer Mike Giardello (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 0% Big City Blues Georgie (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirst Dr. Lawrence Carver (Character) - 1998
      50% 52% Phoenix Louie (Character) $31.6K 1998
      61% 31% Twilight Reuben Escobar (Character) $15.0M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naked City: Justice With a Bullet Chaz Villanueva (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 67% Stardust Mr. Peavey (Character) - 1998
      31% 68% Nothing to Lose Charlie Dunt (Character) $44.5M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Maze Henry Kunitz (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Desperate Hours Joseph Grange (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trouble on the Corner Darryl (Character) - 1997
      20% No Score Yet The Keeper Paul Lamont (Character) $8.3K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Loose Women Stylist 2 (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tomorrow Man Jonathan Driscoll (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 43% Klash Stoney (Character) - 1995
      43% 76% Blue in the Face Tommy Finelli (Character) $586.3K 1995
      87% 96% The Usual Suspects Jack Baer (Character) $22.6M 1995
      88% 89% Smoke Tommy (Character) $8.3M 1995
      14% 50% Reckless Host Tim Timko (Character) $103.4K 1995
      88% 91% Fresh Esteban (Character) $7.7M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Relentless: Mind of a Killer Arthur Sistrunk (Character) - 1993
      17% 31% Amos & Andrew Reverend Fenton Brunch (Character) $9.5M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Experience Dr. Kenneth Clark (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simple Justice Dr. Kenneth Clark (Character) - 1993
      76% 91% Night on Earth YoYo (Character) $2.0M 1992
      93% 78% Bob Roberts Bugs Raplin (Character) $3.5M 1992
      29% 65% Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Jimmy Jiles (Character) $7.0M 1991
      70% 77% King of New York Lance (Character) $2.6M 1990
      71% 75% Mo' Better Blues Left Hand Lacey (Piano) (Character) $15.9M 1990
      92% 89% Do the Right Thing Buggin Out (Character) $26.0M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Making 'Do the Right Thing' Self - 1989
      58% 79% School Daze Julian (Character) $11.7M 1988
      14% 50% Maximum Overdrive Videoplayer (Character) $6.0M 1986
      85% 62% Desperately Seeking Susan Street Vendor (Character) $24.4M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Running Puerto Rican Teenager (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      33% 77% Parish Gracián "Gray" Parish (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2024
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023-2024
      74% 87% The Gentlemen Stanley Johnston (Character) 2024
      97% 86% Harley Quinn Lex Luthor (Voice) 2019-2020 2022-2023
      90% 78% The Mandalorian Moff Gideon (Character) 2019-2020 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 86% Godfather of Harlem Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Character) 2019 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013 2022-2023
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2023
      49% 45% Kaleidoscope Leo Pap (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Call Saul: Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training Gus Fring (Character) 2017-2018 2022
      98% 96% Better Call Saul Gus Fring (Character),
      Gustavo "Gus" Fring (Guest Star),
      Director
      2017-2018 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2022
      97% 72% The Boys Presents: Diabolical Stan Edgar (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Josh Gates Tonight Guest 2021
      80% 38% Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine Narrator 2021
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2018-2019
      85% 73% Creepshow Unknown (Character) 2019
      94% 93% Jett Baudelaire (Character) 2019
      79% 75% Westworld El Lazo (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
      38% 75% Rebel Charles Gold (Character) 2017
      78% 78% Once Upon a Time Sydney/Mirror (Guest Star) 2011-2014 2016-2017
      82% 88% The Get Down Pastor Ramon Cru (Character) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      67% 66% Revolution Capt. Tom Neville (Character) 2012-2014
      70% 45% Axe Cop Unknown (Guest Voice) 2013
      88% 88% Community Gilbert Lawson (Guest Star) 2012-2013
      43% No Score Yet NYC 22 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      96% 97% Breaking Bad Gustavo Fring (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2009-2011
      42% 28% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Gordon Ramirez (Guest Star) 2011
      81% No Score Yet Detroit 1-8-7 Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 86% Lie to Me Beau Hackman (Guest Star) 2010
      92% 89% Leverage Alexander Moto (Guest Star) 2010
      62% 50% New Amsterdam Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 65% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2006 2008
      90% 83% Bones Richard Benoit (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      15% No Score Yet South Beach Robert Fuentes (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 2004-2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Unknown (Character) 2003
      18% No Score Yet girls club Unknown (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      42% No Score Yet The $treet Unknown (Character) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1999
      91% 90% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Character) 1998-1999
      83% 93% NYPD Blue Jamaal (Guest Star) 1996 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunger Unknown (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swift Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angels Paris Minton (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      67% No Score Yet Bakersfield, P.D. Detective Paul Gigante (Character) 1993-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
      71% 85% Miami Vice Adonis Jackson (Guest Star) 1984-1985