Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an American[[note]]albeit born in UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}}[[/note]] actor active in film and television since the age of six. He's been seen in films such as ''Film/DoTheRightThing, Film/TheUsualSuspects, Film/MalcolmX, Film/MaximumOverdrive, Film/TradingPlaces'' and ''Film/KingOfNewYork''. He is also a familar face on television with regular and recurring roles on ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet, Series/OnceUponATime'' and ''{{Revolution}}''. He is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Chilean-American drug kingpin Gustavo 'Gus' Fring on the hit series ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. He has four daughters with his ex-wife, Joy [=McManigal=].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's played Hispanic and African characters. And then you have Gus, who is Chilean. Esposito is actually African-American and Italian.
* AwesomeMcCoolName:
* CelebrityResemblance: Let's not kid ourselves: he and Will Smith are probably your first choices for a UsefulNotes/BarackObama bio-pic too.
* FormerChildStar: Averted! He started acting at age six. He's in his mid-fifties now and doing just fine.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Giancarlo has been seen mostly playing villains like Gus Fring, Tom Neville and Sidney Glass. He's actually a remarkably thoughtful, well-spoken and genuinely pleasant man. In his Reddit AMA, he responded to questions through videos where he gave long, thought-out answers.
* NiceHat: Often sports one.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's nearly 60, but seemingly hasn't aged for the past 15 years.
* SesameStreetCred: By way of RetroactiveRecognition.
!Film Roles
* 1989 Film/DoTheRightThing as Buggin' Out
* 1992 Film/BobRoberts as John Alijah "Bugs" Raplin
* 1992 Film/MalcolmX as Thomas Hayer
* 1994 Film/{{Fresh}} as Esteban
* 1995 Film/TheUsualSuspects as Jack Baer
* 1995 Film/WaitingToExhale as David Matthews
* 2001 Film/{{Monkeybone}} as Hypnos
* 2001 Film/{{Ali}} as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.
* 2005 Film/Derailed as Detective Franklin Church
* 2006 Film/LastHoliday as Senator Dillings
* 2006 Film/SherryBaby as Parole Officer Hernandez
* 2007 Film/TheBox as Detective Dwayne Burkhalter
* 2012 Film/AlexCross as Daramus Holiday
* 2014 WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman as Ra's Al Ghul
* 2014 WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham as Black Spider
* 2014 Film/PokerNight as Detective Bernard
* 2016 Film/TheJungleBook2016 as Akela

!!Television Roles
* 1982 Series/SesameStreet as Mickey
* 19981999 Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet as Federal Agent Mike Giardello
* 20002001 Series/TheStreet as Tom Divack
* 1996-2005 Series/LawAndOrder as Mr. Baylor and Rodney Fallon
* 20092011 Series/BreakingBad as Gustavo "Gus" Fring (a role he reprises for the spin off, Series/BetterCallSaul)
* 20112014 Series/OnceUponATime as Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror/Genie of Agrabah
* 20122013 Series/{{Community}} as Gilbert Lawson
* 20122014 Series/{{Revolution}} as Tom Neville
* 2013 WesternAnimation/AxeCop as Army Chihuahua

!!Video Game Roles
* 2014 VideoGame/PAYDAY2 as The Dentist