Creator: Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an Americannote  actor active in film and television since the age of six. He's been seen in films such as Do the Right Thing, The Usual Suspects, Malcolm X, Maximum Overdrive, Trading Places and King of New York. He is also a familar face on television with regular and recurring roles on Homicide: Life on the Street, Once Upon a Time and Revolution. He is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Chilean-American drug kingpin Gustavo 'Gus' Fring on the hit series Breaking Bad.

Tropes

  • Ambiguously Brown: He's played hispanic and African characters.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Let's not kid ourselves: he's your first choice for a Barack Obama bio-pic too.
  • Former Child Star: Averted! He started acting at age six. He's in his mid-fifties now and doing just fine.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: 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.
  • Nice Hat: Often sports one.
  • Older Than They Look: He's 56, but seemingly hasn't aged for the past 15 years.
  • Star-Making Role: He was well known from Do the Right Thing and Homicide, but playing Gus Fring on Breaking Bad earned him critical acclaim and newfound fame.

Film Roles

Television Roles