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 and Better Call Saul. He has four daughters with his ex-wife, Joy McManigal.
- Ambiguously Brown: He's played Hispanic and African characters. And then you have Gus, who is Chilean. Esposito is actually African-American and Italian (although this could match some real Chileans' ethnic background).
- "Awesome McCool" Name:
- Celebrity Resemblance: Let's not kid ourselves: he and Will Smith are probably your first choices for a Barack Obama bio-pic too.
- Former Child Star: Averted! He started acting at age six. He's in his early sixties now and doing just fine.
- Irony as She Is Cast: Esposito, who is Italian-American, plays a character in Do the Right Thing who is incredibly hostile towards Italians.
- Nice Hat: Often sports one.
- Older Than They Look: He's 61, but seemingly hasn't aged for the past 15 years.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: By way of Retroactive Recognition.
- 1989 Do the Right Thing as Buggin' Out
- 1992 Bob Roberts as John Alijah "Bugs" Raplin
- 1992 Malcolm X as Thomas Hayer
- 1994 Fresh as Esteban
- 1995 The Usual Suspects'' as Jack Baer
- 1995 Waiting to Exhale as David Matthews
- 1997 ''Nothing to Lose as Charlie Dunt
- 2001 Monkeybone as Hypnos
- 2001 Ali as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.
- 2005 Derailed as Detective Franklin Church
- 2006 Last Holiday as Senator Dillings
- 2006 Sherry Baby as Parole Officer Hernandez
- 2007 The Box as Detective Dwayne Burkhalter
- 2012 Alex Cross as Daramus Holiday
- 2014 Son of Batman as Ra's Al Ghul
- 2014 Batman: Assault on Arkham as Black Spider
- 2014 Poker Night as Detective Bernard
- 2016 The Jungle Book (2016) as Akela
- 2017 This Is Your Death as Mason Washington
- 1982 Sesame Street as Mickey
- 19981999 Homicide: Life on the Street as FBI Agent Mike Giardello
- 20002001 The Street as Tom Divack
- 1996-2005 Law & Order as Mr. Baylor and Rodney Fallon
- 20092011 Breaking Bad as Gustavo "Gus" Fring (a role he reprises for the spin off, Better Call Saul)
- 20112014 Once Upon a Time as Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror/Genie of Agrabah
- 20122013 Community as Gilbert Lawson
- 20122014 Revolution as Tom Neville
- 2013 Axe Cop as Army Chihuahua
- 2017-ongoing Dear White People as Narrator
- 2018 Westworld as El Lazo II.
- 2019 Creepshow as Doc in "Gray Matter"
- TBA Star Wars: The Mandalorian
Video Game Roles
- 2014 PAYDAY 2 as The Dentist