Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans over several decades. He currently stars in AMC’s critically acclaimed award-winning series “Breaking Bad” opposite Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul. Esposito stars as Gustavo “Gus” Fring, a respected business owner whose legitimate operations allow him the perfect front to distribute Walt‘s (Cranston) blue meth throughout the Southwest. The show returns for its fourth season this summer.
Esposito has appeared in notable films such as “Rabbit Hole,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Smoke” and “The Last Holiday.” His performances in Spike Lee’s films “Do the Right Thing”, “Mo’ Better Blues,” “School Daze” and “Malcolm X” are among his most memorable. Esposito’s other film credits include outstanding performances in “SherryBaby,” “Ali,” “Nothing to Lose,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Bob Roberts”, “King of New York” and “Cotton Club.” In 1995, Esposito was recognized for his incredible work in “Fresh” with a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award.
In 2007 through his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film “Gospel Hill.” He also co-starred with Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson. Quiet Hand Productions aspires to make “conscious content” films that focus on the inspirational. The company currently has four other projects in development, in which Esposito plans to direct, produce and co-star. One of these projects “This is Your Death,” is an unflinching look at reality TV.
Esposito’s many television credits include “Homicide: Life on The Streets,” “Law and Order,” “Touched by an Angel,” and “Kidnapped.”
He is also very well-known to theatre goers for his award-winning work on stage. He has won two Obie Awards for “Zooman and The Sign” at the Negro Ensemble Company and “Distant Fires” at The Atlantic Theatre Company, where he continues to perform and teach as a company member. His long list of Broadway credits include “Sacrilege”, “Seesaw”, “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Lost In The Stars” to name a few. Most recently, he co-starred on Broadway with James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad in Debbie Allen¹s rendition of the great classic Tennessee Williams play, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
Esposito is a yoga enthusiast and spends his free time riding his motorcycle and practicing the saxophone. He is also a proud board member of the Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment. He also lends his support to other various organizations that support the arts and education.