Giancarlo Esposito

Born in Denmark, Giancarlo Esposito moved to Manhattan with his parents at the age of six. With his father working as a carpenter and machinist and his mother as an opera singer, Esposito was immersed in an artistic environment from a young age, which spurred his interest in theater. By eight, he made his Broadway debut in the play *Maggie Flynn*, portraying a child slave. In the 1980s and 1990s, Esposito appeared in numerous television series and films, often in minor roles. His film credits include *Taps* (1981), *Trading Places* (1983), *The Cotton Club* (1984), *Do the Right Thing* (1989), *King of New York* (1990), *Malcolm X* (1992), and *The Usual Suspects* (1995), where he played a detective investigating the elusive Keyser Söze. In 1996, he also appeared in the music video for Mylène Farmer’s song "California". Despite his significant screen time, he was mostly known for supporting roles rather than leading ones. On television, Esposito landed more prominent roles in police dramas, notably as Detective Paul Gigante in *Bakersfield P.D.* (1993) and FBI agent Mike Giardello in *Homicide: Life on the Street* (1998). Throughout the 2000s, he continued to feature in supporting roles in films, including Michael Mann’s biopic *Ali*, where he played Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., the father of the boxing champion portrayed by Will Smith. Esposito also appeared in several crime and thriller films such as *Hate Crime*, *The Take*, *Derailed*, *The Box*, and *Alex Cross*. A major breakthrough came in 2009 when he was cast as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring in the critically acclaimed series *Breaking Bad*. His portrayal of the intelligent and ruthless drug lord earned him widespread recognition and acclaim. Following this success, Esposito secured more significant roles on television, including Tom Neville in the post-apocalyptic science fiction series *Revolution* from 2012 to 2014. Simultaneously, Esposito continued to make notable contributions to cinema, including his role in *Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials* (2015), a sequel to the successful teen adventure film *The Maze Runner*.