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Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthApril 26, 1958
FactHis mother was doing a nightclub gig on a split bill with Josephine Baker in Copenhagen, Denmark, around the time he was born.

Giancarlo Esposito is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. He is best known for his role as Gus Fring on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He has also appeared in such films as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, The Usual Suspects, and Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 26, 1958, Esposito is the son of an Italian-American father and an African-American mother. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he was raised by his mother in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He then studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Esposito made his film debut in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989). He has since appeared in such films as Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), The Usual Suspects (1995), and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). On television, he has had recurring roles on such shows as The Cosby Show, Miami Vice, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Once Upon a Time. He has also directed episodes of such shows as The Get Down and Godfather of Harlem.

Esposito’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has been married to actress Joy McManigal since 1995. They have two children together.

General Info

Full NameGiancarlo Esposito
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthApril 26, 1958
Height1.73 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Film director, Actor


ChildrenKale Lyn Esposito, Shayne Lyra Esposito, Ruby Esposito, Syrlucia Esposito
ParentsElizabeth Foster, Giovanni Esposito
SiblingsVincent Esposito


AwardsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Obie Award for Performance
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television, ...
MoviesThe Jungle Book, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Do the Right Thing, Money Monster, School Daze, The Usual Suspects, Mo' Better Blues, Bob Roberts, Feel the Noise, Night on Earth, Nothing to Lose, Rabbit Hole, Last Holiday, King of New York, Malcolm X, Sherrybaby, Monkeybone, Trading Places, Deraile...
TV ShowsRevolution, Breaking Bad, South Beach, Girls Club, Homicide: Life on the Street, Bakersfield P.D., 5ive Days to Midnight, The Street

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1[on planning his demise in Breaking Bad (2008)] I said to [Vince Gilligan] It's got to be something different but it has got to be real. Look at what I do as Gus. I've developed this thing where I button my buttons, I look pretty dapper and I fix my tie. And we both stopped and looked at each other, and we were off and running with an idea that proved to be probably one of the most visually satisfying and most gratifying deaths in film history.
2[on a special award in 2014] I'm getting my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but I feel like my career has just begun. I'm in a place now that I can accept the love and accolades that comes with that star. But more than anything it represents a new beginning for me. Now I feel like I can pick up the pace.
3I first felt successful when I was 13 and in a show called "Seesaw". I came offstage and heard the applause of the theater audience and felt a sense of accomplishment. Around that time, my role model for success was Burt Lancaster. He was one of the first actors in Hollywood to start his own production company, and I respected him because he created something he believed in. Nowadays, I look to spiritual people, such as Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama, since I'm always asking myself, "What do I have to give?".
4I started in the acting business at age 8, so I feel it's my experience and social skills for example, how to be charismatic, how not to lose your temper - that have helped me the most to succeed. But I did develop a plan: I wanted to work with good people who had a passion for what they did. Still, at age 17, I made the decision to study the technical part of the business as well. I got a two year degree in radio and television communication at Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, New York. I figured if I never made It as an actor, I could go to Alaska, be a cameraman, and collect a paycheck. It would be something to fall back on, but something I still enjoyed.
5[1997] Accumulating money has never been a real goal for me. Rather, I think about how to make every moment of my life mean something. What's been my barometer for success is my creative and spiritual growth - I measure my success by the quality of my work. Last year I sat down and reexamined things. I asked myself if I wanted to do anything and everything just to get a lot of money. I decided I'd rather work and collaborate with people at the top of their craft. And my dream has come true. This year, I'm doing a picture with four Academy Award winners: Director Robert Benton, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman and Paul Newman.
6My advice for achieving success is to make a career choice that reflects your passion. Then work your craft a little bit each day - even if someone's not paying you to do it. Try to balance your social life with your educational (or professional) life, and have patience.


1Fluent in Italian and Spanish.
2He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6351 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 26, 2014.
3Giancarlo Esposito and Aaron Paul appeared together many years before Breaking Bad (2008) on Ghost Whisperer: Fury (2006).
4Is a supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal and participated in the 2010 documentary "Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abu-Jamal". Billed as "Mumia Abu-Jamal: unrepentant cop-killer or passionate revolutionary?".
5Was one of the chorus of children who sang the theme song of The Electric Company (1971).
6Was a member of the dramatic jury at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
7Won two Obie Awards for his performances in "Distant Fires" and "Zooman and the Sign".
8Is a member of the Atlantic Theater Ensemble, the theater company started by David Mamet and William H. Macy.
9Has four daughters: Shayne Lyra, Kale Lyn, Syrlucia and Ruby.
10Lived in Europe, New York City and Cleveland until he; his older brother, Vincent; and their parents moved Manhattan when Giancarlo was six. During the boys' teens, the family lived in Elmsford in Westchester County, New York.
11His mother was doing a nightclub gig on a split bill with Josephine Baker in Copenhagen, Denmark, around the time he was born.
12His mother was an opera singer and his father was a stagehand and carpenter from Naples, Italy.



Music Department

The Electric Company1971-1977TV Series singer - 779 episodes


The Maze Runner: The Death Cure2018announcedJorge
The Long Home2017post-production
Rebel2017TV Movie completedCharles
Okja2017post-productionFrank Dawson
Rebel2017TV Series completedCharles
This Is Your Death2016completedMason Washington
The Get Down2016-2017TV SeriesPastor Ramon Cruz
Brother Nature2016Congressman Frank McClaren
Money Monster2016Captain Powell
The Jungle Book2016Akela (voice)
Once Upon a Time2011-2016TV SeriesSidney Glass Magic Mirror The Genie
The Pills: Sempre meglio che lavorare2016il Boss
Drunk History2015TV SeriesAndrés Pico
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials2015Jorge
Allegiance2015TV SeriesOscar Christoph
I Did Not Forget You2015ShortDr. Sabian
Poker Night2014/IBernard
Batman: Assault on Arkham2014VideoBlack Spider Eric Needham (voice)
Revolution2012-2014TV SeriesTom Neville Captain Tom Neville
Son of Batman2014VideoRa's al Ghul (voice)
Timms Valley2013TV MoviePruit Normings
They Die by Dawn2013
Payday 22013Video GameThe Dentist (voice)
Axe Cop2013TV SeriesArmy Chihuahua
Revolution: Enemies of the State2013TV Mini-SeriesLt. Tom Neville
Community2012-2013TV SeriesGilbert Lawson
Over/Under2013TV MovieOliver Ohrt
Alex Cross2012Daramus Holiday
NYC 222012TV SeriesHarvey Williams
Dreaming American2012ShortDaytona LeMans
Breaking Bad2009-2011TV SeriesGustavo 'Gus' Fring
Certainty2011Father Heery
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior2011TV SeriesGordon Ramirez
S.W.A.T.: Firefight2011VideoInspector Hollander
Detroit 1-8-72010TV SeriesEddie Henderson
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesBeau Hackman
Rabbit Hole2010Auggie
Leverage2010TV SeriesAlexander Moto
Gospel Hill2008Dr. Palmer
CSI: Miami2006-2008TV SeriesChief Braga
New Amsterdam2008TV SeriesSpecial Agent James Lawson
Xenophobia2008TV MovieYoung
Feel the Noise2007Roberto
The Box2007/IIDet. Dwayne Burkhalter
Racing Daylight2007Fred / Drifter
Kidnapped2007TV SeriesVance
Las Vegas2006TV SeriesReggie Archibald
Dr. Vegas2006TV Series
Rain2006Ken Arnold
Bones2006TV SeriesRichard Benoit
Ghost Whisperer2006TV SeriesEly
South Beach2006TV SeriesRobert Fuentes
Sherrybaby2006Parole Officer Hernandez
Last Holiday2006Senator Dillings
Derailed2005/IDetective Church
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power2005VideoLittle Jeff
Back in the Day2005Benson Cooper
Law & Order1996-2005TV SeriesRodney Fallon Mr. Baylor
Law & Order: Trial by Jury2005TV SeriesOrlando Ramirez
I Will Avenge You, Iago!2005Director
Chupacabra Terror2005VideoDr. Peña
Hate Crime2005Detective Esposito
NYPD 20692004TV MovieLt. Garner
A Killer Within2004Vargas
Doing Hard Time2004VideoCaptain Pierce
5ive Days to Midnight2004TV Mini-SeriesTim Sanders
Soul Food2004TV SeriesJules
Half & Half2004TV SeriesDarrell Washington
Blind Horizon2003J.C. Reynolds
Street Time2003TV SeriesJesse Haslim
Lucky2003TV SeriesLord Marion
The Division2003TV SeriesDr. Pembroke
Ash Tuesday2003Karl
Girls Club2002TV SeriesNicholas Hahn
A Nero Wolfe Mystery2002TV SeriesAmbassador Theodore Kelefy
Third Watch2002TV SeriesFather Romero
The Practice2002TV SeriesRay McMurphy
100 Centre Street2001TV SeriesJacob Lenz
Ali2001Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.
Piñero2001Miguel Algarin
Strong Medicine2001TV SeriesJames 'Junior' Bell
The $treet2000-2001TV SeriesTom Divack
Touched by an Angel2000TV SeriesAntonio Gaudi
Homicide: The Movie2000TV MovieOfficer Mike Giardello
Nash Bridges1996-1999TV SeriesArnold / Gordon Keller / Whip Tyrell
Homicide: Life on the Street1998-1999TV SeriesMike Giardello
Stardust1998Mr. Peavey
Thirst1998TV MovieDr. Lawrence Carver
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet1998TV MovieChaz Villanueva
Where's Marlowe?1998Blind Man (uncredited)
Lulu on the Bridge1998Black (DVD deleted scene) (uncredited)
Creature1998TV Mini-SeriesLt. Thomas Peniston / Werewolf
NYPD Blue1996-1998TV SeriesJamaal / Ferdinand Hollie
Twilight1998Reuben Escobar
The Hunger1998TV SeriesVampire
The Maze1997Henry Kunitz
The People1997Anthony Rivera
Trouble on the Corner1997Darryl
Five Desperate Hours1997TV MovieJoseph Grange
Big City Blues1997Georgie
Loose Women1997Stylist #2
Nothing to Lose1997Charlie Dunt
The Tomorrow Man1996TV MovieJonathan Driscoll
Living Single1996TV SeriesJackson Turner
Swift Justice1996TV SeriesAndrew Coffin
Mylène Farmer: California1996Video shortRich Man / Pimp
Chicago Hope1996TV SeriesCherchez LaFemme
Waiting to Exhale1995David Matthews (uncredited)
Fallen Angels1995TV SeriesParis Minton
New York Undercover1995TV SeriesAdolfo Guzman
The Keeper1995Paul Lamont
Reckless1995Host Tim Timko
Blue in the Face1995Tommy Finelli
Smoke1995OTB Man #1, Tommy
The Usual Suspects1995Jack Baer
Bakersfield P.D.1993-1994TV SeriesDetective Paul Gigante
Seven Songs for Malcolm X1993DocumentaryAutobiography Reading (voice)
Amos & Andrew1993Reverend Fenton Brunch
American Experience1993TV Series documentaryDr. Kenneth Clark
Relentless: Mind of a Killer1993TV MovieArthur Sistrunk
Malcolm X1992Thomas Hayer
Bob Roberts1992Bugs Raplin
Night on Earth1991YoYo
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man1991Jimmy Jiles
Lifestories1990TV SeriesJulio
Mo' Better Blues1990Left Hand Lacey (Piano)
King of New York1990Lance
Do the Right Thing1989Buggin' Out
School Daze1988Julian
Leg Work1987TV SeriesTyson
Spenser: For Hire1987TV SeriesRamos
Heartbeat1987VideoGang Member #1
Sweet Lorraine1987Howie
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesJumpin' Jack
Maximum Overdrive1986Videoplayer
American Playhouse1985-1986TV SeriesSimon Fernandes / Elisha
Rockabye1986TV MovieMarcus
Miami Vice1984-1985TV SeriesAdonis Jackson / Ricky / Luther
Desperately Seeking Susan1985Street Vendor
Finnegan Begin Again1985TV MovieIntruder
CBS Schoolbreak Special1985TV SeriesKyle
The Cotton Club1984Bumpy Hood
The Brother from Another Planet1984Man Being Arrested (uncredited)
Go Tell It on the Mountain1984Elisha
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute1983Julio
Trading Places1983Cellmate #2
Sesame Street1982TV SeriesMickey
Another World1982TV SeriesWillie Armstrong
Taps1981/ICadet Captain J.C. Pierce
The Gentleman Bandit1981TV MovieJamie
The Changeling1980Extra (uncredited)
Tutti a squola1979
Running1979Puerto Rican Teenager
Et Salammbo?1970Short voice
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesClay Tynan (1982-1983)


Stuck2016/IIassociate producer post-production
This Is Your Death2016producer completed
Gospel Hill2008producer
The Keeper1995co-producer


This Is Your Death2016completed
Gospel Hill2008


The Get Down2016TV Series performer - 1 episode


On Meditation2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Week in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2015TV SeriesHimself
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee2014DocumentaryHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Talking Bad2013TV SeriesHimself / Gus Fring
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Revolution: Cast and Creators Live at Paleyfest2013TV MovieHimself - Panelist
The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
The 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2012TV MovieHimself
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal2012DocumentaryHimself
Once Upon a Time: Magic Is Coming2012TV MovieHimself - Narrator (voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series & Presenter
Comic Con 2012 Live2012TV MovieHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The After After Party with Steven Michael Quezada2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
42nd NAACP Image Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The Jeffrey Henderson Show2010TV SeriesHimself
6 Days in a Park2009Documentary shortHimself
Proudly We Stand: The Inauguration of Barack Obama2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
2007 Vail Film Festival2008ShortHimself
Chelsea on the Rocks2008DocumentaryTip
Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze'2005Video documentary shortHimself
College Daze2005Video documentary shortHimself
Making a Mark2005Video documentary shortHimself
34th NAACP Image Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Ali'2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power2000TV Movie documentaryVarious
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Dans les coulisses du clip 'California'1996ShortHimself
Stolen Moments.: Red Hot+Cool1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Making 'Do the Right Thing'1989TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
FalconCast2015TV SeriesGustavo Fring
CSI: Miami2008TV SeriesChief Braga
Kidnapped2007TV SeriesVance


Won Awards

2015BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortBatman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
2014Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn April 26, 2014. At 6351 Hollywood Blvd.
2012Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActorBreaking Bad (2008)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2011IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV VillainBreaking Bad (2008)
2011IGN People's Choice AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV VillainBreaking Bad (2008)
2009Rosetta Miller Perry AwardNashville Film FestivalGospel Hill (2008)
2008Jury AwardFt. Lauderdale International Film FestivalSeashell Best of FestGospel Hill (2008)
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Usual Suspects (1995)
1995NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleThe Usual Suspects (1995)

Nominated Awards

2015BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortBatman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionRevolution (2012)
2013TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite VillainRevolution (2012)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionBreaking Bad (2008)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBreaking Bad (2008)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2011Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Guest Starring Role on TelevisionBreaking Bad (2008)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHomicide: Life on the Street (1993)
1995Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleFresh (1994)

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