Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated film, television and stage actor, director and producer with a career spanning nearly five decades.
Esposito has recently wrapped production on director Bong Joon-Ho’s new sci-fi film “Okja,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano, which will be released by Netflix. He is currently in production on The Death Cure, the third film in 20th Century Fox’s hit blockbuster action franchise The Maze Runner. He also starred in the second film in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials, which was released in 2015.
Further, Esposito recently voiced Akela, the leader of the wolf pack, in Jon Favreau’s blockbuster hit “The Jungle Book” for Disney. Also featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba, the critically acclaimed film has grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. After, Esposito starred alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts in director Jodie Foster’s thriller “Money Monster,” which was released by Sony earlier this year. Giancarlo also recently starred James Franco’s “The Long Home,” based on the William Gay novel of the same name, which is set to be released in 2017.
Esposito recently directed his second feature, “This Is Your Death,” in which he also stars. The drama centers on a disturbing reality game show in which contestants end their lives for viewer entertainment. Under his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film "Gospel Hill," which won over nine awards at various acclaimed film festivals. In the film, he 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.
It was announced that Esposito will direct, produce & star as Frederick Douglass in the independent historical drama “Patriotic Treason” opposite 4-time Academy Award® nominee Ed Harris, who will play abolitionist John Brown. Esposito is well known by television audiences for his iconic portrayal of drug kingpin Gustavo “Gus” Fring in AMC’s critically acclaimed award-winning series “Breaking Bad,” for which he won the 2012 Critics Choice Award and earned a 2012 Emmy nomination. He can also be seen in Baz Luhrmann’s highly acclaimed Netflix series “The Get Down,” which looks at the birth of hip hop in New York in the 1970s. His other television credits include “Revolution,” “Community,” “Once Upon a Time,” "Homicide: Life on The Streets," "Law and Order," “Bakersfield PD,” “Touched by an Angel,” and "Kidnapped."
Esposito’s most memorable performances can be seen in films such as “Rabbit Hole,” "The Usual Suspects," "Smoke" "The Last Holiday” and Spike Lee’s films "Do the Right Thing", "Mo’ Better Blues," “School Daze” and "Malcolm X.” Esposito's other film credits include “Poker Night,” “Alex Cross,” “SherryBaby,” “Ali,” "Nothing to Lose,” “Waiting to Exhale,” "Bob Roberts", "King of New York” and "Cotton Club.” In 1995, Esposito was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his work in “Fresh.”
Giancarlo’s notable roles extend to Broadway as well. In 2012, he starred in Atlantic Theatre Company’s world premiere of “Storefront Church,” which was the final installment of the trilogy “Church & State.” Esposito 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 list of Broadway credits include productions of "Sacrilege", "Seesaw", "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Lost In The Stars.” He also co-starred on Broadway with James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad in Debbie Allen’s 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 lends his support to various charitable organizations that support the arts and education, including the Waterkeeper Alliance, Kids for Peace & World Merit USA.