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Fresh, Do The Right Thing, Breaking Bad
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Esposito was born in Denmark to an Italian father who worked as a stagehand and carpenter, and an African-American mother who was an opera and nightclub singer. Esposito lived in Europe, New York, and Cleveland until the family settled in Manhattan when he was six. At the age of ten he made his Broadway debut in the short-lived Maggie Flynn. Additional New York theatre credits include The Me Nobody Knows, Lost in the Stars, Seesaw, and Merrily We Roll Along. In 2008 he appeared on Broadway as Gooper in an African American production of Tennessee Williams`s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen and starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Terrence Howard.
Throughout most of the 1980s Esposito appeared in small roles in films such as Maximum Overdrive, King of New York, and Trading Places and TV shows such as Miami Vice and Spenser: For Hire, until landing his breakout role as a college student labeled as a "wannabe" by his peers in director Spike Lee`s 1988 film School Daze. Over the next four years, Esposito and Lee collaborated on three other movies: Do the Right Thing, Mo` Better Blues, and Malcolm X. He also appeared in Reckless with Mia Farrow.
Esposito is probably best known for his portrayal of Agent Mike Giardello (one of his few roles taking into account both his Black and Italian heritage) on the TV crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street, a role he played from 1998 until the series` cancellation in 1999. Ironically enough, Mike`s father Al was subject to colorism, something that Esposito`s character practiced in School Daze. Other TV credits include NYPD Blue, Law & Order, The Practice, and Fallen Angels: Fearless.
Esposito`s career and choice of roles defies pigeonholing; he has portrayed drug dealers (Fresh), cops (The Usual Suspects), political radicals (Bob Roberts) and even a demonic version of the Greek God of Sleep from another dimension (Monkeybone.) His last notable roles were as Muhammed Ali`s father in Ali and Nuyorican poet Miguel Piñero`s friend and collaborator Miguel Algarín in Piñero, both released in 2001.
Esposito`s most recent role was Robert Fuentes, a Miami businessman with shady connections, on the UPN television series South Beach. He recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra`s Hip-Hop Literacy campaign, which encouraged reading about Muhammad Ali.
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Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito
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Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an American film and television actor and director best known for his roles in such films as Do the Right Thing, The Usual Suspects, and King of New York, and for his portrayal of Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the AMC series Breaking Bad, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award at the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards and was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards. He appeared in the ABC series Once Upon a Time as the Evil Queen's magic mirror and "Daily Mirror" reporter Sidney Glass, and he currently appears in the NBC post-apocalyptic TV drama Revolution as a Major of the Monroe Republic Military. In November 2012, he was seen as a priest "Father Heery" in the motion picture Certainty.
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