Giancarlo Esposito

66, from Copenhagen, Denmark

Artwork for The Jungle BookImage of Giancarlo Esposito

Biography

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Gus Fring in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad (2009–2011) and the prequel series Better Call Saul (2017–2022). For this role he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and earned three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Esposito's other television roles include Federal Agent Mike Giardello in the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street (1998–1999), Sidney Glass / Magic Mirror in the ABC supernatural drama series Once Upon a Time (2011–2017), Tom Neville in the NBC science fiction series Revolution (2012–2014), Dr. Edward Ruskins in the Netflix comedy-drama series Dear White People (2017–present), Stan Edgar in the Amazon Prime Video superhero drama series The Boys (2019–present), and Moff Gideon in the Disney+ space western drama series The Mandalorian (2019–present), the lattermost of which earned him two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He also portrayed American Baptist pastor and politician Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in the TV series Godfather of Harlem (2019–present). Esposito also portrays Antón Castillo, the main antagonist of the video game Far Cry 6, released in 2021.

He is also known for his appearances in several Spike Lee films, such as School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), and Malcolm X (1992). Esposito's other major films include Taps (1981), King of New York (1990), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), Fresh (1994), The Usual Suspects (1995), Ali (2001), Last Holiday (2006), Gospel Hill (2008), Rabbit Hole (2010), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Money Monster (2016), Okja (2017), Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), and Stargirl (2020).

Timeline

2025Future projects

  • Poster for Captain America: Brave New World

    (Unknown)

2024Aged 66

  • Poster for Abigail

    Lambert

  • Poster for MaXXXine

    Teddy Knight

  • Poster for Megalopolis

    Mayor Franklyn Cicero

2023Aged 65

  • Poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

    Baxter Stockman (voice)

2022Aged 64

  • Poster for Beauty

    Beauty's Father

  • Poster for Bonnie

    Self

  • Poster for Euphoria

    Taxi Driver

2021Aged 63

2020Aged 62

  • Poster for Coda

    Paul

  • Poster for Stargirl

    Archie Brubaker

  • Poster for For NYC

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Unpregnant

    Bob

2019Aged 61

  • Poster for Stuck

    Lloyd

  • Poster for Line of Duty

    Tom Volk

2018Aged 60

  • Poster for Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Jorge

  • Poster for The Nagano Tapes

    Self - Narrator

2017Aged 59

  • Poster for Unacknowledged

    Narrator

  • Poster for Okja

    Frank Dawson

  • Poster for The Show

    Mason Washington

2016Aged 58

  • Poster for The Pills: Sempre meglio che lavorare

    Il Boss

  • Poster for The Jungle Book

    Akela (voice)

  • Poster for Money Monster

    Captain Powell

  • Poster for On Meditation

    Self

  • Poster for Brother Nature

    Congressman Frank McClaren

  • Poster for PAYDAY THE MOVIE

    The Dentist

2015Aged 57

  • Poster for I Did Not Forget You

    Dr. Sabian

  • Poster for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

    Jorge

  • Poster for Enzian: When the Lights Go Up

    Self (archive footage)

2014Aged 56

  • Poster for Requiem for the Big East

    Narrator

  • Poster for Son of Batman

    Ra's al Ghul (voice)

  • Poster for Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

    Self

  • Poster for Batman: Assault on Arkham

    Black Spider / Eric Needham (voice)

  • Poster for Poker Night

    Bernard

2013Aged 55

2012Aged 54

  • Poster for Alex Cross

    Daramus Holiday

2011Aged 53

  • Poster for S.W.A.T.: Firefight

    Inspector Hollander

  • Poster for Dreaming American

    Daytona LeMans

  • Poster for Certainty

    Father Heery

2010Aged 52

  • Poster for Rabbit Hole

    Auggie

2009Aged 51

  • Poster for PoliWood

    Self

2008Aged 50

2007Aged 49

  • Poster for The Box - 2007

    Dwayne Burkhalter

  • Poster for Feel The Noise

    Roberto Vega

  • Poster for Mano

    Nino

2006Aged 48

  • Poster for Last Holiday

    Senator Dillings

  • Poster for Rain

    Ken Arnold

  • Poster for Sherrybaby

    Parole Officer Hernandez

2005Aged 47

2004Aged 46

  • Poster for Noise

    Hank

  • Poster for A Killer Within

    Vargas

  • Poster for Doing Hard Time

    Captain Pierce

2003Aged 45

  • Poster for Ash Tuesday

    Karl

  • Poster for Blind Horizon

    J.C. Reynolds

2001Aged 43

  • Poster for Monkeybone

    Hypnos

  • Poster for Piñero

    Miguel Algarin

  • Poster for Ali

    Cassius Clay, Sr.

2000Aged 42

  • Poster for Josephine

    Spike

  • Poster for Homicide: The Movie

    Mike Giardello

1998Aged 40

1997Aged 39

  • Poster for The Maze

    Henry Kunitz

  • The People

    Anthony Rivera

  • Poster for Big City Blues

    Georgie

  • Poster for Nothing to Lose

    Charlie Dunt

  • Poster for Five Desperate Hours

    Joseph Grange

  • Poster for Trouble on the Corner

    Darryl

1996Aged 38

  • Poster for Mylène Farmer: California

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for The Tomorrow Man

    Jonathan Driscoll

1995Aged 37

  • Poster for Klash

    Stoney

  • Poster for Smoke

    1st OTB Man / Tommy

  • Poster for The Usual Suspects

    FBI Agent Jack Baer

  • Poster for The Keeper

    Paul Lamont

  • Poster for Blue in the Face

    Tommy Finelli

  • Poster for Reckless

    Host Tim Timko

  • Poster for Waiting to Exhale

    David Matthews (uncredited)

1994Aged 36

1993Aged 35

  • Poster for Mood Indigo

    Arthur Sistrunk

  • Poster for Amos & Andrew

    The Reverend Fenton Brunch

  • Poster for Seven Songs for Malcolm X

    Autobiography Reading (voice)

1992Aged 34

  • Poster for Bob Roberts

    Bugs Raplin

  • Poster for Malcolm X

    Thomas Hayer

1991Aged 33

  • Poster for Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

    Jimmy Jiles

  • Poster for Night on Earth

    YoYo

1990Aged 32

  • Poster for King of New York

    Lance

  • Poster for Mo' Better Blues

    Left Hand Lacey (Piano)

1989Aged 31

1988Aged 30

  • Poster for School Daze

    Julian 'Dean Big Brother Almighty' Eaves

1987Aged 29

  • Poster for Sweet Lorraine

    Howie

  • Poster for Heartbeat

    Gang Member #1

1986Aged 28

  • Poster for Rockabye

    Marcus

  • Poster for Roanoak

    Simon Fernandes

  • Poster for Maximum Overdrive

    Videoplayer

1985Aged 27

  • Poster for Go Tell It on the Mountain

    Elisha

  • Poster for Finnegan Begin Again

    Intruder

  • Poster for Desperately Seeking Susan

    Street Vendor

1984Aged 26

  • Poster for The Brother from Another Planet

    Man Being Arrested (uncredited)

  • Poster for The Cotton Club

    Bumpy Hood

1983Aged 25

1981Aged 23

  • Poster for The Gentleman Bandit

    Jamie

  • Poster for Taps

    Cadet Captain J.C. Pierce

1979Aged 21

  • Poster for Tutti a squola

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Running

    Puerto Rican Teenager

1970Aged 12

Year unknown