Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated film, television and stage actor, director and producer with a career spanning nearly five decades.
Esposito recently directed his second feature, The Show, in which he also stars. The drama centers around a disturbing reality game show in which contestants end their lives for viewer entertainment. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Festival. It will be released by Grindstone in theaters and on demand on September 15.
Esposito can currently be seen in director Bong Joon-Ho’s new sci-fi film Okja, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano. The film is co-produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and was released globally by Netflix on June 28. The story follows a Korean girl who risks everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a beast called Okja. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews.
Esposito recently wrapped production on director Claude Lalonde’s The Gift, opposite Sir Patrick Steward and Katie Holmes.
Esposito also recently wrapped production in South Africa on The Death Cure, the third film in 20th Century Fox’s hit blockbuster action franchise The Maze Runner. The film is slated to be released on January 12, 2018. He also starred in the second film in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials, which was released in 2015. It has also been announced that Esposito will star in the upcoming film, Shriver, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church.
Upcoming, Esposito will also be seen in James Franco’s The Long Home, based on the William Gay novel of the same name.
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 currently be seen reprising his role in the third season of AMC’s critically acclaimed prequel, Better Call Saul, which was nominated for an Emmy® Award in the category of Outstanding Drama Series, and will be returning for a fourth season. He also has a recurring role in Baz Luhrmann’s critically acclaimed Netflix series The Get Down, which looks at the birth of hip hop in New York in the 1970s. It is currently streaming.
Esposito can also currently be heard narrating the Netflix series, Dear White People, which launched on the platform on April 28. The 10-episode season is based off of the critically acclaimed 2014 film of the same name and was recently picked up for a second season.
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’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 The Jungle Book, Money Monster, 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.
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.
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.