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Award-winning actor Esai Morales is a graduate of New York's High School for the Performing Arts, began his acting career on the stage, firstly appearing in El Hermano at the Ensemble Theatre Studio and at New York's Shakespeare Festival In The Park in The Tempest. He had his feature film debut in Bad Boys and his breakthrough role in La Bamba ... See full bio »

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3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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La Bamba
La Bamba Bob Morales
NYPD Blue Lt. Tony Rodriguez
Rapa Nui
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Gun Hill Road
Gun Hill Road Enrique Rodriguez


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  Ozark (TV Series) (filming)
- Episode #1.4 ... Del
- Pilot ... Del
  Simone (filming)
Professor / Writer
 2015-2016 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
Sgt. Trey Delgado
- For the Community (2016) ... Sgt. Trey Delgado
- Backstabbers (2015) ... Sgt. Trey Delgado
 2016 How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series)
Laurel's Dad
- Always Bet Black (2016) ... Laurel's Dad
 2016 Adam Ruins Everything (TV Series)
- Adam Ruins Immigration (2016) ... Alfonso
 2016 Hit the Floor (TV Series)
 2016 Casa Vita (TV Movie)
Rodrigo Vita
 2016 L.A. Series (TV Movie)
El Mono
 2016 Untitled Laura Steinel Project (TV Movie)
 2015/I Spare Parts
Pablo Santillan
 2014 Cleaners (TV Series)
Father Brooks
- The Not So Safe House (2014) ... Father Brooks
- Hello Father (2014) ... Father Brooks
- She's Alive! (2014) ... Father Brooks
 2014 Jarhead 2: Field of Fire
Captain Jones
 2013 Major Crimes (TV Series)
Deputy Manuel Diaz
- Jailbait (2013) ... Deputy Manuel Diaz
 2013 Teachers (TV Movie)
 2013 Playin' for Love
Principle Jose Marti
 2012 Seattle Superstorm (TV Movie)
 2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Jimmy Vasquez
- Home Invasions (2012) ... Jimmy Vasquez
 2011 17th Precinct (TV Movie)
Liam Butterfield
 2011 We Have Your Husband (TV Movie)
Eduardo Valseca
 2011 Gun Hill Road
Enrique Rodriguez
 2010 King of the Avenue
 2010 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Stephen Madsen
- All Fall Down (2010) ... Stephen Madsen
 2010/I Cherry
 2002-2009 Dora the Explorer (TV Series)
- Egg Hunt (2003) ... Papi (voice)
- A Present for Santa (2002) ... Papi (voice)
- Click (2002) ... Papi (voice)
- Super Map! (2002) ... Papi (voice)
 2008 Kill Kill Faster Faster
 2007 The Cure (TV Movie)
 2007 Burn Notice (TV Series)
Ernie Paseo
- Broken Rules (2007) ... Ernie Paseo
 2006 Company Town (TV Movie)
Ray Dupre
 2006 Fast Food Nation
 2006 The Virgin of Juarez
Father Herrera
 2005 Freddie (TV Series)
- The Courtship of Freddie's Father (2005) ... Carlos
 2005 True Crime: New York City (Video Game)
Captain Victor 'Vic' Navarro (voice)
 2005 American Fusion
 2005/I Heartless (TV Movie)
Rick Benes / David Lopez
 2005 Once Upon a Wedding
 2004 Sudbury (TV Movie)
 2002 George Lopez (TV Series)
Manny Lopez
 2002 Paid in Full
 2002 The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina (Video)
Vargas Mouse (voice)
 2000 Spin Cycle
 2000 Doomsday Man
 2000 Family Law (TV Series)
Mr. Santiago
- Telling Lies, Conclusion (2000) ... Mr. Santiago
 2000 A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story (TV Movie)
Juan Miguel Gonzalez
 1999 Southern Cross
Philip Solano
 1999 Atomic Train (TV Mini-Series)
Noris MacKenzie
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Noris MacKenzie
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Noris MacKenzie
 1999 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Vince Duralde
- The Life Lost in Living (1999) ... Vince Duralde
 1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV Series)
- Charity (1998) ... Guillermo (voice)
 1998 Circle of Deceit (TV Movie)
Jeff Silva
 1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
 1997 The Hunger (TV Series)
- I'm Dangerous Tonight (1997) ... Tony
 1997 Dog Watch (Video)
 1996 Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story (TV Movie)
Federico Pena
 1996 Death in Granada
 1996 The Real Thing
 1995 Scorpion Spring
 1995 Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 (TV Movie)
Tony Archer
 1995 My Family
 1994 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- The Bribe (1994) ... Puck
 1994 Don't Do It
 1994 Rapa Nui
 1993/I The Waiter (Short)
 1992 Bay City Story (TV Movie)
Jim Duran
 1992 Ultraviolet
Nicholas Walker
 1992 Freejack
 1991-1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV Series)
Stefan of Albans / Sir Geoffrey / Knight
- The Trap (1992) ... Stefan of Albans (voice)
- The Visitor (1991) ... Sir Geoffrey / Knight (voice)
 1990 Naked Tango
Zico Borenstein
 1990 Amazon (uncredited)
 1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway
Handsome Jack
 1985-1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Felipe Cruz / Pete Romano
- God's Work (1987) ... Felipe Cruz
- The Home Invaders (1985) ... Pete Romano
 1987 The Principal
Raymi Rojas
 1986 On Wings of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
- Part II (1986) ... Rashid
- Part I (1986) ... Rashid
 1985 Rainy Day Friends
Neekos Valdez
 1985 Fame (TV Series)
- Savage Streets (1985) ... George
 1985 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Officer Miguel Canterra
- Lady Cop (1985) ... Officer Miguel Canterra
 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Miguel Rados
- The Great Love Experiment (1984) ... Miguel Rados
 1982 Forty Deuce
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Appeared as Cesar Castillo in the Arne Gilmcher production The Mambo Kings at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, California (May-June) and at the Broadway Theatre, New York, New York (July - ) See more »

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2 Interviews | 3 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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5' 10" (1.78 m)

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He originally auditioned for the role of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba (1987), and Lou Diamond Phillips originally auditioned for the role of Bob. See more »

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