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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 October 1962Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameEsai Manuel Morales
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Award-winning actor Esai Morales, 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.

Some of his most memorable theater performances include; Oscar Wilde's Salome with Al Pacino on Broadway; Joe Papp's production of The Tempest with Raul Julia for New York's Shakespeare in the Park Festival; Tamer Of Horses for the Los Angeles Theater Center, for which he was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award; The Exonerated, directed by Bob Balaban; and the San Francisco run of the musical The Mambo Kings-Morales' musical theater debut.

Some of his most memorable film credits include Rapa Nui, produced by Kevin Costner; the award winning HBO film The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story directed by John Frankenheimer; the Gregory Nava's film Mi Familia; and Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation. He also starred in the films, The Line, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, as the iconic Francisco De Anconia and starred and executive produced Gun Hill Road, a Grand Jury Nominee at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Morales' credible and commanding role in the Emmy award-winning series NYPD Blue broke new ground and gave him critical acclaim. Other award winning shows include Showtime's Resurrection Blvd.; PBS's drama series American Family; FOX's Vanished; and USA's Burn Notice as well as CBS's drama Jericho and the Syfy series Caprica opposite Eric Stoltz. He was also featured recurring on USA's Fairly Legal, as District Attorney Aaron Davidson.

In 2002, Morales won The Alma Award as "Best Actor in a Television Series," and was honored as Entertainer of the Year at the 17th Annual Imagen Awards for his work on NYPD Blue. He won an Imagen Award for Best Actor for his tour de force performance in Gun Hill Road, and an Imagen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work in American Family. His performance on Lifetime's We Have Your Husband won him a NAACP nomination.

In 2013 he joined the cast of CBS' Legal drama The Advocates and is recurring on the upcoming season of Starz' Magic City.

A self-described "actorvist," Morales has combined his passion and understanding of the human condition to build bridges across and beyond ethnic lines. Throughout his career, Morales has been an advocate for countless charities and causes. These causes include literacy, environment, health, immigration, arts funding and social justice issues as well as his consistent evolutionary message inspiring our youth to strive towards a higher purpose and meaningful life.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jasmin Espada

Spouse (1)

Elvimar Silva (20 May 2010 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Is co-founder, with Sonia Braga and Jimmy Smits, of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
Spoke only Spanish until age 5.
Studied at Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts.
He first became interested in an acting career at age 12 when he saw Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
Esai's Puerto Rican parents divorced when he was a baby.
As a child, Esai was so concerned about his mother's smoking that he hid her cigarettes.
He originally auditioned for the role of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba (1987), and Lou Diamond Phillips originally auditioned for the role of Bob.
His first name frequently appears in crossword puzzles, since it is rare to find an English four-letter word that is 75% vowels.
Participated in the 2011 National Record-A-Thon by recording children's book titles for RFB&D (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)'s audiobook library. [March 2011]

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