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Esai Morales

For years, award-winning actor Esai Morales has lent his outstanding acting talents to television, theater and films. Since his feature film debut in Bad Boys in 1983, the actor has continuously given performances that strongly resonate in the hearts and minds of his audience. After graduating from New York's High School for the Performing Arts, Morales made his stage debut in El Hermano. His other theatre performances include Salome and The Tempest amongst others.

For three seasons, Morales played Lieutenant Tony Rodriguez in the Emmy award winning series NYPD Blue. He also starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd., PBS's drama series American Family, FOX's Vanished; and most recently USA's Burn Notice. In 2002, Morales was awarded the Best Actor in a Television Series at the prestigious Alma Awards and was honored with Entertainer of the Year at the 17 Annual Imagen Awards for his work on NYPD Blue. He also received an Imagen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work in American Family. He received critical acclaim for his roles in the filmsRapa Nui, and Mi Familia.

Morales recently starred in the award-winning indie film, American Fusion, and he also just wrapped on the James Cotton film, La Linea, opposite Ray Liotta. Morales will next star in the film Kill Kill Faster Faster. His other film credits include Fast Food Nation, The Virgin Of Juarez and La Bamba, which remains the most commercially successful Latino-themed motion picture to date.

A self-described actorvist, Morales is involved in charities and non-profit organizations like the National Hispanic Foundation, which he co-founded with actors Jimmy Smits and Sonia Braga, that works to advance the presence and quality of Latinos in media, telecommunications and entertainment. He is also a founding board member of the Earth Communications Office (E.C.O.), and he is a national board member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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Esai Morales Facts

BirthdayOctober 1, 1962 (60)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Esai Morales compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Spare Parts
In The Army Now
Paid In Full
La Bamba
Never Back Down: No Surrender
My Family, Mi Familia
Bad Boys
Seattle Superstorm
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike
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