Giancarlo Esposito

Award Winning Actor and Director, Arts & Education Advocate

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As comfortable on stage as he is behind a microphone, Giancarlo Esposito shares his journey as an actor and an artist with perceptible passion and uncanny charm. He talks about his journey to becoming more than just a “working” actor, but a quality thespian, despite the standard industry hurdles many people of color face while trying to break into “the industry.” Esposito talks candidly about being bi-racial and learning to embrace his racial identity as an integral part of his acting identity. In a program that is both thought provoking and inspiring, Esposito redefines success and encourages all to identify what they love to do, start there, and go places.

About Giancarlo Esposito

  • Esposito is a seasoned actor recognized for his work on a number of cult-favorite movies and television shows;
  • He consistently draws big crowds, often “standing room only”
  • He offers a new look at race, art, entertainment, and culture in America
  • He shares inspiring stories on perseverance, dedication, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from his journey in show business

Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film, and stage actor whose acting career spans over several decades and whose film credits include over 60 films. Known for his roles in such ground-breaking films as Do the Right Thing, Ali, and The Usual Suspects, Esposito was honored with a Star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.

Having grown up in an era when not many faces on the silver screen resembled his own, Esposito is now credited with helping to open doors for talent of all ethnicities and skin tones to accomplish their dreams—in entertainment and beyond.

Television audiences know him best from his iconic portrayal of drug kingpin Gustavo “Gus” Fring in AMC’s award-winning series Breaking Bad, for which he won the 2012 Critics Choice Award and earned a 2012 Emmy nomination. He recently finished production on the independent thriller Poker Night– starring as a seasoned police detective opposite Ron Perlman, Titus Welliver & Ron Eldard.  This summer, Esposito will produce, direct & star in the independent historical drama Patriotic Treason, the story of abolitionist John Brown.  He will play Frederick Douglass while Ed Harris is attached to star as Brown.

Esposito is returning to the silver screen in 2015 in the second installment of the Maze Runner trilogy, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and will be playing Akela in Disney’s live-action/animation version of The Jungle Book. In 2016 Esposito can be seen in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster.

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  • A Message for Students: Esposito’s Campus Program
  • At the Very Art of It
  • Giancarlo Esposito: My Hollywood Journey

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