Giancarlo Esposito

American actor

Giancarlo Esposito (born April 26, 1958)[1] is an American actor, director and producer. He played Buggin' Out in Do the Right Thing. He played Left Hand Lacey in Mo' Better Blues. He also played Julian in School Daze, Gus in Breaking Bad and Akela in The Jungle Book.

Giancarlo Esposito 2012

Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an African-American mother and Italian father. He was raised in Manhattan, New York City from age six.


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Year Title Role Notes
1979 Running Puerto Rican Teenager
1981 Taps Cadet Captain JC Pierce
1983 Trading Places Cellmate
1983 Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Julio
1984 Go Tell It on the Mountain Elisha
1984 The Cotton Club Bumpy Hood
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Street Vendor
1986 Maximum Overdrive Videoplayer
1987 Sweet Lorraine Howie
1988 School Daze Julian
1989 Do the Right Thing Buggin' Out
1990 Mo' Better Blues Left Hand Lacey
1990 King of New York Lance
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Jimmy Jiles
1991 Night on Earth YoYo
1992 Bob Roberts John Alijah "Bugs" Raplin
1992 Malcolm X Thomas Hagan
1994 Fresh Esteban
1995 The Usual Suspects Jack Baer
1995 Blue in the Face Tommy
1995 The Keeper Paul Lamont Also co-producer
1995 Waiting to Exhale David Matthews Uncredited
1997 Nothing to Lose Charlie Dunt
1997 Big City Blues Georgie
1998 Twilight Reuben Escobar
1998 Phoenix Louie
2001 Josephine Spike
2001 Monkeybone Hypnos
2001 Ali Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
2001 Piñero Miguel Algarín
2003 Ash Tuesday Karl
2003 Blind Horizon JC Reynolds
2004 Noise Hank
2004 Doing Hard Time Captain Pierce Direct-to-DVD
2004 A Killer Within Vargas
2005 Hate Crime Det. Esposito
2005 Chupacabra: Dark Seas Dr. Peña Direct-to-DVD
2005 I Will Avenge You, Iago! Director
2005 Back in the Day Benson Copper
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Little Jeff Direct-to-DVD
2005 Derailed Detective Franklin Church
2006 Last Holiday Senator Dillings
2006 Sherrybaby Parole Officer Hernandez
2006 Rain Ken Arnold
2007 Racing Daylight Fred / Drifter
2007 The Box Detective Dwayne Burkhalter
2007 Mano Nino Short film
2007 Feel the Noise Roberto
2008 Gospel Hill Dr. Palmer Also director and producer
2010 Rabbit Hole Auggie
2011 S.W.A.T.: Firefight Inspector Hollander Direct-to-DVD
2011 Certainty Father Heery
2012 Alex Cross Daramus Holiday
2012 Dreaming American Daytona LeMans Short film
2014 Requiem for the Big East Narrator
2014 Son of Batman Ra's al Ghul (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2014 Batman: Assault on Arkham Black Spider (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2014 Poker Night Bernard
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Jorge
2016 The Pills – Sempre meglio che lavorare (it) Bangla Boss
2016 The Jungle Book Akela (voice)
2016 Money Monster Captain Marcus Powell
2016 Brother Nature Congressman Frank McClaren
2017 The Show Mason Washington Also director and producer
2017 Stuck Lloyd
2017 Okja Frank Dawson
2017 Unacknowledged Narrator
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Jorge
2018 MFKZ Mr. K (voice) English dub
2020 The Long Home William Tell Oliver Post-production
2020 Stargirl Archie Post-production
2021 FarCry 6 Antón Castillo
TBA Da 5 Bloods Filming


  1. "Giancarlo Esposito". The TV Guide. Retrieved September 6, 2014.

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