Giancarlo Esposito is a Danish-born American actor best known for his television roles as Agent Mike Giardello in Homicide: Life on the Street (1998-1999) and as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring on Breakin Bad, from 2009-2011.
He currently stars as Captain Tom Neville, a cultured former insurance adjuster turned militia leader, in the post-apocalyptic science fiction drama series Revolution, since 2012.
He is also known for his collaboration with film director Spike Lee, appearing in four of his movies: School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990) and Malcolm X (1992).
He also appears as a crime boss opposite Tyler Perry in Lionsgate's I, Alex Cross. He is also recurring as Magic Mirror/Sidney on ABC's hit fantasy series Once Upon a Time.
Esposito has appeared in notable films such as Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke and The Last Holiday. His other film credits include outstanding performances in SherryBaby, Ali, Nothing to Lose, Waiting to Exhale, Bob Roberts, King of New York and Cotton Club.
Other films he has acted in include Taps, The Cotton Club, King of New York, Bob Roberts, Nothing to Lose, Big City Blues, Monkeybone, Ali, A Killer Within, Derailed and Rain.
In 1995, Esposito was recognized for his incredible work in Fresh with a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award.
In 2007, through his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film Gospel Hill. He also co-starred with Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson.
Esposito's many television credits include Community, The 2-2, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Law & Order, Bakersfield PD, Touched by an Angel, and Kidnapped.
Other television guest starring roles include Miami Vice, Spenser: For Hire, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, Nash Bridges, The $treet, Strong Medicine, The Practice, Third Watch, The Division, Half & Half, Soul Food, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, South Beach, Ghost Whisperer, Bones, CSI: Miami and Las Vegas.
He is also very well-known to theatre goers for his award-winning work on stage. He starred in Atlantic Theatre Company's world premiere of Storefront Church, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner John Patrick Shanley.
Storefront Church was the final instalment of the trilogy called Church & State, which began with Doubt. The story concerns a Bronx borough president (Esposito) who is forced by the mortgage crisis into a confrontation with a local minister.
Esposito has won two Obie Awards for Zooman and the Sign at the Negro Ensemble Company and Distant Fires at The Atlantic Theatre Company, where he continues to perform and teach as a company member.
His long list of Broadway credits includes Sacrilege, Seesaw, Merrily We Roll Along and Lost in the Stars to name a few. He also co-starred on Broadway with James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad in Debbie Allen's rendition of the great classic Tennessee Williams play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Esposito is a yoga enthusiast and spends his free time riding his motorcycle and practicing the saxophone. He is also a proud board member of the Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment.
He also lends his support to other various organizations that support the arts and education.