David Zayas

Born: 15 August 1962 (61 years old)
Gender: Male



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David Zayas is an American actor best known for his starring television roles as Enrique Morales in the prison drama Oz (2000-2003) and as Angel Baptista in the crime thriller Dexter, from 2006-2013.

A former New York City police officer, Zayas began his acting career when he teamed up with Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Labyrinth Theater Company.

Since then, he has starred in numerous plays, including Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings and Our Lady Of 121st St. While performing in New York plays, he began to book roles on hit TV shows such as New York Undercover, Law & Order and NYPD Blue, all while working for the New York Police Department.

Zayas' success earned him a leading role on UPN's crime drama The Beat. Soon after, Tom Fontana (writer of The Beat) created the character of Enrique Morales, the fierce leader of the Latino prisoners on HBO's Oz, especially for Zayas.

His feature film credits include Bringing Out The Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Wit, Angel and The Interpreter. He also starred in the feature film Michael Clayton opposite George Clooney, and The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Zayas was also seen in Sixteen Blocks opposite Bruce Willis, and in the ABC mini-series The Path To 9/11. He starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna In The Tropics.

Zayas was also seen on the big screen starring in the sci-fi thriller Skyline. He also starred in The Expendables, portraying the villainous General Garza alongside Hollywood heavy hitters, including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mickey Rourke.

He can also be seen in 13, where he stars alongside Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and 50 Cent.

Television Roles


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Smoke & Mirrors 2 Teasers - June 2024

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Summertide character portrait: Robyn Rossouw as Amina

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New on TV today: Tuesday 21 May 2024

Comedy-drama Panhandle debuts on M-Net as Food Network searches for the Best Bite in Town.

Diepe Waters character portrait: Luan Jacobs as Damian

The swimming club plunges into Olympics fever when this guy pitches up.

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The people of Soebatskloof realise that nothing will ever be the same again as Octavia stakes her claim.

Binnelanders Teasers - June 2024

Season premiere! The arrival of a new doctor is a tough pill for most Binnelanders to swallow.

New on TV today: Monday 20 May 2024

M-Net documents the real LA Fire & Rescue and Hell's Kitchen returns to BBC Lifestyle.

Scandal! Teasers - June 2024

A blast from the past recognizes Dintle, but not for her recently acquired fame.

New on TV today: Sunday 19 May 2024

The only new show tonight is the return of intervention series Mntase!? on Mzansi Wethu.


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