Esai Morales is an American actor. He is best known for his role in the biopic ‘La Bamba’, Lt. Tony Rodriguez on ‘NYPD Blue’, and Joseph Adama in the television series ‘Caprica.’
Esai Morales was born on 1 October,1962 in Brooklyn, New York to Esai Morales Sr, a welder and Iris Margarita, a union member of International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. After the birth of Esai, his parents divorced. His initial name is frequently utilized in crossword puzzles; between 1994 and 2016, it was used as a crossword answer over 100 times in American newspapers. He began his acting career by enrolling in the Manhattan School of Performing Arts.
In New York, he made his professional debut in theatre and television. Bad Boys, his first significant film, was released in 1983. Morales made an appearance on an episode of the TV show Fame from 1985. In the 1986 NBC miniseries On Wings of Eagles, he co-starred with Burt Lancaster as the Iranian Rashid, the hero of a true story about Ross Perot. Morales has also starred in films such as Miami Vice, The Equalizer, and 24. In La Bamba, he portrayed Bob Morales, a real-life ex-convict and half-brother of 1950s rock & roll star Ritchie Valens (1987). In Ultraviolet, he played Nicholas Walker (1992) Some of his other parts, such as The Burning Season in 1994, My Family/Mi Familia in 1995, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997), and Southern Cross (1998), highlighted his socio-political concerns (1999). Morales got more screen time in the last three films, as well as others like Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) and Rapa Nui (1994), starting with a role in Pauly Shore’s In The Army Now (1994). In the 1996 film Dogwatch, he played a police officer, and in The Virgin of Juarez, he played Father Herrera (2006). He appeared in episodes of The Outer Limits, Tales from the Crypt, and two short-lived shows, L.A. Doctors and The Hunger, in the 1990s. In the year 2000, he appeared in a two-part episode of Family Law. He played the commander of the 15th precinct detective unit in the long-running series NYPD Blue for three and a half seasons, from 2001 to 2004. In the 2002 film Paid in Full, he plays Lulu, a drug dealer. He voiced a character in the computer game True Crime: New York City in 2005.
Grace Park (left) and Eric Stoltz with Morales (right) (center)
Morales starred in the film American Fusion (2005) and on June 19, 2006, he was cast as FBI agent Michael Tyner in the Fox series Vanished, which aired for one season. Morales starred as a Cuban shopkeeper being robbed by local thugs for “protection” money in an episode of the USA Network drama series Burn Notice in 2007. Morales played Major Edward Beck in the CBS programme Jericho in early 2008. In the abbreviated second season, he appeared in all seven episodes. In the same year, he starred in Kill Kill Faster Faster, a noir film based on Joel Rose’s novel of the same name. Morales was cast as Joseph Adama in the science fiction television series Caprica, a prequel to Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica, in May 2008. In 2009, he served as an official festival judge at the Los Angeles-based Noor Iranian Film Festival. Morales played Enrique in the drama film Gun Hill Road and in the web drama Los Americans, which aired on PIC.tv in 2011. Morales played Francisco D’anconia in the 2012 film Atlas Shrugged ll: The Strike, which was based on Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. In March 2015, Robert Rodriguez cast him in the horror drama series From Dusk till Dawn: The Series as Lord Amancio Malvado. Morales landed a role in the Netflix original series Ozark in 2017. He also played Jorge Castillo in How to Get Away with Murder. In 2019, Morales starred in the comedy-drama The Wall of Mexico and was cast as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke in the DC Universe superhero series Titans. Morales was officially announced to star as the film’s villain in Mission: Impossible 7 (2022) on May 21, 2020, replacing the intended actor, Nicholas Hoult, who left owing to schedule issues, a role he will reprise in the eighth film set for release in 2023.
Esai Morales has a married relationship. He is married to Elvimar Silva, a professional actress. On May 20, 2010, the pair married after dating for quite some time. Both of them have been happily married since that time. Mariana Oliveira Morales, their lovely daughter, was born to them.
Esai Morales is a nice and dashing handsome man with a sophisticated and handsome appearance. With excellent body measurements and a rhomboid muscular body type, he has a strong and appealing figure. He stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 78 kilogrammes. He has dark brown hair that is short and fashionable, as well as attractive and intriguing dark brown eyes.
Esai Morales’s estimated net worth of $4 million dollars.