Esai Morales

Born Oct 1, 1962

Esai Manuel Morales is an American actor. He is well known for his role as Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic La Bamba. He also appeared in the PBS drama American Family and in the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd.. However, he is best known for his roles as Lt. Tony Rodriguez on NYPD Blue and Joseph Adama in the science fiction television series Caprica.… Read More

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1962 Birth Born on October 1, 1962.


1987 24 Years Old He played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic La Bamba. … Read More


1994 31 Years Old Some of his other roles have reflected his socio-political interests, such as The Burning Season in 1994, My Family/Mi Familia in 1995, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997) and Southern Cross (1999). … Read More
2000 37 Years Old He was a featured TV actor, seen in a two-part episode of Family Law in 2000.
2001 38 Years Old His tenure on NYPD Blue as the head of the 15th precinct detective squad began in mid-season 2001 and continued until 2004, when he decided to cancel his contract. … Read More


2005 42 Years Old In 2005, he (along with Mercedes Ruehl) received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA). … Read More
2006 43 Years Old Morales was cast in the film American Fusion (2005), and on June 19, 2006, he joined the cast of the Fox series Vanished, as FBI agent Michael Tyner alongside actors Gale Harold and Ming-Na. … Read More
2007 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, he completed filming for Kill Kill Faster Faster, a contemporary film noir inspired by the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Joel Rose.
2008 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2008, Morales had a role in the CBS drama Jericho, as Major Edward Beck. … Read More
2009 46 Years Old In 2009, he served as an official festival judge for the Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles.
2010 47 Years Old Morales is a vegetarian. He and girlfriend Elvimar Silva had a daughter, Mariana Oiveira, on September 24, 2010. … Read More
2011 48 Years Old In 2011, Morales starred in the drama film Gun Hill Road, as Enrique, and in the web drama Los Americans airing on In March 2015 Robert Rodriguez cast him as Lord Amancio Malvado for the horror drama series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. … Read More
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