Esai Morales
American actor
Esai Morales
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.
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HBO Orders Comedy Starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black to Series
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
The dark comedy focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men - U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Coppins (Black), and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan (Orange Is the New Black's Pablo Schreiber). Maribeth Monroe, Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show), Geoff Pierson (Dexter) and Esai Morales (Criminal Minds) will also star in the comedy from executive producers Roberto Benabib (Weeds), Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra) and Jay Roach. The series order comes two weeks after HBO canceled two of its first-year comedies, Hello Ladies and Family Tree.
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Criminal Minds Boss on JJ's "Heartbreaking" Secret and What's Next
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
The following story contains spoilers about Wednesday's episode of Criminal Minds. JJ's (A.J. Cook) mysterious work with the State Department was finally revealed on Criminal Minds' 200th episode Wednesday - along with her and Cruz's (Esai Morales) big secret: Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds 200th episode return: "It was bittersweet" Back in 2010, the two were on a covert op, headed by Strauss (Jayne Atkinson), in Afghanistan along with Michael Hastings (Tahmoh Penikett) and Tivon Askari (Farah Tahir). JJ finds out she's pregnant there and only shares the news with Cruz, who later has to break it to her that she lost the baby after their car came under attack while en route to a location. With help from Prentiss (Paget Brewster) - to whom JJ revealed her actual job during the Doyle ordeal - in the present day, we learn Hastings and Askari are the inside men who also kidnapped JJ and Cruz to get their security codes to access top-secret files. The BAU, of course, saves them in ...
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'The Bachelor''s Latino problem?
CNN - about 3 years
The headlines for the new season of ABC's hit show "The Bachelor" read, "Expect 'lots of Latino' fun." While it may seem harmless to portray Latinos as sexy, these typecasts limit the roles for actors in Hollywood, says actor Esai Morales.
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Does Hollywood have Latino problem?
CNN - about 3 years
The headlines for the new season of ABC's hit show "The Bachelor" read, "Expect 'lots of Latino' fun." While it may seem harmless to portray Latinos as sexy, these typecasts limit the roles for actors in Hollywood, says actor Esai Morales.
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Esai Morales to face Ken Howard in upcoming SAG-AFTRA elections
LATimes - over 3 years
"NYPD Blue" actor Esai Morales will square off against SAG-AFTRA co-President Ken Howard in an election this summer to determine who will lead Hollywood's largest entertainment union.
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James Caan, Esai Morales join Starz's "Magic City" cast
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - James Caan is about to get mobbed up again. Caan, who played Sonny Corleone in the mafia classic "The Godfather," has joined the Starz drama "Magic City" in a recurring role for its second season, an individual familiar with the casting told TheWrap on Wednesday. Caan will play Chicago mob boss Sy Berman. Also signing on for the series' next season: "NYPD Blue" alum Esai Morales. ...
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James Caan Is Creating Some 'Magic'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
James Caan is coming to "Magic City." The veteran actor will join the Starz in Season 2 as Sy Berman, the head of the Chicago mob and Ben Diamond's (Danny Huston) boss, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But Caan is not the only "Magic City" addition. Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue," "Caprica") will also join the show, playing Carlos Ruiz, whose mission is to free Cuba, though he once fought beside Castro, THR reports. Jamie Harris is also heading to the Starz drama as Nicky Grillo, a cocaine-snorting mobster with a major temper. In other casting news ... A "Family Ties" alum heads to "CSI." Michael Gross, who played the Keaton patriarch on "Family Ties," will guest star on the CBS series as the president of the University where D.B. Russell's (Ted Danson) son is enrolled and his basketball coach is murdered. [TV Guide] From "The L Word" to "The New Normal" ... Leisha Hailey, who played Alice on the lesbian-centric Showtime series, will guest star on the seventh epi ...
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Friday's TV Highlights: 'Fringe' on Fox
LATimes - almost 5 years
Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 8 - 14 in PDF format TV listings for the week of April 8 - 14 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies THE “OTHER SIDE” is where Walter (John Noble) finds himself when he investigates a case in the alternate universe on a new “Fringe” at 9 p.m. on Fox. Undercover Boss: Chad Hallock, one of the five guys who started Budget Blinds 20 years ago, goes back to the company's front lines in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Need to Know: This new episode of the newsmagazine looks at the system that makes ordinary citizens responsible for redistricting (8:30 p.m. KOCE). Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: In this episode, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick both learn they have ancestors who were early opponents of slavery (9 p.m. KOCE). Fairly Legal: Kate (Sarah Shahi) mediates bankruptcy negotiations involving a client who can't pay his mortgage because of a tenant who's dealing drugs. R ...
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Seattle Lesbian/Gay Film Festival in West Seattle: Admiral lineup
West Seattle Blog - over 5 years
Tomorrow is opening night for the 2011 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (WSB sponsor), and once again this year, the festival includes screenings in West Seattle, at the historic Admiral Theater. This morning, SLGFF has sent a news release with details of the 11 films you’ll be able to see at The Admiral, starting one week from tonight – read on! The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) returns October 14-23, 2011 for its “Sweet” 16th run. Produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema and presented by Xfinity, the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, featuring cutting-edge Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film and video, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. Packed with parties, events and special guests, SLGFF is the most delectable and satisfying cultural event of the season. The festival’s final weekend is anchored by a return to the Admiral Theater October 20-22. Jason Plourde is ...
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Movie Listings for Sept. 2-8
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies . ‘Amigo’ (R, 2:08, in English, Tagalog and Spanish) Though it is set in a Philippine village around 1900, this tale of counter-insurgency, democratic
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Exclusive Patch Interview with Actor Esai Morales - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Currently traveling the country to promote his new film, “Gun Hill Road,” film and television star, Esai Morales, took time to speak with Palm Desert Patch and discuss the important social elements the film presents. By David Rothmiller Esai Morales
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Esai Morales in 'Gun Hill Road' in San Francisco Bay Area - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
In Gun Hill Road at the Kabuki in San Francisco and Rialto in Berkeley, Esai Morales plays a father who comes home and finds his son Michael in the process of transitioning into being Vanessa. Morales' character Enrique doesn't know how to handle this
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Movie review: Soulful young star emerges from 'Gun Hill Road' - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In new film "Gun Hill Road," actor Esai Morales plays Enrique, a man from the Bronx who just came home after three years in prison. The film follows Enrique as he begins to discover how his family has changed over the past three years
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Esai Morales - TMZ.com
Google News - over 5 years
Esai Morales got himself a new hit over at Nickelodeon Studios this week ... where the "Caprica" star allegedly smashed his Hummer into the back of another car. According to an eye witness, Morales was driving on Sunset Blvd. on Wednesday when he
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Another Earth' (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction film about
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FilmOut hopes for big turnout - SignOnSanDiego.com
Google News - over 5 years
After three years in prison, macho Enrique (Esai Morales) returns to the Bronx to find the world he once knew has turned upside down in the film "Gun Hill Road." FilmOut. Tickets: $150 All Access Pass to all movie screenings and opening-night and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Esai Morales
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 48
    In 2011, Morales starred in the drama film Gun Hill Road, as Enrique, and in the web drama Los Americans airing on PIC.tv. In March 2015 Robert Rodriguez cast him as Lord Amancio Malvado for the horror drama series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
    More Details Hide Details Actor Esai Morales, known for his advocacy work on education and the environment, was selected by the Arpa Foundation to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award because of his impact as an actor and role model. Moreover, his ideals align themselves with those of the Foundation and his exemplary body of work spans over 3 decades. Morales has described himself as an "actorvist", primarily as one of the founders of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, taking inspiration from his mother, who was an organizer for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. He is also interested in environmental issues and was a founding board member of E.C.O. (Earth Communications Office). In the February 28, 2007, all-star benefit reading of "The Gift of Peace" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, he portrayed a hopeful member of a struggling immigrant family, and plays alongside actors Ed Asner, Barbara Bain, Amy Brenneman, George Coe, Wendie Malick, and James Pickens, Jr.. The play was an open appeal and fundraiser for passage of U.S. House Resolution 808, which sought to establish a Cabinet-level "Department of Peace" in the U.S. government, to be funded by a two percent diversion of the Pentagon's annual budget.
  • 2010
    Age 47
    Morales is a vegetarian. He and girlfriend Elvimar Silva had a daughter, Mariana Oiveira, on September 24, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Morales's first name is frequently used in crossword puzzles because its rare construction (it is a four-letter word in English that is seventy-five percent vowels, including the first and last letters) makes it a prize for crossword constructors. One crossword clue website estimated that between 1994 and 2016, ESAI had been used as a crossword answer over 100 times in American papers such as The New York Times, The LA Times, and The Washington Post.
  • 2009
    Age 46
    In 2009, he served as an official festival judge for the Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles.
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  • 2008
    Age 45
    In May 2008, it was announced that Morales would play the role of Joseph Adama in the science fiction television series Caprica - Syfy's prequel to the series Battlestar Galactica.
    More Details Hide Details The series premiered on January 22, 2010.
    In early 2008, Morales had a role in the CBS drama Jericho, as Major Edward Beck.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in all seven episodes of the shortened second season.
  • 2007
    Age 44
    Also in 2007, Morales appeared in an episode of the USA Network drama series Burn Notice, as a Cuban shopkeeper being shaken down for "protection" money by local criminals.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The series was later canceled.
  • 2005
    Age 42
    In 2005, he (along with Mercedes Ruehl) received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA).
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he contributed his vocal talents to the video game True Crime: New York City, playing Sgt. Victor Navarro.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film Paid in Full was scheduled for release in October 2002. It marked a return to a criminal character such as those in his previous roles - in this case playing a drug dealer named Lulu.
  • 2000
    Age 37
    He was a featured TV actor, seen in a two-part episode of Family Law in 2000.
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  • 1994
    Age 31
    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).
    More Details Hide Details In the latter three films, as well as in others such as Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) and Rapa Nui (1994), Morales saw increased amounts of screen time, starting with a role in the Pauly Shore film In The Army Now (1994). He portrayed a police officer in the film Dogwatch (1996) and Father Herrera in The Virgin of Juarez (2006). Morales appeared on television in the mid-1980s on Fame. He co-starred with Burt Lancaster in the NBC-TV miniseries, On Wings of Eagles, playing the Iranian Rashid, the hero of a true story about Ross Perot. Morales also appeared in Miami Vice, The Equalizer, and 24. In the 1990s, he guest-starred on episodes of The Outer Limits, Tales from the Crypt, and two shorter-lived series, L.A. Doctors and The Hunger.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 24
    He played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic La Bamba.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the PBS drama American Family and in the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Lt. Tony Rodriguez on NYPD Blue and Joseph Adama in the science fiction television series Caprica. Of Puerto Rican descent, Morales was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Esai Morales, Sr., a welder, and Iris Margarita (née Declet), a union activist involved with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Morales began his pursuit of an acting career by attending the School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. His first professional performances were in theater and television in New York. His first film was Bad Boys (1983), about teenagers in juvenile correction facility. He played the ex-convict and biker half-brother of 1950s rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens in La Bamba (1987).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on October 1, 1962.
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