For years, award-winning actor Esai Morales has lent his outstanding acting talents to television, theater and films. Since his feature film debut in Bad Boys in 1983, the actor has continuously given performances that strongly resonate in the hearts and minds of his audience. After graduating from New York's High School for the Performing Arts, Morales made his stage debut in El Hermano. His other theatre performances include Salome and The Tempest.
For three seasons, Morales played Lieutenant Tony Rodriguez in the Emmy Award–winning series NYPD Blue. He also starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd., PBS's drama series American Family, FOX's Vanished, and most recently USA's Burn Notice. In 2002, Morales received the "Best Actor in a Television Series" award at the prestigious Alma Awards and was honored with Entertainer of the Year at the 17th Annual Imagen Awards for his work on NYPD Blue. He also received an Imagen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work in American Family. He received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Rapa Nui and Mi Familia.
Morales starred in the award-winning indie film American Fusion and recently wrapped the James Cotton film La Linea opposite Ray Liotta. Morales will next star in the film Kill Kill Faster Faster. His other film credits include Fast Food Nation, The Virgin Of Juarez and La Bamba, which remains the most commercially successful Latino-themed motion picture to date.
Esai Morales most recently starred as Joseph Adama on Syfy's hit series Caprica.
A self-described "actorvist," Morales is involved in charities and non-profit organizations such as the National Hispanic Foundation, which he co-founded with actors Jimmy Smits and Sonia Braga. The foundation works to advance the presence and performance of Latinos in media, telecommunications and entertainment. He is also a founding board member of the Earth Communications Office (E.C.O.), and he is a national board member of the Screen Actors Guild.