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Esposito is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans several decades. He most recently earned rave reviews and awards buzz in AMC's critically acclaimed award-winning series "Breaking Bad," starring opposite Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul. Esposito starred as Gustavo "Gus" Fring, a respected business owner whose legitimate operations allow him the perfect front to distribute Walt's (Cranston) blue meth throughout the Southwest.
He next appears as a crime boss opposite Tyler Perry in Lionsgate's "I, Alex Cross." He is also recurring as Magic Mirror/Sidney on ABC's hit fantasy series "Once Upon a Time."
Esposito has appeared in notable films such as "Rabbit Hole," "The Usual Suspects," "Smoke" and "The Last Holiday." His performances in Spike Lee's films "Do the Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues," "School Daze" and "Malcolm X" are among his most memorable. Esposito's other film credits include outstanding performances in "SherryBaby," "Ali," "Nothing to Lose," "Waiting to Exhale," "Bob Roberts," "King of New York" and "Cotton Club." In 1995, Esposito was recognized for his incredible work in "Fresh" with a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award.
In 2007, through his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film "Gospel Hill." He also co-starred with Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson. Quiet Hand Productions aspires to make "conscious content" films that focus on the inspirational. The company currently has four other projects in development, with Esposito planning to direct, produce and co-star. One of these projects, "This Is Your Death," is an unflinching look at reality TV.
Esposito's many television credits include "Community," "The 2-2," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "Law and Order," "Bakersfield PD," "Touched by an Angel," and "Kidnapped."
He is also very well-known to theatre goers for his award-winning work on stage. He stars in Atlantic Theatre Company's world premiere of "Storefront Church," written and directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner John Patrick Shanley. "Storefront Church" is the final installment of the trilogy called "Church & State," which began with "Doubt." The story concerns a Bronx borough president (Esposito) who is forced by the mortgage crisis into a confrontation with a local minister. Esposito has won two Obie Awards for "Zooman and the Sign" at the Negro Ensemble Company and "Distant Fires" at The Atlantic Theatre Company, where he continues to perform and teach as a company member. His long list of Broadway credits includes "Sacrilege," "Seesaw," "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Lost in the Stars" to name a few. He also co-starred on Broadway with James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad in Debbie Allen's rendition of the great classic Tennessee Williams play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Esposito is a yoga enthusiast and spends his free time riding his motorcycle and practicing the saxophone. He is also a proud board member of the Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment. He also lends his support to other various organizations that support the arts and education.