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Esai Morales is a Actor American born on 1 october 1962 at Brooklyn (USA)

Esai Morales

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Birth name Esai Manuel Morales, Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 1 october 1962 (61 years) at Brooklyn (USA)

Esai Manuel Morales, Jr. (born October 1, 1962) is an American actor. He played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic La Bamba. 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.


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.

Morales is a vegetarian. He and girlfriend Elvimar Silva had a daughter, Mariana Oiveira, on September 24, 2010.

Best films

La Bamba (1987)
The Principal (1987)

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Filmography of Esai Morales (37 films)

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SuperFly (2018)

Directed by Director X
Origin USA
Genres Action, Crime
Actors Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael K.Williams, Lex Scott Davis, Jennifer Morrison, Esai Morales
Roles Adalberto Gonzalez
Rating52% 2.6358652.6358652.6358652.6358652.635865
Youngblood Priest, un revendeur de cocaïne à Atlanta, travaille dans la rue depuis l'âge de onze ans. Apporté par son mentor Scatter, il vit comme un roi avec ses deux petites amies, Georgia et Cynthia. Échappant à une balle tiré par Juju, un membre du gang Snow Patrol, Priest décide de sortir du trafic de drogue mais après avoir fait un gros coup avec l'aide d'Eddie, son coéquipier. Il en informe Scatter mais qui refuse de l'aider. Il décide alors de le suivre pour avoir son contact dans un cartel de drogue mexicain, et ainsi être livré en plus grosse quantité.
Spare Parts, 1h55
Directed by Sean McNamara
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Alexa Vega, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Lopez, Carlos Roberto Pena Jr, Steven Michael Quezada
Roles Mr. Santillan
Rating71% 3.599853.599853.599853.599853.59985
A group of four Carl Hayden High School students win first place over M.I.T. in a 2004 national robotics competition. The team had only $800 and used car parts but won the competition over several highly funded university teams. All four students were illegal immigrants from Mexico.
Casa Vita
Casa Vita (2015)

Directed by Ernie Barbarash
Actors Lindsey Morgan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Patrick Fabian, Sherilyn Fenn, Esai Morales, Joe Lando
Roles Rodrigo Vita
Rating63% 3.1542653.1542653.1542653.1542653.154265
Un joueur de baseball trouve l'amour en une cuisinière sur le point d'ouvrir son propre restaurant.
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, 1h43
Directed by Don Michael Paul
Origin USA
Genres War, Action
Actors Cole Hauser, Josh Kelly, Danielle Savre, Bokeem Woodbine, Jesse Garcia, Esai Morales
Roles Cpt. Jones
Rating55% 2.7703052.7703052.7703052.7703052.770305
When his sergeant is killed in action against the Taliban, Corporal Chris Merrimette is given command of a squad and assigned a mission to resupply a forward operating base (FOB). The unit consists of Corporal Danny Kettner (played by Bokeem Woodbine), Lance Corporal Danielle 'Danni' Allen, Private Rafael Soto, Private Justin Li and Private Khalid Hassan abu Faisal, an Afghan National Army soldier helping the unit navigate.
Atlas Shrugged: Part II, 1h51
Directed by John Putch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Social science fiction
Themes Films based on science fiction novels, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones
Roles Francisco d'Anconia
Rating53% 2.6509652.6509652.6509652.6509652.650965
Dagny Taggart pilots an airplane in pursuit of another plane. Dagny asks herself, "Who is John Galt?" before apparently crashing into a mountainside.
Seattle Superstorm, 1h35
Directed by Jason Bourque
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Actors Ona Grauer, Martin Cummins, Esai Morales, MacKenzie Porter, Jesse Moss, Jay Brazeau
Roles Tom
Rating33% 1.6518751.6518751.6518751.6518751.651875
Un objet non identifié volant au-dessus de Seattle est abattu par l'armée, et déclenche par la suite une série de phénomènes météorologiques anormaux : orages, tornades et tremblements de terre. Tom Reynolds, scientifique de la NASA fraîchement arrivé dans la ville avec sa famille, va devoir tout faire pour se sortir de ce chaos et sauver ceux qu'il aime.
Gun Hill Road
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Harmony Santana, Míriam Colón, Felix Solis
Roles Enrique Rodriguez
Rating64% 3.243413.243413.243413.243413.24341
Ex-con Enrique ([[Esai Morales]]) returns home after a stint in prison. His wife Angela has had an affair while he was away, and his child Michael, who is a young trans woman in the process of transitioning and coming out, is exploring life, leaving Enrique with decisions to make regarding his family's future.
We Have Your Husband, 1h27
Directed by Eric Bross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Theresa Polo, Esai Morales, Nicholas Gonzalez, Olivia D'Abo, William R. Moses, Nikki Hahn
Roles Eduardo Valseca
Rating54% 2.7139652.7139652.7139652.7139652.713965
Jayne et Eduardo vivent dans un ranch à Santa Natalia au Mexique. Leur existence paisible bascule lorsqu' Eduardo est enlevé alors qu'il venait de déposer les enfants à l'école. Les ravisseurs demandent une rançon de huit millions de dollars.
The Town
The Town (2010)
, 2h5
Directed by Ben Affleck
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Psychologie, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively Reynolds, Jeremy Lee Renner, Pete Postlethwaite
Roles FBI Taskforce Agent Marcus
Rating74% 3.7482953.7482953.7482953.7482953.748295
Four lifelong friends from the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, Douglas "Doug" MacRay, James "Jem" Coughlin, Albert "Gloansy" Magloan, and Desmond "Dez" Elden, rob a bank. They take the manager, Claire Keesey, hostage, but release her unharmed. When they find out Claire lives in their neighborhood, Doug begins to follow her to find out how much she has told the authorities, and to make sure that Jem does not eliminate her as a witness. Soon a romance grows between them, which Doug hides from the gang. As they grow closer, Doug tells Claire of his search for his long-lost mother, who he believes went to live with his aunt in Tangerine, Florida. He also recounts his chance to be a professional hockey player which he threw away for a life of crime, following in his father's footsteps. She in turn tells Doug that she saw a tattoo on one of the robbers, and he realizes that she can identify Jem and send them all to jail. He knows that Jem will kill her if he discovers the truth, so he persuades her that the authorities cannot protect her, and she decides not to tell the police.
The Line
The Line (2009)
, 1h30
Directed by James Cotten
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Ray Liotta, Andy García, Jordi Vilasuso, Esai Morales, Valerie Cruz, Bruce Davison
Roles Pelon
Rating51% 2.550022.550022.550022.550022.55002
Veteran assassin Mark Shields (Ray Liotta) is hired to track down the head of an elusive drug cartel centered in Tijuana, Mexico. Shields takes the assignment in a weary daze, as he is fresh off a case that claimed the life of a woman he continues to see in his mind.
Kill Kill Faster Faster, 1h37
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Prison films
Actors Gil Bellows, Lisa Ray, Esai Morales, Shaun Parkes, Moneca Delain, Stephen Lord
Roles Markie
Rating42% 2.120492.120492.120492.120492.12049
Joe One-Way (Gil Bellows) is serving a life sentence for the passion murder of his teenage bride Kimba (Moneca Delain). At the urging of his cellmate Clinique (Shaun Parkes), he composes the play White Man: Black Hole about his crime. Joe had been incarcerated 18 years, before Hollywood agent Markie Mark (Esai Morales), who wishes to make a film of the play, arranges that Joe gets an early release from prison. Wanting to create a great deal of media buzz, he brings Joe into his office to rewrite the stage play in order to give it greater audience appeal. There, Joe meets Fleur (Lisa Ray), Markie's arm candy. Learning she had been a fan of his for some time, the two begin a torrid affair. Joe then searches for a way to reconcile the crime for which he had never forgiven himself.
Fast Food Nation, 1h54
Directed by Richard Linklater
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Documentary
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about animals, Cooking films, Environmental films, Films about immigration, Medical-themed films, Obésité, La précarité, Documentaire sur la cuisine, Documentaire sur la malbouffe, Documentary films about health care, Films about disabilities, Political films
Actors Patricia Arquette, Luis Guzmán, Ethan Hawke, Bobby Cannavale, Ashley Johnson, Paul Dano
Roles Tony
Rating62% 3.147973.147973.147973.147973.14797
Don Anderson is the Mickey's hamburger chain marketing director who helped develop the "Big One", its most popular menu item. When he learns that independent research has discovered a considerable presence of fecal matter in the meat, he travels to the fictitious town of Cody, Colorado to determine if the local Uni-Globe meatpacking processing plant, Mickey's main meat supplier, is guilty of sloppy production. Don's tour shows him only the pristine work areas and most efficient procedures, assuring him that everything the company produces is immaculate.
Lethal Seduction
Directed by Robert Markowitz
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Melanie Griffith, Marcus Lyle Brown, Lara Grice, Gregg Henry, Esai Morales, Brandon Mychal Smith
Roles Rick Benes / David Lopez
Rating43% 2.1571552.1571552.1571552.1571552.157155
Miranda Wells is an attorney with a sideline in immigration fraud and murder. Miranda's assistant, Carla, is unaware of her criminal activities. David Lopez, a journalist setting out to expose Miranda, poses as Rick Benes, an illegal immigrant, and takes a job in the office. Carla stumbles on incriminating files and David Lopiz, in pursuit of the story, is threatened when he becomes infatuated with Miranda. Carla is attacked and her husband murdered, Miranda is the chief suspect. As the investigation progresses and Carla disappears from hospital, it is clear that Miranda will stop at nothing including murdering again to stay out.