Gus is a local Albuquerque businessman, the respected proprietor of Los Pollos Hermanos, a thriving local fast food restaurant. A man of many secrets, Gus is as careful, deliberate, and meticulous with his employees and customers at Los Pollos Hermanos as he is navigating the politics of the Mexican drug cartel. When we meet him in Better Call Saul, Gus is on the front-end of building both his fast food and his drug empires, brick by brick.
Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated film, television and stage actor, director and producer with a career spanning nearly five decades. He perhaps is best known to television audiences for his iconic portrayal of drug kingpin Gustavo "Gus" Fring in AMC's critically acclaimed award-winning series Breaking Bad, for which he won the 2012 Critics Choice Award and earned a 2012 Emmy® nomination.
Recently, Esposito wrapped production on director Bong Joon-Ho's new sci-fi film Okja, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and Paul Dano, which will be released by Netflix; and is currently in production on The Death Cure, the third film in 20th Century Fox's hit blockbuster action franchise The Maze Runner. He also starred in the second film in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials, which was released in 2015.
Esposito voiced Akela, the leader of the wolf pack, in Jon Favreau's global blockbuster hit The Jungle Book for Disney. Also featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba, the critically acclaimed film has grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. After, Esposito starred alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts in director Jodie Foster's thriller Money Monster, which was released by Sony earlier this year. Giancarlo also recently starred in James Franco's The Long Home, based on the William Gay novel of the same name, which is set for release in 2017.
Esposito recently directed his second feature, This Is Your Death, in which he also stars. The drama centers on a disturbing reality game show in which contestants end their lives for viewer entertainment. Under his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film Gospel Hill, which won over nine awards at various acclaimed film festivals. In the film, he 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.
It was announced that Esposito will direct, produce and star as Frederick Douglass in the independent historical drama Patriotic Treason opposite four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris, who will play abolitionist John Brown.
He can also be seen in Baz Luhrmann's highly acclaimed Netflix series The Get Down, which looks at the birth of hip hop in New York in the 1970s. His other television credits include Revolution, Community, Once Upon a Time, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Law and Order, Bakersfield PD, Touched by an Angel, and Kidnapped.
Esposito's memorable performances can be seen in films such as Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke, The Last Holiday and Spike Lee's films Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, School Daze and Malcolm X. Esposito's other film credits include Poker Night, Alex Cross, SherryBaby, Ali, Nothing to Lose, Waiting to Exhale, Bob Roberts, King of New York and Cotton Club. In 1995, Esposito was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his work in Fresh.
Giancarlo's notable roles extend to Broadway as well. In 2012, he starred in Atlantic Theatre Company's world premiere of Storefront Church, which was the final installment of the trilogy Church & State. Esposito 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 list of Broadway credits include productions of Sacrilege, Seesaw, Merrily We Roll Along and Lost In the Stars. 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 lends his support to various charitable organizations that support the arts and education, including the Waterkeeper Alliance, Kids for Peace and World Merit USA.