Gus Fring continues to artfully play the long game, maneuvering with deadly precision around the cartel and the volatile Salamanca family. In a risky move to expand his underworld empire, he brings new associates into the fold to help him exert further control over the cartel’s operation north of the border — while maintaining his role as the warm and agreeable proprietor of Los Pollos Hermanos.
Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated film, television, and stage actor; director; and producer with a career spanning nearly five decades.
Esposito is well known by 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. He can currently be seen reprising his role in AMC’s critically acclaimed prequel, Better Call Saul, which was nominated for an Emmy® Award in the category of Outstanding Drama Series and will be returning for a fourth season in 2018.
Esposito most recently appears in The Death Cure, the third film in 20th Century Fox’s hit blockbuster action franchise The Maze Runner. The film was released in January 2018. He also starred in the second film in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials, which was released in 2015. He recently made a surprise cameo in the critically acclaimed HBO series Westworld.
Esposito narrates the Netflix series Dear White People, which launched on the platform in April 2017. The series, recently renewed for a third season, is based on the critically acclaimed 2014 film of the same name.
He also had a recurring role in Baz Luhrmann’s critically acclaimed Netflix series The Get Down, which looks at the birth of hip-hop in New York in the 1970s.
Esposito is also the 2014 and 2018 voice of the Winter Olympics for NBC.
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.
Esposito recently directed his second feature, The Show, in which he also stars. The drama centers around a disturbing reality game show in which contestants end their lives for viewer entertainment. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Festival, and was released by Grindstone in theaters and on-demand in September 2017.
Esposito can currently be seen in director Bong Joon-Ho’s new sci-fi film Okja, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and Paul Dano. The film was released globally by Netflix in June 2017. The story follows a Korean girl who risks everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a beast called Okja. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews.
Esposito recently wrapped production on director Claude Lalonde’s The Gift, opposite Sir Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes.
Esposito’s most 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 The Jungle Book, Money Monster, 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.
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 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 Church & State trilogy. 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 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.