Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 26 April 1958, Giancarlo Alessandro (full name Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito) is an American actor, film producer/director who is currently of age 57. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 1966. The following is the bio of this celebrity.
Born to parents of mixed heritage, Esposito's father Giovanni Esposito was Italian while his mother Elizabeth Foster was Afro-American. His mother sang in operas and nightclubs, and his father worked as a carpenter and stagehand. Until he was 6 years old, Esposito lived in Europe after which his family settled down in Manhattan. He has a degree in Radio/TV Communications which he received by attending Elizabeth Seton College in New York for 2 years.
Esposito's debut as an actor came through the Broadway production of Maggie Flynn, where he played the role of a slave child. Esposito has had over 50 TV appearances and over 70 films to his credit. His role of Gustavo “Gus” Fring on Breaking Bad (a very popular TV series) has made him very popular among hardcore crime drama fans. He is also known for his acting in Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Mo' Better Blues, all of which are films by Spike Lee. His acting in films like The Usual Suspects and King of New York, and TV series such as Once Upon a Time and Revolution, have been positively received by viewers.
Some of the awards nominated for Esposito in his long career are : Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male (Fresh / 1995), NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Homicide: Life on the Street / 1999), NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Breaking Bad / 2011), Saturn Awards for Best Guest Starring Role on Television (Breaking Bad / 2011), Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Breaking Bad / 2012), Satellite Awards for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (Breaking Bad / 2012), Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor on Television (Breaking Bad / 2012), Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Breaking Bad / 2012), and Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor on Television (Revolution / 2013). He also won 2 awards : National Board of Review for Best Cast (The Usual Suspects / 1995), and Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Breaking Bad / 2012). Esposito has also lent his talent to two video games : Payday 2 (2014), and Destiny (2014).
Esposito's wife was Joy McManigal, with whom he has 4 children. The couple married in 1995, but it is unknown when they divorced. His daughters are named Shayne Lyra, Kale Lyn, Syrlucia, and Ruby. As of now, we don't know to whom he is engaged or in a relationship.
As of reports in 2013, Esposito's net worth is reported to be around $2 million. For his contributions to the field of entertainment, Esposito was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 26 April 2014.
Esposito can be followed on social media sites such as twitter (@quiethandfilms) and Instagram (thegiangarloesposito), and facebook as well. He has over 120 thousand followers on twitter and over 28 thousand followers on Instagram.