Giancarlo Esposito is an American actor best known for playing Gus Fring in the AMC crime dramas Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
Esposito has had a long and varied career. He garnered significant attention for his appearances in several Spike Lee films, such as School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), and Malcolm X (1992); the latter playing Thomas Hagson, the man convicted of assassinating Malcolm X in 1965. Esposito's other major films include King of New York (1990), Bob Roberts (1990), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), Fresh (1994), The Usual Suspects (1995), Ali (2001), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Okja (2017), Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), and Stargirl (2020). He has also provided his voice talents for features such as Son of Batman (2014) playing Ra's al Ghul, Batman: Assault on Arkham (2015) playing Black Spider, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem in the role of Baxter Stockman.
He has had a significant presence on television including playing Federal Agent Mike Giardello on Homicide: Life on the Street, Nicholas Hahn on Girls Club, Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror on Once Upon a Time, and Lt. Tom Neville on Revolution. In the last few years, he’s landed several high-profile roles including Adam Clayton Powell Jr. on Godfather of Harlem, Leo Pap on Kaleidoscope, Stan Edgar in The Boys, and Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian. He recently won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for his television directorial debut for the sixth season episode on Better Call Saul, "Axe and Grind".
He has also provided his voice, his likeness, and the motion capture performance, to portray the main antagonist, Presidente Anton Castillo, in Ubisoft’s Far Cry 6, in which he received a Best Performance nomination at the 2021 Game Awards.