Stage and screen actor Giancarlo Esposito has had a long career as a character actor (he made his Broadway debut at age 8), but his breakthrough role didn't come until he played the villainous drug kingpin and fast-food franchisee Gustavo "Gus” Fring on the AMC drama series "Breaking Bad.”
Esposito was born to an Italian stagehand father and an American opera singer mother and lived in Europe until age 6, when his family moved to New York City.
Esposito has worked steadily in film and TV since 1979, when he made his screen debut in the film "Running." He appeared in the Spike Lee films "School Daze,” "Do the Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues" and "Malcolm X."
He has frequently played drug dealers as well as law enforcement types, including his role as an FBI agent on the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street."
But it was Esposito's role on "Breaking Bad" that made him a household name. The role earned him a Critics' Choice Award, an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Since then, he had prominent roles in the TV series "Once Upon a Time," "Revolution" and "Community."
In 1995, Esposito married producer Joy McManigal and the couple had four children. Esposito and McManigal have divorced.