Fast Facts

  • Is half African-American, half Italian.
  • Started acting at age 8.
  • His personal heroes include Burt Lancaster, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama.
  • Mother was a singer who once shared a bill in the mid-1950s with Josephine Baker.
  • Was one of the kid singers on The Electric Company theme song in 1969.
  • In 1982, he played Big Bird's camp counselor, Mickey, on Sesame Street.
  • Member of the Atlantic Theater Ensemble, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy.
  • Has appeared in four Spike Lee films: School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X.
  • Practices yoga.
  • Enjoys riding motorcycles and playing the saxophone.
  • Member of the Creative Coalition, an organization that supports the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.


  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Shayne Lyra Esposito — Daughter
  • Giovanni Esposito — Father
  • Kate Lyn Esposito — Daughter
  • Elizabeth Foster Esposito — Mother
  • Joy McManigal — Wife
  • Vincent Esposito — Brother


  • Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers, New York, United States

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  • Birth Name: Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito
  • Birth Place: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director

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