- Mother was an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
- Was inspired to take up acting after seeing Al Pacino's dynamic performance in the 1975 film drama, Dog Day Afternoon.
- Cofounded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
- Received an Imagen Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2002.
- In 2010, joined the cast of Caprica, the SYFY Channel's prequel to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. He called the story line of his Joseph Adama character a combination of Rich Man, Poor Man meets The Godfather meets Brave New World.
- A dedicated vegetarian and environmentalist.
- Esai Morales Sr. — Father
- Mariana Oliveira Morales — Daughter
- Elvimar Silva — Significant Other
- Iris Morales — Mother
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