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Giancarlo Esposito Biography

Birth Name:
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro
Birth Place:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Profession
Actor, producer, director

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

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated

Relationships

  • Vincent Esposito -- Brother
  • Kale Lyn Esposito -- Daughter
  • Kate Lyn Esposito -- Daughter
  • Ruby Esposito -- Daughter
  • Shayne Lyra Esposito -- Daughter
  • Syrlucia Esposito -- Daughter
  • Joy McManigal -- Ex-fiancée
  • Giovanni Esposito -- Father
  • Elizabeth Foster -- Mother
  • Elizabeth Foster Esposito -- Mother
  • Joy McManigal -- Wife