Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Actors You Recognize, But Don't Know Their Names: Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito may be best known for his role as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, but he first came under my radar as Buggin’ Out in the 1989 Spike Lee classic DO THE RIGHT THING (he also was in three other Spike Lee joints). He also portrayed the similarly named John Alijah “Bugs” Raplin in BOB ROBERTS, and appeared in TRADING PLACES, KING OF NEW YORK, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, and dozens of other films. 

Esposito’s television work is much more extensive with turns on Sesame Street, Miami Vice, Homicide, Law & Order, CSI, Community, and The Mandalorian among, yep, dozens of other shows. He’s been nominated twice for Emmys (for Gus Fring) but lost so here’s hoping that them there Academies of Television Arts & Sciences will get their shit together next time.

More later...

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