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Award-winning actor Esai Morales is recognized as one of the most talented and relevant actors in Hollywood. Since his feature film debut in Bad Boys, Morales has continuously offered performances that strongly resonate in the hearts and minds of a diverse and international audience. His breakthrough role in La Bamba made him a star, contributing to making the film the most commercially successful Latino-themed rock biopic of all time. To this day, his role as Bob Morales continues to uptrend on major social media sites.

In 1997 Esai Morales cofounded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, created to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. The NHFA has provided scholarships to hundreds of Hispanic students totaling more than $1 million.

Theater performances include Oscar Wilde's Salome with Al Pacino (Broadway), Joe Papp's production of The Tempestwith Raul Julia (New York's Shakespeare in the Park Festival), Tamer of Horses (Los Angeles Theater Center), The Exonerated, directed by Bob Balaban, and his musical theater debut in The Mambo Kings.

Film credits include Bad Boys, La Bamba, Rapa Nui, Mi Familia, Fast Food Nation, Paid in Full,The Line, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, Jarhead II: Field of Fire, The Disappearance of Garcia LorcaandGun Hill Road, a film he starred in and executive produced. The film was a Grand Jury Nominee at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Television credits comprise the Emmy award-winning series NYPD Blue (ABC), Resurrection Blvd. (Showtime), American Family (PBS), Miami Vice (NBC), Fame (NBC), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (HBO), Vanished(FOX), Burn Notice (USA), Jericho (CBS), Caprica (Syfy), Fairly Legal (USA), Criminal Minds (CBS), Major Crimes (TNT), and SavingWestbrook High (UP). Currently, Morales plays the role of President of the United States on The Brink, HBO’s new dark comedy about a geopolitical crisis.

Awards include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Alma Award, Imagen Award and a nomination for the the NAACP Award.

Throughout his career, Esai Morales has been an advocate for countless charities and causes such as literacy, environment, health, immigration, arts funding and social justice.