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 in major social media sites.
In 1997, Esai Morales co-founded 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 in excess of 1 million dollars.
Theater performances include Oscar Wilde's Salome with Al Pacino (Broadway), Joe Papp's production of The Tempest with 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 on 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 Lorca and Gun 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), Saving Westbrook High (UP) and The Brink (HBO).
Awards include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Alma Award, Imagen Award and a nomination for 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.