David was born in Puerto Rico, but was raised in the Bronx.
David joined the Air Force after he finished high school.
David enrolled in acting classes while still working as a cop.
David went to Ernie Martin's Studio Theatre for his acting classes.
David is often cast as a cop or a detective.
David has been a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company since 1992.
David met his wife Liza Colón while both were working with the stage company LAByrinth Theatre Company.
David is often cast in television projects by writer Tom Fontana.
David made his feature film debut in Lena's Dreams.
David has appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Pepcid AC and Tums.
David has appeared in the following stage plays:
-Jesus Hopped the A Train
-Our Lady of 121st Street
-Anna in the Tropics
David is of Puerto Rican descent.
David voiced a character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and then would reprise his role again in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
David was a cop for 15 years.
David likes to play online poker.
David has appeared in three different television shows with actress Lauren Velez. New York Undercover, Oz, and Dexter.
David is often cast in films directed by Mike Nichols.
He is married to actress Liza Colón-Zayas.
He is 6' (1.83 m)
He is a former NYPD beat cop in Times Square.
[On if it bothers him playing a cop, or a detective]
David Zayas: Are you kidding me? Any time someone wants to hire me I'm happy. I'm either a cop, a detective, or some bad guy, but every once in awhile I'll play another part. I guess I have the personality or the look of a cop or some kind of a law enforcement official, which gets me that kind of work.
[On what parts he'd like to play]
David Zayas: As long as the part is interesting, which I've been lucky enough to have, it really doesn't matter what I play as long as it's interesting. So I could play 45 different cops and if they're all different and interesting, it's okay by me.
[On the show Dexter]
David Zayas: I'm having so much fun doing it and having so much fun watching it and even though I read the script and know what's happening, I'm really surprised by some of the things I see myself. I'm shocked. That just shows how interesting it is... And with the music and with everything it's a really compelling show even with someone who knows all the scenes that are going to take place.