Esai Morales

Esai Morales


10/1/1962, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Birth Name

Esai Manuel Morales



Also Known As

Nickname - Manny
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Esai Morales was born on the 1st October 1962 in Brooklyn, NY. Esai ran away from home at the age of 13 because his mother was opposed to his acting career. He became a ward of the state of New York so his mother returned to Puerto Rico,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Esai's friends have nicknamed him Manny.

    • Esai's TV acting debut was ABC's The Great Love Experiment in 1984.

    • Esai took part in the environmental music festival which was part of America's biggest annual Earth day celebration on the 22nd April 2008 at Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles, attracting over 200,000 people, other venues for the celebration were New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Miami and Dallas.

    • Esai's ex-partner Elizabeth Mazzocchi tried to sue Esai in 2007, claiming he had attacked her, the case was closed and Esai was cleared of all charges on the 7th March 2008 as Elizabeth's claims were found to be false.

    • Esai's parents Iris and Esai got divorced in 1968 when Esai was 6 years of age.

    • Esai is a member of the 2007-2008 national board of directors for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

    • Esai is the vocalist in his self-titled band Esai Morales, other members are guitarist Ted from Los Angeles-based band Leave Us Warm.

    • Esai is currently living in Los Angeles with his two dogs, a golden retriever named Corduroy and a weimaraner named Frankie.

    • Esai starred in the 2005 independent film American Fusion as a Mexican dentist called Jose.

    • Esai won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in Tamer of Horses for the Los Angeles Theater Center.

    • Esai Morales ran away from home at the age of 13 because his mother did not approve of him wanting to become an actor.

    • Esai made his Broadway debut in 1992 as a young Syrian in love with the titular temptress in Salome.

    • Esai appeared in the 1995 movie My Family, Mi Familia as the character Chucho.

    • Esai won an Imagen Award for 'Entertainer of the Year' in 2002.

    • Esai won an Alma Award for 'Outstanding Actor in a Television Series' in 2002.

    • Esai Morales originally auditioned for the role of Richie Valens in La Bamba, but the role was given to Lou Diamond Phillips.

    • Esai parents Iris and Esai were both immigrants from Puerto Rico.

    • Esai Morales became interested in an acting career when he was twelve and saw Al Pacino in the movie Dog Day Afternoon.

    • Esai Morales starting learning how to speak English when he was five.

    • In 1990 Esai became a founding board member of the Earth Communications Office, which is a non-profit organization that uses the power of communication to improve the environment.

    • Esai Morales is 5'10" tall.

    • Esai's mother Iris Margarita Morales founded the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

    • Esai co-founded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in 1997, which was created to help Latinos find work in the media, entertainment and telecomunications industries, the other co-founders are Jimmy Smits, Sonja Braga and Felix Sanchez.

    • Esai's debut film was Bad Boys in 1983, in which he played the character Paco Moreno.

    • Esai Morales graduated from the New York's High School for the Performing Arts.

    • Esai was the executive producer on the 2005 movie Beisbol.

    • Esai Morales was in the movies The Tehuacan Project, Fast Food Nation, American Fusion, Heartless, Return to Babylon, and The Virgin of Juarez.

    • Esai played the role of Frankie in the 2006 movie How to Go Out on a Date in Queens.

  • Quotes

    • Esai: (Talks about Islam) Islam is love, it is peace, it is wisdom, especially if it is safeguarded by true and honest representatives.

    • Esai: (On the American Drug War) I think it's privatizing big bother basically and also it's a way to steal from the population legally infront of everbody's eyes, And do you notice that the war on drugs, the war on cancer, the war on aids, the war on crime, the war on povertry, the war on terror now to me, are all phoney public relations wars meant to justify, but it's taking billions of dollars from the public, they don't address the problem, they don't want to.

    • Esai: (On getting Latinos to vote) We have before us the opportunity to create a truly dynamic society, All we have to do is pick up our heads, pay attention, stand up and be counted. By voting, we demonstrate our duty and rights to participate in the American dream.

    • Esai: (On the movie Fast Food Nation) Certain people don't want to hear where their food comes from, what a great thing that a movie actually deals with this head on, not only what we do to the animals but to the people. We are like the animals that we consume, thats what i feel, i feel like this movie kind of shows in an artistic and in a clever, not beat you over the head to much way how we are not very different or at least the people in that industry are not very different from the quote unquote shit that we consume.

    • Esai: (On getting the role of Major Edward Beck in Jericho) I was reading for another character, Chavez. Before I could even give them an answer they said, "Forget about that, why don't you take a look at Major Edward Beck?" I read this character and I thought wow, what a wonderful role, what a great opportunity. I'd heard a lot of good things about the show, so I was honored and I said yeah. Accepted the role and went right in.

    • Esai: (On focusing his attention) I allow myself to be used to draw attention (to good causes). I think that as an actor there's too much focus paid on 'what we're wearing and who we're doing', quote, unquote. It's just so superficial. It's so empty. It's so fluff entertainment. So I try to take some of that attention and refocus it where it belongs, which is, you know, issue-oriented things.

    • Esai: (On helping the Hispanic community) I'm honored to help the Hispanic community on this issue. I, myself, had a misguided 14th year. I smoked on and off for a few months until I got sick and had to quit. In the end, it's all about personal responsibility.

    • Esai: (On his childhood) As a kid I used to hide my mother's cigarettes. I even took my mother's cigarettes from her purse. I developed the idea of this Public Service Announcement out of that moment. I added a little twist to the (story). You think the boy is stealing from her purse when in fact he is trying to save his mother's life.

    • Esai: (On what he is looking for in a woman) There are wonderful, attractive women out there, but I'm looking for someone who makes me feel at home.

  • Esai is an extraordinary talent and passionate about the public and his audiences. He is gifted and earned every credit given. He is underused and never backs down and puts all of himself into every role and project. He inspires me to persevere.moreless

    Esai Morales contributes mightily to his community and would be a great voice in the political arena should he choose. Since I was a small child I have heard his words echoeing in my head," never give up on what you believe and never let anyone tell you that you can't make or it can't happen for you." I have watched him triumph over many barriers ranging from economy to ethnicity, yet he remained constant and passionate about his goals. Mr. Morales is a teacher and a leader and not to mention a survivor. todays youth in the entertainment industry could highly benefit from his tireless efforts to stay ahead in the business. He is and always will lbe my favorite person more so for his behind the scenes roles as a humanitarian and "actor-vist."moreless
  • Underused but nontheless talented

    I have loved Esai since the movie La Bamba and

    Other things and he is indeed a very talented but

    Yet underused actor. Loved him in NYPD Blue and other shows.

    Hopefully he will do good and bring the ratings up when

    He joins the cast of Vanished as I can do without

    Jerky Gale Harold around. Also he is a good person off

    The screen donating charity work!