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Esai Morales

Esai Morales

Esai Morales is an American actor popular for his role as Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic La Bamba. Similarly, he is also best known as Lt. Tony Rodriguez on American TV drama series NYPD Blue (1993-2005). Morales also appeared in the PBS drama American Family and in the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd

Esai Morales was born on October 1, 1962, as Esai Manuel Morales, Jr. In Brooklyn, New York. His birth sign Libra. He is the son of Iris Margarita Morales (mother) and Esai Morales, Sr (father). Her mother is a union activist and his father is a welder.

Morales holds an American nationality and belongs to the Puerto Rican ethnic background. His parents divorced when he was a child. Regarding his education, he attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan.

After that, he has shown interest in acting from an early age. Morales stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches. 

Career

Morales started his acting career in a theater in New York at the age of 19. At that time, he worked on a few Television shows. After that, he made his screen debut with a 1982 film Forty Deuce in which he appeared as Mitchell. His first major role was in the film Bad Boys (1983) in which he played the role of Paco Moreno.

Later, he appeared in the movies On Wings of Eagles and Rainy Day Friends in the year 1986. After that, he appeared as Bob Morales in the biopic La Bamba in 1987. Similarly, his performance in the movie The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997) and Southern Cross (1999) was highly appreciated and his talent was noticed by the audience and producers.

Also, he got a bigger role in the movie In The Army Now (1994) and became more popular. He also appeared in the film Dogwatch (1996) in which he played as a police officer.

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Caption: Esai Morales, American actor

Morales made his television debut in 1984 playing Miguel Rados in an episode of ABC Afterschool Special. Then, he has speared in several TV series and movies. Morales won the Alma Award-Outstanding Actor in a Television Series for his performance in NYPD Blue.

Also, he was nominated for Prism Award and Imagen Foundation Award-Best Actor in a supporting role for his role as Esteban Gonzalez in American Family (2002).

Moreover, he has appeared in guest roles and regular roles in several TV series. Also, he has appeared in more than fifty movies until now. In 2015, he was nominated for an Imagen Foundation Award-Best Supporting Actor for his role as Mr. Santillan in Spare Parts (2015).

How much is the Net Worth and Salary of Esai Morales?

Morales has an estimated net worth of around $2 million, but his net worth is not revealed yet. Whereas his salary is unknown. His net worth is enough for him to maintain a standard living.

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Caption: Esai Morales in a luxurious car

Likewise, the cost of his car, apartments and other expensive kinds of stuff are also missing. As he is still continuing his professional career, his net worth will be double in his upcoming years. Currently, he is living a lavish lifestyle in a luxurious way.

Who is Esai Morales Married to?

Morales is a happily married man since 2010. He married his long-time girlfriend, Elvimar Silva. They were in a relationship for a long period of time.

The couple got married on May 20, 2010. From their marriages, the couple is blessed with a beautiful daughter named Mariana Oliveira Morales. They are living a happy, luxurious life with their daughter.

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Caption: Esai Morales with his wife and daughter

Morales says that his relationship with his wife is based on mutual understandings and he loves her very much. There is no sign of divorce at all. He considers his wife a major source of inspiration.

Morales has neither been involved in any controversy nor rumor stories till now. He has a clean image in the industry. Also, he always focused on his work and he has never been criticized for any of his works. There is no rumor of him being in extra-marital affairs at all.

Facts of Esai Morales

Full NameEsai Morales
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 1, 1962
Age57 years 6 months
HoroscopeLibra
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
ProfessionActor, Producer, Director
EducationHigh School of Performing Arts
NationalityAmerican
PartnerElvimar Silva
ChildrenMariana Oliveira Morales
ParentsIris Margarita, Mother Esai Morales
AwardsALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor (2004), VC Film Fest Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Award Winner (2005)
NominationsAlma Award (1997), Imagen Foundation Award Best Supporting Actor (2015), Prism Award (2002)
Movies“Paid in Full” (2002), “Once Upon a Wedding” (2005), “Fast Food Nation” (2006), “La Linea - The Line” (2009), “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (1998), “Southern Cross” (1999)

Quick Facts of Esai Morales

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1Participated in the 2011 National Record-A-Thon by recording children's book titles for RFB&D (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)'s audiobook library. [March 2011]
2His first name frequently appears in crossword puzzles, since it is rare to find an English four-letter word that is 75% vowels.
3He originally auditioned for the role of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba (1987), and Lou Diamond Phillips originally auditioned for the role of Bob.
4As a child, Esai was so concerned about his mother's smoking that he hid her cigarettes.
5Esai's Puerto Rican parents divorced when he was a baby.
6He first became interested in an acting career at age 12 when he saw Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
7Studied at Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts.
8Spoke only Spanish until age 5.
9Is co-founder, with Sonia Braga and Jimmy Smits, of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.

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