Giancarlo Esposito has put everyone in awe with his perfect portrayal of the Breaking Bad villain Gus Fring. He once again gives life to this role in Better Call Saul, which is now in its final season.
As the days of seeing Gus Fring on the small screen will be soon over, let's talk about the successful acting career of the one and only Giancarlo Esposito. From an aspiring actor to a stage star, what are the feats he has achieved and how much net worth he has already built?
Giancarlo Esposito as a Young, Natural Performer
Even at the tender age of eight, the then-aspiring actor showed he was a natural performer. He made his Broadway debut in the play Maggie Flynn, opposite the great Shirley Jones.
He became a part of Broadway and off-Broadway productions throughout his childhood. He then joined the Tony-winning musical Seesaw at 13 years old, tasting his first feeling of success.
Despite his big chance to continue his acting career without further education, he chose to study the technical aspects of theater and performing. So at 17, he enrolled in Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, New York, and received a two-year degree in radio and television communication.
If acting didn't work out for him, he had education as his backup plan.
The Start of Giancarlo Esposito's Career
After graduating, Giancarlo Esposito started his entertainment career. He began working as a singer for the educational children's TV show The Electric Company, which was Sesame Street's sister show.
He then played the role of a camp counselor on Sesame Street and started playing minor roles in movies in the 1980s. He got his break in Spike Lee's 1988 musical comedy School Daze.
With the film's success, he became a part of other Spike Lee movies, like the 1989 film Do the Right Thing, the 1990 drama Mo' Better Blues and the 1992 biographical drama Malcolm X.
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His other 1990s projects were Fresh, for which he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination, The Usual Suspects and Smoke.
He continued to play different roles and personas in the 1997 miniseries Creature and joined the seventh season of Homicide: Life on the Street, which gained him more widespread recognition.
He then did Ali, Monkeybone, Girls Club and had small parts in Law & Order, 5ive Days to Midnight, South Beach, Ghost Whisperer and Bones.
In 2006, he joined Queen Latifah in Last Holiday and made his directorial debut in Gospel Hill in 2008. He also did the Broadway production of the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Giancarlo Esposito's Breaking Bad Success
Giancarlo Esposito's mainstream success began when he became the leader of a meth trafficking ring in Breaking Bad in 2009.
At the time, he already had a reputation for playing stoic figures of power. This role earned him more critical acclaim, winning the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama in 2012 and an Emmy Award nomination.
With the popularity of his role, he reprised this character in the spinoff prequel Better Call Saul, receiving two more Emmy nominations and a second Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
His other projects are Allegiance, The Get Down, Once Upon a Time, Rebel and Westworld. He also did voice works for Dear White People, Dallas and Robo, Harley Quinn and The Jungle Book.
He then became a part of The Mandalorian and Godfather of Harlem.
With all these on his list, Giancarlo Esposito is now $8 million rich, per Celebrity Net Worth.
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