Esai Morales

Esai Morales (born October 1, 1962) is an American actor known for his role as Bob Valenzuela in La Bamba. He also appeared in American Family and on Resurrection Blvd. In television, he would perhaps be best known for his roles on NYPD Blue and Caprica.

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Bad Boys (1983)

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Reni Santoni  •  Jim Moody  •  Eric Gurry

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Reni Santoni  •  Jim Moody  •  Eric Gurry

Freejack (1992)

Time-traveling bounty hunters find a doomed race-car driver in the past and bring him to 2009 New York, where his mind will be replaced with that of a terminally ill billionaire.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Mick Jagger  •  Rene Russo  •  Anthony Hopkins

Time-traveling bounty hunters find a doomed race-car driver in the past and bring him to 2009 New York, where his mind will be replaced with that of a terminally ill billionaire.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Mick Jagger  •  Rene Russo  •  Anthony Hopkins

In the Army Now (1994)

Bones Conway and Jack Kaufman didn't really know what they were in for when they enlisted in the U.S. Army; they just wanted to get a job and make some money. But these new recruits are so hapless, they run the risk of getting kicked out before their military ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie Jr.
CAST:  Pauly Shore  •  Andy Dick  •  Lori Petty  •  David Alan Grier

Bones Conway and Jack Kaufman didn't really know what they were in for when they enlisted in the U.S. Army; they just wanted to get a job and make some money. But these new recruits are so hapless, they run the risk of getting kicked out before their military ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie Jr.
CAST:  Pauly Shore  •  Andy Dick  •  Lori Petty  •  David Alan Grier

La Bamba (1987)

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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Valdez
CAST:  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Danielle von Zerneck  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Rosanna DeSoto

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Valdez
CAST:  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Danielle von Zerneck  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Rosanna DeSoto

My Family (1995)

Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in East L.A., and their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Edward James Olmos  •  Rafael Cortés  •  Esai Morales  •  Jacob Vargas

Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in East L.A., and their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Edward James Olmos  •  Rafael Cortés  •  Esai Morales  •  Jacob Vargas

Rapa Nui (1994)

Inter-tribal rivalry leads to a competition to erect a huge statue (moai) in record time before Make can take part in the race to retrieve the egg of a Sooty Tern. The reward for winning this race is to rule the island for one year.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Reynolds
CAST:  Jason Scott Lee  •  Esai Morales  •  Sandrine Holt  •  Eru Potaka-Dewes

Inter-tribal rivalry leads to a competition to erect a huge statue (moai) in record time before Make can take part in the race to retrieve the egg of a Sooty Tern. The reward for winning this race is to rule the island for one year.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Reynolds
CAST:  Jason Scott Lee  •  Esai Morales  •  Sandrine Holt  •  Eru Potaka-Dewes

The Principal (1987)

Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean up the school and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Jim Belushi  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Michael Wright

Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean up the school and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Jim Belushi  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Michael Wright

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998)

Gomez is a middle-aged man who dreams of buying a gorgeous white suit in a nearby store, but doesn't have enough cash. He finds 4 more people of same size, who each give $20 and get to wear the suit for an hour each in return. But the suit is not just a suit - it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Gordon
CAST:  Joe Mantegna  •  Esai Morales  •  Edward James Olmos  •  Clifton Collins Jr.

Gomez is a middle-aged man who dreams of buying a gorgeous white suit in a nearby store, but doesn't have enough cash. He finds 4 more people of same size, who each give $20 and get to wear the suit for an hour each in return. But the suit is not just a suit - it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Gordon
CAST:  Joe Mantegna  •  Esai Morales  •  Edward James Olmos  •  Clifton Collins Jr.

The Burning Season (1994)

Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Sônia Braga  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Luis Guzmán

Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Sônia Braga  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Luis Guzmán

Halfway There (2017)

Jimmy Bishop runs a sober living facility and is forced to take in his wealthy alcoholic mother as a client.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Erich Anderson  •  Curt Cornelius  •  Blythe Danner  •  Catherine Dent

Jimmy Bishop runs a sober living facility and is forced to take in his wealthy alcoholic mother as a client.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Erich Anderson  •  Curt Cornelius  •  Blythe Danner  •  Catherine Dent

We Have Your Husband (2011)

American-born Jayne Valseca, her husband Eduardo, the son of a legendary Mexican newspaper publisher, and their two children live an idyllic life on their 1,000 acre ranch outside of a peaceful Mexico town. But in the summer of 2007, their peaceful life is turned ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Bross
CAST:  Teri Polo  •  Esai Morales  •  Julian Acosta  •  Nicholas Gonzalez

American-born Jayne Valseca, her husband Eduardo, the son of a legendary Mexican newspaper publisher, and their two children live an idyllic life on their 1,000 acre ranch outside of a peaceful Mexico town. But in the summer of 2007, their peaceful life is turned ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Bross
CAST:  Teri Polo  •  Esai Morales  •  Julian Acosta  •  Nicholas Gonzalez

Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012)

The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear. Unemployment has risen to 24%. Gas is now $42 per gallon. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Putch
CAST:  Samantha Mathis  •  Jason Beghe  •  Esai Morales  •  Patrick Fabian

The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear. Unemployment has risen to 24%. Gas is now $42 per gallon. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Putch
CAST:  Samantha Mathis  •  Jason Beghe  •  Esai Morales  •  Patrick Fabian

Seattle Superstorm (2012)

An object is shot down over Seattle and the debris begins to effect the local weather ultimately threatening the whole world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Bourque
CAST:  Ona Grauer  •  Martin Cummins  •  Esai Morales  •  Jared Abrahamson

An object is shot down over Seattle and the debris begins to effect the local weather ultimately threatening the whole world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Bourque
CAST:  Ona Grauer  •  Martin Cummins  •  Esai Morales  •  Jared Abrahamson

Amazon (1990)

Widowed and broke Finnish businessman Kari takes his two teenage daughters with him to Brazil. A bush pilot introduces him to the idea of gold mining in the jungle, but a beautiful and educated local woman warns him about the possible consequences to the rain ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mika Kaurismäki
CAST:  Kari Väänänen  •  Robert Davi  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Minna Sovio

Widowed and broke Finnish businessman Kari takes his two teenage daughters with him to Brazil. A bush pilot introduces him to the idea of gold mining in the jungle, but a beautiful and educated local woman warns him about the possible consequences to the rain ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mika Kaurismäki
CAST:  Kari Väänänen  •  Robert Davi  •  Rae Dawn Chong  •  Minna Sovio

Kill Kill Faster Faster (2008)

Recently paroled after serving a long stretch for his wife's murder, Joey One-Way aligns himself with a producer who has optioned the play he wrote in prison. As he sets about adapting his work for the big screen, Joey falls for his new pal's ex-con wife, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gareth Maxwell Roberts
CAST:  Gil Bellows  •  Lisa Ray  •  Esai Morales  •  Moneca Delain

Recently paroled after serving a long stretch for his wife's murder, Joey One-Way aligns himself with a producer who has optioned the play he wrote in prison. As he sets about adapting his work for the big screen, Joey falls for his new pal's ex-con wife, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gareth Maxwell Roberts
CAST:  Gil Bellows  •  Lisa Ray  •  Esai Morales  •  Moneca Delain

Gun Hill Road (2011)

An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rashaad Ernesto Green
CAST:  Judy Reyes  •  Isiah Whitlock Jr.  •  Harmony Santana  •  Esai Morales

An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rashaad Ernesto Green
CAST:  Judy Reyes  •  Isiah Whitlock Jr.  •  Harmony Santana  •  Esai Morales

Cherry (2010)

Ivy League Freshman, Aaron Milton (17) gets a different kind of education when he falls for Linda (34) a vivacious former wild-child who has returned to college to straighten out her life. The curriculum gets more challenging when Aaron meets Linda's sarcastic 14 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey Fine
CAST:  Kyle Gallner  •  Laura Allen  •  Britt Robertson  •  Esai Morales

Ivy League Freshman, Aaron Milton (17) gets a different kind of education when he falls for Linda (34) a vivacious former wild-child who has returned to college to straighten out her life. The curriculum gets more challenging when Aaron meets Linda's sarcastic 14 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey Fine
CAST:  Kyle Gallner  •  Laura Allen  •  Britt Robertson  •  Esai Morales

King of the Avenue (2010)

A drug dealer sells his soul to the devil to become the top drug dealer on the block.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Combs
CAST:  Ving Rhames  •  Esai Morales  •  Simon Rex  •  Elizabeth Di Prinzio

A drug dealer sells his soul to the devil to become the top drug dealer on the block.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Combs
CAST:  Ving Rhames  •  Esai Morales  •  Simon Rex  •  Elizabeth Di Prinzio

Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 (1995)

Tony is framed by Claremont for a murder he didn't commit. He is sent to prison but Claremont promises him freedom if he can find Allie in the prison and bring her out. Allie and Tony soon join forces and the actual escape from the prison is a small part of what ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Graeme Campbell
CAST:  Esai Morales  •  Nia Peeples  •  Doug Abrahams  •  Campbell Lane

Tony is framed by Claremont for a murder he didn't commit. He is sent to prison but Claremont promises him freedom if he can find Allie in the prison and bring her out. Allie and Tony soon join forces and the actual escape from the prison is a small part of what ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Graeme Campbell
CAST:  Esai Morales  •  Nia Peeples  •  Doug Abrahams  •  Campbell Lane

Ultraviolet (1992)

A park ranger and his lover have heated encounters with a dangerous man in Death Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Griffiths
CAST:  Esai Morales  •  Patricia Healy  •  Stephen Meadows  •  Louise Baker

A park ranger and his lover have heated encounters with a dangerous man in Death Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Griffiths
CAST:  Esai Morales  •  Patricia Healy  •  Stephen Meadows  •  Louise Baker
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