Esai Morales

Esai Morales
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In 2005, Esai Morales (along with Mercedes Ruehl) received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)

In 2005, Esai Morales (along with Mercedes Ruehl) received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)

Esai Manuel Morales, Jr. (born October 1, 1962) is an American actor known for his role as Bob Valenzuela in the 1987 biopic La Bamba. He also appeared in the PBS drama American Family and in the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd..

Esai Morales was born in Brooklyn, New York to parents Iris Margarita (née Declet), a union activist involved with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, and Esai Morales, Sr., a welder. Morales began his pursuit of an acting career by attending the School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. His first professional performances were in theater and television in New York, and his first film—Bad Boys, about teenagers in prison—was released in 1983.

Morales has described himself as an “actorvist”, primarily as one of the founders of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, taking inspiration from his mother. He is also interested in environmental issues and was a founding board member of E.C.O. (Earth Communications Office).

Esai Morales is a vegetarian. He and girlfriend Elvimar Silva welcomed a little girl, Mariana Oiveira, in September 2010.

Esai Morales Movie list
Filmography

2011 Lives of the Saints
2010 King of the Avenue
2010 Cherry
2009 La Linea – The Line
2008 Kill Kill Faster Faster
2006 How to Go Out on a Date in Queens
2006 Fast Food Nation
2006 The Virgin of Juarez
2005 American Fusion
2005 Once Upon a Wedding
2002 Paid in Full
2000 Doomsday Man
2000 Spin Cycle
1999 American Virgin
1999 Southern Cross
1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
1996 The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca
1996 Scorpion Spring
1996 Livers Ain’t Cheap
1995 My Family
1994 In the Army Now
1994 Don’t Do It
1994 Rapa Nui
1993 The Waiter
1992
Freejack
1992 Ultraviolet
1990 Amazon (uncredited)
1990 Naked Tango
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway
1987
The Principal
1987 La Bamba
1986 L.A. Bad
1983 Bad Boys
1982 Forty Deuce
Morales is a vegetarian.[11] He and girlfriend Elvimar Silva welcomed a little girl, Mariana Oiveira, in September 2010.