Better known as “Gus” from the Breaking Bad empire, Giancarlo Esposito is a great actor. And now you can also catch him on The Mandalorian, which airs on Disney+.
Aside from being a memorable actor, Esposito is also one of the many great men of modest height.
Read on to find out everything you want to know about Giancarlo Esposito’s height, family and life.
Who Is Giancarlo Esposito?
The Italian-American actor had his breakout as the buttoned-up drug lord Gustavo “Gus” Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
Prior to joining the cast of Breaking Bad, Esposito was a popular character actor.
He’s been in a ton of stuff. He was one of those guys you would see in a movie and go “I know him from something else…” Now, you see him in a movie and go, “It’s Gus Fring!”
Seriously, the guy has been in everything from Sesame Street (1982) to the original Miami Vice (1985) to Malcom X (1992).
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He’s has quite the career as an actor, spanning six decades and all genres from musical theatre to prestige dramas to sci-fi, he’s done it all.
In 1958, Giancarlo Esposito was born in Denmark, to his Italian father and African-American mother.
He lived there until he was six. Then his family moved to New York City. Esposito’s acting career began shortly after, at just eight years old.
How Tall Is Giancarlo Esposito?
Esposito is 5’8″ tall. At five-foot-eight, he’s on the taller side of modest men. He’s one inch shorter than the average American male.
Of course, he’s not just American. He’s half Italian and half African-American. Interestingly, 5’8″ is the average height of Italian men.
What’s His Ethnicity?
Esposito is a mixed-race, or multiracial person. His father is Italian and his mother is African-American. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark but he actually doesn’t hold Danish citizenship.
He is a citizen of Italy and the U.S. Though he was born in Copenhagen, he only lived in Denmark until he was 6.
At that age, his entire family moved to Manhattan, New York. In fact, Esposito’s acting debut was on Broadway just two years later. At age 8, he appeared as a slave child in Maggie Flynn.
Like Esposito, his parents were also involved in the performing arts. His Dad was a stagehand. His mother was a professional opera singer.
Is He Married and Does He Have Kids?
Giancarlo Esposito was married to Joy McManigal from 1995 to 2015. While he’s been divorced for a few years, he’s not been romantically linked to anyone since the split.
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There are even rumors that the longtime pair may end up back together again. But, he tends to keep his personal life private. So, we may not find out about their reconciliation either way.
He has four children with his ex-wife. And they’re all daughters. They’re names Kale Lyn, Syrlucia, Ruby and Shayne Lyra.
Of course, since he’s in his 60s his children are adults now. But, they appear to be very close. Esposito frequently takes his daughters to red carpet events.
What Are Some Popular Giancarlo Esposito Movies?
Though he’s best known for his amazing portrayal of Gus on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Esposito has starred in several popular movies too.
For example, he played Jack Baer in 1995’s The Usual Suspects. In 2016, he voiced Akela in The Jungle Book. Way back in 1989, he turned in a stellar performance in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.
You may have also caught him in 1983’s Trading Places or 1990’s Kings of New York.
Esposito also made appearances in the musical School Daze (1988) and the sci-fi flick Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018).
While his acting career spans six decades, he’s also an accomplished director and producer.
In 2008, he directed Gospel Hill. And in 2017, he directed The Show. He also stars in both films. Esposito also served as a producer on both projects.
As far as producing credits go, he has a couple more under his belt. He was a producer on 2017’s Stuck, a musical drama and 1995’s The Keeper. And, yes, Esposito acts in both of those movies too.
Was He Ever Arrested?
Yes, unfortunately. In 2010, Esposito was arrested in New Mexico for suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As far as our research indicates, he was never charged with any crime.
One thing’s for sure, Esposito is one of the most talented actors of his generation. With a career spanning over half a century, he’s also proof that success can come at any age.
The guy’s been working steadily since he was 8, but his breakout role didn’t come around until he was fifty years old!
We salute you, Giancarlo Esposito. You’re a remarkable man of modest height.