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Giancarlo Esposito

Once Upon a Time, Breaking Bad and Revolution

Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans several decades. He earned rave reviews and awards buzz starring in AMC’s critically acclaimed award-winning series Breaking Bad opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Esposito starred as Gustavo “Gus” Fring, a respected business owner whose legitimate operations allow him the perfect front to distribute Walt’s (Cranston) blue meth throughout the Southwest. He recently won the 2012 Critics Choice Award for his portrayal.

He also costars on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, playing Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass. The show’s website gives this description of his character:

The editor-in-chief of The Daily Mirror, Storybrooke’s local newspaper, Sidney was firmly in the pocket of Mayor Regina Mills (The Evil Queen). She called on his skills as a reporter to dig up dirt on Emma Swan and use it against her. Sidney printed all sorts of sordid details from Emma’s past, including her time in prison and the contents of her sealed juvenile record. After Regina killed Graham (The Huntsman) and a new Sheriff had to be elected, Regina forced Sidney to run. When he failed to beat Emma in the election, he was stripped of his job at the paper and Regina had him cozy up to Emma, pretending that he hated the Mayor since the election and could help prove she was dirty. Emma bought the act until she found a listening device in some flowers Sidney had left at the sheriff’s station. After Kathryn Nolan (Abigail) suddenly reappeared and Mary Margaret (Snow White) was cleared of any crime, Sidney took the fall to protect Regina, claiming he had abducted Kathryn as a means to becoming a local hero, writing a big story and getting his job back. Emma didn’t believe a word of the confession. The last anyone has seen of Sidney Glass is a nameplate on a locked door, deep in the bowels of Storybrooke hospital.

Esposito also costarred in JJ Abrams drama series for NBC, Revolution and appeared as a crime boss opposite Tyler Perry in Lionsgate’s Alex Cross. Esposito has appeared in notable films such as Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke, and The Last Holiday. His performances in Spike Lee’s films Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, School Daze and Malcolm X are among his most memorable. Esposito’s other film credits include outstanding performances in SherryBaby, Ali, Nothing to Lose, Waiting to Exhale, Bob Roberts, King of New York and Cotton Club. In 1995, Esposito was recognized for his incredible work in Fresh with a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award.

In 2007 through his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film Gospel Hill. He also co-starred with Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson. Quiet Hand Productions aspires to make “conscious content” films that focus on the inspirational. The company currently has four other projects in development, in which Esposito plans to direct, produce and co-star. One of these projects This is Your Death, is an unflinching look at reality TV.

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