Esai Morales Net Worth

Esai Morales Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Esai Manuel Morales net worth is
$3 Million

Esai Manuel Morales Wiki Biography

Esai Morales was born on the 1st October 1962 in Brooklyn, New York City USA, of Puerto Rican decent, and is an actor and producer, perhaps best known for his role of Bob Morales in the biopic “La Bamba” in 1997. Morales also had important parts as Lt. Tony Rodriguez in “NYPD Blue” (2001-2004), and as Joseph Adama in “Caprica” (2009-2010). His career has been active since 1982.

Have you ever wondered how rich Esai Morales is, as of mid-2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Esai Morales’ net worth is as high as $3 million, earned mostly through his successful acting career, and as a producer which has improved his wealth.

Esai Morales Net Worth $3 Million

Esai Morales was born to Iris Margarita, a union activist who participated in the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, and Esai Morales, Sr., a welder. He went to the School of Performing Arts in Manhattan, after which he played in theatre and television in New York. Esai’s big screen debut came in 1982 in Paul Morrissey’s drama “Forty Deuce”, and a year after, he played in Rick Rosenthal’s “Bad Boys” starring Sean Penn.

Before being cast in a leading part in “Rainy Day Friends” in 1985, Morales briefly appeared in a few TV series, and later played in the mini-series “On Wings of Eagles” (1986) with Burt Lancaster, Richard Crenna and Paul Le Mat. In 1987, Morales portrayed the ex-convict brother of Ritchie Valens in the biography drama “La Bamba” starring Lou Diamond Phillips, a role which gained him a lot of popularity, and he was frequently seen on both TV and films from that point. In 1987, Esai appeared in “The Principal” with Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr., and later in Howard Brookner’s “Bloodhounds of Broadway” in 1989. His net worth was growing steadily.

In 90’s were a very productive decade for Morales, as worked on “Naked Tango”, “Freejack” starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger and Rene Russo, and “Ultraviolet”. He continued with “Rapa Nui”, “In the Army Now”, “The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story” with Raul Julia, and “Don’t Do It”. In the mid-‘90’s, Esai played in “My Family”, “Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14”, “The Real Thing” with James Russo and Jeremy Piven, and “Death in Granada”  starring Andy Garcia, all of which increased his net worth.

He ended the decade with such films as “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (1998) with Joe Mantegna,  and in the TV mini-series “Atomic Train” (1999). Since 2000, Morales has appeared in several popular series, including “Resurrection Blvd.” (2000-2002), “NYPD Blue” (2001-2004), “American Family” (2002), “Vanished” (2006), and “Jericho” (2008). Esai also had roles in movies such as “Paid in Full” (2002) with Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris and Chi McBride, “Once Upon a Wedding” (2005), Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation” (2006), and “La Linea – The Line” (2009) starring Ray Liotta and Andy Garcia.

Morales continued by playing in both TV productions and films, including in “Caprica” from 2009 to 2010, “Fairly Legal” in 2011 and ’12, and also  in “Jarhead 2: Field of Fire” (2014), “Criminal Minds” (2013-2015), “Spare Parts” (2015),  and “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” (2014- ). Most recently, Esai filmed “Never Back Down: No Surrender” and “L.A. Series” in 2016, and “The Art of Living” in 2017, steadily increasing his net worth.

Regarding his personal life, Esai Morales has been in a relationship with Elvimar Silva since 2010, and they have a daughter named Mariana Oliveira Morales, born in 2010. He is a vegetarian.

Full NameEsai Morales
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 1, 1962
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
ProfessionActor, Producer, Director
EducationHigh School of Performing Arts
ChildrenMariana Oliveira Morales
ParentsIris Margarita, Mother Esai Morales
PartnerElvimar Silva
AwardsALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor (2004), VC Film Fest Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Award Winner (2005)
NominationsAlma Award (1997), Imagen Foundation Award Best Supporting Actor (2015), Prism Award (2002)
Movies“Paid in Full” (2002), “Once Upon a Wedding” (2005), “Fast Food Nation” (2006), “La Linea - The Line” (2009), “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (1998), “Southern Cross” (1999)
TV Shows“On Wings of Eagles” (1986), “Resurrection Blvd.” (2000-2002), “NYPD Blue” (2001-2004), “American FamilyVanished” (2006), “Jericho” (2008), “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” (2014- )
1Participated in the 2011 National Record-A-Thon by recording children's book titles for RFB&D (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)'s audiobook library. [March 2011]
2His first name frequently appears in crossword puzzles, since it is rare to find an English four-letter word that is 75% vowels.
3He originally auditioned for the role of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba (1987), and Lou Diamond Phillips originally auditioned for the role of Bob.
4As a child, Esai was so concerned about his mother's smoking that he hid her cigarettes.
5Esai's Puerto Rican parents divorced when he was a baby.
6He first became interested in an acting career at age 12 when he saw Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
7Studied at Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts.
8Spoke only Spanish until age 5.
9Is co-founder, with Sonia Braga and Jimmy Smits, of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.


Ultraviolet1992Nicholas Walker
The Legend of Prince Valiant1991-1992TV SeriesStefan of Albans / Sir Geoffrey / Knight
Naked Tango1990Zico Borenstein
Bloodhounds of Broadway1989Handsome Jack
The Twilight Zone1989TV SeriesJesse Cardiff
Miami Vice1985-1987TV SeriesFelipe Cruz / Pete Romano
The Principal1987Raymi Rojas
La Bamba1987Bob Morales
On Wings of Eagles1986TV Mini-SeriesRashid
Rainy Day Friends1985Neekos Valdez
Fame1985TV SeriesGeorge
The Equalizer1985TV SeriesOfficer Miguel Canterra
ABC Afterschool Specials1984TV SeriesMiguel Rados
Bad Boys1983Paco Moreno
Forty Deuce1982Mitchell
The Art of Living2017announcedVega
L.A. Series2016TV Movie post-productionEl Mono
Untitled Laura Steinel Project2016TV Movie completedBruce
SimonefilmingProfessor / Writer
How to Get Away with Murder2016TV SeriesLaurel's Dad
Adam Ruins Everything2016TV SeriesAlfonso
Hit the Floor2016TV Series
Never Back Down: No Surrender2016Hugo Vega
Casa Vita2016TV MovieRodrigo Vita
Mozart in the Jungle2015TV SeriesJuan Delgado
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series2015TV SeriesLord Amancio Malvado
Blue Bloods2015TV SeriesSgt. Trey Delgado
The Brink2015TV SeriesPresident Julian Navarro
Criminal Minds2013-2015TV SeriesSection Chief Mateo Cruz
Spare Parts2015/IPablo Santillan
Cleaners2014TV SeriesFather Brooks
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire2014Captain Jones
Major Crimes2013TV SeriesDeputy Manuel Diaz
Teachers2013TV MovieManny
Magic City2013TV SeriesCarlos 'El Tiburon' Ruiz
Playin' for Love2013Principle Jose Marti
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike2012Francisco d'Anconia
Hola! La2012TV SeriesGuest
Fairly Legal2011-2012TV SeriesD.A. Aaron Davidson
Seattle Superstorm2012TV MovieTom
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2012TV SeriesJimmy Vasquez
17th Precinct2011TV MovieLiam Butterfield
We Have Your Husband2011TV MovieEduardo Valseca
Gun Hill Road2011Enrique Rodriguez
Los Americans2011TV SeriesLee Valenzuela / Lee
Caprica2009-2010TV SeriesJoseph Adama
King of the Avenue2010Natas
CSI: Miami2010TV SeriesStephen Madsen
La linea2009René Pelon
Dora the Explorer2002-2009TV SeriesPapi
Kill Kill Faster Faster2008Markie
Jericho2008TV SeriesMajor Edward Beck
The Cure2007TV MovieJorge
Burn Notice2007TV SeriesErnie Paseo
24: Day Six - Debrief2007TV Mini-Series shortAgent Jorge Ramirez
Company Town2006TV MovieRay Dupre
Vanished2006TV SeriesAgent Michael Tyner Supervisor Kyle Tyner Michael Tyner ...
How to Go Out on a Date in Queens2006Frankie
Fast Food Nation2006Tony
The Virgin of Juarez2006Father Herrera
Freddie2005TV SeriesCarlos
True Crime: New York City2005Video GameCaptain Victor 'Vic' Navarro (voice)
American Fusion2005Jose
Heartless2005/ITV MovieRick Benes / David Lopez
Once Upon a Wedding2005Pineda
NYPD Blue2001-2004TV SeriesLt. Tony Rodriguez
Sudbury2004TV Movie
George Lopez2002TV SeriesManny Lopez
Resurrection Blvd.2000-2002TV SeriesPaco Corrales
Paid in Full2002Lulu
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina2002VideoVargas Mouse (voice)
American Family2002TV SeriesEsteban Gonzalez
Spin Cycle2000Nickens
Doomsday Man2000Mike
Family Law2000TV SeriesMr. Santiago
A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story2000TV MovieJuan Miguel Gonzalez
The Outer Limits1997-1999TV SeriesFrank Kelton (Hearts Desire Excerpt) Frank Kelton
American Virgin1999Jim the Director
Southern Cross1999Philip Solano
Atomic Train1999TV Mini-SeriesNoris MacKenzie
L.A. Doctors1999TV SeriesVince Duralde
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1998TV SeriesGuillermo
Circle of Deceit1998TV MovieJeff Silva
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit1998Dominguez
The Hunger1997TV SeriesTony
Dog Watch1997VideoMurrow
Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story1996TV MovieFederico Pena
Death in Granada1996Ricardo
The Real Thing1996Collin
Scorpion Spring1995Astor
Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 141995TV MovieTony Archer
My Family1995Chucho
Tales from the Crypt1994TV SeriesPuck
Don't Do It1994Charles
The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story1994TV MovieJair
In the Army Now1994Sgt. Stern
Rapa Nui1994Make
Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun1993VideoKenny
The Waiter1993/IShortJulius
Bay City Story1992TV MovieJim Duran


Create Option C: My Journey with Cancer2014Documentary executive producer
Teachers2013TV Movie executive producer
Gun Hill Road2011executive producer
Los Americans2011TV Series producer - 8 episodes
Behind the Mask of Zorro2005TV Movie documentary co-producer


America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back1994TV Series documentary 1 episode

Assistant Director

Doomsday Man2000second unit director


The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit1998performer: "Muevete"


The Run Saga: Breathe2016thanks for inspiration filming
The Test of Time2015Short special thanks
'NYPD Blue': A Final Tribute2005TV Movie documentary special thanks
Inside 'NYPD Blue': A Decade on the Job2002TV Short documentary special thanks
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentary thanks


Find Your Groove2017Documentary filmingHimself
Pat Morita: Long Story ShortDocumentary pre-productionHimself
Lifestyle Magazine2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself - Friend of Elizabeth Pena
Criminal Minds: Season 9 - Eyes Only2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Daily Helpline2014TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Give Me Shelter2014DocumentaryAnimal Advocate
Journey of a Female Comic2014DocumentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Create Option C: My Journey with Cancer2014DocumentaryHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2013TV Series documentaryHimself
True Crime: The Movie2012DocumentaryHimself
Rainy Day Friends: Then and Now2011Documentary shortHimself - Interviewee
The Talk2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
25th Annual Genesis Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Panic Nation2010DocumentaryHimself
The Brian McKnight Show2010TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Habla2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
23rd Annual Genesis Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Change Is Gonna Come2009Documentary
12th Annual Prism Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - 'Pinhead' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Real Time with Bill Maher2008TV SeriesHimself
Más vale tarde2008TV SeriesHimself
Your Mommy Kills Animals!2007DocumentaryHimself - Actor
The 21st Annual Genesis Awards2007VideoHimself
The Tehuacan Project2007ShortHimself
The Manufacturing of 'Fast Food Nation'2007Video documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHimself
In the Cutz2006TV Series
The Drop2005TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Mask of Zorro2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Stephen Sondheim Tribute
'NYPD Blue': A Final Tribute2005TV Movie documentaryHimself / Lt. Tony Rodriguez
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Cristina: El 15 aniversario2004TV MovieHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Wayne Brady Show2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHimself
The Simple Life2003TV SeriesHimself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Storyline Online2003TV SeriesHimself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHimself
Inside 'NYPD Blue': A Decade on the Job2002TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
2002 ALMA Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHimself
American Experience2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Reader
Opening Soon2001TV SeriesHimself - Investor / Actor
2001 ALMA Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
2000 ALMA Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Happy Hour1999TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Animal Crusaders1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
1998 ALMA Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Somos un solo pueblo1995TV Movie documentary
Rapa Nui: Legends in Stone1994TV SeriesHimself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1988TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Celebrities Uncensored2004TV SeriesHimself

Won Awards

2011FilmOut Festival AwardFilmOut San Diego, USBest ActorGun Hill Road (2011)
2007Special Jury PrizeVC FilmFest - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film FestivalBest ActorAmerican Fusion (2005)
2002ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television SeriesNYPD Blue (1993)

Nominated Awards

2016Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor - TelevisionMozart in the Jungle (2014)
2015Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor - Feature FilmSpare Parts (2015)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialWe Have Your Husband (2011)
2009ALMA AwardALMA AwardsActor in Television - DramaJericho (2006)
2004Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Television DramaAmerican Family (2002)
2003Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineAmerican Family (2002)
1998ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Feature FilmThe Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996)

Known for movies

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