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|gender = Male
 
|gender = Male
 
|portrays = [[Magic Mirror]] / [[Sidney Glass]]
 
|portrays = [[Magic Mirror]] / [[Sidney Glass]]
|birthdate = April 26, 1958
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|birthdate = April 26, 1958<ref name="giancarlofilm"/>
|birthplace = [[Wikipedia:Copenhagen|Copenhagen]], [[Wikipedia:Denmark|Denmark]]
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|birthplace = [[Wikipedia:Copenhagen|Copenhagen]], [[Wikipedia:Denmark|Denmark]]<ref name="giancarlofilm"/>
 
|status = Guest Starring
 
|status = Guest Starring
 
|firstappearance = [[The Thing You Love Most]]
 
|firstappearance = [[The Thing You Love Most]]
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'''Giancarlo Esposito''' is the American actor who portrays the [[Magic Mirror]] and [[Sidney Glass]] on [[ABC]]'s ''[[Once Upon a Time]]''.
 
'''Giancarlo Esposito''' is the American actor who portrays the [[Magic Mirror]] and [[Sidney Glass]] on [[ABC]]'s ''[[Once Upon a Time]]''.
   
==History==
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==Biography==
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an Italian father and an American mother. His mother was an opera and nightclub singer from Alabama, who once appeared on the same bill as Josephine Baker. His father was from Naples, and worked as a stagehand and carpenter. Esposito lived in Europe, until the family settled in Manhattan when he was six.
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Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born on April 26, 1958 in [[Wikipedia:Copenhagen|Copenhagen]], [[Wikipedia:Denmark|Denmark]]<ref name="giancarlofilm">http://www.filmreference.com/film/64/Giancarlo-Esposito.html</ref> to an Italian father and an American mother. His mother was an African-American opera singer and his father was an stage hand and set builder from [[wikipedia:Napoli|Napoli]]. Following the needs of his parents' work schedules, he traveled with them between [[wikipedia:Rome|Rome]] and [[wikipedia:Hamburg|Hamburg]], [[wikipedia:Germany|Germany]] for most of his early years until the family moved to [[wikipedia:Manhattan|Manhattan]] when he was six.<ref name="latimes">http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-dotheright-giancarlo-esposito_kjp6tinc,0,5112312.photo</ref>
   
Coming from a theatrical background (his mother was a singer and his father a carpenter and stagehand) it was, perhaps, inevitable that young Giancarlo would appear on stage sooner or later, and he did, at age 8, appearing on Broadway as a slave child in ''Maggie Flynn'' in 1966.
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Having grown up with a family background in theater, Giancarlo--who attended [[wikipedia:New York City|New York City]]'s [[wikipedia:Professional Children's School|Professional Children's School]]--made his Broadway debut at age eight opposite [[wikipedia:Shirley Jones|Shirley Jones]] in the musical ''[[wikipedia:Maggie Flynn|Maggie Flynn]]'' in 1966. Thrilled by the experience, he later went on to appear in other New York City stage productions, including a 1977 mounting of ''Miss Moffatt'', starring [[wikipedia:Bette Davis|Bette Davis]]. The twenty-one year old Giancarlo landed his feature film debut in the [[wikipedia:Michael Douglas|Michael Douglas]] 1979 sports drama ''[[wikipedia:Running (film)|Running]]'' prior to grabbing more screen time as a young cadet in 1981 military academy drama ''[[wikipedia:Taps (film)|Taps]]''.<ref name="latimes"/>
   
More Broadway work followed through the '60s and early-'70s, followed by some small roles in movies. TV work followed in the 1980s with increasingly significant parts in a string of high profile series until he became well established as a character player both on TV and in a number of movies.
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Quickly establishing himself a promising young stage talent, he also won an [[wikipedia:Obie Award|Obie Award]] for his performance as the title character of ''Zooman and the Sign''. Amongst a growing list of small film and television credits, he worked with [[wikipedia:Steppenwolf Theater|Steppenwolf Theater]] alumni Laurie Metcalf in the award-winning 1984 production of ''[[wikipedia:Balm of Gilead|Balm of Gilead]]''. Late in the decade, the actor began an immensely influential professional relationship with writer-director [[wikipedia:Spike Lee|Spike Lee]], who cast him as charismatic fraternity leader Dean Big Brother Almighty in the 1988 collegiate comedy musical ''[[wikipedia:School Daze|School Daze]]''. It was a breakout role for Giancarlo, who worked again with the director for the 1989 urban drama ''[[wikipedia:Do the Right Thing|Do the Right Thing]]''. A decade later, the film, which chronicled rising racial tensions over the course of a hot summer day in a [[wikipedia:Brooklyn|Brooklyn]] neighborhood, was added to a list of "culturally significant" films in the [[wikipedia:U.S. Library of Congress|U.S. Library of Congress]].<ref name="latimes"/>
   
He came very much to the public's attention playing Agent Mike Giardello in the TV series ''Homicide: Life on the Street'' in 1998 and since then has rarely been off our screens.<ref>http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002064/bio</ref>
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He immediately signed back on for a supporting role in Spike Lee's next project, ''[[wikipedia:Mo' Better Blues|Mo' Better Blues]]'', a jazz-infused drama starring [[wikipedia:Denzel Washington|Denzel Washington]] as a womanizing trumpet player. Giancarlo went on to make appearances in other independent films; gangster drama ''[[wikipedia:King of New York|King of New York]]'' and taxicab vignettes movie ''[[wikipedia:Night on Earth|Night on Earth]]''. He rejoined Spike Lee and Denzel Washington for the acclaimed biopic on controversial African-American equal rights leader ''[[wikipedia:Malcolm X (film)|Malcolm X]]'', in addition to playing Bugs Raglin, an alternative press reporter in ''[[wikipedia:Bob Roberts|Bob Roberts]]''. Further along in the year, Giancarlo returned to the off-Broadway stage for the drama ''Distant Fires'', which won him a second Obie Award.<ref name="latimes"/>
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Television gave Giancarlo a rare opportunity to play a character who shared his dual ethnicity as Sergeant Paul Gigante on the short-lived cop comedy, ''[[wikipedia:Bakersfield P.D.|Bakersfield P.D.]]''. After turning in a performance as Esteban, the slick drug dealer in urban drama ''[[wikipedia:Fresh (1994 film)|Fresh]]'', he continued his efforts to play against type when he landed the role of an [[wikipedia:FBI|FBI]] agent in byzantine thriller ''[[wikipedia:The Usual Suspects|The Usual Suspects]]''. He continued the career transformation with his 1998-1999 stint on the acclaimed police procedural ''[[wikipedia:Homicide: Life on the Street|Homicide: Life on the Street]]''. In back-to-back biopics, he played Cassius Clay, Sr. in ''[[wikipedia:Ali (film)|Ali]]'', in addition to portraying revered Puerto Rican writer [[wikipedia:Miguel Algarín|Miguel Algarín]] in ''[[wikipedia:Piñero|Piñero]]''.<ref name="latimes"/>
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Giancarlo continually showed his range by working in projects on the opposite sides of the thematic scale as a determined cop in erotic-thriller ''[[wikipedia:Derailed (2005 film)|Derailed]]'', immediately followed by a hilarious turn as a pandering [[wikipedia:United States|United States]] senator in comedy ''[[wikipedia:Last Holiday (2006 film)|Last Holiday]]''. Despite many minor film roles and television guest spots, he found time to produce, direct and appear in the 2008 racially-charged drama ''[[wikipedia:Gospel Hill|Gospel Hill]]''.<ref name="latimes"/>
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The following year, Giancarlo took on what would become one of the most memorable roles of his acclaimed career. Late in the second season of the [[wikipedia:AMC (TV channel)|AMC]]'s crime drama ''[[wikipedia:Breaking Bad|Breaking Bad]]'', he first appeared as [[wikipedia:Gus Fring|Gus Fring]], the seemingly innocuous and good-natured proprietor of a local chain of fast food restaurants, who also happened to be one of the biggest distributors of methamphetamines in the southwestern United States. Not only did his performance revive interest in his career, but it also earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.<ref name="latimes"/>
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*He hosted and narrated the [[Season Two|second season]] ''Once Upon a Time'' special ''[[Once Upon a Time: Magic is Coming]]''.
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*Hosted and narrated the [[Season Two|second season]] ''[[Once Upon a Time]]'' special ''[[Once Upon a Time: Magic is Coming]]''.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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==References==
 
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Giancarlo Esposito is the American actor who portrays the Magic Mirror and Sidney Glass on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Biography

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born on April 26, 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark[1] to an Italian father and an American mother. His mother was an African-American opera singer and his father was an stage hand and set builder from Napoli. Following the needs of his parents' work schedules, he traveled with them between Rome and Hamburg, Germany for most of his early years until the family moved to Manhattan when he was six.[2]

Having grown up with a family background in theater, Giancarlo--who attended New York City's Professional Children's School--made his Broadway debut at age eight opposite Shirley Jones in the musical Maggie Flynn in 1966. Thrilled by the experience, he later went on to appear in other New York City stage productions, including a 1977 mounting of Miss Moffatt, starring Bette Davis. The twenty-one year old Giancarlo landed his feature film debut in the Michael Douglas 1979 sports drama Running prior to grabbing more screen time as a young cadet in 1981 military academy drama Taps.[2]

Quickly establishing himself a promising young stage talent, he also won an Obie Award for his performance as the title character of Zooman and the Sign. Amongst a growing list of small film and television credits, he worked with Steppenwolf Theater alumni Laurie Metcalf in the award-winning 1984 production of Balm of Gilead. Late in the decade, the actor began an immensely influential professional relationship with writer-director Spike Lee, who cast him as charismatic fraternity leader Dean Big Brother Almighty in the 1988 collegiate comedy musical School Daze. It was a breakout role for Giancarlo, who worked again with the director for the 1989 urban drama Do the Right Thing. A decade later, the film, which chronicled rising racial tensions over the course of a hot summer day in a Brooklyn neighborhood, was added to a list of "culturally significant" films in the U.S. Library of Congress.[2]

He immediately signed back on for a supporting role in Spike Lee's next project, Mo' Better Blues, a jazz-infused drama starring Denzel Washington as a womanizing trumpet player. Giancarlo went on to make appearances in other independent films; gangster drama King of New York and taxicab vignettes movie Night on Earth. He rejoined Spike Lee and Denzel Washington for the acclaimed biopic on controversial African-American equal rights leader Malcolm X, in addition to playing Bugs Raglin, an alternative press reporter in Bob Roberts. Further along in the year, Giancarlo returned to the off-Broadway stage for the drama Distant Fires, which won him a second Obie Award.[2]

Television gave Giancarlo a rare opportunity to play a character who shared his dual ethnicity as Sergeant Paul Gigante on the short-lived cop comedy, Bakersfield P.D.. After turning in a performance as Esteban, the slick drug dealer in urban drama Fresh, he continued his efforts to play against type when he landed the role of an FBI agent in byzantine thriller The Usual Suspects. He continued the career transformation with his 1998-1999 stint on the acclaimed police procedural Homicide: Life on the Street. In back-to-back biopics, he played Cassius Clay, Sr. in Ali, in addition to portraying revered Puerto Rican writer Miguel Algarín in Piñero.[2]

Giancarlo continually showed his range by working in projects on the opposite sides of the thematic scale as a determined cop in erotic-thriller Derailed, immediately followed by a hilarious turn as a pandering United States senator in comedy Last Holiday. Despite many minor film roles and television guest spots, he found time to produce, direct and appear in the 2008 racially-charged drama Gospel Hill.[2]

The following year, Giancarlo took on what would become one of the most memorable roles of his acclaimed career. Late in the second season of the AMC's crime drama Breaking Bad, he first appeared as Gus Fring, the seemingly innocuous and good-natured proprietor of a local chain of fast food restaurants, who also happened to be one of the biggest distributors of methamphetamines in the southwestern United States. Not only did his performance revive interest in his career, but it also earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[2]

Trivia

Appearances

External Links

References

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