Esai Morales Cast as “Malvado” in From Dusk Till Dawn

Esai Morales and Director/Producer Robert Rodriguez
Esai Morales and Director/Producer Robert Rodriguez

Austin, TX – From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series keeps getting more interesting in their second season as new, high profile are announced as new addition to the cast.  This morning it was announced that Esai Morales (Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez’s TV series based on the film From Dusk Till Dawn.  Morales will play the recurring role of in a recurring role of “Lord Amancio Malvado,” a figure of terrifying cruelty and power who has a complicated and obsessive relationship with Santánico Pandemonium (Eiza González). El Rey Network/Miramax previously announced new cast membersDanny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2).

As a recurring character, Morales, continues his regular series role as the POTUS on HBO’s The Brink which will give him the opportunity display both his comedy and dramatic talent.

Morales has been an audience favorite since his first film right out of high school in Bad Boys for which he received critics’ nods and much attention.  Although recently he is best known for the commanding role of Lt. Tony Rodriguez in the Emmy-winning series NYPD Blue, for which he won both an ALMA and Imagen Award, he will never be forgotten for his iconic role as Bob in and Luiz Valdez’s Golden Globe® nominated La Bamba.

Morales most recently portrayed section chief Mateo “Matt” Cruz on CBS’s Criminal Minds. This summer, he is set to star in the HBO Jack Black/Tim Robbins comedy, The Brink. His work on other critically-acclaimed TV series include Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd., the PBS drama American Family, the STARZ Original, Magic City as well as CBS’s Jericho and Syfy’s Caprica, opposite Eric Stoltz.

A highly accomplished actor Morales’ career began on stage, including memorable roles in Oscar Wilde’s Salome with Al Pacino on Broadway; Joe Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest with Raul Julia; Tamer of Horses for the Los Angeles Theater Center (for which he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award) and more.

Morales’ most memorable film credits include Kevin Costner produced Rapa Nui; the award-winning HBO film The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story directed by John Frankenheimer; the Gregory Nava film Mi Familia. He also starred in and executive produced Gun Hill Road, a Grand Jury Nominee at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. Morales is also a founding member of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, an organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries.

Season of  two of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, currently in production in Austin, TX, will explore a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that travels from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santánico (Eiza González) and Richie (Zane Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Jessie Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb. And Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a Miramax production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment.  Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (also showrunner), Diego Gutierrez (also writer) John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.

Morales is repped by Innovative Artists, LINK and attorney Eric Feig.


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