David Zayas

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David Zayas
David Zayas.jpg
Zayas in 2007.
Born (1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 52)
Puerto Rico
Years active 1995–present
Notable work(s) Angel Batista on Dexter
Enrique Morales on Oz
Spouse(s) Liza Colón-Zayas
Police career
Department New York City Police Department
Years of service 1990–1996

David Zayas (born August 15, 1962) is a Puerto Rican actor. He is most known for his roles as Angel Batista on Showtime's series Dexter, the cop at the poker game in the movie Rounders, and as Enrique Morales on the HBO prison drama series Oz.

Early life[edit]

Zayas was born in Puerto Rico. He was raised in the Bronx borough of New York City.[1]


After serving in the United States Air Force, he joined the New York City Police Department. His career as a police officer allowed him to develop as a character actor, leading to a series of acting jobs on television and film mainly playing law enforcement officers.[2] His experience in law enforcement also provided Zayas with the insight to convincingly play characters on the other side of the law, like Enrique Morales on HBO's long-running prison-drama Oz. He appears in 27 episodes, from 2000–2003, as one of the most ruthless inmates featured in the series.[3] Zayas was a main cast member of Dexter for all of its eight seasons.[4]

Zayas has been a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company since 1992,[5] a New York City-based traveling actors group. He branched out into television and film projects, and has diversified with guest roles in such popular television series such as New York Undercover, Person of Interest, and NYPD Blue.[3] At LAByrinth, he met his future wife, actress Liza Colón-Zayas.

Zayas plays a corrupt police officer in the 2006 feature film 16 Blocks and an NYPD officer in 2007's Michael Clayton.[3] He is featured in the 2010 independent film Shadowboxing, which appeared on the film festival circuit. He appears in Sylvester Stallone's feature film The Expendables and The Brothers Strause's film Skyline.[3] In 2012, Zayas played Ernie Trask, a hotel super, in the twelfth episode of season 1 of the hit CBS crime thriller Person of Interest.

Zayas appeared in an episode of Fox's drama The Following, playing the part of Tyson, Ryan Hardy's (retired) FBI best friend.[6]

Currently, Zayas portrays as Italian Mob boss Sal Maroni [7] in the Batman prequel Gotham, which premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014

Personal life[edit]

Zayas and his wife live in Los Angeles.[citation needed]



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