David Zayas

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David Zayas
David Zayas.jpg
Zayas in 2007
Born (1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 59)
Years active1995–present
Notable work
Angel Batista on Dexter
Enrique Morales on Oz
Sal Maroni on Gotham
Spouse(s)Liza Colón-Zayas

David Zayas (born August 15, 1962[2]) is a Puerto Rican actor. He is best known for his roles as Angel Batista on Showtime's series Dexter, Osborne the cop in Rounders (1998), Enrique Morales on the HBO prison drama series Oz, Lou the bodega owner in Annie (2014) and Sal Maroni on Fox's series Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Zayas was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico,[3] and raised in The Bronx, New York.[4]


Zayas joined the United States Air Force at age 19[5] and was a police officer with the New York City Police Department for almost 15 years.[5] His experience 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, but playing characters on the other side of the law, as well, such as Enrique Morales on HBO's long-running prison-drama Oz.[citation needed] Zayas was a main cast member of Dexter for all of its eight seasons.[citation needed]

Zayas has been a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company since 1992,[citation needed] 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, FBI , NYPD Blue.[citation needed] At LAByrinth, he met his future wife, actress Liza Colón.[citation needed]

Zayas played a corrupt police officer in 16 Blocks (2006) and an NYPD officer in Michael Clayton (2007).[citation needed] He is featured in the independent film Shadowboxing (2010), which appeared on the film festival circuit. He appears in Sylvester Stallone's feature film The Expendables (2010) and The Brothers Strause's film Skyline (2010). In 2012, Zayas played Ernie Trask, a hotel super, in the twelfth episode of season 1 of Person of Interest. In the 2013 he portrayed Detective Esteban Flores in Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret a television movie about the murder of Travis Alexander.[6]

Zayas portrays mob boss Don Salvatore Maroni[7] in the Batman prequel, Gotham, which premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014. Shortly thereafter, he appeared in Annie (2014) as Lou, a gregarious bodega owner who helps Cameron Diaz's Hannigan learn to love herself.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Lena's Dreams Jorge
1998 OK Garage Omar
1998 Scar City Cop #1
1998 Return to Paradise Construction Foreman
1998 Rounders Trooper Osborne
1998 Bleach Lieutenant Ballard Short film
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Cop In Elevator
1999 Kingdom Come Unknown
2000 The Yards Officer Jerry Rifkin
2001 Sam the Man Officer Billy
2002 Washington Heights David
2002 A Gentleman's Game Alfred D'Angelo
2003 Anne B. Real Cynthia's Dad
2004 Mimmo & Paulie Paulie Short film
2004 Jailbait Guard
2004 Brooklyn Bound Popo
2005 The Interpreter Secret Service Agent Charlie Russell
2005 Sangre/Blood Nestor Short film
2005 The Feast of the Goat Antonio De La Maza
2006 16 Blocks Detective Bobby Torres
2006 The Path to 9/11 Lou Napoli
2006 Bristol Boys Detective Benson
2007 Michael Clayton Detective Dalberto
2007 The Savages Eduardo
2009 Burning Mussolini Hector
2009 Wake Detective Grayson
2009 Flying By Tony
2010 13 Detective Larry Mullane
2010 Shadowboxing Bill
2010 The Expendables General Garza
2010 Skyline Oliver
2013 Samuel Bleak Ruben Ramirez
2014 Ride Ramon
2014 Annie Lou
2015 The Wannabe Pablo Guzman
2016 Tallulah Detective Richards
2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Alberto Reyes (voice) Direct-to-video
2017 Shine Ramon
2020 Body Cam Sergeant Kesper
2020 Force of Nature John The Baptist
2021 R#J Fernando Capulet


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Law & Order McGinty Episode: "Savages"
1996 New York Undercover Paco Martinez Episode: "The Enforcers"
1996 Law & Order Raoul Cervantes Episode: "Causa Mortis"
1997 Feds Unknown Episode: "Somebody's Lyin'"
1998 Trinity Uniform Cop #1 Episode: "...To Forgive, Divine"
1998 Law & Order Carlos Episode: "Flight"
1999 Third Watch Motorman Episode: "Welcome to Camelot"
2000 NYPD Blue Joaquin Enriquez Episode: "These Shoots Are Made for Joaquin"
2000 The Beat Rei Morales 12 episodes
2000 All My Children Unknown Episode: "13 December 2000"
2000–2003 Oz Enrique Morales 26 episodes
2001 Wit Code Team Blue Head Television movie
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Milton Episode: "Protection"
2002 UC: Undercover Jorge Gonzales Episode: "Manhunt"
2002 Guiding Light Prison Guard Episode: "22 October 2002"
2003 Law & Order John Mireles Episode: "Smoke"
2003 Angels in America Super Episode: "Part 2 Perestroika"
2003 Undefeated Paulie Television movie
2005 Angel Angel's Father Television movie
2006–2013 Dexter Angel Batista 96 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009–12)
2006 Numb3rs Carlos Costavo Episode: "Brutus"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Fire Marshall Episode: "On Fire"
2007 Without a Trace Gabriel Molina Episode: "Crash and Burn"
2007 Shark Alvarez Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
2007 The Closer Brian Episode: "Grave Doubts"
2007 Burn Notice Javier Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Law & Order Detective Justin Cabrera Episode: "Submission"
2009 CSI: Miami Ben Porterson Episode: "Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing"
2009 In Plain Sight Harrison Locke Episode: "Rubble with a Cause"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Stanley Maas 2 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Ernie Trask Episode: "Super"
2012 Grimm Salvadore Butrell Episode: "Leave It to Beavers"
2013 Deception Frank Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Detective Esteban Flores Television movie
2013 The Following Tyson Hernandez Episode: "Guilt"
2013 The Blacklist Manny Soto Episode: "Frederick Barnes (No. 47)"
2014 Saint George Junior 6 episodes
2014–2015 Gotham Sal Maroni 8 episodes
2015 Elementary Juan 'El Gato' Murillo Episode: "The Past Is Parent"
2016 Bloodline Sheriff Aguirre 7 episodes
2016–2017 Shut Eye Eduardo Bernal 20 episodes
2017–present Blue Bloods Governor of New York Martin Mendez 6 episodes
2018 Seven Seconds Captain Carlos Medina Episodes: "Of Gods and Men", "Until It Do"
2018 Chicago P.D. Carlos Mendoza Episode: "Endings"
2018 Quantico Charlie Episode: "Hell's Gate"
2020–Present Next Ignacio 3 episodes
2020 FBI Antonio Vargas Episode: "Liar’s Poker"
2021 Pose Carlos Episode: "Something Old, Something New"


  1. ^ David Zayas. Decline21:.com Accessed 18 October 2020.
  2. ^ David Zayas, en Tomatazos. Tomatazos.com Accessed 18 October 2020.
  3. ^ David Zayas. Decline21:.com Accessed 18 October 2020.
  4. ^ For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away. National Public Radio News (NPRNews). 29 March 2015. Accessed 18 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b "For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away". NPR.org. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Breaking News - Lifetime Original Movie "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret," Starring Tania Raymonde and Jesse Lee Soffer, to Make Its World Premiere Saturday, June 22 | TheFutonCritic.com". thefutoncritic.com.
  7. ^ Profile, screenrant.com; accessed November 9, 2014.

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