Zayas in 2007
August 15, 1962|
Ponce, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Angel Batista on Dexter |
Enrique Morales on Oz
Sal Maroni on Gotham
David Zayas (born August 15, 1962) 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.
Zayas joined the United States Air Force at age 19 and was a police officer with the New York City Police Department for almost 15 years. 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. Zayas was a main cast member of Dexter for all of its eight seasons.
Zayas has been a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company since 1992, 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. At LAByrinth, he met his future wife, actress Liza Colón.
Zayas played a corrupt police officer in 16 Blocks (2006) and an NYPD officer in Michael Clayton (2007). 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.
Zayas portrays mob boss Don Salvatore Maroni 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.
|1998||Scar City||Cop #1|
|1998||Return to Paradise||Construction Foreman|
|1998||Bleach||Lt. Ballard||Short film|
|1999||Bringing Out the Dead||Cop in Elevator|
|2000||The Yards||Officer Jerry Rifkin|
|2001||Sam the Man||Billy the Cop|
|2002||A Gentleman's Game||Alfred D'Angelo|
|2003||Anne B. Real||Cynthia's dad|
|2004||Mimmo & Paulie||Paulie||Short film|
|2005||The Interpreter||Charlie Russell|
|2005||The Feast of the Goat||Antonio de la Maza|
|2006||16 Blocks||Det. Robert Torres|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Lou Napoli|
|2006||Bristol Boys||Detective Benson|
|2007||Michael Clayton||Detective Dalberto|
|2010||13||Detective Larry Mullane|
|2010||The Expendables||General Garza|
|2013||Samuel Bleak||Ruben Ramirez|
|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||N/A||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||N/A||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"|
|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||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 Murillo ("El Gato")||Episode: "The Past Is Parent"|
|2016||Bloodline||Sheriff Aguirre||7 episodes|
|2016-2017||Shut Eye||Eduardo Bernal||20 episodes|
|2018||Blue Bloods||Governor of New York Mendez||Episode: "School of Hard Knocks"|
|2018||Seven Seconds||Captain Carlos Medina||Episodes: "Of Gods and Men", "Until It Do"|
- "For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away". NPR.org. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
- David Zayas on IMDb
- "Dexter profile". IMDb. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
- "Company Members". LAByrinth Theatre Company. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28.
- "The Following Cast and Details". tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
- Profile, screenrant.com; accessed November 9, 2014.