David Zayas

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David Zayas
David Zayas.jpg
Zayas in 2007.
Born (1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 53)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Years active 1995–present
Notable work Angel Batista on Dexter
Enrique Morales on Oz
Sal Maroni on Gotham
Spouse(s) Liza Colón-Zayas
David Zayas
Police career
Department New York City Police Department
Years of service 1990–1996

David Zayas (born August 15, 1962) is a Puerto Rican-American 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, Enrique Morales on the HBO prison drama series Oz, and as Sal Maroni on Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Zayas was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and reared in The Bronx, New York.


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. His experience in law enforcement helped him play characters on the other side of the law, like Enrique Morales on HBO's long-running prison-drama Oz.[1] Zayas was a main cast member of Dexter for all of its eight seasons.[2]

Zayas has been a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company since 1992,[3] 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.[1] 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).[1] 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. In 2012, Zayas played Ernie Trask, a hotel super, in the twelfth episode of season 1 of 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.[4]

Currently, Zayas portrays mob boss Don Salvatore Maroni [5] in the Batman prequel, Gotham, which premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Lena's Dreams Jorge
1998 O.K. Garage Omar
1998 Scar City Cop #1
1998 Return to Paradise Construction Foreman
1998 Rounders Osborne
1998 Bleach Lt. Ballard Short film
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Cop in Elevator
1999 Kingdom Come N/A
2000 The Yards Officer Jerry Rifkin
2001 Sam the Man Billy the Cop
2001 Wit Code Team Blue Head Television movie
2002 Washington Heights David
2002 A Gentleman's Game Alfred D'Angelo
2003 Anne B. Real Cynthia's dad
2003 Undefeated Paulie Television movie
2004 Mimmo & Paulie Paulie Short film
2004 Jailbait Guard
2004 Brooklyn Bound Popo
2005 The Interpreter Charlie Russell
2005 Sangre/Blood Nestor Short film
2005 Angel Angel's father Television movie
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
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


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 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
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"
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 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


  1. ^ a b c David Zayas at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Dexter profile, Internet Movie Database website; accessed November 9, 2014
  3. ^ LAByrinth Theatre Company
  4. ^ "The Following Cast and Details". tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  5. ^ Profile, screenrant.com; accessed November 9, 2014.

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