Raúl E. Esparza Biography
Also Credited As: Raúl E. Esparza
Date Of Birth:
October 24, 1970 (44)
Wilmington, DE, USA
Since making his Broadway debut in the revival of The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre World Award), Raul Esparza has taken the theater world by storm. He has become only the second actor to receive Tony nominations in all four eligible acting categories. His credits include Speed the Plow (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Best Actor in a Play), The Homecoming (Tony nomination, Best Featured Actor in a Play), Company (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, Best Actor in a Musical), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Taboo (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, Best Featured Actor in a Musical) and Cabaret. He appeared in Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night and he has appeared Off-Broadway in The Normal Heart, Comedians and tick, tick... BOOM!, which earned him an Obie Award. In 2005, he received the HOLA Jose Ferer Acting Award, and was a participant in the 2006 and 2010 Sundance Theatre Lab. Outside New York, Esparza portrayed 'Che' in the National tour of Evita, and appeared in two musicals at the 2002 Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration: Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along. His regional theater credits include Leap of Faith at the Center Theatre Group (LA); Company at the Cincinnati Playhouse; Slaughterhouse-Five and Fur at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago; and Arcadia and What the Butler Saw at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, MI. Esparza made his film debut in Sidney Lumet's 2006 Find Me Guilty. Other films include Wes Craven's My Soul to Take and GWB. He has also appeared on TV in "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and on ABC television series "Pushing Daisies" (recurring). Esparza's book recording includes Stephen King's best-selling book Under the Dome.