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David Zayas

Biography

Puerto Rican acting professional most widely known as Sgt. Angel Batista on Showtime’s thriller series, Dexter. He offered as a fresh York City OFFICER from 1990 to 1996. He previously a breakout part as Enrique Morales on HBO’s criminal offense crisis, Oz. He wedded Liza Colon-Zayas. He’s the on-screen friend and co-worker of Michael C. Hall in Dexter.

Quick Facts


Full Name David Zayas
Date Of Birth August 15, 1962
Place Of Birth Ponce, PR
Height 1.83 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality Puerto Rican, American
Spouse Liza Colón-Zayas
Children David Zayas Jr.
Awards Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor - Supporting Role, ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor
Movies The Expendables, Skyline, 16 Blocks, Annie, The Wannabe, Michael Clayton, The Interpreter, The Lennon Report, Tallulah, The Savages, Return to Paradise, Jailbait, A Gentleman's Game, The Yards, Bringing Out the Dead, Samuel Bleak, Washington Heights, Anne B. Real, Brooklyn Bound, The Feast of the Goat, Lena's Dreams, Lost Cat Corona, Stepmom, Bristol Boys, 13, Ride, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, Angel Rodriguez, Undefeated, Wake, Junction, Coach, Shadowboxing, Above Freezing, Mimmo & Paulie, Bleach, Concerto, Shoedog, The Gift Horse
TV Shows Saint George, Dexter, Oz, Shut Eye
Star Sign Leo

  • Facts
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#Fact
1Father of David Zayas Jr.
2The only cast member of 'Dexter' to have been an actual Police Officer.
3Served in the U.S. Air Force.
4Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, New York.
5One of four actors to star in the television series Dexter and Oz, along with Lauren Luna Vélez, Erik King and Scott William Winters.
6Member of Labyrinth Theater Company.
7Former NYPD beat cop in Times Square.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Savages2007Eduardo
Numb3rs2006TV SeriesCarlos Costavo
Bristol Boys2006Detective Benson
The Path to 9/112006TV Mini-SeriesLou Napoli
Conviction2006TV SeriesCartwright
16 Blocks2006Robert Torres
La fiesta del Chivo2005Antonio de la Maza
Angel2005TV MovieAngel's Father
Sangre/Blood2005ShortNestor
The Interpreter2005Charlie Russell
Brooklyn Bound2004Popo
Jailbait2004Guard
Mimmo & Paulie2004ShortPaulie
Angels in America2003TV Mini-SeriesSuper
La Araña2003ShortLa Araña
Undefeated2003TV MoviePaulie
Anne B. Real2003Cynthia's Dad
Oz2000-2003TV SeriesEnrique Morales
Guiding Light2002TV SeriesPrison Guard
A Gentleman's Game2002Alfred D'Angelo
Washington Heights2002David
UC: Undercover2002TV SeriesJorge Gonzales
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002TV SeriesDetective Milton
Wit2001TV MovieCode Team Blue Head
Sam the Man2001Billy the Cop
All My Children2000TV Series
The Beat2000TV SeriesRei Morales
The Yards2000Officer Jerry Rifkin
NYPD Blue2000TV SeriesJoaquin Enriquez
Kingdom Come1999
Bringing Out the Dead1999Cop in Elevator
Third Watch1999TV SeriesMotorman
Bleach1998ShortLt. Ballard
Trinity1998TV SeriesUniform Cop #1
Stepmom1998Policeman
Above Freezing1998Hector
Rounders1998Osborne
Return to Paradise1998Construction Foreman
Scar City1998Cop #1
O.K. Garage1998Omar
Lena's Dreams1997Jorge
Feds1997TV Series
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesPaco Martinez
BlancoTV MovieOrtiz
Tell No Tales2018pre-productionFrank (rumored)
Eli Moran2018post-productionCoach Romero
Shine2017post-productionRamon
Shut Eye2016TV SeriesEduardo Bernal
The Blacklist2013-2016TV SeriesManny Soto
11:552016Maurice
Bloodline2016TV SeriesSheriff Aguirre
The Lennon Report2016Officer Joseph Medina
Tallulah2016Detective Richards
Lost Cat Corona2015Ponce
Elementary2015TV SeriesJuan Murillo
Gotham2014-2015TV SeriesSal Maroni
The Wannabe2015
Annie2014Lou
Ride2014/IRamon
Saint George2014TV SeriesJunior
Dexter2006-2013TV SeriesSgt. Angel Batista Det. Angel Batista Lt. Angel Batista
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret2013TV MovieDetective Flores
The Following2013TV SeriesTyson Hernandez
Samuel Bleak2013Ruben Ramirez
Deception2013TV SeriesFrank
Junction2012Lt. Tarelli
Grimm2012TV SeriesSalvadore Butrell
Person of Interest2012TV SeriesErnie Trask
Skyline2010Oliver
H.A.W.X.22010Video GameManny (voice)
The Expendables2010General Garza
Coach2010VideoRamon
Shadowboxing2010/IIBill
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2006-2010TV SeriesCaptain Pro Tem Stanley Maas Fire Marshall
132010/IDetective Larry Mullane
In Plain Sight2009TV SeriesHarrison Locke
Flying By2009Tony
CSI: Miami2009TV SeriesBen Porterson
Wake2009/IDetective Grayson
Concerto2009ShortRay Lorentz
Burning Mussolini2009Hector
Law & Order1995-2008TV SeriesDetective Justin Cabrera / John Mireles / Carlos / ...
Michael Clayton2007Detective Dalberto
Burn Notice2007TV SeriesJavier
The Closer2007TV SeriesBrian
Shark2007TV SeriesAlvarez
Without a Trace2007TV SeriesGabriel Molina

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
10-13producer announced

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories2005Video Game motion capture performer
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game motion capture actor

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
10-13announced

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
10-13announced

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2013 ALMA Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Action: 'The Expendables'2011Video shortHimself
When Pop Culture Saved America: A 9-11 Story2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Latino 1012010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Working in the Theatre2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2011TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHimself
Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables'2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
2009 Alma Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Infanity2008TV Series documentaryHimself
ADHDtv: With Lew Marklin2008TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special2015VideoHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013ALMA AwardALMA AwardsSpecial Achievement in TelevisionDexter (2006)· Aimee Garcia
· Lauren Luna Vélez
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionDexter (2006)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actor-Supporting Role in a DramaDexter (2006)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)· Billy Brown
· Jennifer Carpenter
· Josh Cooke
· Aimee Garcia
· Michael C. Hall
· Colin Hanks
· Desmond Harrington
· Rya Kihlstedt
· C.S. Lee
· Edward James Olmos
· James Remar
· Lauren Luna Vélez
2011ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actor - Supporting RoleDexter (2006)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)· Jennifer Carpenter
· April L. Hernandez
· Michael C. Hall
· Desmond Harrington
· Maria Doyle Kennedy
· C.S. Lee
· Jonny Lee Miller
· James Remar
· Julia Stiles
· Lauren Luna Vélez
· Peter Weller
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)· Preston Bailey
· Julie Benz
· Jennifer Carpenter
· Brando Eaton
· Courtney Ford
· Michael C. Hall
· Desmond Harrington
· C.S. Lee
· John Lithgow
· Rick Peters
· James Remar
· Christina Robinson
· Lauren Luna Vélez
2009ALMA AwardALMA AwardsActor in Television - DramaDexter (2006)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)· Preston Bailey
· Julie Benz
· Jennifer Carpenter
· Valerie Cruz
· Kristin Dattilo
· Michael C. Hall
· Desmond Harrington
· C.S. Lee
· Jason Manuel Olazabal
· David Ramsey
· James Remar
· Christina Robinson
· Jimmy Smits
· Lauren Luna Vélez
2007Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor - TelevisionDexter (2006)


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#Quote
1I love it and it is a blessing to be able to have seventy-five to eighty episodes to develop a character and find your voice. You have a similar through voice, and yet you are making different decisions, and so you act differently and you make different choices, as that is what your character would do.
2There's not too many things I'm afraid of, but I'm not too brave when it comes to sitting in a chair getting my teeth drilled.
3As an actor, I've always found that my job is not to judge the content in which I've agreed to perform in. What I try to do is just find the truth in every moment that they've written.
4I saw the original that Gela Babluani wrote and directed called '13 Tzameti,' and that was very interesting. I believe it was a French film, and I was just intrigued by the awkwardness; the off-beatness of the film really just grasped me.
5To get into another person's mindset and what they are trying to do with their project is a challenge, and it is what I like.
6Art has to be reflective of our society.
7Part of an actor's job, in my opinion, is adjust to the characteristics of the director and try to understand to how he tries to work.
8Working on 'Dexter' is like shooting one big movie every year.
9You just see a good project and want to be involved in it, and that's what 'Dexter' was.]
10People are complicated. People have secrets. It doesn't make them good people or bad people.

#Trademark
1Low nasal voice
2Goatee

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