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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 31, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Puerto Rico Profession: Actor, Police officer

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A former New York City police officer-turned-actor, David Zayas developed into a fine character performer in films, on television and on stage. While usually typecast as one form of police officer or another, Zayas did spread his wings on occasion, usually on stage and in low-budget features. He did over 30 plays off-Broadway for a local theater group, while at the same time, building his resume by guest starring on prominent television shows. Eventually, he landed his first regular role on the ill-fated procedural "The Beat" (UPN, 1999-2000), then made viewers take notice with his portrayal of a cold, calculating gang leader in the acclaimed prison series "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). But it was his turn as a good-hearted, but ultimately too-trusting homicide detective on "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) that truly propelled his career, turning Zayas from typecast beat cop to strong supporting player.

A former New York City police officer-turned-actor, David Zayas developed into a fine character performer in films, on television and on stage. While usually typecast as one form of police officer or another, Zayas did spread his wings on occasion, usually on stage and in low-budget features. He did over 30 plays off-Broadway for a local theater group, while at the same time, building his resume by guest starring on prominent television shows. Eventually, he landed his first regular role on the ill-fated procedural "The Beat" (UPN, 1999-2000), then made viewers take notice with his portrayal of a cold, calculating gang leader in the acclaimed prison series "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). But it was his turn as a good-hearted, but ultimately too-trusting homicide detective on "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) that truly propelled his career, turning Zayas from typecast beat cop to strong supporting player.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Annie (2014)
2.
 Ride (2014)
3.
 Samuel Bleak (2013)
5.
 Skyline (2010)
6.
 Wake (2010)
7.
 Expendables, The (2010)
8.
 Coach (2010)
9.
 Flying By (2009)
10.
 Savages, The (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Performed with the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City
1995:
First appearance on NBC's "Law and Order"
1996:
Made his feature debut in "Lena¿s Dreams"
1998:
Had small roles in the films, "Stepmom" and "Rounders"
1999:
Played a cop in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead"
2000:
Landed his first regular series role in UPN¿s short-lived cop series, "The Beat"
2000:
Breakout role as a ruthless murderer-turned-prison gang leader on the HBO series, "Oz"
2001:
Played the boss of an aspiring comic book artist in "Washington Heights"
2005:
Played the father of a troubled inner-city kid in "Angel Rodriguez" (HBO)
2006:
Portrays Sgt. Angel Batista on the Showtime series, "Dexter"
2010:
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the film, "The Expendables"
2010:
Featured in the indie hit, "Shadowboxing"
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