David Zayas' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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 also provided Zayas with the insight to convincingly play characters on the other side of the law, like Enrique Morales on HBO's long-running prison-drama Oz. He appears in 27 episodes, from 2000–2003, as one of the most ruthless inmates featured in the series. Zayas has been a regular cast member of Dexter since its beginning in 2006.
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.
Zayas plays a corrupt police officer in the 2006 feature film 16 Blocks and an NYPD officer in 2007's Michael Clayton. He is featured in the 2010 independent film Shadowboxing, which appeared on the film festivl 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 the hit CBS crime thriller Person of Interest.
Zayas appears in an episode of Fox's latest thriller The Following, playing the part of Tyson, Ryan Hardy's (retired) FBI best friend.
- One of four actors to star in the television series Dexter and Oz, along with Lauren Velez, Erik King and Scott William Winters.
- Former NYPD beat cop in Times Square.
- Member of Labyrinth Theater Company.