Arlen Escarpeta Has been laying the groundwork and foundation for his career in bothTV and Film. Arlen most recently shined in The Lifetime Biopic “WHITNEY” playing the king of the stage, Bobby Brown. Not to be outdone, Escarpeta will also be recurring on the second season of SYFY’s hit drama “THE MAGICIANS” starting mid January of 2017. Escarpeta’s resume shows that he’s a budding star steadily climbing. Wether he’s sharing the screen with the likes of Halley Berry(EXTANT, Steven Spielberg), Forrest whitaker(AMERICAN GUN), or being directed by Angela Bassett(WHITNEY), Escarpeta always rises to the occasion and delivers.
Escarpeta has also left quite a mark on the big screen, his credits show an incredible amount of versatility as he’s tackled several genre’s in the film industry. “Into the Storm”, Arlen plays “Daryl”, a courageous camera man/techy for a storm chasing crew. This will be Arlen’s second film directed by Steven Quale, as the two previously teamed up for the NewLine Cinema hit “Final Destination 5”.
In 2010, Arlen hit the big screen in the ensemble cast of “Brotherhood”, which also debuted at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. In 2008, Arlen starred in Michael Bay’s re-imagined take on the classic, “Friday the 13th” for Paramount Pictures. In 2007, Arlen starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and David Strathairn in the Warner Bros football feature film “We are Marshall”, directed by McG. Soon after, Arlen shot the film “The Ten”, starring opposite Oliver Platt, and also stars Jessica Alba and Adam Brody. The quirky film made it’s world premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Arlen first earned critical acclaim for his breakout role as an honor’s student caught with a handgun at school in the IFC drama “American Gun”. This film made it’s premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, and starred Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland. The film was nominated for three ‘Independent Film Spirit’ Awards including Best Picture. His earlier film roles include Carl Franklin’s courtroom thriller “High Crimes”, opposite Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Best known for his role as a charismatic college athlete ‘Sam Walker’ on NBC’s “American Dreams.” Escarpeta made his first television debut as a guest star on FOX’s “Boston Public”. He has since landed a recurring role on “The Secret Circle”(CW) and guest star roles on hit television shows like “House MD” (FOX) ,”NCIS Los Angeles”, “Without a Trace”, “Cold Case” and “Judging Amy” (CBS), “Law & Order: SVU” and “ER” (NBC), as well as “The Shield” (FX). Arlen will next be seen on the SYFY hit drama series “THE MAGICIANS”, starting January 25,2017
Arlen Escarpeta moved to Los Angeles, California from his native country Belize when he was three years old. A born performer, the youngster began to dance and sing for the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation. During his secondary school years at Hollywood High School, he juggled two roles– performing in several drama productions onstage while serving as a football captain on the gridiron. He went on to attend Pasadena City College, where he concentrated on his sociology studies and the development of his acting career.