Turo Escalante

played by John Ortiz


Escalante is a Peruvian immigrant who worked his way up to become a gifted horse trainer whose reputation for success is matched only by his often disreputable tactics.


John Ortiz is an award-winning actor who honed his craft on the theatrical stage of New York. He won the Obie Award for Best Actor in the off-Broadway production of 'References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot'. He was just nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in the indie 'Jack Goes Boating.' He is equally at home on stage, in feature films and in television.

Ortiz is the Co-Founder, along with acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, of LAByrinth Theatre Company, where he has produced and performed in many productions including 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,' directed by Hoffman, 'Jesus Hopped The "A" Train,' for which he was awarded a Drama Desk nomination, 'Guinea Pig Solo' and 'Jack Goes Boating' all at the Public Theatre. Most recently he starred in the title role in 'Othello' opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman and directed by Peter Sellars. This production premiered in Vienna and world toured.

Other New York theatre credits include the Broadway production of 'Anna in the Tropics,' 'The Skin of our Teeth,' with John Goodman at the Public Theatre, 'Cloud Tectonics' at Playwrights Horizon, 'The Persians' and 'Merchant of Venice,' both directed by Peter Sellars and performed in Paris, London, Berlin, and Edinburgh among others. Regionally, he has performed at the Mark Taper Forum, The Goodman, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, South Coast Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse. 

He can be seen in the film version of 'Jack Goes Boating,' which he is not only starred in but also produced along Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Amy Ryan plays the female lead. Other recent credits are Michael Mann's 'Public Enemies' opposite Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, the newest installment of 'Fast And Furious' and 'Pride and Glory' with Edward Norton and Colin Farrell. Other credits include Ridley Scott's 'American Gangster' with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, 20th Century Fox's 'Alien vs. Predator: AVP2,' Michael Mann's 'Miami Vice' opposite Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, the biopic 'El Cantante' with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Steven Spielberg's 'Amistad', Brian DePalma's 'Carlito's Way', opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn, 'Nark' opposite Jason Patric and Ray Liotta, Ron Howard's 'Ransom,' 'Riot,' 'Side Streets,' 'Sgt. Bilko,' 'Before Night Falls' (Directed by Julian Schnabel), 'The Opportunists' and 'The Last Marshall.'

On television, Ortiz was a series regular in CBS' 'Clubhouse,' ABC's 'The Job' with Denis Leary and FOX's 'Lush Life.' He also starred in the HBO pilot 'Hope Against Hope' written and directed by JJ Abrams. He will soon be seen in HBO's new series 'Luck' opposite Dustin Hoffman.

Born and raised and still resides in Brooklyn with his wife and son and is a self-described "huge sports fan" who follows the Yankees and the Knicks.

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