Kevin Bacon Connection: Esai Morales

Esai Morales

Before playing Ritchie Valens’ troubled brother in the 1987 biopic La Bamba, Esai Morales co-starred opposite Kevin Bacon in the 1982 drama Forty Deuce. The Puerto Rican actor portrayed Mitchell in his first feature film, which was screened at 1982 Cannes Film Festival.

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