ARLEN ESCARPETA (Daryl) marks his second film directed by
Steven Quale with "Into the Storm," as the two previously teamed up for the New
Line Cinema hit "Final Destination 5." This year, Escarpeta will be seen in the
Science Fiction drama "Extant," produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle
Berry. He is currently in production as Bobby Brown in the telefilm "I Will
Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story," opposite Yaya DaCosta as Houston,
directed by Angela Bassett.
Escarpeta first earned critical acclaim for his breakout role as an honor
student caught with a handgun at school in the IFC drama "American Gun." The
film made its 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
In 2010, Escarpeta hit the big screen in the ensemble cast of "Brotherhood,"
which also debuted that year at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Two years
earlier, he starred in the Michael Bay-produced, re-imagined take on the classic
"Friday the 13th." Prior to that, he starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and
David Strathairn in the football feature film "We are Marshall," directed by McG.
Soon after, he shot the film "The Ten," starring opposite Oliver Platt, and also
starring Jessica Alba and Adam Brody. The quirky film made its world premiere at
the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His earlier film roles include Carl Franklin's
courtroom thriller "High Crimes," opposite Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Perhaps best known for his role as a charismatic college athlete on NBC's
"American Dreams," Escarpeta made his television debut as a guest star on FOX's
"Boston Public." He has since landed a recurring role on The CW's "The Secret
Circle," and guest starring roles on hit television shows like FOX's "House
M.D.," CBS's "NCIS Los Angeles," "Without a Trace," "Cold Case" and "Judging
Amy," NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and "ER," and FX's "The Shield." He also appeared
in the pilot episode of NBC's "Boomtown" as the ill-fated character Cantrel.
Escarpeta moved to Los Angeles 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.