Morales was born on October 1, 1962, in Brooklyn, New York, the United States as the son of Esai Morales, Sr. and Iris Margarita. He attended the School of Performing Arts in Manhattan before officially pursuing his career in acting.
Morales made his cinematic debut in an American coming-of-age crime drama movie Bad Boys, which was directed by Rick Rosenthal. The co-stars of this movie are Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Ally Sheedy, and Jim Moody. The total budget for this movie was $5 million and grossed $9.2 million at the box office.
Later, Morales featured in an American drama movie Spare Parts, which was directed by Sean McNamara. The cast members of this movie are Alexa PenaVega, Alessandra Rosaldo, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carlos PenaVega. The movie grossed $3.6 million at the box office against the budget of $4 million.
Currently, Morales is shooting for his upcoming movie Rise of the Avengers. Apart from this, he has also appeared in numerous movies that include The Principal, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Naked Tango, Freejack, In the Army Now, Livers Ain't Cheap, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Paid in Full, La Linea, Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, and Never Back Down: No Surrender.
Likewise, Morales has also featured in numerous television shows that includes ABC Afterschool Special, Miami Vice, The Twilight Zone, The Burning Season, Tales from the Crypt, American Family, Heartless, Burn Notice, Los Americans, Criminal Minds, The Brink, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Adam Ruins Everything.
Morales is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. He is a vegetarian. Currently, he is in a relationship with his girlfriend Elvimar Silva. The couple welcomed their daughter, Mariana Oliveira, on September 24, 2010. Currently, he is unmarried, but he will soon be married to his wife.
Most of Morales income comes from his professional acting career. He has featured in numerous movies and television series from which he must have collected a decent amount of salary. As per some online sources, his current net worth is estimated to be $2 million.