A fellow homicide detective, Angel Batista works closely with Dexter and the team on their various forensics cases. The big-hearted Batista took it in stride when Debra was promoted to Lieutenant instead of him, and toyed with the idea of retirement when he bought a beachfront restaurant. But since Debra left the force, he is now the Lieutenant in charge of Miami Metro Homicide, postponing his retirement indefinitely.
David Zayas can currently be seen starring as Angel Batista on DEXTER, the hit Showtime drama and 2011 Golden Globes nominee for Best Television Series - Drama. A former New York City police officer, Zayas began his acting career when he teamed up with Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Labyrinth Theater Company. Since then, Zayas has starred in more than 30 plays, including JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN, IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS, and OUR LADY OF 121st ST. While performing in New York plays, he began to book roles on hit TV shows such as NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, LAW & ORDER, and NYPD BLUE, all while working for the New York Police Department. Zayas' success earned him a leading role on UPN's crime drama THE BEAT. Soon after, Tom Fontana (writer of THE BEAT) created the character of Enrique Morales, the fierce leader of the Latino prisoners on HBO's OZ, especially for Zayas.
His feature film credits include BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, THE YARDS, UNDEFEATED, WIT, ANGEL, and THE INTERPRETER. He also starred in the feature film MICHAEL CLAYTON opposite George Clooney, and THE SAVAGES with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Zayas was also seen in SIXTEEN BLOCKS opposite Bruce Willis, and in the ABC mini-series THE PATH TO 9/11. Zayas also starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning ANNA IN THE TROPICS.
Zayas was most recently seen on the big screen, starring in the sci-fi thriller SKYLINE. He also recently starred in THE EXPENDABLES, portraying the villainous General Garza alongside Hollywood heavy hitters, including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mickey Rourke. He was also seen in 13, alongside Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, and 50 Cent.