FROM THE FRED BOMAR COLLECTION: Hand signed studio publicity 8×10 photo from NYPD Blue. Esai Morales played Lt. Tony Rodriguez [ episodes 168 – 232 ]. Esai Manuel Morales (born October 1, 1962) is an American actor. He is well known for his role as Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic La Bamba. He also appeared in the PBS drama American Family and in the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd.. However, he is best known for his roles as Lt. Tony Rodriguez on NYPD Blue and Joseph Adama in the science fiction television series Caprica.