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John Leguizamo
Birthday: July 22, 1964

Birth Place: Bogotá, Colombia
Height: 5' 8"

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Colombian-born actor and comedian John Leguizamo has made a career proving that it is possible to be taken seriously both as a raunchy comic performer and a serious dramatic actor. Since 1991, when he won over audiences and critics with his one-man show, the off-Broadway Mambo Mouth, Leguizamo has been working steadily in film, television, and theater. Whether playing lowlife criminals, conflicted womanizers, or flamboyant drag queens, he has impressed viewers with his often sharply satirical characterizations of Latinos, making fun of stereotypes even as he blows them to smithereens.Born in Bogota, Colombia, on July 22, 1964, Leguizamo immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of four. Deciding that he wanted to go into acting, he studied the craft at New York University and with the legendary Lee Strasberg for one day before Strasberg died. Of his teacher's unexpected departure, Leguizamo later quipped, "I have that effect on people." Leguizamo began his career as a standup comedian in various New York clubs, and debuted on television with a 1986 turn on Miami Vice. His film debut followed in 1989 with a small role in De Palma's Casualties of War. In 1991, he appeared in similarly incidental roles in a number of movies, including Die Hard 2 and Regarding Henry, which cast him as the gunman who shoots Harrison Ford in the head. The same year, however, his career advanced, thanks to both a starring role in Hangin' With the Homeboys and the aforementioned Mambo Mouth. This successful production, in which Leguizamo portrayed seven different Latino characters, played to sold-out theaters and won its star and writer Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards. It was later shown on HBO, where it won a CableACE award.Two years later, Leguizamo returned to the stage, this time with Spic-O-Rama. Another one-man show, it enjoyed a sold-out run in Chicago before relocating to New York, where it won its creator a Drama Desk Award and, when it aired on HBO, four CableACE Awards. That same year, Leguizamo also kept busy in film: A second outing with De Palma, Carlito's Way, resulted in acclaim for his performance as "Benny Blanco from the Bronx," a young punk who brings out the worst in a trying-to-mend-his-ways Al Pacino. The actor then netted additional recognition for his first starring role in a major film, Super Mario Bros. In 1995, Leguizamo created and starred in House of Buggin', a TV comedy-variety show in the style of Fox's In Living Color that was the first show of its kind to feature an all-Latino cast. Despite a number of positive reviews and two Emmy nominations, the show was canceled after a relatively brief run. Meanwhile, Leguizamo's film work was winning him greater recognition: His turn as the flamboyantly trashy Chi Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar netted him a Golden Globe nomination.Leguizamo continued on a prolific bent, starring in Pest and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet in 1996 and making additional appearances in such films as The Fan (1996), Spawn (1997), and Dr. Dolittle (1998), in which he was cast as the voice of a rat. However, he received his most favorable notices for his continuing stage work, as he made his Broadway debut in 1998 with Freak, a "demi-semi-quasi-pseudo-autobiographical" one-man show directed by Pest co-creator David Bar Katz. The show was a critical and commercial success, and it won an Emmy when it was shown on TV later that year. In 1999, Leguizamo took on a very different role for Spike Lee's Summer of Sam. Playing a womanizer racked with Catholic guilt for cheating on his wife (Mira Sorvino), Leguizamo combined humor and pathos in his characterization of a deeply conflicted man. 1999 also saw Leguizamo branch out into producing, serving as executive producer (and star) of Frank Whaley's directorial debut, Joe the King. Also starring Ethan Hawke, Camryn Manheim, and Val Kilmer, the crime-drama premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a screenwriting award.

Movie Credits
The Take (2007)
[ Tyrese Gibson ][ Bobby Cannavale ]
Tlatelolco: Mexico 68 (2007)
[ Ryan Phillippe ]
The Babysitters (2007)
[ Spencer Treat Clark ][ Ethan Phillips ]
Edison (2006)
Where God Left His Shoes (2006)
The Groomsmen (2006)
[ Matthew Lillard ][ Edward Burns ][ Jay Mohr ][ Spencer Fox ]
No Place to Hide (2006)
[ Noah Wyle ][ Abraham Benrubi ][ Eamonn Walker ]
Lost in America (2006)
[ Armand Assante ][ Leland Orser ]
Darfur (2006)
[ Noah Wyle ][ Eamonn Walker ]
Quintessence of Dust (2006)
[ Noah Wyle ][ Leland Orser ]
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)
[ Seann William Scott ][ Denis Leary ][ Alan Tudyk ][ Ray Romano ][ Josh Peck ]
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
[ Seann William Scott ][ Denis Leary ][ Stephen Root ][ Alan Tudyk ][ Ray Romano ]
The Alibi (2006)
[ James Marsden ][ Jerry O'Connell ][ Sam Elliott ][ James Brolin ][ Steve Coogan ]
The Honeymooners (2005)
[ Eric Stoltz ][ Cedric the Entertainer ][ Mike Epps ][ Ajay Naidu ][ Kevin Corrigan ]
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
[ Ethan Hawke ][ Laurence Fishburne ][ Gabriel Byrne ][ Ja Rule ][ Kim Coates ]
Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project (2005)
[ Brett Ratner ][ Craig Bierko ][ Michael Pena ][ Sam Lerner ]
Sueño (2005)
[ Kal Penn ][ Jsu Garcia ][ Michael Pena ]
Land of the Dead (2005)
[ Dennis Hopper ][ George A. Romero ][ Simon Baker ][ Simon Pegg ][ Tom Savini ]
Crónicas (2004)
[ Alfred Molina ]
Undefeated (2003)
[ Clifton Collins Jr. ][ Robert Forster ][ Will Arnett ]
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (2003)
[ Billy West ]
Spun (2002)
[ Mickey Rourke ][ Jason Schwartzman ][ Peter Stormare ][ Ron Jeremy ][ Eric Roberts ]
Point of Origin (2002)
[ Ray Liotta ][ Cliff Curtis ][ William Moseley ][ Bill Moseley ]
Ice Age (2002)
[ Jack Black ][ Denis Leary ][ Goran Visnjic ][ Stephen Root ][ Diedrich Bader ]
ZigZag (2002)
[ Wesley Snipes ][ Oliver Platt ][ Abraham Benrubi ][ Sam Jones III ][ Luke Goss ]
Collateral Damage (2002)
[ Arnold Schwarzenegger ][ John Turturro ][ Elias Koteas ][ Cliff Curtis ][ Sven-Ole Thorsen ]
Empire (2002)
[ Peter Sarsgaard ]
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
[ Danny DeVito ][ Martin Lawrence ][ William Fichtner ][ Larry Miller ][ Richard Schiff ]
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
[ Ewan McGregor ][ David Bowie ][ Robert Davi ][ David Wenham ][ Jim Broadbent ]
Arabian Nights (2000)
[ Dougray Scott ][ Oded Fehr ][ Rufus Sewell ][ Andy Serkis ][ Jason Scott Lee ]
King of the Jungle (2000)
[ Rosario Dawson ][ Michael Rapaport ][ Justin Pierce ][ Scott Cohen ][ Cliff Gorman ]
Titan A.E. (2000)
[ Matt Damon ][ Ron Perlman ][ Bill Pullman ][ Nathan Lane ][ Jim Cummings ]
Summer of Sam (1999)
[ Spike Lee ][ Frank Sinatra ][ John Turturro ][ Anthony Lapaglia ][ Michael Imperioli ]
Joe the King (1999)
[ Val Kilmer ][ Ethan Hawke ][ Frank Whaley ][ Austin Pendleton ][ Noah Fleiss ]
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
[ Eddie Murphy ][ Paul Giamatti ][ Chris Rock ][ Paul Reubens ][ Albert Brooks ]
Body Count (1998)
[ Ving Rhames ][ Donnie Wahlberg ][ Forest Whitaker ][ David Caruso ][ Edward Herrmann ]
Frogs for Snakes (1998)
[ Ron Perlman ][ Robbie Coltrane ][ Justin Theroux ][ Harry Hamlin ][ Ian Hart ]
Spawn (1997)
[ Martin Sheen ][ Marilyn Manson ][ D.B. Sweeney ][ Frank Welker ][ Miko Hughes ]
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
[ Michael Rapaport ][ Justin Pierce ][ Adrian Pasdar ][ Nick Chinlund ][ Scott Cohen ]
The Pest (1997)
[ Jeffrey Jones ][ Joe Morton ]
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
[ Leonardo Dicaprio ][ Paul Rudd ][ Jesse Bradford ][ Jamie Kennedy ][ Harold Perrineau ]
The Fan (1996)
[ Robert De Niro ][ Jack Black ][ Benicio Del Toro ][ Wesley Snipes ][ Hans Zimmer ]
Executive Decision (1996)
[ Kurt Russell ][ Steven Seagal ][ Paul Reubens ][ Oliver Platt ][ J.T. Walsh ]
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
[ Robin Williams ][ Patrick Swayze ][ Wesley Snipes ][ Michael Vartan ][ Jason London ]
A Pyromaniac's Love Story (1995)
[ William Baldwin ][ Richard Crenna ][ Mike Starr ][ Michael Lerner ]
Puerto Rican Mambo (Not a Musical) (1993)
Night Owl (1993)
[ James Wilder ]
Carlito's Way (1993)
[ Al Pacino ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Penn ][ Brian De Palma ][ Marc Anthony ]
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
[ Dennis Hopper ][ Dan Castellaneta ][ Lance Henriksen ][ Bob Hoskins ][ Frank Welker ]
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
[ Alan Alda ][ Anthony Lapaglia ][ Anthony Heald ][ Jamey Sheridan ]
Time Expired (1992)
[ James DuMont ]
N.Y.P.D. Mounted (1991)
[ Dennis Franz ][ Dan Gauthier ]
Regarding Henry (1991)
[ Harrison Ford ][ Hans Zimmer ][ J.J. Abrams ][ Bill Nunn ]
Out for Justice (1991)
[ Steven Seagal ][ Jerry Orbach ][ Kane Hodder ][ Dominic Chianese ][ Raymond Cruz ]
Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)
Words in Your Face (1991)
[ Henry Rollins ]
Poison (1991)
Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (1990)
[ Benicio Del Toro ][ Keith Carradine ][ Danny Aiello ][ Robert Wuhl ][ Carlton Wilborn ]
Die Hard 2 (1990)
[ Bruce Willis ][ Robert Patrick ][ William Sadler ][ Colm Meaney ][ Renny Harlin ]
Revenge (1990)
[ Kevin Costner ][ Anthony Quinn ][ Miguel Ferrer ][ James Gammon ][ Tomas Milian ]
Street Hunter (1990)
[ Frank Vincent ][ Reb Brown ]
Gentille alouette (1990)
Casualties of War (1989)
[ Sean Penn ][ Michael J. Fox ][ Ving Rhames ][ John C. Reilly ][ Brian De Palma ]
That Burning Question (1988)
The Afternoon Plane (1987)
Sons and Lovers (1986)
Mixed Blood (1985)
Madonna (1984)


  • Was voted "Most Talkative" in high school.
  • Moved from Colombia to the United States with his family when he was three years old.
  • Was accepted into Lee Strasberg's actors' studio and studied with the master for one day before Strasberg died. "I have that affect on people," Leguizamo quipped.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.
  • Dated Carolyn McDermott. [1986-1991]
  • Daughter, Allegra Sky, born (with girlfriend Justine Maurer). [23 October 1999]
  • John and Justine welcomed son Ryder Lee, weighing 8lbs 1oz. [5 December 2000]
  • John's father, Alberto, is Puerto Rican. His mother, Luz is Colombian. They divorced when he was in his teens.
  • Last name is pronounced leh-gwee-ZA-mo.
  • Grew up in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, New York.
  • Began writing material for himself in high school, testing it out on classmates.
  • Majored in theater at New York University and was the only Latino in drama class.
  • Son, Lucas
  • For his role in Ice Age (2002), he tried a variety of different speaking voices for his character, Sid. After watching several hours of Discovery Channel footage of sloths, he developed the lisp, because sloths store food in their cheeks.
  • Born on the same day as David Spade, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, and Alex Trebek.
  • Was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1998: as Best Actor (Play) and as Author of Best Play nominee, his one-man show titled "Freak."
  • Although he is about 5' 8" in reality, he has played two characters who are technically little people (under 4' 11"): the Clown in Spawn (1997) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge! (2001).
  • Although he was born in a Spanish-speaking country and has understood Spanish since childhood, Crónicas (2004) is his first Spanish-language acting performance.
  • His parents encouraged him to maintain his Spanish, sometimes with bribes. They spoke to him in Spanish, but he usually replied in English.

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