John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Age
49
Birthday
Jul. 22nd, 1964
Born in
Bogotá, Colombia
Height
5' 8"

John Leguizamo's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Kill Point TV Show
The Kill Point
House of Buggin' TV Show
House of Buggin'
John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown TV Show
John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown
 

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Repo Men
2009 - The Ministers
2009 - Gamer
2009 - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2008 - Miracle at St. Anna
2008 - Nothing Like the Holidays
2008 - The Happening
2008 - Righteous Kill
2007 - Love in the Time of Cholera
2007 - The Take
2006 - The Groomsmen
2006 - Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
2006 - The Alibi
2005 - Land of the Dead
2005 - The Honeymooners
2005 - Assault on Precinct 13
2004 - Crónicas
2002 - ZigZag
2002 - Empire
2002 - Spun
2002 - Collateral Damage
2002 - Ice Age
2001 - What's the Worst That Could Happen?
2001 - Moulin Rouge!
2000 - Titan A.E.
1999 - Summer of Sam
1998 - Body Count
1998 - Dr. Dolittle
1997 - The Pest
1997 - Spawn
1996 - The Fan
1996 - Executive Decision
1996 - Romeo + Juliet
1995 - A Pyromaniac's Love Story
1993 - Super Mario Bros.
1993 - Night Owl
1993 - Carlito's Way
1991 - Poison
1991 - Regarding Henry
1991 - Out For Justice
1990 - Die Hard 2: Die Harder
1989 - Casualties of War

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Larry Garcia (Voiced)
45
Dr. Victor Clemente
12
Orlando Calderone
3
Catalina's Uncle
2
Pirate Pig Captain (Voiced)
2
Himself - Guest
2
Himself - Guest
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naďve young men, such as Johnny in Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991); cold-blooded killers like Benny Blanco in Carlito's Way (1993); a heroic Navy SEAL, stopping aerial terrorists in Executive Decision (1996); and drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). Arguably, not since ill-fated actor and comedian Freddie Prinze starred in the smash TV series "Chico and the Man" (1974) has a youthful Latino personality had such a powerful impact on critics and fans alike.

Born July 22, 1964, in Bogotá, Colombia, Leguizamo was four when his family emigrated to the United States. He was raised in Queens, New York, attended New York University and studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg for only one day before Strasberg passed away. The extroverted Leguizamo started working the comedy club circuit in New York and first appeared in front of the cameras in an episode of "Miami Vice" (1984). His first film appearance was a small part in Mixed Blood (1985), and he had minor roles in Casualties of War (1989) and Die Hard 2 (1990) before playing a liquor store thief who shoots Harrison Ford (I) in Regarding Henry (1991). His career really started to soar after his first-rate performance in the independent film Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991) as a nervous young teenager from the Bronx out for a night in brightly lit Manhattan with his buddies, facing the career choice of staying in a supermarket or heading off to college and finding out that the girl he loves from afar isn't quite what he thought she was.

The year 1991 was also memorable for other reasons, as he hit the stage with his show Mambo Mouth (1991) (TV), in which he portrayed seven different Latino characters. The witty and incisive show was a smash hit and won the Obie and Outer Circle Critics Award, and later was filmed for HBO, where it picked up a CableACE Award. He returned to the stage two years later with another satirical production poking fun at Latino stereotypes titled Spic-O-Rama (1993) (TV). It played in Chicago and New York, and won the Drama Desk Award and four CableACE Awards.

In 1995 he created and starred in the short-lived TV series "House of Buggin'" (1995), an all-Latino-cast comedy variety show featuring hilarious sketches and comedic routines. The show scored two Emmy nominations and received positive reviews from critics, but it was canceled after only one season. The gifted Leguizamo was still keeping busy in films, with key appearances in Super Mario Bros. (1993), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Spawn (1997). In 1998 he made his Broadway debut in Freak (1998) (TV), a "demi-semi-quasi-pseudo-autobiographical" one-man show, which was filmed for HBO by Spike Lee.

Utilizing his distinctive vocal talents, he next voiced a pesky rat in Doctor Dolittle (1998) before appearing in the dynamic Spike Lee-directed Summer of Sam (1999) as a guilt-ridden womanizer, as the Genie of The Lamp in the exciting Arabian Nights (2000) (TV) and as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec in the visually spectacular Moulin Rouge! (2001). He also voiced Sid in the animated Ice Age (2002), co-starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Collateral Damage (2002) and directed and starred in the boxing film Undefeated (2003) (TV). Afterward, Leguizamo starred in the remake of the John Carpenter (I) hit Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) and George A. Romero (I)'s long-awaited fourth "Dead" film, Land of the Dead (2005). There can be no doubt that the remarkably talented Leguizamo has been a breakthrough performer for the Latino community in mainstream Hollywood, in much the same way that Sidney Poitier crashed through celluloid barriers for African-Americans in the early 1960s. Among his many strengths lies his ability to not take his ethnic background too seriously but also to take pride in his Latino heritage. He has opened many doors for his countrymen. A masterly and accomplished performer, movie audiences await Leguizamo's next exciting performance.


TRIVIA:
  • (5 December 2000) John and Justine welcomed son Ryder Lee, weighing 8lbs 1oz.
  • Moved from Colombia to the United States with his family when he was three years old.
  • Was accepted into 'Lee Strasberg' (qv)'s actors' studio and studied with the master for one day before Strasberg died. "I have that affect on people," Leguizamo quipped.
  • John's father, Alberto, is Italian-Puerto Rican while his mother, Luz is Lebanese-Colombian. They divorced when he was in his teens.
  • 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)_ (qv) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in _Moulin Rouge! (2001)_ (qv).
  • His parents encouraged him to maintain his Spanish, sometimes with bribes. They spoke to him in Spanish, but he usually replied in English.
  • Was voted "Most Talkative" in high school.


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