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John Leguizamo

Mostly Credited As: John Leguizamo
Birth Name: John Alberto Leguizamo
Date Of Birth: July 22, 1964 (Age 50)
Country Of Birth: Colombia
Birth Place: Bogotá
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

John Leguizamo


Fast talking and feisty looking Latino actor & comedian who has steadily impressed movie audiences with his versatility from playing sensitive & naive young men, such as "Johnny" in the superb Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991), to cold blooded villain "Benny Blanco from the Bronx" gunning down reformed gangster Al Pacino in _Carlito's Way (1995)_ , a heroic Navy Seal stopping aerial terrorists in Executive Decision (1996) and as drag queen, "Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez", in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). Arguably, not since the 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 Bogota, Colombia...Leguizamo immigrated with his family at the age of four to the US and was raised in Queens, New York City.....attended New York University, and studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg for only one day, before he passed away!! The extrovert Leguizamo started working the comedy club circuit in NYC 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 then other minor in Casualties of War (1989) and Die Hard 2 (1990), before playing a liquor store thief who shoots Harrison Ford in Regarding Henry (1991). His career really started to soar after his wonderful performance in the sensational Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991) as a nervous young teenager from the Bronx out for a night in brightly lit Manhattan with his buddies, and facing the career choice of staying in a supermarket, or heading off to college.

The year 1991 was also very memorable for other reasons, as he hit the stage with his show "Mambo Mouth" in which he portrayed seven different Latino characters. The witty & incisive show was a smash hit and won for Leguizamo the Obie & Outer Circle Critics Award, plus it later played on HBO where it picked up a CableACE Award. He returned to the stage approximately two years later, with another satirical production poking fun at Latino stereotypes titled "Spic-O-Rama", that played Chicago & New York, and won the Drama Desk Award and four CableACE Awards. In 1995, he created & starred in the short lived TV series "House of Buggin'" (1995), an all Latino casted comedy / variety show featuring hilarious sketches and comedic routines. The show scored two Emmy nominations, and positive reviews from critics, however it folded after only one season. Gifted Leguizamo was still keeping busy in film with key appearances in Super Mario Bros. (1993), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Spawn (1997). And in 1998, he made his Broadway debut in "Freak" a "demi-semi-quasi-pseudo-autobiographical" one man show.

Utilising his distinctive vocal talents, he next voiced a pesky rat in Doctor Dolittle (1998), before appearing in the dynamic Spike Lee Summer of Sam (1999) as a guilt-ridden womaniser, as the Genie of The Lamp in the exciting Arabian Nights (2000) (TV) and as "Henri Toulouse Latrec" in the visual spectacular Moulin Rouge! (2001). Additional voice work followed as "Sid" in the animated Ice Age (2002), alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Collateral Damage (2002), and directing & starring in the boxing film Undefeated (2003) (TV). At the time of writing, Leguizamo was in post production for the keenly anticipated remake of the John Carpenter hit Assault on Precinct 13 (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 both not take his ethnic background too seriously, but also that he is proud of his Latin heritage and that he has opened many doors for his countrymen. Definitely, a masterly and accomplished performer, movie audiences await Leguizamo's next exciting performance!!

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Untitled John Leguizamo Project (2014)As: Himself
John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown (2014)As: Himself
Kings of Van Nuys (2013)As: Del Trotter
King John (2013)As: John
The Kill Point (2007)As: Jake "Mr. Wolf" Mendez
The Brothers Garcia (2000)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
3 Friends and Jerry (1998)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
House of Buggin' (1995)As: Himself (Regular)
Episode Cast Credits 

The View (1997) 
  Martin Short, John Leguizamo, "Dancing with the Stars" castoffs Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater 18x37: (Nov/04/2014) As Himself 
  Dr. Richard Besser, John Leguizamo, Ana Ortiz 18x16: (Oct/06/2014) As Himself 
  James McAvoy, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Diane Keaton, John Cena, Jason Priestley, Jon Cryer, Neil Patrick Harris 17x164: (May/16/2014) As Himself 
  Diane Keaton, guest co-host John Leguizamo 17x151: (Apr/29/2014) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

Watch What Happens: Live (2009) 
  Ty Burrell & John Leguizamo 11x172: (Oct/21/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Meredith Vieira Show (2014) 
  John Leguizamo, Nasim Pedrad 01x27: (Oct/14/2014) As Himself 

The Wendy Williams Show (2009) 
  Chef 05x139: (May/07/2014) As Himself 
  Interview Guest John Leguizamo; Musical Guest Alexa Ray Joel 03x15: (Sep/25/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Arsenio Hall Show (2013) (2013) 
  John Leguizamo | Tika Sumpter | Fiveology 01x78: (Jan/15/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Chew (2011) 
  Extra Value Friday: The Best Christmas Party Ever! 03x73: (Dec/20/2013) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Christina Applegate, John Leguizamo, Alfred Portale 32x76: (Dec/16/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Guest co-host Bryant Gumbel; John Leguizamo; Fourth of July Entertaining Week continues with party games 27x218: (Jul/01/2009) As Himself 
  Season 20, Episode 63 27x68: (Dec/03/2008) As Himself 
  Season 19, Episode 241 26x196: (Jun/02/2008) As Himself 

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (2013) 
  Muse of Fire: A Shakesperean Road Movie 01x01: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

American Dad! (2005) 
  The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith 08x17: (Apr/28/2013) Voiced  Luis 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 16, Show 42 16x42: (Nov/01/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Don Rickles, John Leguizamo, Erran Baron Cohen 16x52: (Dec/12/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  John Leguizamo, George Takei, The Bravery 15x80: (Apr/02/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  John Leguizamo, James Blake, Marc Broussard 14x172: (Jul/30/2007) As Himself 
  John Leguizamo, Arden Myrin, Los Abandoned 14x29: (Nov/02/2006) As Himself 

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (2007) 
  discount sites for designer clothes 03x10: (Sep/12/2008) As Himself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  John Leguizamo , Dan Abrams, Secondhand Serenade 06x88: (Jun/13/2008) As Himself 
  John Leguizamo, Suge Knight, Cook E. Jarr , Crooked Eye 01x31: (Mar/10/2003) As Himself 

My Name Is Earl (2005) 
  South of the Border, Part Dos 02x11: (Dec/07/2006) As Diego, [Special Guest Stars]

Top 20 Countdown (1994) 
  Season 4, Episode 45 04x45: (Nov/11/2006) As Himself, [Interviewees]

ER (1994) 
  The Gallant Hero & the Tragic Victor 12x21: (May/11/2006) As Dr. Victor Clemente 
  No Place to Hide 12x19: (Apr/27/2006) As Dr. Victor Clemente 
  Lost in America 12x17: (Mar/23/2006) As Dr. Victor Clemente, [Special Guest Stars]
  Darfur 12x15: (Mar/02/2006) As Dr. Victor Clemente 

MADtv (1995) 
  Episode #1117 11x17: (Apr/08/2006) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Lucy Liu, John Leguizamo, Ne-Yo 14x120: (Mar/27/2006) As Himself 
  Kirsten Dunst, John Leguizamo, Michelle Branch with Carlos Santana 14x19: (Oct/13/2005) As Himself 
  Heather Locklear, John Leguizamo, Foo Fighters 13x168: (Jun/09/2005) As Himself 
  Dennis Rodman, John Leguizamo, Macy Gray 11x252: (Jul/18/2003) As Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  John Leguizamo 07x36: (Mar/20/2002) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  John Leguizamo 04x86: (Jul/14/1999) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  John Leguizamo 02x102: (Jul/31/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  John Leguizamo 02x20: (Feb/06/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  John Leguizamo, Brooke Burke, Taproot, Louis Ramey, Tori Amos 01x152: (Dec/13/2002) As Himself 
  John Leguizamo, Unwritten Law 01x52: (Apr/26/2002) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  John Leguizamo, Meat Loaf 07x07: (Sep/15/1999) As Himself 
  Jimmy Smits, John Leguizamo, Brian Regan 04x35: (Oct/25/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Show #0300 02x81: (Jan/03/1995) As Himself 

All That (1994) 
  John Leguizamo/Mona Lisa 03x12: (Feb/01/1997) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Miami Vice (1984) 
  Victims of Circumstance 05x16: (May/05/1989) As Angelo Alvarez 
  The Afternoon Plane 03x17: (Feb/20/1987) As Orlando Calderone 
  Sons and Lovers 02x22: (May/09/1986) As Ivan Calderone 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


House of Buggin' (1995)• Creator
Untitled John Leguizamo Project (2014)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown (2014) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
SPECIAL! 01x01 Mar/22/2014 As: Writer
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