John Leguizamo

BirthDay:

22 Jul 1964

BirthPlace:

Bogotá, Colombia

Bio:

Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naïve 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.

Leguizamo was born July 22, 1964, in Bogotá, Colombia, to Luz and Alberto Leguizamo. He 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 (1984), 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 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), 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). 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), 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) 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). Afterward, Leguizamo starred in the remake of the John Carpenter hit Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) and George A. Romero'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.
Filmography

Actor ( 173 credits )

El Patron (2018) Pablo escobar
Last of the Showmen (2018) Himself
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Aurelio
The Crash (2017)
The Adventures of Drunky (2017) (voice)
Krystal (2017)
The Hollow Point (2016) Atticus
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Sid (voice)
The Infiltrator (2016) Emir Abreu
11:55 (2016) Berto
Taxi 22 (2016) (unknown episodes)
A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown (2015) Fly Boy / Liam (voice)
American Ultra (2015) Rose
Stealing Cars (2015)
Meadowland (2015) Pete
Experimenter (2015) Taylor
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Puss in Boots (2015)  Jack (1 episode, 2015)
Let's Go, DFW! (2015)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Untitled KZK Project (2015)  Ozzy Delvecchio (5 episodes, 2016)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Cymbeline (2014)
Fugly! (2014) Jesse
John Wick (2014) Aurelio
Chef (2014) Martin
Ride Along (2014) Santiago
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Meredith Vieira Show (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
HuffPost Live Conversations (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Underdogs (2013) Loco (voice)
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013) Alex (voice)
The Counselor (2013) Coverall Man Randy (uncredited)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Javier
Fish N Chips: The Movie (2013) Chips (voice)
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Sanjay and Craig (2013)  Carlos Bandana (1 episode, 2014)
The Big Interview with Dan Rather (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Trip 2 (2012) Lucho Calvo
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Sid (voice)
One for the Money (2012) Jimmy Alpha
Hola! La (2012)  Guest
The Standbys (2012) Himself
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 (2011) Sid (voice)
Pelotero (2011) Narrator (voice)
The Latino List (2011) Himself
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Val Valenzuela
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Chew (2011)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
NerdHQ (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
A Poem Is... (2011)  Narrator
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) Paul
The Cove: My Friend is... (2010) Himself
Repo Men (2010) Asbury (uncredited)
Conan (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Show People with Paul Wontorek (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Ministers (2009) Dante / Perfecto
Rage (2009) Jed
Gamer (2009) Freek
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) Sid (voice)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) Mauricio Rodriguez
Paraiso Travel (2008) Roger Pena
Miracle at St. Anna (2008) Enrico
Righteous Kill (2008) Det. Simon Perez
The Happening (2008) Julian
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Himself (4 episodes, 2009-2014)
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Séries express (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Babysitters (2007) Michael Beltran
The Take (2007) Felix De La Pena
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) Lorenzo Daza
Where God Left His Shoes (2007) Frank Diaz
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) Himself
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Cholo DeMora (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
The Kill Point (2007)  Jake Mendez / ... (8 episodes, 2007)
Lies & Alibis (2006) Hannibal
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Toulouse-Latrec (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Groomsmen (2006) TC
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) Sid (voice)
The Electric Company (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
The Wendy Williams Experience (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Sueño (2005) Antonio
Land of the Dead (2005) Cholo DeMora
The Honeymooners (2005) Dodge
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) Beck
American Dad! (2005)  Luis (1 episode, 2013)
My Name Is Earl (2005)  Diego, Catalina's Uncle (2 episodes, 2006)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
20 to 1 (2005)  Tybalt (uncredited) (1 episode, 2006)
Martha (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2011)
Cronicas (2004) Manolo Bonilla
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2008)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Pieces of Courage: In Search of My Cultural Heroes (2003) Himself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002) Himself
Ice Age (2002) Sid (voice)
Zig Zag (2002) Dean Singer
Collateral Damage (2002) Felix Ramirez
Empire (2002) Victor Rosa
Spun (2002) Spider Mike
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) Berger
Moulin Rouge! (2001) Toulouse-Lautrec
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself - Special Guest (1 episode, 2002)
The Isaac Mizrahi Show (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Lugar Heights (2001)  Spanish Fly (voice)
King of the Jungle (2000) Seymour
Titan A.E. (2000) Gune (voice)
Dora the Explorer (2000)  Flying Monkeys / ... (3 episodes, 2002-2010)
The Brothers Garcia (2000)  Larry Garcia / ... (45 episodes, 2000-2004)
Summer of Sam (1999) Vinny
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999) Himself (archive footage)
Joe the King (1999) Jorge
Loose Women (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Frogs for Snakes (1998) Zip
Doctor Dolittle (1998) Rat #2 (voice)
Body Count (1998) Chino
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Spawn (1997) Clown / Violator
A Brother's Kiss (1997) Lefty
The Pest (1997) Pestario 'Pest' Vargas
The View (1997)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
Romeo + Juliet (1996) Tybalt
The Fan (1996) Manny
Executive Decision (1996) Rat
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (7 episodes, 1998-2002)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (5 episodes, 1997-2005)
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) Chi-Chi
A Pyromaniac's Love Story (1995) Sergio
House of Buggin' (1995) (10 episodes, 1995)
All That (1994)  Alien (1 episode, 1997)
ER (1994)  Dr. Victor Clemente (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Night Owl (1993) Angel
Carlito's Way (1993) Benny Blanco
Super Mario Bros. (1993) Luigi Mario
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Good Day L.A. (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Little Picture Show (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (19 episodes, 1994-2008)
Time Expired (1992) Ruby
Whispers in the Dark (1992) John Castillo
Puerto Rican Mambo (Not a Musical) (1992) Guess my nationality guy (as Johnny Leggs)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (4 episodes, 2001-2007)
Getaway (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Regarding Henry (1991) Liquor Store Gunman
Out for Justice (1991) Boy in Alley
Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991) Johnny
Poison (1991) Chanchi (as Damien Garcia)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 1997-2011)
Street Hunter (1990) Angel
That Burning Question (1990)
Die Hard 2 (1990) Burke
Revenge (1990) Ignacio
Gentille alouette (1990) Ortiz
Casualties of War (1989) PFC Antonio Diaz
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (10 episodes, 2005-2013)
American Masters (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Mixed Blood (1984) Macetero
Miami Vice (1984)  Orlando Calderone / ... (3 episodes, 1986-1989)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Sisters (0) Dave
Tlatelolco68 (0) Jesus (rumored)
The Godmother (0)
Hypno (0)  Hipólito / ... (13 episodes)

Producer ( 12 credits )

Taxi 22 (2016) co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
Fugly! (2014) producer
Inocente (2012) executive producer
Paraiso Travel (2008) co-producer
The Babysitters (2007) producer
Empire (2002) co-producer
Piñero (2001) co-executive producer
King of the Jungle (2000) executive producer
Nuyorican Dream (2000) executive producer
Joe the King (1999) executive producer
The Pest (1997) co-producer
House of Buggin' (1995) executive producer (10 episodes, 1995)

Writer ( 3 credits )

Fugly! (2014) (screenplay)
The Pest (1997) (story)
House of Buggin' (1995) (creator) (10 episodes, 1995)