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John Leguizamo

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Birthplace:   Bogotá, Colombia
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, Leguizamo 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 F

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
36% The Night Clerk
  • Actor
2020
89% Critical Thinking
  • Director
  • Mario Martinez
2020
21% Playing with Fire
  • Rodrigo
2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star
  • Jeremy Martinez
2019
No Score Yet It Takes a Lunatic
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet American Masters: Raul Julia - The World's a Stage
  • Executive Producer
2019
86% Nancy
  • Jeb
2018
100% John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons
  • Actor
2018
100% 11:55
  • Berto
2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Aurelio
$92M 2017
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island)
  • George Diebold
2017
36% The Hollow Point
  • Atticus
2016
No Score Yet A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown (Get Squirrely)
  • Fly Boy/Liam
2016
18% Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Sid
$64.1M 2016
72% The Infiltrator
  • Emir Abreu
$15.5M 2016
No Score Yet Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
  • Sid
2016
60% Sisters
  • Dave
$66.7M 2015
No Score Yet The Latin Explosion: A New America
  • Actor
2015
85% Experimenter
  • Taylor
$0.2M 2015
96% Meadowland
  • Pete
2015
43% American Ultra
  • Rose
2015
75% Rubble Kings
  • Narrator
2015
No Score Yet Stealing Cars
  • Montgomery De La Cruz
2015
31% Cymbeline
  • Pisanio
2015
67% Underdogs (Metegol)
  • Actor
$0.2M 2015
No Score Yet Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe
  • Sid
2015
No Score Yet Fugly!
  • Jesse Sanchez
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2014
86% John Wick
  • Aurelio
2014
87% Chef
  • Martin
$23.7M 2014
No Score Yet John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown
  • Actor
2014
80% The Standbys
  • Actor
2014
18% Ride Along
  • Santiago
$110.4M 2014
23% Walking With Dinosaurs
  • Alex
$23.5M 2013
34% The Counselor
  • Randy
$14.7M 2013
32% Kick-Ass 2
  • Javier
$28.9M 2013
No Score Yet Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Fish N Chips: The Movie
  • Actor
2013
86% Ballplayer: Pelotero
  • Narrator
$45.2k 2012
37% Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Sid
$161.4M 2012
2% One for the Money
  • Jimmy Alpha
$26.1M 2012
No Score Yet El Paseo 2
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Latino List
  • Actor
2012
84% The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Val Valenzuela
$58M 2011
48% Vanishing On 7th Street
  • Paul
$22.7k 2011
No Score Yet Fish n' Chips
  • Chips
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet The Ministers
  • Producer
  • Dante Mendoza/Perfecto Mendoza
2009
30% Gamer
  • Freek
$20.5M 2009
38% Rage
  • Jed
2009
53% Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Mauricio
$7.5M 2008
18% Righteous Kill
  • Det. Perez
$40M 2008
33% Miracle at St. Anna
  • Enrico
$7.8M 2008
18% The Happening
  • Julian
$64.5M 2008
No Score Yet Surviving Sid
  • Sid
2008
43% Paraiso Travel
  • Roger Pena
  • Producer
2007
25% Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Lorenzo Daza
$4.6M 2007
No Score Yet The Kill Point
  • Actor
2007
67% Where God Left His Shoes
  • Frank Diaz
2007
85% The Take
  • Felix de la Peña
2007
52% The Groomsmen
  • T.C.
2006
57% Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
  • Sid
$195.3M 2006
57% Lies & Alibis
  • Hannibal
2006
43% Sueño
  • Antonio
2005
71% Crónicas
  • Manolo Bonilla
$0.2M 2005
74% Land of the Dead
  • Cholo
$20.5M 2005
13% The Honeymooners
  • Dodge
$12.9M 2005
59% Assault on Precinct 13
  • Beck
$20M 2005
No Score Yet Undefeated
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Lex Vargas
  • Director
2003
37% Spun
  • Spider Mike
$0.3M 2003
43% Piñero
  • Executive Producer
$0.2M 2002
21% Empire
  • Producer
  • Victor Rosa
  • Executive Producer
$17.6M 2002
44% Zigzag
  • Dean Singer
2002
No Score Yet Point of Origin
  • Keith Lang
2002
No Score Yet Point of Origin (In the Heat of Fire)
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Zig Zag
  • Actor
2002
77% Ice Age
  • Sid
$176.4M 2002
19% Collateral Damage
  • Felix Ramirez
$40M 2002
No Score Yet Sexaholix: A Love Story
  • Actor
2002
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen?
  • Berger
$31.1M 2001
76% Moulin Rouge!
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
$55.1M 2001
24% King of the Jungle
  • Seymour
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Nuyorican Dream
  • Executive Producer
2000
51% Titan A.E.
  • Gune
2000
67% Arabian Nights
  • Actor
2000
67% Joe the King
  • Executive Producer
  • Jorge
1999
51% Summer of Sam
  • Vinny
1999
27% Frogs for Snakes
  • Zip
1999
No Score Yet Freak
  • Actor
1998
42% Dr. Dolittle
  • Rat #2
1998
No Score Yet Body Count
  • Chino
1998
18% Spawn
  • Clown
1997
8% The Pest
  • Pestario 'Pest' Vargas
1997
100% A Brother's Kiss
  • Lefty
1996
72% Romeo + Juliet
  • Tybalt
1996
37% The Fan
  • Manny
1996
64% Executive Decision
  • Rat
1996
39% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Chi Chi Rodriguez
1995
0% A Pyromaniac's Love Story
  • Sergio
1995
No Score Yet Nite Owl
  • Actor
1993
23% Super Mario Bros.
  • Luigi Mario
1993
81% Carlito's Way
  • Benny Blanco
1993
No Score Yet John Leguizamo: Spic-O-Rama
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1993
33% Whispers in the Dark
  • Johnny C.
1992
No Score Yet Time Expired
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet The Puerto Rican Mambo
  • TV Announcer, Garment Center boss
1992
No Score Yet N.Y.P.D. Mounted
  • Actor
1991
41% Regarding Henry
  • Gunman
1991
83% Hangin' with the Homeboys
  • Johnny
1991
23% Out for Justice
  • Boy in Alley
1991
68% Die Hard 2
  • Burke
1990
35% Revenge
  • Ignacio
1990
No Score Yet Street Hunter
  • Angel
1990
83% Casualties of War
  • Diaz
1989
No Score Yet Mixed Blood
  • Andres Rodriguez
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Elena of Avalor
2016
  • Voice
  • 2019
96% When They See Us
2019
  • Raymond Santana Sr.
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2014
70% Waco
2018
  • Jacob Vazquez
  • 2018
62% Bloodline
2015-2017
  • Actor
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Big Interview With Dan Rather
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2010
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2006
82% My Name Is Earl
2005-2009
  • Diego
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Victor Clemente
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Brothers Garcia
2000-2004
  • Voice
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet All That
1995-2005
  • Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
  • Calderone 0rlanda
  • 1987
  • 1986
20% House of Buggin'
1995
  • Performer

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