John Leguizamo

Actor, Comedian, Playwright
Actor, comedian, writer and producer John Leguizamo began his career on the experimental theater stages of New York's East Village, where his electrifying performances earned critical raves in one-man shows like "Mambo ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1964 in Bogotá, , CO

Filmography

Actor (129)

John Wick, Chapter 2 2017 (Movie)

Aurelio (Actor)

The Crash 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

11:55 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Get Squirrely 2016 (Movie)

Fly Boy / Liam (Voice)

Ice Age: Collision Course 2016 (Movie)

Sid (Voice)

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

The Hollow Point 2016 (Movie)

Atticus (Actor)

The Infiltrator 2016 (Movie)

Emir Abreu (Actor)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Latin Explosion: A New America 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Narrator

American Ultra 2015 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Anarchy 2015 (Movie)

Pisanio (Actor)

Animal Crackerz 2015 (Movie)

Frenchie (Voice)

Cymbeline 2015 (Movie)

Pisanio (Actor)

Experimenter 2015 (Movie)

Taylor (Actor)

Meadowland 2015 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Rubble Kings 2015 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Sisters 2015 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Banana Republic 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chef 2014 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fugly! 2014 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Ghetto Klown 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

John Wick 2014 (Movie)

Aurelio (Actor)

Ride Along 2014 (Movie)

Santiago (Actor)

Stealing Cars 2014 (Movie)

Montgomery De La Cruz (Actor)

Kick-Ass 2 2013 (Movie)

Javier (Actor)

King of Cocaine 2013 (Movie)

Pablo Escobar (Actor)

Walking With Dinosaurs 3D 2013 (Movie)

Alex (Voice)

Ballplayer Pelotero 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 (Movie)

Sid (Voice)

One for the Money 2012 (Movie)

Jimmy Alpha (Actor)

Underdogs 2012 (Movie)

Loco (Voice)

Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The Lincoln Lawyer 2011 (Movie)

Val Valenzuela (Actor)

Vanishing on Seventh Street 2011 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Dora's Big Birthday Adventure 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

The 2009 Alma Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Gamer 2009 (Movie)

Freek (Actor)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Sid (Actor)

Paraiso Travel 2009 (Movie)

Roger Pena (Actor)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

Jed (Actor)

The Ministers 2009 (Movie)

Dante Mendoza/Perfecto Mendoza (Actor)

Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle at St. Anna 2008 (Movie)

Enrico (Actor)

Nothing Like the Holidays 2008 (Movie)

Mauricio Rodriguez (Actor)

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

Det. Simon Perez (Actor)

The Babysitters 2008 (Movie)

Michael Beltran (Actor)

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

Julian (Actor)

The Take 2008 (Movie)

Felix De La Pena (Actor)

Where God Left His Shoes 2008 (Movie)

Frank Diaz (Actor)

Love in the Time of Cholera 2007 (Movie)

Lorenzo Daza (Actor)

The Kill Point 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 (Movie)

Sid (Voice)

Lies & Alibis 2006 (Movie)

Hannibal (Actor)

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Groomsmen 2006 (Movie)

TC (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Beck (Actor)

Cronicas 2005 (Movie)

Manolo Bonilla (Actor)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead 2005 (Movie)

Cholo (Actor)

Sueno 2005 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

The Honeymooners 2005 (Movie)

Dodge (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Spun 2003 (Movie)

Spider Mike (Actor)

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brothers Garcia 1999 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Undefeated 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Collateral Damage 2002 (Movie)

Felix (Actor)

Empire 2002 (Movie)

Victor Rosa (Actor)

Ice Age 2002 (Movie)

of Sid the Sloth (Voice)

John Leguizamo's Sexaholix . . . A Love Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

ZigZag 2002 (Movie)

Dean Singer (Actor)

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

King of the Jungle 2001 (Movie)

Seymour (Actor)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Actor)

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Host

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

Berger (Actor)

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Titan A.E. 2000 (Movie)

of Gune (Voice)

Frogs for Snakes 1999 (Movie)

Zip (Actor)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Jorge (Actor)

John Leguizamo: Freak 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Movies in Time Special: Summer of Sam 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

Vinny (Actor)

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

of Rat No 2 (Voice)

A Brother's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Lefty (Actor)

Spawn 1997 (Movie)

Clown (Actor)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

Pest (Actor)

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

Rat (Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Tybalt (Actor)

The Fan 1996 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

A Pyromaniac's Love Story 1995 (Movie)

Sergio (Actor)

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

Benny Blanco (Actor)

John Leguizamo's "Spic-O-Rama" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

Luigi Mario (Actor)

Mambo Mouth 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Owl 1992 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

The Puerto Rican Mambo (Not a Musical) 1992 (Movie)

Paco (Actor)

The Talent Pool 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Expired 1992 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

Whispers in the Dark 1992 (Movie)

Fast Johnny C (Actor)

Hangin' With the Homeboys 1991 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

N.Y.P.D. Mounted 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

Gunman (Actor)

That Burning Question 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

Burke--Terrorist (Actor)

Revenge 1990 (Movie)

Ignacio (Actor)

Street Hunter 1990 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

Diaz (Actor)

Mixed Blood 1985 (Movie)

Andres Rodriguez (Actor)

Gentile Alouette 1984 (Movie)

Ortiz (Actor)

Body Count (TV Show)

Actor

Point Of Origin (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (11)

Fugly! 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inocente 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Paraiso Travel 2009 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Babysitters 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Empire 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

King of the Jungle 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nuyorican Dream 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (4)

Fugly! 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Creator
Music (3)

The Groomsmen 2006 (Movie)

("Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'em)") (Song Performer)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

("The Pest (Voodoo Mambo)") (Song Performer)

Biography

Actor, comedian, writer and producer John Leguizamo began his career on the experimental theater stages of New York's East Village, where his electrifying performances earned critical raves in one-man shows like "Mambo Mouth" and "Spic-o-Rama. " Leguizamo's stage creations were based on his childhood experiences growing up in a poor Columbian immigrant family in Queens, and his strong association with Latino culture meant he was often cast in rather flat, peripheral Latino character parts as gangsters and drug dealers on film. But the multi-talented and tireless performer also made great leaps towards the acceptance of Latino actors in a wider variety of roles, including the hilarious drag queen road comedy "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995), which helped open the doors for bigger and better jobs. He went on to play Tybalt in Baz Luhrman's revisionist take of "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" (1996) and received Tony Award nominations for his one-man show "Freak: A Semi-Demi-Quasi-Autobiographical Comedy" (1997). After a solid turn in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam" (1999), he delivered a comic spin on height-challenged artist Toulouse-Lautrec in "Moulin Rouge!" (2001). Leguizamo voiced Sid the Sloth for "Ice Age" (2002) and its 2009 sequel, played Dr. Victor Clemente on "ER" (1994-2009), joined the Broadway revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo" (2008), and had a supporting role in "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011). After decades of hard work, Leguizamo enjoyed an expanding palette of choices heretofore unavailable to Latino actors while also playing a wider array of non-ethnic roles.

Relationships

Alberto Leguizamo

Father
Divorced from Leguizamo's mother in 1978 Puerto Rican immigrant

Luz Leguizamo

Mother
Divorced from Leguizamo's father in 1978 Colombian immigrant

Allegra Leguizamo

Daughter
Born October 23, 1999 mother, Justine Maurer

Ryder Leguizamo

Son
Born December 5, 2000 mother Justine Maurer

Sergio Leguizamo

Brother
Younger

Samantha Mathis Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Super Mario Bros" (1993) no longer together

Justine Maurer Production Assistant

Wife
Began dating 1997 Married July 5, 2003 in upstate New York

Carolyn McDermott

Companion
Dated c. 1986 no longer together

Yelba Osorio Actor

Wife
Met in acting workshop 1991 Married 1994 Divorced 1996

EDUCATION

Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York

Sylvia Leigh's Showcase Theater

New York , New York
Studied acting

New York University

New York , New York
Was the only Latino in his drama classes; discovered by casting director Bonnie Timmerman; quit school

HB Studio

New York , New York

Studied acting with Wynn Handman, director of the American Place Theater

Murry Bergtraum High school

New York , New York
Voted "Most Talkative" by his fellow classmates

Milestones

2015

Appeared alongside Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in "American Ultra"

2015

Nabbed a role in "Experimenter"

2014

Appeared in John Favreau's "Chef"

2013

Played Javier in "Kick-Ass 2"

2012

Reprised voice role of Sid the sloth in "Ice Age: Continental Drift"

2012

Acted in the feature adaptation of "One for the Money," based on Janet Evanovich’s novel and starring Katherine Heigl as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum

2011

Landed a supporting role in "The Lincoln Lawyer"

2011

Performed the one-man show "Ghetto Klown" on Broadway

2009

Began tour of "John Leguizamo Live!" at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT

2009

Again voiced Sid the sloth in the animated sequel "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"

2008

Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening"

2008

Joined a Broadway revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"

2007

Had a supporting role in the Mike Newell adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"

2007

Cast in the Spike TV eight part series "The Kill Point"

2006

Published memoir, Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life

2005

Cast in George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead," a thriller where the living dead have taken over the world

2005

Joined the cast of the NBC medical drama "ER" playing Dr. Victor Clemente

2003

Co-starred in "Spun"; premiered at Cinevegas Film Festival

2002

Voiced Sid the sloth for the animated feature "Ice Age"

2002

Made directorial debut with HBO production "Infamous"; also starred as a boxer who escapes his impoverished roots through fame

2001

Appeared on stage in one-person show "John Leguizamo LIVE"; opened on Broadway as "Sexaholix"; also aired on HBO

2001

Executive produced "Pinero," a biopic of the poet-playwright Miguel Pinero

2001

Cast as Toulouse-Lautrec in Baz Luhrmann's big screen musical "Moulin Rouge!"

1999

Executive produced "Joe the King," written and directed by Frank Whaley; also had a small role in film

1999

Co-starred in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"

1998

Starred in HBO adaptation of "Freak," directed by Spike Lee; garnered Emmy Award for performance

1997

Premiered one-person show "Freak: A Semi-Demi-Quasi-Autobiographical Comedy"; opened on Broadway in 1998; received Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Actor

1997

Co-produced "The Pest" with writing partner Katz, revisiting a variety of characters he had created in the past

1996

Formed Lower East Side Prods. (with screenwriter David Bar Katz); also signed two-year, first-look deal with New Line Cinema

1996

Portrayed Tybalt, a macho Latin gangster in Baz Lurhmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet"

1995

Breakthrough lead performance as a touchingly funny drag queen opposite Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"

1995

Created (also wrote and starred) "House of Buggin'" (Fox), a Latino-oriented sketch comedy show

1993

Portrayed Benny Blanco 'from the Bronx' in De Palma's "Carlito's Way"

1993

Starred in "Super Mario Bros." as Luigi opposite Bob Hoskins' Mario

1992

Created the one-man show "Spic-o-Rama: A Dysfunctional Comedy"; later taped and broadcast as an installment of the "HBO Comedy Hour"

1991

Appeared in "Hangin' With the Homeboys," directed by Joseph Vasquez

1991

Played the thug who shoots Harrison Ford in "Regarding Henry"

1989

Appeared in stage production "Parting Gestures" with the Intar Hispanic American Arts Center

1989

First notable film credit, Brian De Palma's "Casualties of War"

1989

Wrote and starred in the one-man show "Mambo Mouth"; later taped and broadcast as an installment of the "HBO Comedy Hour"

1985

First substantial film role, "Gentile Alouette," a Chilean-French co-production starring Geraldine Chaplin (shelved until 1990)

1984

Played the recurring role of vengeful drug boss Orlando Calderone on three episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC)

1984

Feature acting debut, in Paul Morrissey's "Mixed Blood," a French-produced crime comedy shot on NYC's Lower East Side

1984

Cast as an extra in the music video for Madonna's "Borderline"

1968

Moved to New York from Colombia with family at age four

While attending NYU, discovered by casting director Bonnie Timmerman who saw him in the award-winning student film "Five Out of Six"

Played NYC comedy clubs in mid-1980s; worked also as comedy duo with Carolyn McDermott

Was a member of the New York improvisational performance group First Amendment

Moved to Colombia and back to New York twice with younger brother before age nine

Grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY

Began writing comedy material in high school, trying it out on classmates

Arrested while in high school for truancy and then for commandeering the public address system of a subway train with a friend

Bonus Trivia

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Leguizamo was named after 1950s B-movie actor John Saxon.

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Prior to turning his attention to acting, Leguizamo spent the mid-1980s working as a standup comic in New York.

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His one-person show "Freak" became one of the few certifiable hits of the 1997-98 theater season. As star and writer, Leguizamo earned around $50,000 per week, making him one of – if not the – highest paid performer on Broadway during that time period. – from the Daily News, July 7, 1998

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"I went to a really competitive type of class-clown school. And I'm not talking Barnum & Bailey's, either. But everyone was a clown, and I had to compete; I had to come up with material every day for school. Because we had a little roundtable, and these guys would sit around, and you'd have to be really sharp just to keep up. So I'd sit down and write a bunch of jokes the night before, just to keep up with them. I was in a lot of trouble in high school, and my math teacher suggested I should do stand-up or acting or something, so I did." - from www.avclub.com, July 25, 2001

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