Leon Ichaso

Director, Screenwriter, Songwriter
A Cuban-born director whose work specializes in gritty urban realism, Leon Ichaso first made his mark with the independently made Spanish-language feature, "El Super" (1979), based on an Off-Broadway play about an ... Read more »
Born: 08/03/1948 in Cuba

Filmography

Director (24)

Medium 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Cleaner 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

El Cantante 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Sleeper Cell 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Sins of the City 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Division 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Handler 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Veronica Clare 1990 - 1991, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

American Family 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Bitter Sugar 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

A Kiss to Die For 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Sugar Hill 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Take 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

A Table at Ciro's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

Crossover Dreams 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

El Super 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Ali: An American Hero (TV Show)

Director

Execution of Justice (TV Show)

Director

Free of Eden (TV Show)

Director

Hendrix (TV Show)

Director

Left to Die (TV Show)

Director

The Fear Inside (TV Show)

Director

Zooman (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

El Cantante 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bitter Sugar 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crossover Dreams 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crossover Dreams 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Fat Angels 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Super 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Super 1978 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))
Producer (2)

Bitter Sugar 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

El Super 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Miami Vice: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

El Cantante 2007 (Movie)

Additional Keyboards(The Tosca Strings) (Music)

Biography

A Cuban-born director whose work specializes in gritty urban realism, Leon Ichaso first made his mark with the independently made Spanish-language feature, "El Super" (1979), based on an Off-Broadway play about an immigrant building superintendent trying to make his way in New York City. It took six years for the filmmaker to follow up on this admirably honest and low-key study, but "Crossover Dreams" (1985), was a fine first shot at a somewhat more mainstream film. Marred somewhat by a conventional story of how a musician changes when he encounters success, the film was nonetheless an often hard-hitting look at different but mixed US Latino communities, life in the barrio and the potent drive of salsa music.

Relationships

Mari Rodriguez Ichaso

Sister

Antonia Rodriguez

Mother
moved to Miami with son in 1963

Justo Santos

Father
born on September 28, 1915 in Santiago, Cuba remained in Cuba following the 1959 Revolution although his family left in 1963 in 1967 asked permission to emigrate but was initially denied was forced to work on a tobacco farm and had his poetry and books banned allowed to emigrate in 1968 settled in Manhattan and worked as an advertising director at Goya Foods from 1972 until 1991 died at age 83 in April 7, 1999

Milestones

2007

Directed the biopic "El Cantante" starring Marc Anthony as Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe

2001

Helmed "Pinero", a biopic of poet and playwright Miguel Pinero with Benjamin Bratt in the lead

2000

Helmed the biopic "Ali: An American Hero" (Fox)

2000

Served as director of the Showtime biopic "Hendrix", about rock great Jimi Hendrix

1999

Directed the Showtime adaptation of Emily Mann's stage play "Execution of Justice", about the murders of George Mosconi and Harvey Milk and the subsequent trial of Dan White

1996

Produced, directed and wrote the feature "Bitter Sugar"

1995

Helmed the Showtime original movie "Zooman"; also contributed a song to the soundtrack

1994

First primarily English-language feature, "Sugar Hill"

1990

US TV-movie directorial debut, "The Take" (USA Network)

1987

Directed an installment of the "Great Performances" PBS series, "Tales from the Hollywood Hills"; segment entitled "A Table at Ciro's"

1986

Earliest American TV directorial work, helming three episodes of "Crime Story" and two of "Miami Vice"

1985

Second feature, and first film produced entirely in the USA, the English and Spanish-language "Crossover Dreams"

1980

Was one of the writers of the screenplay for the Spanish-US co-production, "Fat Angels"

1979

Feature directorial debut, "El Super", a Cuban-US co-production, for which he also wrote the screenplay

1967

Dropped out of high school and moved to NYC

1963

Immigrated to the USA with his mother and sister at age 14

First work in the entertainment industry, as production assistant on a TV commercial for tobacco in his native Cuba; duties included lighting cigarettes for the models who appeared on camera

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