John Leguizamo
Actor
John Leguizamo
John Alberto Leguizamo is a Colombian American actor, film producer, voice artist and comedian.
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How John Leguizamo Changed The Way Lin-Manuel Miranda Viewed Theater
Huffington Post - 23 days
Lin-Manuel Miranda may now be the toast of the town, but he hasn’t forgotten the Latino star that showed him theater’s limitless possibilities. In a Vanity Fair piece titled “How John Leguizamo Taught Lin-Manuel Miranda to Embrace Being ‘Young, Gifted, and Latino’,” the creator of “Hamilton” gives a personal account of the first time he saw “Spic-o-Rama,” the HBO one-man show Leguizamo wrote, produced and starred in.  “I remember popping in the cassette and seeing John Leguizamo leap across the stage in orange baggy jeans and braces, playing the dorky, nine-year-old Miggy,” Miranda recounts in the piece. “Then he was Crazy Willie, a Persian Gulf War vet with serious relationship issues. Then Raffi, a flamboyant would-be Elizabethan actor in Jackson Heights. It slowly dawned on me that Leguizamo was playing every member of his hilarious, dysfunctional family, on his own electric terms.”  Miranda, who is now one Oscar away from being a MacPEGOT winner, wrote the piece as Legui ...
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Film Clip: 'The Crash'
Wall Street Journal - about 1 month
Watch a film clip from "The Crash," starring Frank Grillo, Minnie Driver, and John Leguizamo. Photo: Vertical Entertainment
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Film Trailer: 'The Crash'
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Watch the film trailer for "The Crash," starring Frank Grillo, Minnie Driver, and John Leguizamo. Photo: Vertical Entertainment
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How John Leguizamo Pioneered One Of Primetime TV’s First Attempts To Reach Latinos
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The first and perhaps only time I heard Spanglish on primetime TV growing up was in 1995, when John Leguizamo broke into an aggressively rapped love song. I love you, love you, Previa! Like an engine I’m gonna rev-ya! Arroz con pollo, café con leche [Hips thrusting into the air] Chuleta! Chuleta! Chuleta! The Spanish bits don’t mean much ― they just rhyme. “Arroz con pollo” is a Caribbean dish of rice and chicken, one that abuela made monthly throughout my youth. Café con leche means “coffee with milk.” A “chuleta” is a pork chop. But to hear those farcically nonsensical rhymes in primetime from the overwhelmingly Anglo suburbs of Virginia in the ‘90s felt like TV was participating in an inside joke with my Cuban family. My mother and I still sing the words to each other from Leguizamo’s sketch every now and then and still crack up when we do. Those were the days before the 2010 U.S. Census showed that the 50 million-strong Hispanic population wield ...
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Juan Bobo tells their story
Huffington Post - 3 months
In 2016, the Latino MVP Award celebrated its 26th year as the most prestigious award given to Latino Baseball Players in the US. Every year, the winners are selected by the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association (LSWBA). I founded the Latino MVP Award in 1990. I also founded Latino Sports Ventures and LatinoSports.com. I have written about baseball in the New York Times, El Diario - La Prensa and hosted the first bilingual radio sports show, La Hora Deportiva on WXLX-AM. I even built a bed-and-breakfast a few blocks from Yankee Stadium that is filled with portraits of Roberto Clemente, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and an entire room dedicated to 100 years of Yankee history. I know a little about baseball...and just recently, I read one of the finest baseball novels ever written. It is called Juan Bobo. The title character is the best-known folkloric figure in Puerto Rico: Juan Bobo is a trickster and a rogue, the star of hundreds of children's books, comics and ...
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Latina Magazine Urges Latinos To Send Trump To The 'Dustbin Of History’
Huffington Post - 4 months
For the first time in its 20-year history, Latina magazine has endorsed a political candidate. The magazine announced Friday that it is taking a stand against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and officially endorsing Hillary Clinton. “After enduring a targeted onslaught on our community by Donald Trump for the past 16 months, the stakes for Latinas has never been greater,” Latina explains in a statement published on the magazine’s website. “Which is why we are joining forces with fellow leaders in media and business, artists, activists, and influencers, to stand together to officially endorse Hillary Clinton for president.” .@Latina officially endorses @HillaryClinton. The only thing that needs to be deported is a Donald Trump presidency: https://t.co/oeAhkDVNdW — Latina Magazine (@Latina) October 14, 2016 The magazine says in the statement that it would not endorse a candidate during a “normal election year,” however this has not been an ordinar ...
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Hispanic Heritage Month Is Here, And We’re Ready To Celebrate
Huffington Post - 5 months
Hispanic Heritage Month is upon us, and that means it’s time to celebrate and honor the many contributions Hispanics have made to the United States. The annual celebration kicks off Sept. 15, a fact that confuses many who wonder why, unlike Black History Month or Pride Month, the 30-day period celebrating Hispanic heritage and history begins mid-month. Well, wonder no more, because we have the answer.  Back in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law that “National Hispanic Heritage Week” would begin on Sept. 15, a date that coincides with the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their Independence Days soon after, on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.  Rightly unsatisfied with just a week to honor Latinos’ achievements, Representative Esteban Torres of California submit a bill in 1987 to expand the celebration to a full month. The following year President Ronald ...
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Ice Age: Collision Course
Huffington Post - 7 months
It's official. This is the year of animation. So many films from the genre are sprouting up like spring daisies that it's making the Oscar race for Best Animation Feature Film a nail-biter. And it's only midyear. Add to the list of strong contenders the fifth chapter in the Ice Age franchise, a doozy of a yarn that couples the creation of the planets with earth's impending doom by a runaway meteor. The farfetched story gives kids a crash course in astronomy and planetary science, while they follow the antics of their favorite prehistoric animals. (Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox) This fantasy adventure film is squarely aimed at children and tweens. Very mild action, silly perilous situations, comic violence and rude humor that never crosses the line. You could show this film at a Sunday school fundraiser and not be embarrassed. For adults who crave double entendres that go over their offspring's heads--no dice. The script by Michael Wilson, Michael Berg and Yoni Brenne ...
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Latino history with professor John Leguizamo, the CliffsNotes edition
LATimes - 8 months
Class is now in session at Berkeley Rep, where performer John Leguizamo is trying to “reboot” our knowledge of his people in “Latin History for Morons.” The remedial nature of this one-man comic seminar might suggest that he has designed this curriculum for a certain presidential candidate who...
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Latino history with professor John Leguizamo, the CliffsNotes edition
LATimes - 8 months
Class is now in session at Berkeley Rep, where performer John Leguizamo is trying to “reboot” our knowledge of his people in “Latin History for Morons.” The remedial nature of this one-man comic seminar might suggest that he has designed this curriculum for a certain presidential candidate who...
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Film Clip: 'The Infiltrator'
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
Watch a film clip from "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, and Diane Kruger. Photo: Broad Green Pictures
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John Leguizamo Talks About His New Book and Diversity in Hollywood
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Actor and writer John Leguizamo stopped by The Wall Street Journal studio to talk about his new graphic novel, "Ghetto Klown," and to weigh in on the Oscars' diversity controversy.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Leguizamo
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 51
    In 2016, he played the role Ozzy Delvecchio in the second season of the Netflix original series, Bloodline.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, he also wrote and took part in the Off-Broadway production Mambo Mouth, where he played seven different characters. Mambo Mouth won an Obie Award and an Outer Critics Award. He was listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1991" in "John Willis' Screen Worlds Vol. 43". In 1993, Leguizamo wrote and participated in Spic-O-Rama, where he made fun of the stereotyping of Latinos in the United States. The production won a Drama Desk Award and four Cable ACE Awards. Both Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama were later filmed for presentation on HBO.
  • 2015
    Age 50
    In October 2015, Abrams ComicArts published the graphic novel adaptation of Leguizamo's one-man Broadway show, Ghetto Klown.
    More Details Hide Details As with the live show, the graphic novel explores the actor/comedian's life and career, beginning with his adolescence in Queens, New York, his involvement in '80s avant-garde theater, his feature film career, and some of the colorful characters he encountered throughout his life. Leguizamo describes the work thusly: "Ghetto Klown is the history that I probably never should have told anyone but my therapist, but it's a real lesson that even if you suffer a certain amount (a lot) of self-doubt and anxiety, you can still accomplish great things. It’s a lesson I'm really excited to impart to a whole new audience." The comic is illustrated by Christo Cassano.
  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 47
    On July 13, 2012, PBS debuted Tales From a Ghetto Klown, a documentary about Leguizamo's life and the show's development.
    More Details Hide Details On November 16, 2013 John taped Ghetto Klown at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ for HBO. In 2001 RCA Records released John Leguizamo LIVE, a CD compilation of Leguizamo's stage routines. Among the bits are a primer Leguizamo gives on the history and culture of Latinos in America, which with the dubious tale of the mating of an Inca princess with a Spanish conquistador, thus creating the original dysfunctional Latin family, each member of which is voiced by Leguizamo. The CD also includes a musical intermission, with two salsa/hip-hop tunes, "The Night Before Christmas" and "Gotta Get Some", and footage from Leguizamo's tours and two interactive games, "Spanish Fly Pick-Up Line". In October 2006, Leguizamo's memoir, Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life, was released. During an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, he stated that his memoir was very candid about experiences involving other celebrities he had worked with. He stated that working with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Collateral Damage (2002) was one of the most enjoyable experiences he'd had as an actor, that Schwarzenegger's accent let him say things that others would think were sexist or homophobic if said by someone else, that Steven Seagal was an egotist with diva tendencies, that Kurt Russell continuously called him a "faggot", and that Leonardo DiCaprio was a "patron of prostitutes".
  • 2011
    Age 46
    In September 2011, Leguizamo began an international tour of Ghetto Klown in Los Angeles.
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    In 2011, Leguizamo received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for his performance in the show.
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    The show, about Leguizamo's path from obscurity to stardrom, opened to many positive reviews and was extended through July 10, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details A CD of the show was released.
    After the show ran at various theaters in the United States and Leguizamo performed an 'unplugged' version of it under the title John Leguizamo Warms Up at a Chicago theater, it opened on Broadway in March 2011 at the Lyceum Theatre.
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    In June 2010, Leguizamo opened his semi-autobiographical one-man theater show, Klass Klown (later renamed Ghetto Klown), based on his memoir Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life.
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    In 2010, Leguizamo also guest starred on The Electric Company as himself, rhyming about commas and quotation marks.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Leguizamo was cast as Derek Trotter in the American remake of the British BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    In July 2007, Spike TV aired their drama series The Kill Point, starring Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg and Michael Hyatt.
    More Details Hide Details The show was an eight-part series revolving around ex-war veterans whose bank robbery went wrong, thus ending in a hostage situation. Despite high ratings, The Kill Point was not renewed for a second season.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    In 2006, Leguizamo starred in the television pilot for Edison, a 2006 CBS drama about an Los Angeles detective (played by Leguizamo) who relied on impersonations and disguises to solve crimes.
    More Details Hide Details Other cast members included Currie Graham and Deidrie Henry. Kevin Rodney Sullivan directed from a script by Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes. Leguizamo and David Hoberman also served as executive producers.
  • 2005
    Age 40
    In 2005, he guest starred on Dora the Explorer as Captain Pirate Piggy.
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    During the 2005–06 television season, Leguizamo joined the cast of the show ER, playing the emotionally disturbed Dr. Victor Clemente, a new attending who is keen on introducing the staff of County General to better ways of treating patients and cutting-edge technology.
    More Details Hide Details Clemente, however, was plagued with personal problems and was fired from the hospital near the end of the season. Dr. Clemente's departure from the show was a blessing for Leguizamo. He revealed to CraveOnline that he was not happy working on the television program. "I was depressed doing ER," he admitted, "I started gaining weight, I was eating donuts, I started smoking again. I’m eating McDonald's, things that I know when I’m depressed I do. I tried to kill myself internally."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 38
    Leguizamo married Justine Maurer, a costumer on Carlito's Way, on June 28, 2003, in a Catholic-Jewish ceremony (he is Catholic and his wife is Jewish).
    More Details Hide Details They have two children, daughter Allegra Sky (born in 1999) and son Lucas (born as Ryder Lee, 2000), and live in Manhattan. In 2008, Leguizamo received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA). He was a recipient of the 2011 Made in NY Award from New York City.
    In 2003, he voice-acted Globox from Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc.
    More Details Hide Details Leguizamo portrayed Paul in the Brad Anderson thriller film Vanishing on 7th Street. In 2007 he played Michael Beltran in the movie The Babysitters. In 2008 he co-starred in the movie The Happening, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. In 2014 Leguizamo starred alongside Jon Favreau in Chef In October 2013, Leguizamo started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, starring alongside Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, Ed Westwick, Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald and Maggie Q. The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah and Aaron Becker. Jekyll Island is set to release in 2016. In 1995 Leguizamo created, produced, wrote, and starred in the 1995 Latino-oriented variety show called House of Buggin' on Fox Television. Some audiences saw this as the Latino version of In Living Color. The show showcased Leguizamo's well-known ability to assume a wide variety of colorful, energetic characters, but due to poor ratings the show ran less than one season.
  • 2002
    Age 37
    In 2002 he voiced Sid the Sloth for the film Ice Age, reprising the role for the sequels Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ice Age: Collision Course.
    More Details Hide Details The game versions of the films also used his voice.
    Later in 2002, on the syndicated version, a question about the movie featured his character and Meredith Vieira mentioned that Leguizamo had played Lautrec and had been on the show.
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  • 2001
    Age 36
    To promote the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge!, he appeared on a celebrity edition of the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Kelly Ripa, Kevin Sorbo, Alfre Woodard, Martin Short and Chevy Chase.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing as the first celebrity to sit in the hot seat, he eventually tried for $125,000, but got the answer wrong.
  • 1998
    Age 33
    In 1998, he debuted on Broadway in the production of Freak, a semi-autobiographical one-person play that was recorded for HBO and released on October 10, 1998, with Spike Lee sitting in as director.
    More Details Hide Details The show won him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show. In 2002, he wrote and performed in Sexaholix... A Love Story which explained his love life and how he started his own family.
  • 1996
    Age 31
    Julie Newmar for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and starred in the 1996 action film Executive Decision as Captain Rat.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, he starred in the movie Empire.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    In 1995, he starred as drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 28
    In 1993 Leguizamo was offered the lead part as Luigi in the film Super Mario Bros., based on the Mario video game franchise.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being considered a critical and financial failure universally, the film started his acting career in Hollywood and became one of his memorable roles. It also provided a boost to his career, allowing him to appear in better comedic roles in the following years. That same year, he had a prominent role in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way as Carlito Brigante's nemesis, "Benny Blanco from the Bronx," which also boosted his career in serious roles. Leguizamo also starred in Romeo + Juliet as Tybalt Capulet, as Violator in Spawn, Cholo in Land of the Dead, and Pestario 'Pest' Vargas in The Pest, the latter being one of his few roles as a lead actor in a studio film.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    In 1992, he starred in Whispers in the Dark as John Castillo.
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  • 1986
    Age 21
    He made his television debut in 1986 with a small part in Miami Vice.
    More Details Hide Details His other early roles include: an extra in Madonna's Borderline video (1984) playing a friend of Madonna's boyfriend; Mixed Blood (1985); Casualties of War (1989); a terrorist in Die Hard 2 (1990); Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991); the robber in Regarding Henry (1991) and Night Owl (a.k.a. Nite Owl) (1993).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 19
    Leguizamo started out as a stand-up comic doing the New York nightclub circuit in 1984.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on July 22, 1964.
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