Leguizamo, a way of acting

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John Leguizamo

Leguizmo´s biography



John Leguizamo was born in Bogotá, Colombia on July 22 of 1964. His mother Luz Leguizamo and his Father Alberto Leguizamo were also from Colombia; however, his paternal grandfather was of Puerto Rican and Italian descent and his maternal grandfather was Lebanese. Leguizamo define himself as being part of an Amerindian/Mestizo heritage. At the age of 4, Leguizamo and his family immigrate to the Unites States. He started living in New York City at Queens in various neighborhoods. Leguizamo attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and later the Murry Bergtraum High School. Ten years later their parent divorced, and he stayed with his mother Luz.

When he was studying at Murry Bergtraum High School, he wrote a comedy material and texted it out on his classmates. According to his classmates he was the most talkative of them. Years later, Leguizamo graduated from high school and began his theater career as an undergraduate at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts . He took theater classes at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus.

Early Beginning 

At 1984 John started out as a stand-up comedian at the New York nightclub circuit. Then at 1986 he made his television debut in a small part of Miami Vince; moreover, he continued working at other roles like: 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).


At 1992 he starred in Whispers in the Dark as John Castillo. Subsequently at 1993, he was offered to be part as Luigi in the film Super Mario Bros. Consequently, his career started at Hollywood. These films provide a boost that allowed him to appear in better comedic roles in the following years. That same year (1993), he had a noticeable role in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way as Carlito Brigante's nemesis, which upgraded his career in serious roles.

Leguizamo also starred in Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt Capulet, as Violator in Spawn, Cholo in Land of the Dead and Pestario 'Pest' Vargas in The Pest. In 1995, he starred as drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and in the 1996 action film Executive Decision as Captain Rat. In 2002, he starred in the movie Empire. In 2002 he made his noticeable role of Sid the sloth for the film Ice Age, reprising the role for the sequels Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Also he had participation on TV like: in 1995 he created, produced, wrote, and starred the Latino-oriented variety show called House of Buggin' on Fox Television. Furthermore, he participate on the Arabian Nights portraying both genies. He starred on Dora the Explorer as Captain Pirate Piggy at 2005, and other important works he has make along his professional career.


John Leguizamo had won an Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program in 1999, he won 4 ALMA Awards: the first one for Outstanding Performance by an Individual or Act in a Variety or Comedy Special in 1999, the second one for Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special in 2001, the third one for Entertainer of the Year in 2002, and the last one Actor in Film in 2009. Leguizamo won 3 CableACE Awards: the first one Comedy Special, the second one writing an Entertainment Special and the last one Performance in a Comedy Special all of them at 1994. The last one was an Imagen Foundation Awards at 2004.    


He is the one of biggest exponent of Colombia that had introduce our country to United States, and show the huge talent that our country have. Because of his huge experience; moreover, his uncountable awards is positioned as the best actor in national and international level. He left an important heritage to the Colombian culture, and the most important one is the variety of works that he left that would entertain many generations, also these works would place Colombia in high place. Actually, John is marry with Justine Maurer. They have two children, their daughter Allegra sky born at 1999 and their son Ryder Lee born at 2000.  



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