John Leguizamo

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John Leguizamo at Comic-Con 2013

John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964 in Bogotá ) is a Colombian - American actor and comedian .


John Leguizamo was born in Bogotá to Alberto and Luz Leguizamo. According to his own statements, his ancestors come from Puerto Rico , Italy and Lebanon . Leguizamo came to New York with his family in 1969 . The family lived in different neighborhoods in Queens. After graduating from high school , he studied drama at New York University . Leguizamo then learned the art of acting under Herbert Berghof . It is often falsely claimed that Leguizamo learned the art of acting under the guidance of Lee Strasberg , but he only had one lesson before Strasberg passed away.

Movie and TV

He had his first acting engagement in 1984 in the film Mixed Blood - The rats of Harlem by director Paul Morrissey . This was followed by films such as The Damned of War , Die Hard 2 and In Dinge Henry until his breakthrough in 1991 with Hangin 'out - 4 Homeboys Unterwegs . In the next few years he was in Carlito's Way , William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet , To Wong Foo , Moulin Rouge , Einsame Decision , Arabian Nights - Adventures from 1001 Nights and Land of the Dead, among others. He also played the role of Luigi in Super Mario Bros.

John Leguizamo is also active as a voice actor, for example as the sloth Sid in Ice Age and its sequels. He was also seen in a recurring supporting role in the twelfth season of the television series Emergency Room in 2005/06 .


With his stage programs Leguizamo is one of the recognized comedians in the USA. His solo programs Mambo Mouth (1991) and Spic-O-Rama (1993) have received numerous awards. His program, first performed in 1998, has been nominated for two Tony Awards .

Filmography (selection)


  • Golden Globe Award nomination : Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film (To Wong Foo)
  • Drama Desk Award: Outstanding One-Person Show (Freak)
  • Emmy : Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program (Freak)

Web links

Commons : John Leguizamo  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. John Leguizamo: Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, And All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life . Ecco , New York 2006, ISBN 0-06-052071-X , p. 8.
  2. Leguizamo, p. 11
  3. ^ A b Zook, Kristal Brent: Comedy That Hits Close to Home; Now a Father, John Leguizamo Looks Back Without Anger ". In: The Washington Post . July 19, 2001, accessed June 11, 2009 :" Born in Bogota, Colombia, to a Puerto Rican father and a Colombian mother of Indian ancestry, [John Leguizamo] was raised in the multiethnic Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens. "
  4. Leguizamo, John: THEATER; In Town, on the Edge: Listening In on Solo Acts. In: The New York Times . February 8, 1998, accessed November 21, 2008 .
  5. Leguizamo, p. 9
  6. Leguizamo, p. 12
  7. Leguizamo, p. 16