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John Leguizamo

Real name: John Leguizamo
Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Status: Married
Partner: Justine Maurer

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John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and producer.

Leguizamo was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His father, Alberto Leguizamo, was a Puerto Rican realtor living in Colombia, where he met Leguizamo's mother, Luz. july 22nd In 1968, the couple emigrated with their children to the United States and settled down in the Jackson Heights section of Queens in New York City where Leguizamo received his primary and secondary education. As a student at Murry Bergtraum High School, Leguizamo wrote comedy material and tested it out on his classmates. He was voted "Most Talkative" by his fellow classmates. After graduating from high school, Leguizamo enrolled at New York University where he took theater classes.

Leguizamo started out as a stand-up comic doing the New York nightclub circuit. In 1984, he made his T.V. debut with a small part in Miami Vice. His other early roles include: an extra in Madonna's Borderline (song) video(1984), as a friend of Madonna's boyfriend; Mixed Blood (1985)' Casualties of War (1989); Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991); the robber in Regarding Henry (1991) and Night Owl (a.k.a. Nite Owl) (1993), which was filmed from 1991-1992. 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 U.S.. The production won a Drama Desk Award and four Cable ACE Awards. Leguizamo also played the role of "Luigi Mario" in the 1993 movie production Super Mario Brothers, starting his acting career in Hollywood. Other movies have since followed, including Carlito's Way (1993) as "Benny Blanco" alongside Al Pacino, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) as "Chi Chi Rodriguez", Romeo + Juliet (1996) as "Tybalt, Prince of Cats", The Fan (1996) as "Manny", Executive Decision (1996) as "Captain Rat", The Pest in 1997, as con man Pestario "Pest" Vargas, Doctor Dolittle (1998) as "Rat#2", Summer of Sam (1999) as Vinny, and Moulin Rouge! (2001) as "Toulouse Lautrec".

In 2000, Leguizamo played two genies in the Emmy Award winning miniseries Arabian Nights. Leguizamo has participated in over 53 films, including The Alibi where he will play the role of "Hannibal" and which is in the post-production stages as of 2005. Leguizamo also created, executive produced, wrote for, and starred in the 1995 Latino-oriented variety show called House of Buggin'. The show showcased Leguizamo's well-known ability to assume a wide variety of colorful, energetic characters. The show ran less than a year on Fox.

Leguizamo married Justine Maurer in 2003. They have two children, daughter Allegra Sky (born 1999) and son Ryder Lee (born 2000).


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