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John Leguizamo

John Alberto Leguizamo is an Emmy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated actor, who was born on July 22, 1964 in Bogotá, Colombia. At the age of 4, Leguizamo migrated with his family to Queens, New York. He attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and then the Murry Bergtraum High School. He trained in theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Manhattan and at LIU Post in Brookville. However, he would not complete his course at NYU and eventually dropped out in order to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

Leguizamo’s comedy career began in 1984 on New York’s nightclub circuit until he made his off-Broadway debut in La Puta Vida Trilogy at The Public Theater in November 1987. After the play’s run concluded in December, he assumed the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was already running at The Public. His stage career skyrocketed, however, after writing and starring in the first of a string of one-man hits. Mambo Mouth premiered at the American Place Theatre in 1990, earning him both an Obie Award for his acting and Outer Critics Circle Award for his writing. His next solo show, Spic-O-Rama, would stage its off-Broadway premiere at the Westside Theatre in October 1992, earning him both a Lucille Lortel Award and Theatre World Award. His reputation for topical, controversial and energizing one-man shows had grown in such strength, that Leguizamo was able to make his Broadway debut in February 1998 in Freak. The popular production led to him winning his first Drama Desk Award and earning two Tony nominations (one for acting and one for writing). It was also televised by HBO, with Spike Lee as director, and Leguizamo won his first Emmy Award for his efforts in 1999. His next solo outing would play not once but twice on Broadway and would centre on the actor’s love life. Sexaholix… A Love Story premiered on Broadway in October 2001 at the Royale Theatre and returned for a special encore engagement at the Broadway Theatre in November 2003.

Leguizamo would once again grace the Great White Way, but this time in a play, with the short-lived revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, which opened in November 2008. Another solo show, Ghetto Klown, followed and began performances at the Lyceum Theatre in February 2011, ultimately earning him his second Drama Desk Award. His next one-man juggernaut, inspired by the distinct absence of Latino role models in his son’s history classes, would first premiere off-Broadway at The Public Theater. Latin History For Morons premiered in March 2017 and played an extended engagement and was nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards. It was then just a matter of time before a move uptown was booked and the iconic Studio 54 was secured for a Broadway transfer from October 19, 2017 through to February 25, 2018.

In Hollywood, Leguizamo has forged quite the career for himself on the silver screen. After supporting roles in various films throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, his “big break” came in 1993 when he secured the roles of Benny Blanco in “Carlito’s Way” and Luigi in “Super Mario Bros.”. He went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination in 1996 for his much-loved portrayal of Chi-Chi in “To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar”. Two of his most iconic film appearances are thanks to filmmaker extraordinaire Baz Luhrmann, portraying Tybalt in “Romeo + Juliet” in 1996 and Toulouse-Lautrec in “Moulin Rouge!” in 2001. Other notable screen credits include “Collateral Damage”, “The Brothers Garcia”, “The Honeymooners”, “Land of the Dead”, “ER”, “Righteous Kill”, and “Kick-Ass 2”.

Leguizamo also voices Sid the Sloth in the popular “Ice Age” animated movie franchise.


John Leguizamo in Latin History for Morons
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