Birth Date: July 22 1964
Birth Place: N/A
John Leguizamo was in Bogota, Colombia.He immigrated with his family at the age of four to the US and was raised in Queens, New York City.He attended New York University, and studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg for only one day, before he passed away!! The extrovert Leguizamo started working the comedy club circuit in NYC and first appeared in front of the cameras in an episode of Miami Vice. His first film appearance was a small part in Mixed Blood, and then other minor in _Casulties of War (1989)_ and Die Hard 2, before playing a liquor store thief who shoots Harrison Ford in Regarding Henry. His career really started to soar after his wonderful performance in the sensational _Hanging With The Homeboys (1991)_ as a nervous young teenager from the Bronx out for a night in brightly lit Manhattan with his buddies, and facing the career choice of staying in a supermarket, or heading off to college.
The year 1991 was also very memorable for other reasons, as he hit the stage with his show "Mambo Mouth" in which he portrayed seven different Latino characters. The witty & incisive show was a smash hit and won for Leguizamo the Obie & Outer Circle Critics Award, plus it later played on HBO where it picked up a CableACE Award. He returned to the stage approximately two years later, with another satirical production poking fun at Latino stereotypes titled "Spic-O-Rama", that played Chicago & New York, and won the Drama Desk Award and four CableACE Awards.
In 1995, he created & starred in the short lived TV series _"House of Buggin" (1995)_ , an all Latino casted comedy / variety show featuring hilarious sketches and comedic routines. The show scored two Emmy nominations, and positive reviews from critics, however it folded after only one season. Gifted Leguizamo was still keeping busy in film with key appearances in Super Mario Bros., Romeo+Juliet (1996) and Spawn. And in 1998, he made his Broadway debut in "Freak" a "demi-semi-quasi-pseudo-autobiographical" one man show.
Utilising his distinctive vocal talents, he next voiced a pesky rat in Doctor Dolittle, before appearing in the dynamic Spike Lee Summer of Sam as a guilt-ridden womaniser, as the Genie of The Lamp in the exciting Arabian Nights (2000) and as "Henri Toulouse Latrec" in the visual spectacular Moulin Rouge (2001). Additional voice work followed as "Sid" in the animated Ice Age, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Collateral Damage, and directing & starring in the boxing film Undefeated (2003).
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