JOHN LEGUIZAMO (Toulouse-Lautrec) will also be seen this summer in the comedy WHAT'S THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN, starring with Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito in a story of a battle between a capitalist and a robber that threatens to take both men and the town around them.
In addition, Leguizamo will tour the country with his new one man show. The new comedy act will feature more jokes about his family life and include his new role as a father. Leguizamo will visit 22 cities from June 25th through September 4th.
Leguizamo recently completed shooting the thriller COLLATERAL DAMAGE opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, and will be seen later this year in ZIGZAG, co-starring Wesley Snipes and Natasha Lyonne. Other recent films include EMPIRE, JOE THE KING (which he also executive produced) and KING OF THE JUNGLE (also executive producer).
Notable earlier films include Baz Luhrmann's WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET (as
"Tybalt") for Twentieth Century Fox; SUMMER OF SAM, directed by Spike Lee;
SPAWN, as a voice talent in Twentieth Century Fox's smash-hit comedy DR. DOLITTLE, and TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR, for which Leguizamo garnered a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance as a sensitive drag queen.
Other film credits include THE PEST, which Leguizamo also co-created and co produced; A BROTHER'S KISS, THE FAN, REVENGE, EXECUTIVE DECISION, A
PYROMANIAC'S LOVE STORY, CARLITO'S WAY, CASUALTIES OF WAR, BODY
COUNT, SUPER MARIO BROS., WHISPERS IN THE DARK, REGARDING HENRY, and
HANGIN' WITH THE HOMBEBOYS.
In 1991, Leguizamo had his first taste of success when he became an Off-Broadway sensation as the writer and performer of his one-man show, MAMBO MOUTH. He received an Obie®, Outer Critics Circle and Vanguardia Award for the play, in which he portrayed seven different characters. MAMBO MOUTH later aired on HBO, which led to his first television comedy special. Comedy Central's THE TALENT POOL, for which he received a Cable ACE Award.
Leguizamo's second one-man show, SPIC-O-RAMA, had an extended sold-out run in
Chicago at the Goodman and Briar Street Theaters before opening to rave reviews and sellout
houses in New York. The play received numerous awards including the Dramatists' Guild Hull Warriner Award for Best American Play, and the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement
Award for Best Broadway Performance. He also received the Theatre World Award for
Outstanding New Talent for his performance as well as a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo
Performance. SPIC-O-RAMA also aired on HBO, receiving four Cable ACE Awards.
Leguizamo's latest one-man show, FREAK, ended a successful run on Broadway last
year. Billed as a "Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo Autobiography," FREAK was written by Leguizamo and directed by David Bar Katz. Along with the Tony® Award nominations for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, Leguizamo also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo/One-Person Show and the Outer Critic's Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. A special presentation of FREAK, directed by Spike Lee, aired on HBO and earned Leguizamo an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program, as well as a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
Other stage credits include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and LA PUTA VIDA, at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and PARTING GESTURES at INTAR.
On television, Leguizamo starred in the mini-series ARABIAN NIGHTS. In 1995, Leguizamo set a precedent by creating and starring in the first Latin comedy/variety show, the Emmy-winning HOUSE OF BUGGIN, for Fox.
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