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LUIS GUZMAN (Ray Castro) has starred in three films for Steven Soderbergh: Traffic, "The Limey" (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), and "Out of Sight."

The former social worker has become a well-known character actor, appearing in nearly two dozen films. Born in Puerto Rico, he grew up in Manhattan. He graduated from City College, after which he worked as a youth counselor at the Henry Street Settlement House while performing in street theater and independent films. His first big break was a guest appearance on the NBC series "Miami Vice."

Guzman has since made guest appearances on many television shows, including ABC's "NYPD Blue," NBC's "Law & Order," and HBO's "Oz."

He has appeared in three films for Sidney Lumet: "Guilty as Sin," "Family Business," and "Q & A"; two films for Brian De Palma: "Snake Eyes" and "Carlito's Way"; and two films for Paul Thomas Anderson: "Magnolia" and "Boogie Nights."

Guzman's other films include Anthony Minghella's "Mr. Wonderful," John Badham's "The Hard Way," Roger Donaldson's "Cadillac Man," Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," Joseph Ruben's "True Believer," and John Cornell's "'Crocodile' Dundee II."

He has recently costarred in five films to be released in 2001: Ron Underwood's "Pluto Nash" (starring Eddie Murphy), Tom DiCillo's "Double Whammy," DJ Caruso's "The Salton Sea," Kevin Reynolds' remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo," and Michael Bregman's "Table One."

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