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JOHN LEGUIZAMO (Victor Rosa) has exhibited his extensive talents in television, film and theater. His award-winning performances cross many genres, including comedy, drama, action, adventure and psychological thriller.

Leguizamo's recent film work includes a dazzling transformation into painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in Baz Luhrmann ‘s groundbreaking movie musical Moulin Rouge. His acclaimed portrayal of a neurotic hairdresser in Spike Lee's Sununer of Sam made him one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood. Prior to that, Leguizamo's broad range landed him a number of impressive supporting roles, including his portrayal of drag queen Chi Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Leguizamo was also featured in the films Carlito X Way, Casualties of War, Romeo & Juliet, The Fan, King of the Jungle and lent his vocal talents to the films Ice Age. Upcoming films include Spun with Mena Suvari and Jason Schwartzman. Leguizamo stars as a Latino boxer in HBO's Infamous, which also marks his directorial debut.

Onstage, Leguizamo became an off-Broadway sensation in 1991 as the writer and performer of the award-winning one-man show Mambo Mouth. He received an OBIE, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Vanguardia Award for the play, in which he portrayed seven different Latino characters. Leguizamo ‘s second one-man show. Spic-O-Rama, received numerous awards, including the Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warrior Award for Best American Play, the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Broadway Performance, the Theater World Award for Outstanding New Talent, and a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance.

His next hit show Freak - a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood - played to great acclaim on Broadway. The show received several honors including the Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo/One-Person Show, and Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor. Leguizamo also wrote and starred in the Tony-nominated Broadway hit Sexaholix ... a love story, another one-man show that had a successful national tour. Leguizamo will bring the show to the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in March 2003.

Critical acclaim for Leguizamo's work grew as he brought his plays to television. For his television debut of Spic-O-Rama in 1998, Leguizamo received Cable Ace Awards for Best Comedy Special, Best Performance and Best Writing. He also received two Emmy Awards for his HBO special of Freak (directed by Spike Lee). Additional television work includes a starring role in the first ever Latin comedy/variety show, House of Buggin', an Emmy Award-winning show on Fox.


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