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JOHN LEGUIZAMO (Julian), a multi-faceted performer and Emmy Award winner, has established a career that defies categorization. With boundless energy and creativity, his work in film, theatre, television, and literature covers a variety of genres, as he constantly reinvents himself. Next up, Leguizamo will star in Righteous Kill, opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. He also stars as a failed boxer struggling to find an apartment on Christmas Eve in Where God Left His Shoes, directed by Salvatore Stabile. His many other upcoming films include The Ministers, The Babysitters, Paraiso Travel and Game.

His most recent credits include Love in the Time of Cholera, the screen adaptation of celebrated writer Gabriel García Márquez' novel, directed by Mike Newell and starring Javier Bardem; and the crime drama The Take. In 2005, Leguizamo earned rave reviews for his role as a popular TV reporter who's willing to sacrifice everything to get the story of a notorious serial killer in Sebastian Cordero's Crónicas, which screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and 2004 Toronto Film Festival and was honored as an Un Certain Regard selection at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. He also starred in Land of the Dead, the fourth installment of writer/director George Romero's Night of the Living Dead series; Ed Burns' The Groomsmen; the remake of John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13; and voiced "Sid, The Sloth” in the hit movies Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meltdown.

Among his other performances are Baz Lurhmann's Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, which earned him an ALMA nomination for Best Supporting Actor; Spike Lee's Summer of Sam; the cult hit Spawn; Lurhmann's Romeo + Juliet; and Dr. Doolittle. For his turn as a sensitive drag queen in To Wong Foo: Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, Leguizamo garnered a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in Executive Decision opposite Kurt Russell, Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way, Collateral Damage with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Casualties of War starring Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox.

Leguizamo was last seen on the small screen in The Kill Point, an 8-hour mini-series event for Spike TV. He also starred in and made his directorial debut with HBO's Undefeated. Additionally, the ever-versatile Leguizamo appeared as a guest star in twelve episodes of NBC's cornerstone drama ER during the 2005/2006 season. His television credits also include the ABC mini-series Arabian Nights where he played both The Ring Genie and The Lamp Genie in the literary classic. In January 1995, Leguizamo set a precedent by creating and starring in the first Latin comedy/variety show, the Emmy award-winning, House of Buggin for FOX.

A highly talented stage performer, Leguizamo created an off-Broadway sensation as the writer and performer of his one-man show, Mambo Mouth in which he portrayed seven different characters. He received Obie®, Outer Critics Circle and Vanguardia awards for his performance. The play's HBO special led to his first television comedy special, Comedy Central's The Talent Pool, for which he received a CableACE Award. Leguizamo's second one-man show, Spic-ORama, had an extended sold-out run in Chicago at the Goodman and Briar Street theaters before opening in New York. The play received numerous accolades including the Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award for Best American Play and the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Broadway Performance. Leguizamo received the Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, as well as a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance. Spic-ORama also aired on HBO, receiving four CableACE Awards.

Freak, Leguizamo's third one-man show, ended a successful run on Broadway in 1998. Billed as a Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo Autobiography, Leguizamo won the Drama Desk and the Outer Cri

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