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LUIS GUZMÁN (Bitterman) currently plays a starring role in the HBO series "How to Make it in America,” executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, and returning for its second season. He has more than 60 feature films to his credit, most recently appearing alongside Denzel Washington and John Travolta in Tony Scott's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.” He will next be seen in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” with Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine.

Guzmán has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® three times, winning for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in 2001 for his role in Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award®-nominated film "Traffic.” He also received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Soderbergh's "The Limey.” Guzmán also teamed with the director on "Out of Sight” and "Welcome to Collinwood,” which Soderbergh produced with George Clooney.

He received additional SAG Award® nominations for his performances in two Paul Thomas Anderson films, the critically acclaimed "Magnolia” and "Boogie Nights,” and went on to work with Anderson on "Punch Drunk Love.” His collaborations with Brian De Palma include "Snake Eyes,” opposite Nicolas Cage, and the original "Carlito's Way,” with Al Pacino and Sean Penn. Early in his career he worked with Sidney Lumet, performing in "Family Business,” "Q&A” and "Guilty as Sin.”

His film credits include the independent dramas "Fighting,” opposite Terence Howard and Channing Tatum, and "Maldeamores,” produced by Benicio Del Toro, as well as significant roles in "War,” with Jason Stratham and Jet Li, Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation,” and James Foley's "Confidence,” with Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman.

Guzmán's comedy work includes the recent independent release "Nothing Like the Holidays” and "Waiting,” with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. Guzmán also voiced Chucho in the 2008 hit animated feature "Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and has appeared in numerous studio comedies including Todd Phillips' "School for Scoundrels”; "Anger Management,” with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson; "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events,” starring Jim Carrey; John Badham's "The Hard Way”; and Anthony Minghella's "Mr. Wonderful.” His dramas include "Dreamer,” with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning; Ridley Scott's "Black Rain”; "True Believer,” with Robert Downey Jr.; and Kevin Reynold's "The Count of Monte Cristo.”

Born in Puerto Rico, Guzmán grew up in Manhattan. He graduated from City College and worked as a youth counselor at the Henry Street Settlement House while performing in street theater and independent films. Earlier in his career, he made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including ABC's "NYPD Blue,” NBC's "Law & Order” and HBO's "Oz.” He also starred in the HBO series "John from Cincinnati.” His first big break was a guest-starring role on the hit NBC series "Miami Vice.”


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