ONE FOR THE MONEY
A multi-faceted performer and Primetime Emmy Award winner, JOHN LEGUIZAMO
(Jimmy Alpha) 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, continually threatening to create a few
of its own.
Leguizamo can most recently be seen in "The Lincoln Lawyer" opposite Matthew
McConaughey and the independent film "Vanishing on 7th Street" opposite Thandie
Newton and Hayden Christensen. He also reprised his voice-over role of 'Sid' in
"Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" which was released with box office success in
In 2008, Leguizamo starred in Overture Films' "Nothing Like the Holidays"
opposite Debra Messing and Alfred Molina. In addition to this, Leguizamo starred
in the independent film "Where God Left His Shoes," in which he plays a
struggling boxer desperately seeking a home for his family during the holidays.
Leguizamo's other recent film credits include "Love in the Time of Cholera,"
"The Happening," "Righteous Kill," "The Babysitters," and "The Take." In
addition, Leguizamo has led his talents to a slew of other films including
"Gamer," "Miracle at St. Anna," "Land of the Dead," "The Groomsmen," "Lies &
Alibis," "Assault on Precinct 13," "Sueno," "Spin," "Moulin Rouge," "Summer of
Sam," "King of the Jungle," "Spawn," "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet,"
"Dr. Doolittle," "Carlito's Way" and "Casualties of War."
For his performance as a sensitive drag queen in "Too Wong Foo: Thanks For
Everything, Julie Newmar," Leguizamo garnered a Golden Globe nomination for
Best Supporting Actor. John also won the ALMA Award for Best Lead Actor in "Nothing Like the Holidays." Leguizamo has previously received ALMA Award
nominations for his roles in "Moulin Rouge" (Best Supporting Actor) and "King of
the Jungle" (Best Lead Actor).
In the summer of 2007, Leguizamo returned to television in Spike TV's limited
series "The Kill Point," in which he played the leader of a gang of bank robbers
who had recently returned from serving in Iraq. Additionally, the ever versatile
Leguizamo appeared as a guest star in twelve episodes of NBC's cornerstone drama
"ER" during the 2005/2006 season, and in 2006 did a guest star arc on the NBC
hit "My Name is Earl."
Going back to his theatrical roots, Leguizamo recently returned to Broadway in a
revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo," which centers around the twisted
plot of three men attempting to steal a rare coin.
In 1991, 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. His
second one-man show, "Spic-O-Rama," 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-O-Rama" also aired on HBO, receiving four CableACE Awards.
"Freak," Leguizamo's third one-man show, billed as a "Semi-Demi-Quasi-Pseudo
Autobiography," ended a successful run on Broadway in 1998. Along with the Tony
Award nominations for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a
Play, Leguizamo won the Drama Desk and the Outer Critic's Circle Awards for
Outstanding Solo Performance. A special presentation of "Freak," directed by
Spike Lee, aired on HBO and earned Leguizamo the Primetime Emmy Award for
Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program as well as a nomination
for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
In the fall of 2001 Leguizamo returned to Broadway with "Sexaholix...a Love
Story." Directed by Peter Askin, the play is based on the sold-out national
tour, "John Leguizamo Live!" Leguizamo was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle
Award for "Outstanding Solo Performance" and the show received a Tony nomination
for Best Special Theatrical Performance. "Sexaholix" aired as an HBO Special in
Spring 2002 and also toured the country.
Additional stage credits include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "La Puta Vida"
at the New York Shakespeare Festival and "Parting Gestures" at INTAR.
To add to his list of attributes, Leguizamo is also an accomplished author. He
recently penned his autobiography "Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of
My Hollywood Friends," which was released by Harper Collins in October 2006. The
New York Times called the book "brutally funny," while USA Today coined
Leguizamo as "one of the most exciting talents to come along in some time."
Raised in New York City, Leguizamo studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Wynn
Handman at New York University. He was the recipient of the 2002 ALMA Award for
Entertainer of the Year. Leguizamo currently resides in New York City with his
wife and two children.
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