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LUIS GUZMAN (Gabato) currently stars in the second season of the HBO series "How to Make it in America," executive produced by Mark Wahlberg. He has more than 60 feature films to his credit, most recently appearing with Russell Brand and Helen Mirren in "Arthur," and alongside Denzel Washington and John Travolta in Tony Scott's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." He will next lend his voice to the animated family films "Henry & Me" and "Turbo," and star in Jee-woon Kim's action thriller "The Last Stand," with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Forest Whitaker.

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." Guzman 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 "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.

Guzman's comedy work includes the recent release "Nothing Like the Holidays" and "Waiting," with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. He also voiced Chucho in the 2008 hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," and has appeared in Todd Phillips' "School for Scoundrels," "Anger Management," "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events," John Badham's "The Hard Way" and Anthony Minghella's "Mr. Wonderful." His dramatic work includes roles in "Dreamer," Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," "True Believer" and Kevin Reynolds' "The Count of Monte Cristo."

Born in Puerto Rico, Guzman 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 "NYPD Blue," "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 series "Miami Vice."


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