WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
A multi-faceted performer and Emmy Award winner, JOHN LEGUIZAMO
(Alex) 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 currently appears in Ridley Scott's crime drama The Counselor
opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Javier Bardem. Later this year,
Leguizamo will be seen in the anti-romantic comedy Fugly!, an autobiographical
feature which he wrote, produced, and starred in. Fugly! is a revenge film for
every teenage boy who has overcome his own awkwardness to one day marry the
quintessential trophy wife. The film also stars Rosie Perez, Rhada Mitchell and
Griffin Dunne. Leguizamo also starred in the Spanish language film El Paseo 2.
The film was the highest grossing film in the history of Columbian cinema and
will premiere in the United States on HBO Latino. In January 2014, Leguizamo will star in Universal's action comedy Ride Along
directed by Tim Story, and starring Kevin Hart. Leguizamo plays an undercover
cop who crosses paths with a fellow officer played by Ice Cube. In 2012,
Leguizamo reprised his role as the voice of Sid in Ice Age: Continental Drift,
which became the fifth highest grossing film of that year.
In 2011, Leguizamo returned to Broadway with his new solo play Ghetto Klown,
the next chapter in his hugely popular personal and professional story. Directed
by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens, Ghetto Klown follows in the unabashed,
uncensored, and uninhibited tradition of Leguizamo's Mambo
Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholixâ€¦ a Love Story.
Other recent film credits include Love in the Time of Cholera, Vanishing on
7th Street, The Lincoln Lawyer, the Ice Age franchise, The Happening, Righteous
Kill, The Babysitters, The Take and Where God Left His Shoes. In addition,
Leguizamo has lent his talents to a slew of other films including Miracle at St.
Anna, Land of the Dead, Assault on Precinct 13, Sueno, Spun, 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 To Wong Foo, Thanks For
Everything! Julie Newmar, Leguizamo garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best
Supporting Actor. Leguizamo also picked up ALMA Award nominations for his roles
in Moulin Rouge (Best Supporting Actor) and King of the Jungle (Best Lead
Actor). He was the recipient of the 2002 ALMA Award for Entertainer of the
Year. 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, 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-starring arc on the NBC hit My
Name is Earl. 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.
Leguizamo's 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 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," Freak was described as
"scathingly funny" (The New York Times). 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 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety
or Music Program as well as a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or
Comedy Special. In 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.
His autobiography Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood
Friends, 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."
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