A multifaceted performer and Primetime Emmy
Award winner, JOHN
has established a career
that defies categorization.
With boundless energy and
creativity, Leguizamo's work
in film, theater, television and
literature cover a variety of
genres, continually threatening
to create a few of its own.
In December, Leguizamo was one of the lead voices in
20th Century Fox's holiday film Walking With Dinosaurs.
In February, Leguizamo will be seen in the antiromantic
comedy Fugly!, an autobiographical feature
which he wrote, produced and starred. 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, Radha
Mitchell and Griffin Dunne. Leguizamo recently filmed
his fifth HBO special for his hit Broadway show Ghetto
Klown, which is scheduled to premiere in March.
Leguizamo was recently seen in Ridley Scott's crime
drama The Counselor, opposite Brad Pitt, Michael
Fassbender and Javier Bardem, and Universal Pictures'
Kick-Ass 2, with ChloĆ« Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey.
He just completed production on the independent film
In 2012, Leguizamo reprised his role as the voice
of Sid in Ice Age: Continental Drift, which became
the fifth highest-grossing film that year. That same
year, he starred in the Spanish-language film El Paseo
2. It was the highest-grossing film in the history of
Colombian cinema and will premiere in the United
States on HBO Latino.
In 2011, Leguizamo returned to Broadway with his
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 Sexaholix...a Love Story.
Leguizamo's recent film credits include
Vanishing on 7th Street, The Lincoln Lawyer, the
Ice Age franchise, Love in the Time of Cholera, The
Happening, Righteous Kill, The Babysitters, The Take,
Where God Left His Shoes, 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. Dolittle, 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 Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Leguizamo also picked up ALMA Award nominations
for his roles in Moulin Rouge (Outstanding Supporting
Actor in a Motion Picture) and King of the Jungle
(Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture). He was the
recipient of the 2002 ALMA Award for Entertainer of
In summer 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,
he guest starred in NBC's cornerstone drama ER,
appearing in 12 episodes from 2005 to 2006, and in
NBC's My Name Is Earl, in 2006.
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 of America's Hull-Warriner Award
for Best American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor. Leguizamo received the
Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, as
well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding 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 by The New York Times as "scathingly
funny." It received a Tony Award nomination for Best
Play. Along with earning a Tony nomination for Best
Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, Leguizamo
won the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics' 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 fall 2001, Leguizamo returned to Broadway
with Sexaholix...a Love Story. Directed by Peter
Askin, the play was based on the sold-out John
Leguizamo Live! national tour. Leguizamo was
nominated for an Outer Critics' Circle Award
for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the show
received a Tony nomination for Best Special
Theatrical Event. Sexaholix...a Love Story aired as
an HBO special in spring 2002 and also toured the
country. Leguizamo's additional stage credits include
A Midsummer Night's Dream and La Puta Vida at the
New York Shakespeare Festival and Parting Gestures
at INTAR Theatre.
To add to his list of accomplishments, Leguizamo
is an author. His autobiography, "Pimps, Hos, Playa
Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My
Life," was released by HarperCollins in October 2006.
The New York Times called the book "brutally funny,"
while USA Today named Leguizamo as "one of the
most exciting talents to come along in some time."
Leguizamo currently resides in New York City with
his wife and two children.
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