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A multifaceted performer and Primetime Emmy Award winner, JOHN LEGUIZAMO (Santiago) 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 Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey. He just completed production on the independent film Stealing Cars.

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 the Year.

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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