John Alberto Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter. He rose to fame with a co-starring role in the action comedy Super Mario Bros. He has appeared in over 75 films, produced over 10 films, starred on Broadway in several productions, and made over 12 television appearances.
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John Alberto Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter. He rose to fame with a co-starring role in the action comedy Super Mario Bros. He has appeared in over 75 films, produced over 10 films, starred on Broadway in several productions, made over 12 television appearances, and has produced or starred in many other television shows. In 2011, his father declared in an interview that he is Colombian and not Puerto Rican, and that LegUizamo is therefore not half Puerto Rican as he has always stated. He marched in the Puerto Rican Day Parade Global Ambassador of the Arts on June 12, 2011. He is also known for his role as Ozzy Delvecchio on Bloodline. His father was once an aspiring film director and studied at Cinecittà, but eventually dropped out due to lack of finances. His paternal grandfather was of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, and his maternal grandmother was Lebanese. He also described himself as being of Mestizo heritage. His other early roles include: a friend of Madonna’s boyfriend in her Borderline video ; Mixed Blood, Casualties of War, Hangin’ with the Homeboys, the robber in Regarding Henry, SuperMario Bros, and Night Owl. In 1992, he starred in Whispers in the Dark as John Castillo. In 1993 he was offered the lead role as Luigi in Super Mario Brothers.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. He starred in the films Spawn, Moulin Rouge!, Land of the Dead, Summer of Sam, Chef, John Wick: Chapter 2, The Happening, and Romeo + Juliet. He had a recurring role on ER and was a series regular on The Kill Point. He started his theater career as an undergraduate at NYU’s Tisch School of the arts. He later dropped out in favor of a career in stand-ups comedy. In 2009, he became a member of the New York City Improvised Theater troupe, which he has been in ever since. In 2010, he was named one of the top ten improvisors in New York by The New York Review of Books. In 2012, he appeared in the Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt Capulet, the Violator in The Pestas, and in the musical The Peste della Peste as Capulet’s son. He appeared in a few other roles, including one of his few starring roles in Land of The Dead, as Pestario ‘Pestas Palas Vargas. In 2013, he had a prominent role in Brian Dema’s Carlito’s Way as Carlito Brigante’s nemesis, Blenny Blanco. In 2014, he played the villain in the movie Blenny’s Blanco, which also boosted his career in serious roles.