John Leguizamo Biography

Date of Birth: July 22, 1964 (52)
Birth Place: COLOMBIA
Gender: Male

Multi-faceted performer and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo's notable career defies categorization. Possessing boundless energy and creativity, Leguizamo's work spans the genres of film, theatre, television, literature and beyond. As writer and performer, Leguizamo created the Off-Broadway sensation Mambo Mouth, in which he portrayed seven different characters (Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Vanguardia Awards). His second one-man show Spic-O-Rama enjoyed extended sold-out runs in Chicago and New York (Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award for Best American Play, Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Broadway Performance, Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance). His third solo show Freak completed a successful run on Broadway in 1998. A special presentation of Freak, directed by Spike Lee, aired on HBO (Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special). In Fall 2001 Leguizamo returned to Broadway with Sexaholix...a Love Story, directed by Peter Askin (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for "Outstanding Solo Performance" and Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance). Sexaholix aired as an HBO Special in Spring 2002 and toured widely. Other stage credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream and La Puta Vida at the New York Shakespeare Festival and Parting Gestures at INTAR. Presently, Leguizamo delights younger fans as the voice of Syd in Ice Age 1, 2 and 3. He has been seen in countless films including Love in the Time of Cholera opposite Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt, The Happening opposite Mark Wahlberg, Righteous Kill opposite Robert Deniro and Al Pacino, The Babysitters opposite Cynthia Nixon and The Take opposite Rosie Perez as well as Miracle at St. Anna, Land of the Dead, The Groomsmen, Lies & Alibis, Assault on Precinct 13, Sueno, Spin, Moulin Rouge, Summer of Sam, King of the Jungle, Spawn, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Dr. Doolittle, Carlito's Way and Casualties of War.

John Leguizamo Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Leading Actor in a Play (Touring)
John LeguizamoGhetto Klown
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Solo Performance
John Leguizamo, Ghetto Klown
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Solo Performance
John Leguizamo, Ghetto Klown
John Leguizamo, Sexaholix
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - One Person Solo Performance
John Leguizamo, Freak
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Solo Performance
John Leguizamo - , Freak
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
John Leguizamo, Freak
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Play
John Leguizamo, Freak
 
The Lortels - 1993 - Outstanding Lead Actor
John Leguizamo, Spic-o-rama
 
Theatre World Awards - 1993 - Performance
John LeguizamoSpecial Award
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding One Person Show
John Leguizamo, Spic-O-Rama
 
Obie Awards - 1991 - Performance
John Leguizamo, Mambo Mouth
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1991 - John Gassner Playwriting Award
John Leguizamo, Mambo Mouth

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