John Leguizamo

Born in Colombia, John Leguizamo immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of four. His journey into entertainment began at New York's Tisch School of the Arts, although he abandoned formal studies to pursue a burgeoning career on stage. A standout in the theater world, Leguizamo's comedic talents gained prominence through shows like Mambo Mouth (1991), which showcased his portrayal of various Latino characters and served as a launchpad to both television and film.
His early film roles were modest, including appearances in Cocaine (1984) and episodes of Miami Vice. Notable early credits include Brian De Palma's Outrage (1989) and the action thriller 58 Minutes to Live (1990), where he played a terrorist. Leguizamo's breakthrough came with Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991), a gritty portrayal of urban nightlife.
In 1993, Leguizamo landed his first major Hollywood role as Luigi in Super Mario Bros., followed by a striking performance in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way opposite Al Pacino. His collaboration with Baz Luhrmann began in 1996 with Romeo + Juliet, where he portrayed Tybalt, and continued with Moulin Rouge! (2001), where he played Toulouse-Lautrec.
Throughout the 2000s, Leguizamo showcased his versatility across genres, from the horror film Land of the Dead (2005) to romantic drama Love in the Time of Cholera (2007). He made notable television appearances in ER and starred in films like Collateral Damage (2002) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assault on Precinct 13 (2005).
In animation, Leguizamo gained fame voicing Sid the sloth in the Ice Age series since 2002, alongside roles in animated series such as The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Elena of Avalor. On television, he appeared in Bloodline and had roles in series like Waco and The Power.
A familiar face in American cinema, Leguizamo has excelled in action films like Kick-Ass 2, John Wick (and its sequel), and American Ultra, while also showcasing his talents in dramatic comedies (#Chef, Fugly!), dramas (Experimenter), and thrillers (The Infiltrator, Crank).
Despite his varied talents and widespread recognition, Leguizamo continues to explore new roles and genres, solidifying his status as a versatile and enduring presence in entertainment.