American actor, comedian, and film producer.
A multi-faceted creator, John Leguizamo has established a career that defies categorization. His work in film, theater, and television covers a variety of genres, continually threatening to create a few of its own. Leguizamo received a Special Tony Award at the 2018 Tony Awards after wrapping an extended Broadway run of Latin History For Morons, his latest one-man show, delivering his take on 500 years of Latin History spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II.
Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown, a graphic novel adaptation of his Broadway one-man show of the same name, was nominated for an Eisner award. He also launched a groundbreaking Latinx comic book series, PhenomX, in partnership with Image Comics. Recently, John co-starred in Mark Mylod’s The Menu, Amazon’s series The Power alongside Toni Collette, as well as MSNBC Films’ Leguizamo Does America, a six-part series following John across the country to celebrate Latino history, culture, and communities.
John earned both a Critic’s Choice and Emmy Award nomination for his role as Raymond Santana Sr. in the Netflix series When They See Us, and an Emmy nomination for his role in the Paramount Network television series Waco alongside Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon. His directorial debut, Critical Thinking, was selected to premiere at SXSW Film Festival. He has garnered numerous other accolades throughout his career including an Emmy Award, and a Drama Desk Award, as well as nominations for Tony Awards and Golden Globes. His more than 75 film credits include Carlito’s Way, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Summer of Sam, Encanto, and The Ice Age franchise.
John Leguizamo resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
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