He’s one of the most familiar faces in the big screen
Colombian actor John Leguizamo turns 59 today
John Leguizamo is one of the most familiar faces on the big screen since the 1990’s. The Colombian actor was born John Alberto Leguizamo on July 22, 1964 in Bogotá, Colombia. The son of immigrants, Leguizamo was raised in New York and started his acting career in the early 1980’s in stand up. Though it wasn’t up until the 1990’s that he came to prominence, Leguizamo had some interesting first appearances on TV and even on music videos during the 1980’s. In 1984 he played a friend of Madonna’s boyfriend on the music video “Borderline”, and in 1986 he made his TV debut with a small part on the hit series “Miami Vice”. In 1992 he wrote the the TV Special “Mambo Mouth” and performed most of the characters in it. His first relevant movie role came in 1993 when he starred in the action comedy “Super Mario Bros” as Luigi. During the rest of the 1990’s he starred in several hit movies including the 1995 acclaimed “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar” together with Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes, playing one of his most unique roles, the young and naive drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez that road travels across the U.S with older and experienced drag queens Noxema Jackson and Vida Boheme, played by Snipes and Swayze. In 1996 he scored another big role as Capulet in “Romeo + Juliet”. Over the years Leguizamo has became more and more versatile as an actor and artist, not dedicating himself to movies or TV. More recently, in 2017 he debuted “Latin History for Morons”, a show about the participation of Latin Americans throughout US history and was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Play. John Leguizamo turns 59 today.
Watch the segment Manny The Fanny from the TV Special “Mambo Youth” written and performed by John Leguizamo in 1992
Also watch a 2017 interview of John Leguizamo at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he talks about his awarded play “Latin History for Morons”
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