John Leguizamo is an American actor, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright, and screenwriter who has actively worked in the industry since 1984 to date. He started his career as a stand-up comedian in nightclubs and eventually landed in the film industry. Likewise, he came into the limelight from his film ‘Super Mario Bros’ and became mero popular when he was portrayed in the crime drama film ‘Carlito’s Way’ as Benny Blanco. Moreover, he has also landed his roles in Broadway theatres.

He has also appeared in music videos and has lent his voice in different video games, animated films, and series. Additionally, he released his first book named ‘ Pimps, Hos, Playa Hetas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life’ in 2006.

Quick Info
Full NameJohn Alberto Leguizamo
ProfessionActor, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter
Birth Date22 July 1964
Birth PlaceBogotá, Colombia
Parents NameAlberto Leguizamo
Luz Leguizamo
WifeJustine Maurer (2003-Present)
Net Worth 2021$25 million
Height5 feet and 7 inches (170cm/ 1.70m)
Weight72 kg (159lbs)

John Leguizamo

Where was John Leguizamo born?

John Alberto Leguizamo was born on 22 July 1964 in Bogotá, Colombia. His father is Alberto Leguizamo who was an aspiring film director and his mother is Luz Leguizamo. He grew alongside his two sisters and a brother named Marie Leguizamo, Emily Leguizamo, and Sergio Leguizamo.

Additionally, John is currently 56 years old with a Cancer star sign. He, along with his family, moved to New York City when he was four years old. Sadly, his parents separated when he was 14 years old.

Where did John receive his education?

Talking about his education, he studied at the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and the Murry Bergtraum High School. Likewise, he also attended theater classes at the New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts. But he left the theatre classes to pursue a stand-up comedy career. Similarly, he also joined the Long Island University C.W. Post Campus in Brookville, taking drama classes.

What is the distinctive feature of John Leguizamo?

John Leguizamo holds an American nationality, and as per his ethnicity, he is White. However, he is of half of Puerto Rican, Italian, and Lebanese descent.

Besides, he stands 5 feet and 7 inches (170cm/ 1.70m) and weighs around 72 kg (159lbs). Moreover, he has an average body type measuring 40-15-35 inches, respectively. Furthermore, he has a pair of dark brown-colored eyes and black hair color.

Is Leguizamo socially active?

John Leguizamo has active social media accounts. Her Instagram account (@johnleguizamo) has 597 thousand followers and her Twitter account (@JohnLeguizamo) has 414.4 thousand followers. Likewise, he also has a verified Facebook page with 674.9 thousand likes and 697.1 thousand followers.

Who is John Leguizamo dating?

John Leguizamo previously dated Carolyn McDermott from 1986 to 1991, Samantha Mathis from early 1991 to 1992, and married Yelba Osorio from 1994 to 1996. Likewise, he then tied a knot to actress Justine Maurer on 28 June 2003.

They performed their weeding in a Catholic-Jewish ceremony. This couple gave birth to Allegra Sky in 1999 and to a son Ryder Lee in 2000. He currently lives in Manhattan with his family.

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How did John Leguizamo begin his career?


John Leguizamo landed his debut film in the 1985 film ‘Mixed Blood,’ where he played the role of Macetero. He then appeared in the 1989 film ‘Casualties of War’ as PFC Antonio Diaz. In the years 1990 and 1991, he appeared in eight different films.  Likewise, he also played in ‘Whispers in the Dark’ in 1992, ‘Super Mario Bros,’ and ‘Carlito’s Way’ in 1993, ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar’ in 1995, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’ in 1996. He also had the roles of Lefty in ‘A brother’s Kiss’ and ‘Clown/Violator in ‘Spawn’ in 1997. This actor has also lent his voice in the movies ‘Dr. Dolittle’ in 1998, ‘Titan A.E.’ in 2000, ‘Dr. Dolittle 2’ in 2001, and ‘Ice Age’ in 2002. Meanwhile, he also played in other films such as ‘ Joe the King,’ ‘King of the Jungle,’ ‘Moulin Rouge,’ ‘Undefeated,’ ‘Empire,’ and many more.

Furthermore, in 2005 he played in ‘The Honeymooners’ as Dodge, ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ as Beck, and ‘Land of the Dead’ as Cholo. He also reprised his voice role in ‘Ice Age: The Meltdown’ in 2006, ‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’ in 2009, ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ in 2012, and ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ in 2016. He shared his voice alongside Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Simon Pegg, Nicki Minaj, and Queen Latifah. Talking more about his voice roles they are in movies like ‘Surviving Sid’ in 2008, ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ in 2013, and ‘Get Squirrely’ in 2015. Moreover, his celebrated movies from 2010 to 2015 were ‘The Lincoln Lawyer,’ ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ ‘Cymbeline,’ and ‘Stealing Cars.’


In 2016, he appeared in the biographical crime thriller film ‘The Infiltrator’ as Emil Abreu. Likewise, in 2017 he played in ‘The Crash’ as George and in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ as Aurelio. He also had roles in ‘Nancy’ as Jeb in 2018 and in ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ as Jeremy in 2019. In 2020, he appeared in ‘The Night Clerk’ and ‘Critical Thinking,’ where he also served as a director. His upcoming film’s name is ‘The Survivor,’ which is working in the post-production.

TV Shows

John Leguizamo had his first television role in ‘Miami Vice’ as Orlando, running from 1986 to 1989. He then appeared in ‘House of Buggin’ where he also served as a creator, writer, and producer in 1995. Likewise, he next appeared in a television film ‘Freak’ in 1998 d a role in ‘The Brothers Garcia’ from 2000 to 2004. Moreover, he also lent his voice in ‘Dora the Explorer’ and ‘Lugar Heights’ in 2004, ‘Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas’ in 2011, ‘American Dad!’ in 2013, and ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots in 2015.

Meanwhile, he also acted in ‘ER’ in 2005 and ‘My Name Was Earl in 2006. Similarly, John also appeared in the Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ from 2016 to 2017. Some of his recent television appearances are in ‘Waco’ and ‘BoJack Horseman’ in 2018, ‘Latin History for Morons’ a Netflix stand-up special in 2018, ‘When They See Us’ in 2019, and ‘The Mandalorian’ in 2020.

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What are the awards of John Leguizamo?

John Leguizamo has received a total of 27 nominations and has won 14 awards. He has received four nominations from the Primetime Emmy Award, out of which he won one of them in 1999. Likewise, he has also won the AAFCA Award for his role in ‘When They See Us’ in 2019. John also received four ALMA Awards in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2009. Furthermore, he won the New York Emmy Award in 2015 for his work in ‘The Lineup: Best New York Movies.’

What is the net worth of John Leguizamo?

John Leguizamo earns a good amount of money from his professional career. He has an estimated net worth of $25 million as of 2021.