John Alberto Leguizamo was born on 22 July 1964, in Bogota Colombia. John is a famous actor, comedian, producer and writer, perhaps best known for appearing in such movies and television shows as “Kick-Ass 2”, “Chef”, “My Name is Earl”, “The Lincoln Lawyer” and many others. John still continues his career as an actor and producer, so there is a high chance that soon we will hear more about him and that we will be able to see him in many more successful television shows and movies.
John Leguizamo Net Worth $25 Million
So how rich is John Leguizamo? It is estimated that John’s net worth is $25 million, most of his wealth being gained from his famous roles and productions, as during his career, John has appeared in more than 70 films, and produced about 10 movies.
John’s family migrated to New York, USA when he was four. He subsequently studied at the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and later at the Murry Bergtraum High School. While studying in these schools, Leguizamo wrote some comedy material and was very talkative. When John graduated from the high school, he started attending the Tisch School of the Arts. In 1984 John began his career as a stand-up comic. Two year later he got his first role in the television show called “Miami Vice”, a good start to John Leguizamo’s net worth . Later he acted in such movies as “Casualties of War”, “Die Hard 2’, “Hangin’ with the Homeboys” and others. In 1993 he received one of his most famous roles in the movie called “Super Mario Bros”.
In addition to his appearances in different movies, John has also appeared in various television shows. Some of them include, “ER”, “House of Buggin’”, “American Buffalo” and others. All of these appearances added a lot to John Leguizamo’s net worth. What is more, John has written several plays such as “Mambo Mouth”, “Sexaholix…A Love Story”, “Spic-O-Rama” and others. During his career, John Leguizamo has been nominated for and has won different awards. Some of them include Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe, ALMA Award, CableACE Award and others.
While talking about his personal life, in 2006 John released his memoir, called “Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life”. John Leguizamo has been married twice; is first wife was Yelba Osorio, whom he married in 1994 but the couple divorced in 1996. In 2003 John married his second wife, Justine Maurer, and the couple has three children.
All in all, John Leguizamo is a very talented actor, producer and writer. He has worked hard and now is one of the most successful actors in the industry. John is also acclaimed and respected among other actors and producers, so there is no surprise that his name is known all over the world. There is a high chance that John’s net worth will grow as he continues his career.
Was considered for the role of Det. Rey Curtis on Law & Order (1990).
His parents encouraged him to maintain his Spanish, sometimes with bribes. They spoke to him in Spanish, but he usually replied in English.
Although he was born in a Spanish-speaking country and has understood Spanish since childhood, Cronicas (2004) is his first Spanish-language acting performance.
Although he is about 5' 8" in reality, he has played two characters who are technically little people (under 4' 11"): the Clown in Spawn (1997) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge! (2001).
Was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1998: as Best Actor (Play) and as Author of Best Play nominee, his one-man show titled "Freak."
For his role in Ice Age (2002), he tried a variety of different speaking voices for his character, Sid. After watching several hours of Discovery Channel footage of sloths, he developed the lisp, because sloths store food in their cheeks.
His characters often have Latin-American last names
Marriage is wild. I thought it was this perfect land of happiness and joy. Wrong! After you say you do, you don't for a long time.
I loved working on Carlito's Way (1993) with Brian De Palma - it was so exciting and the first time I really understood what film acting was for me.
"Because you get to be free. Not that there's a problem with being the leading man, but the leading roles are always tough. It's hard. It's a really hard thing to do right, to get right, and it's not as fun to be the leading man. Being a supporting actor you have no responsibility. You just go there to play and have a really great time. And you have a really great time. You just go home and you enjoy everybody. When I'm the lead in a movie, you don't sleep, you focus on every aspect of the movie and it's a huge responsibility. And there aren't that many great leading parts, either. There are more, better written supporting parts than there are leading parts." - On why he always seems to play supporting roles.
I love independent films, it's the only place as an actor you're totally allowed to breathe. You're not following the plot, or the next action beat, or promoting some big dumb movie. Independent film is for actors that love to act. There's more interesting storytelling. It's not about a paycheck, that's for damn sure.
"I always improvise, you know. That's my thing. Luckily, I'm a writer, so I always try...If there's great writing, improvising just adds a little bit more to it. Just takes it to another level. 'Cause an actor, believe it or not, really knows his character more than anybody else, even more than the original writer. Even more than the director. At some point, we know that character better than anybody else. Especially if you connect with it, and it's infinite possibilities that can come out of you. And I think the better directors know that they have final cut, and the more they let you go, the more choices they're gonna have in the editing room to create a performance or to change things. I mean, you just give them crazy choices and they can do whatever. A smart director, the more confident ones who have experience, know that in the editing room, it's all theirs. It's not a problem. It's the newer cats who haven't had experience who are sometimes a little too precious about their own words." - On improvising in films.
Comics are much smarter than actors. Most comedians come from a hard life, and have to struggle a lot. You have to have a lot of skills. When you can hone all of that, and act, you're going to blow the world away.
I see the new Latin artist as a pioneer, opening up doors for others to follow. And when they don't open, we crowbar our way in.
On what was it like in the Clown suit while filming Spawn (1997): "Like a penis wearing a condom".