If there is one word that perfectly describes John Leguizamo, it is multi-talented. The Colombian-born American is not just a prolific actor but is also a renowned comic. Additionally, he is a producer and playwright; and is popular for his one-man stage shows which often satirizes Latino stereotypes in the American society. Thanks to his efforts, Leguizamo has been able to pave way for other Latino performers in Hollywood. Get to know more about this trailblazer here including his age, wife and kids, height and net worth, and much more.
John Leguizamo Bio (Age)
John Alberto Leguizamo was born on the 22nd of July 1964 in Bogota, the capital of Colombia. His father’s name is Alberto while his mother’s name is Luz Leguizamo. The actor/comic also has a brother named Sergio as well as two sisters, Marie and Emily. Leguizamo spent the first four years of his life in Colombia before his family emigrated to the United States of America. He thus grew up in New York and attended schools such as Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and Murry Bergtraum High School.
Leguizamo’s journey into comedy could be said to be accidental. The future Hollywood star grew up in various rough neighborhoods in Queens and was forced to become funny so that he could talk his way out of a potential beating. Having acquired his comic skills early on, Leguizamo decided to pursue a career in the performance arts. He took theatre classes at a total of three colleges; NYC Tisch School of Arts, Pace University and Long Island University Brookville, but quit in order to pursue his career.
John Leguizamo commenced his career as a stand-up comic in New York in 1984. He spent much of his early days touring various night clubs in the city and soon made a name for himself thanks to his excellent performance. Leguizamo debuted his first one-man stage show, Mambo Mouth, in 1991. Since then, he has launched other one-man shows such as Spic-O-Rama (1993), Freak (1998) Sexaholix…A Love Story (2002), Klass Klown (2010), and Latino History for Morons (2017). These shows basically poke fun at Latino stereotypes and has fetched Leguizamo several awards. They include the 1998 Drama Desk award for outstanding one-man show and the 2011 Outer Critics Circle award for outstanding solo performance.
His Family – Wife and Kids
John Leguizamo has been married on two occasions. His first marriage was to actress, Yelba Osorio, in 1994. The union lasted for just two years and they divorced in 1996. The actor/comic is now enjoying marital bliss with Justine Maurer. Maurer is a Hollywood costumier and the couple first met on the set of the 1993 movie Carlito’s Way.
They subsequently got married in a Jewish and Catholic ceremony in 2003. Leguizamo and his wife have two kids together. They are daughter, Allegra Sky (b. 1999) and son, Ryder Lee (b. 2006). The renowned comic is quite fond of his family and often shares pictures of his wife and kids on his official Instagram handle.
John Leguizamo’s Net Worth
John Leguizamo has a net worth of $25 million. His significant fortune stems from his career earnings over the years. Apart from his famous one-man shows, the New York native is also an accomplished actor. His very first role was in 1986 in the TV series, Miami Vice. Since then, he has featured in several movies and TV series. On the big screen, Leguizamo has appeared in Super Mario Bros, Moulin Rouge!, Ice Age, The Happening, Chef, Collateral Damage, Undefeated, Die Hard 2, Ice Age: Collision Course, The Infiltrator, American Ultra, and John Wick.
His other movie credits include John Wick: Chapter 2, Meadowland, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Lincoln Lawyer, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 comedy about three New York drag queens who embark on a road trip. Leguizamo played the role of one of the drag queens and his performance fetched him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Height – How Tall Is He?
John Leguizamo is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall and his weight is given as 72 kg (159 lb). His hair color is black while his eye color is dark brown. Other additional measurements are chest size – 40 inches (102 cm), waist size – 35 inches (89 cm), and arms/biceps – 15 inches (38 cm). The comic boasts of an enviable physique for someone of his age. Even though he has not disclosed specific details about his fitness regimen, there is certainly no doubt that his good physique is as a result of routine exercises and a good diet.