John ‘Alberto’ Leguizamo is an actor, comedian, producer, playwright as well as a screenwriter. He is best known for his performance as Luigi in 1993’s Super Mario Bros. He is also really famous for his role in Ice Age, Die Hard II, Regarding Henry, Hanging with the Homeboys, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Romeo + Juliet.

Quick Info
Full NameJohn Alberto Leguizamo
Date of Birth July 22, 1964
Birth PlaceBogotá, Colombia
Parent(s)Alberto Leguizamo and Luz Leguizamo.
OccupationActor, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter.
Age56 years
Height5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Carolyn McDermott (1986-1991)
Samantha Mathis (1991-1992)
Yelba Osorio (m.
1994- div. 1996)
Justine Maurer (m. 2003)
Children2 (Allegra Sky and Ryder Lee)
Net worth US $25 million

John’s Early Life and Bio

John Leguizamo was born on the 22nd of July, 1964 in Bogota, Colombia. His father’s name was Alberto Leguizamo and his mother’s name was Luz Leguizamo. His father was an aspiring movie director. He grew up with a brother and two sisters. His brother’s name is Sergio Leguizamo and his sisters’ names are Marie Leguizamo and Emily Leguizamo.

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John’s Nationality and Physical Stats

John’s nationality is American and his ethnicity is mixed as he is of partial Puerto Rican, Italian, and Lebanese descent. He is a Roman Catholic and is currently 56 years old.

He has a slim build with a height of 5 feet 7 inches or 1.70 m and a weight of 72 kg or 159 lbs. Similarly, his chest, biceps, and waist sizes are 40, 15, and 35 inches respectively. He talks really fast and is feisty-looking.

He has black hair and the color of his eyes is dark brown.

His zodiac sign is Cancer.

John’s Education: Schooling

John Leguizamo is an educated man. He attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School which is located in Jackson Heights, New York when he was a kid. Similarly, he completed his high school at the Murry Bergtraum High School which is located in New York City.

After completing high school, he took acting classes at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, NYC. However, he dropped out to pursue a stand-up comedy career. He also enrolled at the Long Island University C.W. Post Campus in Brookville, New York.


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John Leguizamo made his movie debut from 1989’s Casualties of War as PFC Antonio Diaz. He got his big breakthrough from the science fantasy comedy film Super Mario Bros (1993) as Luigi Mario and Benny Blanco in Carlito’s Way (1993).

Romeo + Juliet

John portrayed the character of Tybalt Capulet in the 1996’s romantic crime tragedy Romeo + Juliet. The movie was directed by Baz Luhrmann and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, Paul Sorvino, and a few others. The movie was a huge commercial success grossing $151.8 million. The movie was rated 6.7 by IMDb.


John Leguizamo brilliantly played the character of the Clown/Violator in this 1997’s American superhero movie Spawn. The movie was directed by Mark A.Z. Dieppe and starred actors like Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Nicol Williamson, and D.B. Sweeney. The movie grossed only $87.9 million and was not a commercial success. The movie was rated only 5.3 by IMDb.

Some of his popular movies are: Die Hard 2 (1990) as Burke, Hangin’ with the Homeboys (1991) as Johnny, Out for Justice (1991) as a boy in the alley, Night Owl (1993) as Angel, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) as Chi-Chi Rodriguez, Romeo + Juliet (1996) as Tybalt Capulet, Spawn (1997) as the Clown/Violator, Dr. Dolittle (1998) as the voice of rat#2, King of the Jungle (2000) as Seymour, Land of the Dead (2005) as Cholo DeMora, Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) as the voice of Sid, The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) as Val Valenzuela, John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) as Aurelio, American Ultra (2015) as Rose and many more.

Television Shows 

John Leguizamo first appeared in television in NBC’s crime drama series Miami Vice in 1986. He played the character of Ivan Calderone in the series until 1989 in 3 episodes. He has done fewer television shows in comparison to the movies that he has done. Some of his television shows are House of Buggin’ (1995) as different characters, Freak (1998) as himself, Sesame Street (2002) as Captain Vegetable, Dora the Explorer (2004) as the voice of Silly Mail Bird, Sanjay and Craig (2014) as Carlos Bandana, BoJack Horseman (2018) as Mr. Buenaventura, When They See Us (2019) as Raymond Santana Sr. and a few more.

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Awards and Achievements

John Leguizamo has been nominated for various prestigious awards like Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Award, ALMA Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and many more.

Personal Life: Relationships

John Leguizamo has dated a few women so far. He was in a relationship with an actress named Carolyn McDermott from 1986 to 1991. Similarly, he dated Samantha Mathis in the same year that he split with Carolyn. However, they separated in 1992 after dating for almost a year.

The actor met Yelba Osorio, an actress, and got married to her on the 27th of August, 1994. Unfortunately, they separated on the 1st of November, 1996. 

After some years, he dated Justine Maurer who is a Jewish costume designer for Carlito’s Way. The lovely couple got married on 28th of June, 2003. They got married in a Catholic Jewish ceremony. They were blessed with a baby daughter named Allegra Sky in 1999 and a baby boy named Ryder Lee in 2000.

What is John’s Net Worth?

John Leguizamo has been working in the entertainment industry since 1984 to date and has earned a handsome amount of money. He is currently estimated to have a net worth of $25 million.

Social Media Presence

He is quite active on his social media with 414.4K followers on Twitter (@JohnLeguizamo), 596K followers on Instagram (@johnleguizamo), and 697K followers on Facebook (John Leguizamo).

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