John Leguizamo

by ethnic on July 18, 2009

2014 Tribeca Film Festival - "Chef" - Arrivals

Birth Name: John Alberto Leguizamo

Place of Birth: Bogotá, Colombia

Date of Birth: July 22, 1964

Ethnicity: Colombian (Spanish, Indigenous, Basque), possibly other

John Leguizamo is a Colombian-born American actor, comedian, playwright, screenwriter, and producer.

John was born in Bogotá, Colombia, the son of Luz and Alberto Leguizamo. John has often said that his father is Puerto Rican. His father has denied this statement.

He has stated that he also has Italian, Lebanese, and Indigenous/Mestizo ancestry.

John’s family moved to New York in the 1960s.

John has said:

Leguizamo is not Italian it[‘]s Basque from my ancient colonizers in the north of Spain.

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romanticcelt July 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm

He kind of looks Filipino.

andrew July 19, 2017 at 5:16 am
andrew March 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

“According to him, his paternal grandfather was of Puerto Rican and Italian descent, and his maternal grandfather was Lebanese. He has also described himself as being of Amerindian/Mestizo Heritage”

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/02/08/theater/theater-in-town-on-the-edge-listening-in-on-solo-acts.html

sararuiz April 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

So is he Colombian or Puerto Rican, there seems to be a lot of conflicting reports, particularly from John’s father.

dee December 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

funny how his father came out and spoke to the press to say that jl is not of Puerto rican descent, almost like his father was angry that he kept saying that.

Stefania December 5, 2011 at 12:58 am

Guys come on he was being sarcastic and funny when he said years ago to Opera I’m a light skin black man lmao. Ya retarded lol.

Midnight August 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Hey, his complexion is the worst thing to look at because that’s how this stupid mess got started in the first place. People watch a lot of movies and tv and what did yo see. Cowboys and Indians. The cowboys were played by Anglo Whites and the Indians were played by Italians or Polish people and why might you ask? It was because they didn’t want real Natives on tv and you could slap on some fake hair and heavy makeup over some high-cheekbones and vola you have an Indian. Only problem with that is that real Indian (Native Americans) have many looks just like Africans and Europeans. They can look Asian African (to some degree) slightly European but mostly they tend to favor Mexicans in physical characteristics and skin color and Polynesians in hair and love for the land.

ana August 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

He said on oprah years ago that he was a light skin black men

rafael August 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

this is wierd,i saw your post on dean martin,and you made no mention of his obvious black blood.yet you try to say he’s black.he was probably catering to oprahs audience.he also lied about being puerto rican

Yeah okay August 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Dean Martin is part black???

rafael August 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

look at his complexion,if he was hispanic ,everyone and their mother would be making up black ancestry.it has to go both ways one is not black just for having a hispanic name.just as one is not automatically white .being from a european counrty,there are blacks in europe.

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 2:54 am

K mr.iknow everything and I got my balls chopt yeah that’s to rafael

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 2:54 am

K mr.iknow everything and I got my balls chopt yeah that’s to rafael!

Midnight August 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Hey, he was probably just trying to get her number lol.

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 2:52 am

Haha u funny

ava June 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm
kathleen April 22, 2011 at 7:38 am

how do you know he has lebanese and italian ancestry?
i think he might have native in him also

Richard Fiorello June 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

Alright read again! and then realize that Colombian or even Puerto Rican is possibly a native mixture, not always that case. Latin America is multiple races and multiple ethnicities: White, Arab, Asian, Native American, Mestizo, and Black. People need to stop thinking there is only the one ethnicity, Native American. Besides, there are many Labanese and Italians in Colombia also!

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