John Leguizamo

2014 Tribeca Film Festival - "Chef" - Arrivals

Leguizamo in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: John Alberto Leguizamo

Place of Birth: Bogotá, Colombia

Date of Birth: July 22, 1964

Ethnicity: Colombian [Spanish, Indigenous], Basque, other

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

John was born in Bogotá, Colombia, the son of Luz and Alberto Leguizamo. John’s family moved to New York City in the 1960s, living in Queens. He is married to costumer Justine Maurer, with whom he has two children.

John has often said that his father is Puerto Rican. His father has denied this statement. John later stated that it was his grandfather who was Puerto Rican.

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

John has said:

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


Curious about ethnicity

19 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    he says his grandfather who was Puerto rican, does that mean his mother side then?

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