John Leguizamo

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, 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.

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Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. romanticcelt says:

    He kind of looks Filipino.

  2. andrew says:

    “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”

  3. sararuiz says:

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

  4. dee says:

    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.

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