John Alberto Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is a Colombian-American comedian, actor, voice actor and producer.
Leguizamo was born in Bogotá, to a Puerto Rican father Alberto and a Colombian mother Luz Leguizamo. According to Leguizamo, his paternal grandfather was of Italian descent and his maternal grandfather was Lebanese. He has also described himself as being of Amerindian and Mestizo heritage. Leguizamo's father was once an aspiring film director and studied at Cinecittà but eventually dropped out due to lack of finances. When Leguizamo was three years old, his family immigrated to the United States and lived in various neighborhoods of Queens in New York City, including Jackson Heights, Queens. Leguizamo attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145) and later the Murry Bergtraum High School. As a student at Murry Bergtraum High School, Leguizamo wrote comedy material and tested it out on his classmates. He was voted "Most Talkative" by his fellow classmates. After graduating from high school, Leguizamo enrolled at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus where he took theater classes.
Leguizamo started out as a stand-up comic doing the New York nightclub circuit. In