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  • Although he was born in a Spanish-speaking country and has understood Spanish since childhood, Crónicas (2004) is his first Spanish-language acting performance.
  • His parents encouraged him to maintain his Spanish, sometimes with bribes. They spoke to him in Spanish, but he usually replied in English.
  • Was considered for the role of Det. Rey Curtis on "Law & Order" (1990).
  • Although he was born in a Spanish-speaking country and has understood Spanish since childhood, Crónicas (2004) is his first Spanish-language acting performance. His parents encouraged him to maintain his Spanish, sometimes with bribes. They spoke to him in Spanish, but he usually replied in English.
  • Although he is about 5' 8" in reality, he has played two characters who are technically little people (under 4' 11"): the Clown in Spawn (1997) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge! (2001).
  • Was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1998: as Best Actor (Play) and as Author of Best Play nominee, his one-man show titled "Freak."
  • For his role in Ice Age (2002), he tried a variety of different speaking voices for his character, Sid. After watching several hours of Discovery Channel footage of sloths, he developed the lisp, because sloths store food in their cheeks.
  • Son, Lucas.
  • Majored in theater at New York University and was the only Latino in drama class.
  • Began writing material for himself in high school, testing it out on classmates.
  • Grew up in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, New York.
  • Last name is actually pronounced: leh-gee-ZA-mo.
  • John's father, Alberto, is Puerto Rican-Italian-Colombian. His mother, Luz is Lebanese-Colombian. They divorced when he was in his teens.
  • John and Justine welcomed son Ryder Lee, weighing 8lbs 1oz. (5 December 2000)
  • Daughter, Allegra Sky, born (with girlfriend Justine Maurer). (23 October 1999)
  • Dated Carolyn McDermott. (1986-1991)
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.
  • Was accepted into Lee Strasberg's actors' studio and studied with the master for one day before Strasberg died. "I have that affect on people," Leguizamo quipped.
  • Moved from Colombia to the United States with his family when he was three years old.
  • Was voted "Most Talkative" in high school.
  • Spouse: Justine Maurer (5 July 2003 - present) 2 children; Yelba Osorio (27 August 1994 - November 1996) (divorced)
  • Born in Bogotá, Colombia
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