Guzmán in February 2012 at the French premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
|Born|| (1956-08-28) August 28, 1956 (age 66)|
|Education||The American University|
Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956) is a Puerto Rican actor. His career spans over forty years and includes dozens of films and television shows.
Guzmán is a frequent collaborator of directors Steven Soderbergh, having starred in his films Out of Sight (1998), The Limey (1999), for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, and Traffic (2000), and Paul Thomas Anderson, with starring roles in his films Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). His other commercially successful starring film roles include The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).
In television, he has starred in two HBO original series, How to Make It in America and Oz, the Netflix series Narcos, and in the CBS medical drama Code Black, where he portrayed senior nurse Jesse "Mama" Salander. He co-starred on Cameron Crowe's Roadies, a comedy-drama on Showtime, as Gooch, a seasoned crew tour bus driver.
Guzmán was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and was raised in New York City's Greenwich Village and the surrounding Lower East Side neighborhood. His mother, Rosa, was a hospital worker, and his stepfather, Benjamin Cardona, was a TV repairman. Guzmán graduated from The American University and shortly after began his career as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theater and independent films.
Guzman's numerous movie credits include Carlito's Way, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Punch-Drunk Love, Welcome to Collinwood, Stonewall, Waiting..., The Salton Sea, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also appeared on the TV shows Homicide: Life on the Street, Frasier, Community and Oz and voiced Ricardo Diaz in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and its prequel Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Guzmán starred in the short-lived 2003 television comedy Luis, and is a commentator on VH1's I Love the '80s, as well as I Love Toys and its sequels, including I Love the '70s and I Love the '90s. He co-starred on the 2007 HBO series John from Cincinnati, which lasted one season.
In early 2008, Guzmán starred in "Naturally Aged Cheddar Hunks" TV ads for Cabot Creamery. He also appeared in the music video "Yes We Can." In 2010, he starred in HBO's How to Make It in America and appeared in a comical series of Snickers commercials that played during that year's Super Bowl.
In 2018, Guzmán, along with New York Yankees all-star Bernie Williams, appeared in a Season 6 episode of Jon Taffer's "Bar Rescue," offering assistance not only to the El Krajo Tavern in Loiza, but the town's community center, after it was devastated from Hurricane Maria.
During Telegramgate, Guzmán was interviewed by MSNBC for his opinions on the situation in Puerto Rico and he expressed that 'Ricky had to go' and that corruption on the island was a major issue that he hoped would be solved.
|1986||Seven Women, Seven Sins||Lotto Man|
|1987||Heartbeat||Gang Member #2||Video|
|*batteries not included||Bystander|
|1988||Crocodile Dundee II||Jose|
|Family Business||Julio Torres|
|1991||The Hard Way||Detective Benny Poole, NYPD|
|1992||To Catch a Killer||Waiter||TV Movie|
|Quiet Killer||Adelaido Ortiz||TV Movie|
|In The Shadow of a Killer||Louis Velazquez||TV Movie|
|Empire City||-||TV Movie|
|Jumpin' at the Boneyard||Taxi Driver|
|1993||Guilty as Sin||Detective Martinez|
|Double Deception||Ronald Sharkey||TV Movie|
|Naked in New York||Auditioner|
|The Cowboy Way||Chango|
|The Burning Season||Estate Boss||TV Movie|
|El vagabundo con suerte||Luis|
|On Seventh Avenue||Eddie Diaz||TV Movie|
|Pronto||Buck Torres||TV Movie|
|Boogie Nights||Maurice t.t. Rodriguez|
|1998||Out of Sight||Chino|
|Snake Eyes||Cyrus, Drug Dealer|
|One Tough Cop||Gunman Papi|
|King of New York||-||TV Movie|
|1999||Mind Prey||Detective Black||TV Movie|
|The Limey||Eduardo Roel|
|The Bone Collector||Eddie Ortiz|
|Thin Air||Chollo||TV Movie|
|Traffic||DEA Agent Ray Castro|
|2001||Double Whammy||Juan Benitez|
|Sam the Man||Murray|
|2002||The Count of Monte Cristo||Jacopo|
|The Salton Sea||Quincy|
|Welcome to Collinwood||Cosimo|
|The Adventures of Pluto Nash||Felix Laranga|
|2003||Confidence||Officer Omar Manzano|
|Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd||Ray Christmas|
|Runaway Jury||Jerry Hernandez|
|2004||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Bald Man|
|Carlito's Way: Rise to Power||"Nacho" Reyes||Video|
|2006||Disappearances||Brother St. Hilaire|
|Fast Food Nation||Benny|
|School for Scoundrels||Sergeant Moorehead|
|Hard Luck||"Million Dollar" Mendez||Video|
|Lolo's Cafe||Lolo (voice)||TV Short|
|War (AKA Rogue Assassin)||Benny|
|2008||I Kicked Luis Guzman in the Face||Luis||Short|
|Chicano Blood||Mexican Mule #1||Video|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Chucho (voice)|
|Nothing like the Holidays||Johnny|
|2009||He's Just Not That Into You||Javier|
|The Taking of Pelham 123||Phil Ramos|
|Rise of the Damned||Ramon|
|2012||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||Gabato Laguatan|
|Counter Culture||Alonzo||TV Movie|
|2013||The Last Stand||Deputy Mike Figuerola|
|We're the Millers||Mexican Cop|
|2014||Two Men in Town||Terence|
|In the Blood||Chief Ramón Garza|
|Henry & Me||Vernon "Lefty" Gomez (voice)|
|Top Five||Bobby the Cop|
|2015||Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha||Farmer|
|Ana Maria in Novela Land||Licenciado Schmidt|
|Puerto Ricans in Paris||Luis|
|The Do-Over||Jorge the Shooter Boy|
|Aztec Warrior||Aztec Warrior|
|Literally, Right Before Aaron||Federico|
|Belleville Cop||Ricardo Garcia|
|2019||Hold On||Pastor Rivera|||
|2021||Lady of the Manor||Wally|
|The Birthday Cake||Jochee|
|TBA||Bread and Games||Martin|
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|1985||The Equalizer||Gypsy Cabbie||Episode: "The Lock Box"|
|1985–86||Miami Vice||Goon #1 / Miguel Revilla||2 Episodes|
|1990||Hunter||Carlos Delgado||Episode: "La Familia"|
|1991||Monsters||Luis||Episode: "Desirable Alien"|
|Law & Order||Cesar Pescador||Episode: "Heaven"|
|1992||Civil Wars||Hector Rodriguez||Episode: "Tape Fear"|
|1993||Homicide: Life on the Street||Lorenzo Molera||Episode: "Son of a Gun"|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||Gomez||Episode: "Storm Warning"|
|NYPD Blue||Hector Martinez||2 Episodes|
|1994||seaQuest DSV||General Guzmano||Episode: "The Good Death"|
|1995||House of Buggin'||Various Roles||Main Cast|
|1995–96||New York Undercover||Joaquin/Detective Lopez||2 Episodes|
|1998||Early Edition||John Hernandez||Episodes: "The Quality of Mercy"|
|Michael Hayes||Santos||Episodes: "Vaughn Mowery"|
|Trinity||-||Episodes: "In a Yellow Wood"|
|1998–01||Oz||Raoul "El Cid" Hernandez||Guest: Season 2, Supporting Cast: Seasons 3-4|
|2000||The Huntress||Paulie Dortmunder||Episodes: "Pilot"|
|The Beat||-||Episodes: "Cueca Solo"|
|2002||Frasier||George||Episode: "Enemy at the Gate"|
|2003||Luis||Luis Cortez||Main Cast|
|2007||John from Cincinnati||Ramon Gaviota||Main Cast|
|2010–11||How to Make It in America||Rene Calderon||Main Cast|
|2011||Community||Himself||Episode: "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux"|
|2013||Republic of Doyle||Charles Alomar||Episode: "The Devil Inside"|
|2014||Mind Games||Nate||Recurring Cast|
|2015||Narcos||José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha||Recurring Cast: Season 1|
|2015–18||Code Black||Jesse Salander||Main Cast|
|2018||The Untitled Action Bronson Show||Himself||Episode: "An Australian Surprise and Luis Guzmán"|
|Bar Rescue||Himself||Episode: "Operation: Puerto Rico"|
|2019||Perpetual Grace, LTD||Hector Contreras||Main Cast|
|Godfather of Harlem||Alejandro "El Guapo" Villabuena||Recurring Cast: Season 1|
|Shameless||Mikey O'Shea||Recurring Cast: Season 9-10|
|2020||The Eric Andre Show||Himself||Episode: "Named After My Dad's P*nis"|
|Louey & Bri TV||Various||Main Cast|
|2021||Ultra City Smiths||Rodrigo Smalls (voice)||Main Cast|
|Hightown||Jorge Cuevas||Recurring Cast: Season 2|
|2022||The Resort||Illan Iberra||Hünch fò Llub Sēēth|
|2022||Wednesday||Gomez Addams||Main role|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Ricardo Díaz||Voice|
|2006||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|
|2013||"Gorilla"||Strip Zoo Owner|
Awards and nominations
- ^ "Luis Guzman Biography (1957?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- ^ "Luis Guzman, Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film". Vermont College of Fine Arts. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
- ^ "Actor Luis Guzmán had a very different job before Hollywood. He drew on it for 'Hold On.'". NBC News.
- ^ BWW News Desk. "Based On A True Story, Independent Film HOLD ON Opens 12/06". BroadwayWorld.com.
- ^ Swansburg, John "Cheese Puff" Slate.com (January 18, 2008). Retrieved on May 1, 2008.
- ^ "Snickers Ad Starring Luis Guzmán from Super Bowl 2020 Ads". E! News.
- ^ "Snickers TV Commercial, '#SnickersFixedTheWorld: Online Date' Featuring Luis Guzman". iSpot.tv.
- ^ "Legislative Documents". Leg.state.vt.us. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- ^ "Bernie Sanders campaign taps Rosario Dawson, Luis Guzman to woo Latino voters in LA". Los Angeles Daily News. May 26, 2016.
- ^ "Luis Guzman on Ricardo Rossello and protests in San Juan". MSNBC.com. July 21, 2019. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
- ^ "Actor Luis Guzmán had a very different job before Hollywood. He drew on it for 'Hold On.'".
- ^ "Netflix's Addams Family Spin-off Wednesday Adds Comedian Luis Guzman". Gizmodo. Retrieved August 8, 2021.