John Alberto Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is a Colombian American actor, film producer, voice artist and comedian. John Leguizamo was born in Bogot, Colombia, to Alberto and Luz Leguizamo, According to Leguizamo, his paternal grandfather was of Puerto Rican and Italian descent and his maternal grandfather was Lebanese. Leguizamo has also described himself as being of Amerindian and Mestizo heritage. Leguizamo's father was once an aspiring film director and studied at Cinecitt, but eventually dropped out due to lack of finances. When Leguizamo was four years old, his family emigrated to the United States and lived in various neighborhoods of Queens in New York City, including Jackson Heights. He later credited growing up as one of the first Latino children in his Jackson Heights neighborhood as formative in his acting ability: 'It was tough. There were lots of fights. I would walk through a park and be attacked, and I had to defend myself all the time.
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