Luis Guzmán

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Luis Guzmán
Luis Guzman 2012.jpg
Guzmán in February 2012 at the French premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Born (1956-08-28) August 28, 1956 (age 57)
Cayey, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Angelita Galarza-Guzmán (1985–present)

Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956)[1] is a Puerto Rican American actor, who is known for his character work. For much of Guzmán's career, he has played character roles largely as sidekicks, thugs, or policemen.

He is a favorite of director Steven Soderbergh, who cast him in Out of Sight, The Limey, and Traffic, and Paul Thomas Anderson, who cast him in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. He also voiced Ricardo Diaz in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. He recently starred in the HBO original series How to Make It in America.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] He began working as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theater and independent films.[3]


Guzmán at the 2009 premiere of Whatever Works.

After graduating from college, Guzman's numerous movie credits include Carlito's Way, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, 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 and Oz and had a role 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 canceled 2007 HBO series John from Cincinnati. In early 2008, Guzmán starred in "Naturally Aged Cheddar Hunks" TV ads for Cabot Creamery.[4] He also appeared in the music video "Yes We Can." He recently starred in HBO's How to Make It in America.

Personal life[edit]

Guzmán currently resides in Sutton, Vermont.[5] His children include Cemi Briggs-Guzman, Yoruba Briggs-Guzman, Clare Briggs-Guzman, Yemaya Briggs-Guzman, Luna Briggs-Guzman, Jace O' Flynn Guzman and Margarita Briggs-Guzman.[6]


Television series[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Luis Guzmán (I)
  2. ^ "Luis Guzman Biography (1957?-)". Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  3. ^ "Luis Guzman Biography". Star Pulse. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Swansburg, John "Cheese Puff" (January 18, 2008). Retrieved on May 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "Legislative Documents". Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Joint Concurrent House Resolution". State of Vermont. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  7. ^ HBO. "Luis Guzman on How to Make It in America". Retrieved February 25, 2010. 

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