Guillermo Rodriguez (comedian)
Rodriguez in January 2013
|Occupation||TV personality, security guard, comedian|
|Known for||Jimmy Kimmel Live!|
Guillermo Rodriguez (born January 27, 1971), more commonly known as Guillermo, is a Mexican-American talk show personality who rose to fame while working as a parking lot security guard at the Hollywood Boulevard studios for American late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He continues in character and title as Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s security guard, but actually performs nightly as Jimmy Kimmel's sidekick.
Life and career
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Guillermo quickly became a permanent, nightly cast-member on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after performing in comedy bits written for the show. His broken English coupled with his affability and Teddy Bear-like quality have earned him a high-profile supporting role as a personality on the show. Guillermo took over main red-carpet interviewing duties in 2011 from the late "Uncle Frank" Potenza, whom he was often paired with for the show's comedic skits.
Guillermo's signature segment is "Guillermo's Hollywood Roundup", in which Guillermo, dressed in a cowboy outfit and pretending to twirl a special effect operated lasso, makes a mockery of entertainment news shows featured widely on television. From outside the theater and standing next to his West Coast Customs-made "Guillermobile", he answers Kimmel's questions about the latest tabloid stories by taking a rack of magazines that the "Guillermobile" has been fitted with, and attempts to interpret the stories in an unintentionally amusing and mis-translated way.
Another popular and recurring bit is announcing that Guillermo has a role in a current or recent major motion picture release and showing a clip of an at-first familiar trailer for said movie with Guillermo humorously edited in, his appearance often made-up to resemble a character in the movie. One popular sketch has Guillermo impersonating Matt Damon's character of Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum by responding when asked to be named, "I am Yay-son... Bourne Identity." A physical fight between Guillermo and Damon's actual character ensues. Guillermo also starred alongside Kimmel in Boo!, a spoof of Saw.
Guillermo often sets out to interview famous celebrities. Some of his subjects do not know who he is, which the show uses for humorous interplay. Guillermo regularly appears at the NBA Finals to interview players. At the 2015 Finals, he called out to LeBron James as James was practicing. James ignored Guillermo, who had a meter counting how many times the name "LeBron" would be called before James acknowledged Guillermo's presence.
Guillermo appeared as a special guest on the last episode of Univision telenovela Eva Luna on April 11, 2011. In 2017, he had a brief uncredited role in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as a cop, which he revealed in a video on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in April 2017.
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Cop #2, uncredited|||
- "Guillermo Rodriguez | Jimmy Kimmel Live!". ABC. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
- "Passings: Frank Potenza, John Howard Davies, Jack Layton". Los Angeles Times. 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- Guillermo's bio at ABC.com
- "More Campers Are Left 2 Die - Dread Central". 29 May 2012.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live (13 April 2017). "Guillermo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" – via YouTube.