Luis Guzman life and biography

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Luis Guzman biography

Date of birth : 1956-08-28
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Cayey, Puerto Rico
Nationality : Puerto Rican
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-09-15
Credited as : actor, ,

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Luis Guzman is an actor from Puerto Rico. He is known for his character work. For much of his career, his squat build, wolfish features, and brooding countenance have garnered him 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.

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. A graduate of City College of New York and Greendale Community College, he began his career not as an actor but as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theater and independent films.

Filmography:

2003: Anger Management
2005: Waiting
2007: John From Cincinnati
2008: Beverly Hills Chihuahua
2009: The Taking of Pelham 123

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