John Alberto Leguizamo is an award-winning American film, theatre, Broadway and television actor, playwright, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. Although John’s career is embellished with innumerable awe-inspiring performances both on screen and on stage, he is also known to many of us as Sid the Sloth one of the most loved animated characters from the ‘Ice Age’ films franchise which he voices.
He has also, narrated television shows, like ‘The Brothers Garcia.’ As of 2017, John Leguizamo is the presenter of ‘Latin History for Morons’ a show that explores the involvement of Latin Americans in the course of US history. Now let’s have a close look on John Leguizamo’s net worth in 2018.
John Leguizamo Early Life
John Leguizamo’s family hails from Bogota where he was born before moving base to the United States along with his parents Alberto and Luz Leguizamo when he was barely 4 years old. He grew up in Queens, New York where according to him he had to face a fair amount of bullying due to his Latino heritage to counter which he developed his eccentric sense of humor.
After receiving half his school education from the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School, John Leguizamo went on to complete his schooling from the Murry Bergtraum High School where he was quite inclined towards comedy.
After school, he enrolled at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he did a lot of theatres while simultaneously dabbling with his comic interests. He eventually decided to give comedy a fair a chance and dropped out of college only to join theatre classes at LIU Post sometime later to keep the theatre in him alive while he entertained people with his comic stand-ups.
On the personal front, John Leguizamo has been married twice. First to fellow actress Yelba Osorio in 1994 whom he divorced 2 years later and then to an accomplished costumer Justine Maurer in 2003 with whom he has 2 kids, a daughter named Allegra Sky Leguizamo and a son named Ryder Lee ‘Lucas’ Leguizamo.
John Leguizamo Career
Much like many other aspiring artists, John Leguizamo’s career after dropping out of college had its own humble beginning in the bylanes of New York City’s nightlife where he entertained people with his wit. He eventually found his way into the world of television with a minor role in a crime drama titled ‘Miami Vice’ in 1986 which in turn brought many more appreciated roles in celebrated shows, like ‘Arabian Nights’, ‘ER’, ‘Dora the Explorer’, ‘Edison’, ‘The Kill Point’, ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and most recently ‘Bloodline’.
John Leguizamo has garnered many accolades all through his career for his seamless ability to portray varied characters with the utmost finesse. Moreover, while juggling TV shows, he also came up with his Latino-flavored comedy show called ‘House of Buggin’’, thereby in a way keeping his passion for comedy alive.
A successful career in television quite often leads to a rewarding movie career as well, and that is what happened for John Leguizamo. He has been a part of many commercially as well as critically acclaimed films throughout his career, like ‘Casualties of War,’ ‘Die Hard 2’, ‘Regarding Henry’ and ‘Night Owl’ to name a few.
Moreover, right from the start of his film career, John Leguizamo ensured not being cast in any kind of stereotypes and wowed audiences with remarkable performances in both comic as well as drama films, like ‘Super Mario Bros.’ and ‘Carlito’s Way’ respectively. Some of his other films include ‘Land of the Dead,’ ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar’, ‘Moulin Rouge!’, ‘The Happening’ and his latest movie outing ‘The Crash.’
A man of many talents, John Leguizamo, is also an accomplished voice actor having voiced various animated characters in the ‘Ice Age’ series and ‘Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc’.
However, John Leguizamo’s most rewarding career has been in Broadway and theatre, a domain he aces every time he is on stage. He also writes most of the plays and Broadway productions he stars in. His theatre productions include ‘Mambo Mouth,’ ‘Spic-O-Rama’ and ‘Klass Klown.’ His extremely appreciated Broadway ventures include ‘Freak’ and ‘Klass Klown’ also known as ‘Ghetto Klown.’
John Leguizamo is a celebrated author as well with an extremely well-received memoir to his credit called ‘Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life’ which effectively delves into his memorable journey in the entertainment world.
Awards & Achievements
John Leguizamo has had quite a remarkable acting career owing to which he has been conferred with many prestigious accolades, like the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) in 2008 and the Made in NY Award from New York City in 2011.
Apart from that, his most memorable theatre and Broadway performances in shows, like ‘Mambo Mouth,’ ‘Spic-O-Rama,’ ‘Freak’ and ‘Klas Klown’ have brought him an Obie Award, 3 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Outer Critics Awards and 4 Cable ACE Awards.
Net Worth of John Leguizamo
The total estimated net worth of John Leguizamo is about $28 million, a fortune that he has amassed with extraordinary talent, determination and hard work. Apart from a successful career in films, television, theatre, and Broadway, he has also been a part of music videos for celebrated artists, like Madonna.
John Leguizamo’s breakthrough and ultimate success in the world’s leading entertainment industry is a testament to the fact that ethnicity, nationality, and color are not more than mere bumps in the road to success and they can be effectively overcome with just a bit of luck and oodles of talent and hard work.