John Leguizamo is an American actor and stand-up comic, who was born in Columbia but moved to Queens, New York with his parents when he was four years old. In the early eighties, Leguizamo became a successful New York comedian bringing his act to clubs across the Big Apple. His first TV appearance came from a role on the Miami Vice TV series, which lead to Leguizamo's film debut as a gang member in Paul Morrissey's motion picture, Mixed Blood. Hollywood began to take notice of the young actor after he earned a role in the Brian De Palma film, Casualties of War. His role in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar landed Leguizamo a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Starting in 1990, the actor appeared in no less than two to three films each year, a pattern which continued well into 2002. After a short hiatus, Leguizamo returned to television in 2005 as a regular cast member of the popular drama series ER. Leguizamo landed many off-Broadway leading roles throughout his career. The actor also made his rounds on the cable networks appearing in an HBO special and on a drama series for Spike TV.