Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956) is a Puerto Rican actor. His career spans over forty years and includes dozens of films and television shows.
|Education||The American University|
Guzmán starred in Steven Soderbergh's films Out of Sight, The Limey, and Traffic. He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in The Limey. He starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's films Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love, in the HBO original series How to Make It in America and the Netflix series Narcos, and in the CBS medical drama Code Black, where he portrayed senior nurse Jesse "Mama" Salander. He co-starred on Cameron Crowe's Roadies, a comedy-drama on Showtime, as Gooch, a seasoned crew tour bus driver.
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. Guzmán graduated from The American University and shortly after began his career as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theater and independent films.
Guzman's numerous movie credits include Carlito's Way, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Punch-Drunk Love, 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, Community and Oz and voiced Ricardo Diaz 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 2007 HBO series John from Cincinnati, which lasted one season.
In early 2008, Guzmán starred in "Naturally Aged Cheddar Hunks" TV ads for Cabot Creamery. He also appeared in the music video "Yes We Can." In 2010, he starred in HBO's How to Make It in America and appeared in a comical series of Snickers commercials that played during that year's Super Bowl.
During Telegramgate, Guzmán was interviewed by MSNBC for his opinions on the situation in Puerto Rico and he expressed that 'Ricky had to go' and that corruption on the island was a major issue that he hoped would be solved.
|1985||The Equalizer||Gypsy Cabbie||Episode: "The Lock Box"|
|1985–1986||Miami Vice||Goon #1 / Miguel Revilla||2 episodes|
|1990||Hunter||Carlos Delgado||Episode: "La Familia"|
|1991||Monsters||Luis||Episode: "Desirable Alien"|
|Law & Order||Cesar Pescador||Episode: "Heaven"|
|1992||To Catch a Killer||Waiter||Television film|
|Civil Wars||Hector Rodriguez||Episode: "Tape Fear"|
|Quiet Killer||Adelaido Ortiz||Television film|
|In The Shadow of a Killer||Louis Velazquez||Television film|
|Empire City||Unknown||Television film|
|1993||Homicide: Life on the Street||Lorenzo Molera||Episode: "Son of a Gun"|
|Double Deception||Ronald Sharkey||Television film|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||Gomez||Episode: "Storm Warning"|
|NYPD Blue||Hector Martinez||2 episodes|
|1994||seaQuest DSV||General Guzmano||Episode: "The Good Death"|
|The Burning Season||Estate Boss||Television film|
|1995||House of Buggin'||Various Roles||10 episodes|
|1995–1996||New York Undercover||Joaquin / Detective Lopez||2 episodes|
|1996||On Seventh Avenue||Eddie Diaz||Television film|
|1997||Pronto||Buck Torres||Television film|
|1998||Early Edition||John Hernandez||Episodes: "The Quality of Mercy"|
|Michael Hayes||Santos||Episodes: "Vaughn Mowery"|
|King of New York||Unknown||Television film|
|1998–2001||Oz||Raoul "El Cid" Hernandez||12 episodes|
|1999||Mind Prey||Detective Black||Television film|
|2000||Thin Air||Chollo||Television film|
|2002||Frasier||George||Episode: "Enemy at the Gate"|
|2003||Luis||Luis Cortez||9 episodes|
|2006||Lolo's Cafe||Lolo||Voice; Television film|
|2007||John from Cincinnati||Ramon Gaviota||10 episodes|
|2010–2011||How to Make It in America||Rene Calderon||16 episodes|
NAMIC Visions Awards Best Performance in a Comedy
|2011||Community||Himself||Episode: "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux"|
|2012||Counter Culture||Alonzo||Television film|
|2013||Republic of Doyle||Charles Alomar||Episode: "The Devil Inside"|
|2014||Mind Games||Nate||3 episodes|
|2015–2018||Code Black||Jesse Salander||47 episodes|
|2015||Narcos||José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha||6 episodes|
|2018||The Untitled Action Bronson Show||Himself||Episode: "An Australian Surprise and Luis Guzmán"|
|Bar Rescue||Himself||Episode: "Operation: Puerto Rico"|
|2019||Shameless||Mikey O'Shea||6 episodes|
|Perpetual Grace, LTD||Hector Contreras||Main role|
|Godfather of Harlem||Alejandro "El Guapo" Villabuena||4 episodes|
|2020||The Eric Andre Show||Himself||Episode: "Named After My Dad's P*nis"|
|2021||Wednesday||Gomez Addams||Main role|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Ricardo Díaz||Voice|
|2006||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|
|2013||"Gorilla"||Strip Zoo Owner|
- "Luis Guzman Biography (1957?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- "Luis Guzman, Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film". Vermont College of Fine Arts. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
- "Actor Luis Guzmán had a very different job before Hollywood. He drew on it for 'Hold On.'". NBC News.
- BWW News Desk. "Based On A True Story, Independent Film HOLD ON Opens 12/06". BroadwayWorld.com.
- Swansburg, John "Cheese Puff" Slate.com (January 18, 2008). Retrieved on May 1, 2008.
- "Snickers Ad Starring Luis Guzmán from Super Bowl 2020 Ads". E! News.
- "Snickers TV Commercial, '#SnickersFixedTheWorld: Online Date' Featuring Luis Guzman". iSpot.tv.
- "Legislative Documents". Leg.state.vt.us. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- "Bernie Sanders campaign taps Rosario Dawson, Luis Guzman to woo Latino voters in LA". Los Angeles Daily News. May 26, 2016.
- "Luis Guzman on Ricardo Rossello and protests in San Juan". MSNBC.com. 21 July 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
- "Actor Luis Guzmán had a very different job before Hollywood. He drew on it for 'Hold On.'".
- "Netflix's Addams Family Spin-off Wednesday Adds Comedian Luis Guzman". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
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