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Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956)[1] is a Puerto Rican actor, who is known for his character work. For much of Guzmán's career, he has played character roles largely as sidekicks, thugs, or policemen.

Luis Guzmán
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Guzmán in February 2012 at the French premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Born (1956-08-28) August 28, 1956 (age 61)
Cayey, Puerto Rico
Residence Sutton, Vermont, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Angelita Galarza-Guzmán (m. 1985)
Children 5

Guzmán 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. He recently starred in the HBO original series How to Make It in America and the Netflix series Narcos. He currently stars in the CBS medical drama Code Black, where he portrays senior nurse Jesse "Mama" Salander. He also co-starred on Cameron Crowe's Roadies, a comedy-drama on Showtime, as Gooch, a seasoned crew tour bus driver.


Early lifeEdit

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.[2] He began working as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theater and independent films.[3]


Guzmán at the 2009 premiere of Whatever Works.

Guzman's numerous movie credits include Carlito's Way, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, 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 and Oz and had a role 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 canceled 2007 HBO series John from Cincinnati. In early 2008, Guzmán starred in "Naturally Aged Cheddar Hunks" TV ads for Cabot Creamery.[4] He also appeared in the music video "Yes We Can." He recently starred in HBO's How to Make It in America.

Personal lifeEdit

Guzmán currently resides in Sutton, Vermont.[5] His children include Cemi Guzman, Yoruba Briggs-Guzman, Yemaya Briggs-Guzman, Luna Guzman, and Margarita Briggs-Guzman.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Short Eyes Prisoner
1983 Variety Jose
1986 No Picnic Arroyo
Seven Women, Seven Sins Lotto Man8
1987 Heartbeat Gang Member #2
*batteries not included Bystander Uncredited
1988 Crocodile Dundee II Jose
1989 True Believer Ortega
Rooftops Martinez
Family Business Julio Torres
Black Rain Frankie
1990 Q&A Detective Valentin
1991 The Hard Way Det. Benny Poole, NYPD
McBain Papo
1992 Jumpin' at the Boneyard Taxi Driver
To Catch a Killer Waiter Television film
Innocent Blood Morales
Quiet Killer Adelaido Ortiz
1993 Guilty as Sin Detective Martinez
Double Deception Ronald Sharkey Television film
Mr. Wonderful Juice
Carlito's Way Pachanga
1994 Hand Gun Rick
The Burning Season Estate Boss Television film
The Cowboy Way Chango
El vagabundo con suerte Luis
1995 Lotto Land Ricki
Stonewall Vito
1996 The Substitute Rem
On Seventh Avenue Eddie Diaz Television film
1997 The Brave Luis
Pronto Buck Torres Television film
Boogie Nights Maurice TT Rodriguez Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Out of Sight Chino
One Tough Cop Gunman Papi
Snake Eyes Cyrus
1999 The Limey Eduardo Roel Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
The Bone Collector Eddie Ortiz
Magnolia Luis Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 Luckytown Ray Castro
Thin Air Chollo
Traffic Ray Castro Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Table One Xavier
2001 Double Whammy Juan Benitez
Sam the Man Murray
Home Invaders Peligro
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Jacopo
Punch-Drunk Love Lance Imagen Award Best Supporting Actor
The Salton Sea Quincy
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Felix Laranga
Welcome to Collinwood Cosimo
2003 Anger Management Lou
Confidence Officer Omar Manzano
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Ray
Runaway Jury Jerry Hernandez Uncredited
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Bald Man
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Nacho Reyes
Waiting... Raddimus
Dreamer Balon
2006 Disappearances Brother St. Hilaire
Fast Food Nation Benny
School for Scoundrels Sergeant Moorehead
Hard Luck Million Dollar Mendez
2007 War Benny
Cleaner Detective Vargas
Maldeamores Ismael Imagen Award for Best Actor
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Chucho (voice)
I Kicked Luis Guzman in the Face Luis Short film
Nothing Like the Holidays Johnny
Yes Man Jumper
Chicano Blood Mexican Mule 1
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Javier Uncredited
Fighting Martinez
Still Waiting... Raddimus
The Taking of Pelham 123 Ramos Nominated—ALMA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Old Dogs Nick Uncredited
2011 The Caller George
Arthur Bitterman
Rise of the Damned Ramon
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Gabato Laguatan
Departure Date Frank Short film
2013 The Last Stand Mike Figuerola
Turbo Angelo (voice)
We're the Millers Mexican Cop
2014 In the Blood Chief Ramón Garza
Henry & Me Lefty Gomez (voice)
Reclaim Superintendent
Two Men in Town Terence
The Lookalike Vincent
Top Five Himself
2015 Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha Farmer
Ana Maria in Novela Land Luis
Puerto Ricans in Paris Luis Executive producer
2016 Keanu Bacon
The Do-Over Jorge
2017 Sandy Wexler Oscar
Literally, Right Before Aaron Federico
Aztec Warrior Aztec Warrior Executive producer
The Duck Leonard Short film
9/11 Eddie
2018 The Padre Gaspar


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Equalizer Gypsy Cabbie Episode: "The Lock Box"
1985–86 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 Civil Wars Hector Rodriguez Episode: "Tape Fear"
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street Lorenzo Molera Episode: "Son of a Gun"
Walker, Texas Ranger Gomez Episode: "Storm Warning"
NYPD Blue Hector Martinez 2 episodes
1994 seaQuest DSV General Guzmano Episode: "The Good Death"
1995 House of Buggin Various 10 episodes
1995–96 New York Undercover Joaquin / Det. Lopez 2 episodes
1998 Early Edition John Hernandez Episodes: "The Quality of Mercy"
Michael Hayes Santos Episodes: "Vaughn Mowery"
1998–01 Oz Raoul "El Cid" Hernandez 12 episodes
2002 Frasier George Episode: "Enemy at the Gate"
2003 Luis Luis Cortez 9 episodes
2007 John from Cincinnati Ramon Gaviota 10 episodes
2010–11 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"
2013 Republic of Doyle Charles Alomar Episode: "The Devil Inside"
2014 Mind Games Nate 3 episodes
2015–present Code Black Jesse Sallander 18 episodes
2015 Narcos José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha 6 episodes
2016 Roadies Gooch the crew's tour bus driver 3 episodes as of mid season
2018 The Untitled Action Bronson Show Himself Episode: "An Australian Surprise and Luis Guzmán"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Ricardo Díaz Voice
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Music videosEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 "Undisputed" Prisoner
2015 "Gorilla" Strip zoo owner
2017 "1-800-273-8255" Track coach

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Luis Guzmán (I)
  2. ^ "Luis Guzman Biography (1957?-)". Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Luis Guzman Biography". Star Pulse. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Swansburg, John "Cheese Puff" (January 18, 2008). Retrieved on May 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "Legislative Documents". Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Joint Concurrent House Resolution". State of Vermont. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 

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