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Also Known As: Pedro Lamboy Died:
Born: August 28, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cayey, Puerto Rico, USA Profession: actor, social worker

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Having appeared in numerous high profile features and television shows, actor Luis Guzman developed into a prominent character actor equally adept at performing in comedies and dramas. Guzman began his career in often nameless roles, playing assorted thugs and cops in films like "Crocodile Dundee II" (1988) and "The Hard Way" (1991). But his fortunes changed once he began working with the likes of directors Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Soderbergh, both of whom used him to great effect in "Boogie Nights" (1997), "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Traffic" (2000). He had greater difficulty on the small screen, however, having a brief stint as the star of his own sitcom, "Luis" (Fox, 2003), while appearing in the confusing David Milch drama "John From Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007), both of which failed to survive their first seasons. Nonetheless, Guzman remained a favorite of many directors, who admired his strong work ethic and dedication to his craft.

Having appeared in numerous high profile features and television shows, actor Luis Guzman developed into a prominent character actor equally adept at performing in comedies and dramas. Guzman began his career in often nameless roles, playing assorted thugs and cops in films like "Crocodile Dundee II" (1988) and "The Hard Way" (1991). But his fortunes changed once he began working with the likes of directors Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Soderbergh, both of whom used him to great effect in "Boogie Nights" (1997), "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Traffic" (2000). He had greater difficulty on the small screen, however, having a brief stint as the star of his own sitcom, "Luis" (Fox, 2003), while appearing in the confusing David Milch drama "John From Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007), both of which failed to survive their first seasons. Nonetheless, Guzman remained a favorite of many directors, who admired his strong work ethic and dedication to his craft.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Henry & Me (2014)
2.
 In the Blood (2014)
3.
 Lookalike, The (2014)
4.
 Two Men In Town (2014)
5.
 Turbo (2013)
6.
 Last Stand, The (2013)
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9.
 Aztec Warrior (2013)
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Began acting in high school with a featured part in a production of "Bye Bye Birdie"
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Performed in street theater
1983:
Made his film debut in Bette Gordon's independent feature "Variety"
1990:
Played a detective in Sidney Lumet's crime drama "Q&A"
1993:
Played the recurring role of Hector Martinez on "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
1993:
Had breakthrough role as the right-hand man of a former criminal (Al Pacino) in director Brian De Palma's "Carlito's Way"
1994:
Played a man who smuggles Central Americans to work in U.S. sweatshops in "The Cowboy Way"
1995:
Co-starred with John Leguizamo in the short-lived sketch comedy show "House Of Buggin" (Fox)
1997:
Landed a memorable role as a club owner in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights"
1998:
Played inmate and Latino gang leader Raoul 'El Cid' Hernandez on HBO's "Oz"
1998:
Re-teamed with director Brian De Palma for "Snake Eyes"
1998:
Had a small but memorable role as a gay prisoner in Steven Soderberg's "Out of Sight"
1999:
Re-teamed with director Paul Thomas Anderson for "Magnolia"
1999:
Played the friend of a murdered young woman (Melissa George) in Soderbergh's "The Limey"
2000:
Played a narcotics agent alongside Don Cheadle in Soderbergh's "Traffic"
2002:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Emily Watson in the romantic drama "Punch-Drunk Love"
2002:
Portrayed the villainous Cosimo in "Welcome to Collinwood"
2003:
Played the lead on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Luis"
2004:
Played the Bald Man in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"
2005:
Co-starred in "Carlito's Way: Rise to Power," a direct-to-video prequel to Brian De Palma's 1993 film "Carlito's Way"
2006:
Joined an ensemble cast for Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"
2007:
Played the manager and caretaker of the Snug Harbor Motel on David Milch's short-lived HBO series "John From Cincinnati"
2007:
Co-starred with Jet Li and Jason Statham in "War"
2008:
Lent his voice to the live action comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"
2009:
Cast as one of several armed hijackers in "The Taking of Pelham 123"
2010:
Featured on the HBO comedy-drama series "How to Make It in America"
2011:
Played Bitterman, the title character's (Russell Brand) chauffeur in the remake of "Arthur"
2012:
Cast opposite Dwayne Johnson in the adventure sequel "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York -

Notes

In Lewis Beale's "Who's That Character?" column in the DAILY NEWS (November 16, 1993), Guzman responded to the question of what his biggest influence was: "My encounter with [director] Sidney Lumet during "Q&A". He made me understand what being myself was about. It was basically through rehearsals, making sure that whatever we were doing was conversational, and that brought out the reality of the characters. And him having the confidence to allow me to do what I did."

In Lewis Beale's "Who's That Character?" column in the Daily News (November 16, 1993). Guzman commented on the stereotyping of Latinos in the movies: "When I first started out, I played drug dealers and rapists and gypsy cab drivers. But as time wore on, I began to get better roles. Today Latinos are still stereotyped, [but] there are more positive roles. I think the market is opening up; Hollywood is beginning to see that there is a major Latino market happening, and after a while Latinos will get tired of seeing their brothers and sisters playing these low-life roles. But it will take Latinos in the industry to help bring that forward."

"Early on I had to pay my dues as a Latino in this business. I had to establish my reputation as a good worker, which was playing a drug dealer, a rapist, all those negative roles." --Luis Guzman quoted in "Hollywood Has a Bad Accent" by Lewis Beale in Daily News, January 24, 2001.

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wife:
Angelita Galarza-Guzman. Homemaker.

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mother:
Rosa. Hospital worker.

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