Hollywood Actor Luiz Guzman

Luiz Guzman is a world famous actor who has been able to use his wolfish looks and stocky build to land himself unforgettable roles in mainstream movies. He has also managed to land very good roles in various television series, and is now a household name, even lending his voice to well known games. Guzman has become an icon in Puerto Rico, serving as an inspiration for many in Puerto Rico who wish to follow in his footsteps and make their name in the international arena.

Luiz Guzman was born in Puerto Rico on 28 August 1956 in the city of Cayey. He was, however, raised in Greenwich Village, New York, and graduated from the American University. At first he only moonlighted as an actor, as he held a job as a social worker. Street theatre became very important to him, and Guzman became involved in independent films. As his talent became more evident, he found supporting roles and eventually became a sought after actor to fulfill roles of policemen and thugs. Working his way from an unknown movie named Short Eyes in 1977, he moved up with roles in Crocodile Dundee 2 as Jose, played Detective Benny Poole in The Hard Way, filled the role of Gomez in Walker Texas Ranger, and finally made a big impression in 1993 as Pachanga in the movie Carlito’s Way. From there, directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Soderbergh cast him in movies such as Punch Drunk Love, The Limey, Boogie Nights, Traffic, and Magnolia. In regard to his television career, Guzman landed roles in Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street and Frasier.

He was asked to lend his voice for a character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as well as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Other movies that Guzman has starred in include The Bone Collector, Anger Management, The Count of Monte Cristo, Runaway Jury, Dreamer, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Caller, Arthur, and Old Dogs. Luiz Guzman now lives in Vermont with his wife and children, but has not forgotten his Puerto Rican roots. He is a role model for the youth of Puerto Rico, and living proof that dreams and aspirations do come true.


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