John Leguizamo born 1964
Born Bogotá, Coluombia
The chameleon-like John Leguizamo first won over audiences in 1991 as the star and writer of Mambo Mouth, where he portrayed seven different Latino characters to sold-out theaters off Broadway. The award-winning production has been followed by four other critically acclaimed one-person shows: Spic-O-Rama (1993), Freak (1998), Sexaholic (2001), and Ghetto Klown (2011). With his signature fast pace and raunchy humor, Leguizamo sources much of his stage material from his unlikely path—from a working-class family in Queens to Broadway and Hollywood. He has played myriad characters in film, including a lowlife criminal (Carlito’s Way, 1993), drag queen (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, 1995), and Toulouse-Lautrec (Moulin Rouge, 2001), among others. In this portrait, we see a hint of histrionic mischief through his angled gaze at the audience.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (born 1952)
Inkjet print, 2011