Luis Guzmán

This article is about the Puerto Rican actor born 1956. For other people named Luis Guzmán, see Luis Guzmán (disambiguation).
Luis Guzmán

Guzmán in February 2012 at the French premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Born (1956-08-28) August 28, 1956
Cayey, Puerto Rico
Residence Sutton, Vermont
Alma mater City College of New York,Greendale Community College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Angelita Galarza-Guzmán (1985–present)
Children 5

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.

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 life

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 life

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
1987 Heartbeat Gang Member #2
1987 *batteries not included Bystander Uncredited
1988 Crocodile Dundee II Jose
1989 True Believer Ortega
1989 Rooftops Martinez
1989 Family Business Julio Torres
1989 Black Rain Frankie
1990 Q&A Detective Valentin
1991 The Hard Way Det. Benny Poole, NYPD
1991 McBain Papo
1992 Jumpin' at the Boneyard Taxi Driver
1992 To Catch a Killer Waiter Television film
1992 Innocent Blood Morales
1992 Quiet Killer Adelaido Ortiz
1993 Guilty as Sin Detective Martinez
1993 Double Deception Ronald Sharkey Television film
1993 Mr. Wonderful Juice
1993 Carlito's Way Pachanga
1994 Hand Gun Rick
1994 The Burning Season Estate Boss Television film
1994 The Cowboy Way Chango
1994 El vagabundo con suerte Luis
1995 Lotto Land Ricki
1995 Stonewall Vito
1996 The Substitute Rem
1996 On Seventh Avenue Eddie Diaz Television film
1997 The Brave Luis
1997 Pronto Buck Torres Television film
1997 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
1998 One Tough Cop Gunman Papi
1998 Snake Eyes Cyrus
1999 The Limey Eduardo Roel Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1999 The Bone Collector Eddie Ortiz
1999 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
2000 Thin Air Chollo
2000 Traffic Ray Castro Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 Table One Xavier
2001 Double Whammy Juan Benitez
2001 Sam the Man Murray
2001 Home Invaders Peligro
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Jacopo
2002 Punch-Drunk Love Lance Imagen Award Best Supporting Actor
2002 The Salton Sea Quincy
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Felix Laranga
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Cosimo
2003 Anger Management Lou
2003 Confidence Officer Omar Manzano
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Ray
2003 Runaway Jury Jerry Hernandez Uncredited
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Bald Man
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Nacho
2005 Waiting... Raddimus
2005 Dreamer Balon
2006 Disappearances Brother St. Hilaire
2006 Fast Food Nation Benny
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Ricardo Díaz
2006 School for Scoundrels Sergeant Moorehead
2006 Hard Luck Million Dollar Mendez
2007 War Benny
2007 Cleaner Detective Vargas
2007 Maldeamores Ismael Imagen Award for Best Actor
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Chucho (voice)
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays Johnny
2008 I Kicked Luis Guzman in the Face Luis Short film
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays Johnny
2008 Yes Man Jumper
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Javier Uncredited
2009 Fighting Martinez
2009 Still Waiting... Raddimus
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Ramos Nominated—ALMA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2009 Old Dogs Nick Uncredited
2011 The Caller George
2011 Arthur Bitterman
2011 Rise of the Damned Ramon
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Gabato Laguatan
2012 Departure Date Frank Short film
2013 The Last Stand Mike Figuerola
2013 Turbo Angelo (voice)
2013 We're the Millers Mexican Cop
2014 In the Blood Chief Ramón Garza
2014 Henry & Me Lefty Gomez (voice)
2014 Reclaim Superintendent
2014 Two Men in Town Terence
2014 The Lookalike Vincent
2014 Top Five Himself
2015 Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha Farmer
2015 Ana Maria in Novela Land Luis
2015 Puerto Ricans in Paris Luis Executive producer
2016 Keanu Bacon
2016 The Do-Over Jorge
2016 Aztec Warrior Aztec Warrior Executive producer
2016 The Duck Leonard Short film

Television series

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"
1991 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"
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger Gomez Episode: "Storm Warning"
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"
1998 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 Rodríguez Gacha 6 episodes
2016 Roadies_(TV_series) Gooch the crew's tour bus driver 3 episodes as of mid season

Video games

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

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2002 "Undisputed" Prisoner
2015 "Gorilla" Strip zoo owner

See also


  1. Luis Guzmán (I)
  2. "Luis Guzman Biography (1957?-)". Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  3. "Luis Guzman Biography". Star Pulse. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  4. Swansburg, John "Cheese Puff" (January 18, 2008). Retrieved on May 1, 2008.
  5. "Legislative Documents". Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  6. "Joint Concurrent House Resolution". State of Vermont. Retrieved 16 August 2011.

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