New Yorkers: John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo, Raised in Queens

He may have been born in Bogotá, Colombia, but John Leguizamo’s family immigrated to the United States when he was only four years old and lived in various Queens neighborhoods, including Jackson Heights. Leguizamo, who started out as a stand-up comic in New York’s nightclub circuit, credits his acting abilities on growing up as one of the first Latino kids in his Jackson Heights neighborhood: "It was tough. There were lots of fights. I would walk through a park and be attacked, and I had to defend myself all the time,” said Leguizamo; whose award-winning semi-autobiographical, one-man theater show Ghetto Klown highlights his path from obscurity to stardom. “But this helped me to become funny so that I wouldn’t get hit.”

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