Who is Luis Guzman?
Luis Guzman was born on 28 August 1956, in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and is an actor, known for his work in various television shows and films. He’s often seen in supporting roles, portraying police officers, or henchmen-type characters. Some of his most notable projects include “Punch-Drunk Love”, “Narcos”, and “Out of Sight”.
The Net Worth of Luis Guzman
As of early-2020, Luis Guzman’s net worth is estimated to be over $12 million, earned through a successful career in acting, having been in the industry for over four decades.
He’s known to be one of the more versatile actors in the industry, capable of handling serious or comedic roles depending on a production’s need.
Early Life and Acting Beginnings
While Luis was born in Puerto Rico, his family later moved to the US, settling in New York City near the Lower East Side at the Village or Greenwich Village. His father worked as a repairman for televisions while his mother spent time working at a hospital. At a young age, he didn’t aspire to a career in entertainment, in fact after completing his education, he was mainly doing social work.
At the time, he wanted to look into more avenues to have a better income, so he began taking side jobs in acting. He did independent film work and theatre projects during this period, slowly developing a love for the craft. As he continued with acting, he eventually got into films, with his first notable project being “Short Eyes” which is based on the play of the same name written by Miguel Pinero. Through the early 1980s, he continued to do independent film work with a few notable projects such as “No Picnic”, “Black Rain” and “Rooftops”.
Continued Acting Work
In the 1980s, Guzman also ventured to his first few television projects, working on a couple of episodes of the show “Miami Vice”. The program aired on NBC, and became popular due to its theme of New Wave culture which was popularized at that time – the show’s popularity even led to a film adaptation down the line. He mostly did guest work as the years progressed, appearing in shows such as “NYPD Blue” and “Walker, Texas Ranger”. In 1995, he played two different characters in two episodes of “New York Undercover”. Three years later, he got his first regular role in the television series “Oz”, which aired for six seasons on HBO, staying with the show for three of those seasons.
He continued to work films as well with some of his projects during this period including “The Hard Way”, “Guilty as Sin”, “Lotto Land”, and “The Brave”. He gained a lot of attention for his performance in the film “Boogie Nights”, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which tells the story of a dishwasher who rises to become a star in pornographic films. The film featured an ensemble cast including Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg and Burt Reynolds.
The Character Actor
Over his many years in the profession, Luis demonstrated his capability of delivering solid performances in supporting roles, such as seen in “Traffic” which is one of his many collaborations with director Steven Soderbergh.
The film follows the story of the illegal drug trade told from various perspectives, and won numerous awards including Best Director for Soderbergh at the Academy Awards. He also portrayed the assistant Jacopo in the film “The Count of Monte Cristo” which saw him work with Jim Caviezel, and is based on the classic novel of the same name written by Alexandre Dumas.
Other projects he had in the coming years included “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, and “The Taking of Pelham 123”.
He had significantly lesser television work during this period, though mostly held recurring or regular roles for a season of several shows. His most notable project during the late-2000s was the series “How to Make it In America”, in which his comedic performance helped him achieve a NAMIC Vision Award. The show like his other projects also aired on HBO, and tells the story of two people who try to make it big in the fashion industry.
In recent years, Guzman has been busy expanding his repertoire, doing voice acting work for several video games such as “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”.
He’s also appeared in several music videos, including “Esta Rico” by Marc Anthony and Will Smith. On television, he was one of the regular cast members of the show “Code Black”, a medical series which aired on CBS for three seasons before its cancellation. He also had a prominent role in the inaugural season of “Narcos”, during its depiction of the reign of Pablo Escobar in the illegal drug trade.
He shows no sign of taking a break from work any time soon, as he’s been seen in projects such as “The Last Stand”, “We’re the Millers”, and “The Padre”.
He’s also done voice work in animated films such as “Turbo” and “Henry & Me” in which he portrayed Lefty Gomez. He’s also done a bit of production work and is credited as the executive producer of some of the films he’s starred in. Some of his most recent production efforts include “Puerto Ricans in Paris” and “Aztec Warrior” which starred Terry Crews and Nadine Velazquez.
Luis married Angelita Galarza in 1985, and they have five children together.
He prefers to keep his family life away from the media and rarely talks about his marriage. The family resides mainly in Sutton, Vermont, with Luis preferring to settle in a smaller area.
He’s also very active in terms of politics, and has been highly critical during the reign of Ricky Nevares, who was the governor of Puerto Rico involved in the Telegramgate scandal which revealed major corruption with the country’s government. He was also highly supportive of Senator Bernie Sanders during his bid for the presidential election in 2016.