RSVP: http://showcase.latinolens.org - NALIP is honored to present the Latino Lens Legacy Award to Luis Guzmán in recognition of his extensive body of work in entertainment that continues to inspire Latino creatives in front and behind the camera. He has defined every character he has stepped into, whether as the scene stealing sidekick or powerful lead, truly applying a creative perspective that we recognize as the “Latino Lens”. Join us in honoring Luis Guzmán at the Latino Lens Filmmaker Showcase as he receives this special award, October 18 at the Avalon Hollywood!
Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán is largely known for his character work. Born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, Luis Guzmán grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where he got his first taste of acting in a high school play. Guzmán appeared in his first film, Short Eyes, in 1977, but his big break into TV and movie acting didn’t come until 1986, when he made a guest appearance on Miami Vice. He 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. Catch Guzmán on Code Black (CBS), where plays Jose Santiago, the affable but tough and strong, no-s**t, seen-it-all, senior nurse.