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UPI almanac for Sunday, July 22, 2007.

Leguizamo to enter Spike TV's 'Kill Pit'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Colombian-Puerto Rican actor John Leguizamo is set to take on the lead role in the eight-hour U.S. TV drama, "The Kill Pit," from Spike TV.

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Today is Saturday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2006 with 162 to follow.
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Mark Curry is preparing a one-man show

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Former "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" TV star Mark Curry, now recovered from a serious burn accident, is preparing a one-man comedy show.

Calling Dr. Leguizamo -- stat.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Comedian John Leguizamo is joining the cast of NBC's long-running hospital drama, "ER" this season, TVGuide.com reported Monday.

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Today is Friday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2005 with 162 to follow.
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Stars line up for zombie movie

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo head a list of actors announced for the George A. Romero movie "Land of the Dead," Daily Variety said Friday.

Kravitz casts blind eye for film role

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Rock star Lenny Kravitz will play a blind man in his first starring movie role, to be filmed later this year.

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Today is Thursday, July 22, the 204th day of 2004 with 162 to follow.
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Fox, Blue Sky net 'Iguana' rights

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have optioned Tony Johnston's picture book, "The Iguana Brothers: A Tale of Two Lizards," to develop as a feature film.

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Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2003 with 162 to follow.
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'Die Another Day' wins mild box office

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The third weekend of "Die Another Day" led a relatively mild weekend at the nation's box office with an estimated $13 million at 3,347 theaters during the Friday-Sunday period, studio sources said Sunday.

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Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones are not afraid of being too old to rock 'n' roll, lead guitarist Keith Richards told The New York Times.
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John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo arrives for the 10th Anniversary of the New York International Latino Film Festival premiere of "Where God Left His Shoes" at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas in New York on July 29, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is a Colombian-American actor, comedian, voice artist, and producer.

John Leguizamo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, to a Puerto Rican father, Alberto Leguizamo, and a Colombian mother, Luz. According to Leguizamo, his paternal grandfather was of Italian descent and his maternal grandfather was Lebanese. Leguizamo has also described himself as being of Amerindian and Mestizo heritage. Leguizamo's father was once an aspiring film director and studied at Cinecittà, but eventually dropped out due to lack of finances. When Leguizamo was four years old, his family emigrated to the United States and lived in various neighborhoods of Queens in New York City, including Jackson Heights. Leguizamo attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145) and later the Murry Bergtraum High School. As a student at Murry Bergtraum, Leguizamo wrote comedy material and tested it out on his classmates. He was voted "Most Talkative" by his fellow classmates. After graduating from high school, he began his theater career as an undergraduate at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in which he eventually dropped out to seek a stand-up comedy career. Post NYU Leguizamo enrolled at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus where he took theater classes.

Leguizamo started out as a stand-up comic doing the New York nightclub circuit. In 1984, he made his television debut with a small part in Miami Vice. His other early roles include: an extra in Madonna's Borderline video (1984) playing a friend of Madonna's boyfriend; Mixed Blood (1985); Casualties of War (1989); Die Hard 2 (1990); Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991); the robber in Regarding Henry (1991) and Night Owl (a.k.a. Nite Owl) (1993), which was filmed from 1989-1991.

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