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'Walking with Dinosaurs' puts on 'Feathered Fashion Show'

'Walking with Dinosaurs' puts on 'Feathered Fashion Show'

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) --Lifelike dinosaurs walked the runway at the Feathered Fashion Show on Thursday to promote the "Walking with Dinosaurs" movie and arena show.
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Sharon Stone joins 'American Ultra' cast

Sharon Stone joins 'American Ultra' cast

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- Sharon Stone has signed on to join the cast of the upcoming comedy flick, "American Ultra."
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns for 'Kick Ass 2'

Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns for 'Kick Ass 2'

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson admits he had some reservations about going back to playing a teen-aged, costumed vigilante in "Kick-Ass 2," three years after the first action-comedy in the franchise was released.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, July 22, 2013.
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DeGeneres is winner of Mark Twain Prize

DeGeneres is winner of Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Ellen DeGeneres wins the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for her "unique contributions" to comedy, Washington's Kennedy Center chairman said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 22, 2012.
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Goldman Sachs CEO supports gay marriage

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein joined the Americans for Marriage Equality movement with a video, released Monday, supporting same-sex marriage.
B'way run of 'Ghetto Klown' extended

B'way run of 'Ghetto Klown' extended

NEW YORK, March 21 (UPI) -- The Broadway run of writer-actor John Leguizamo's fifth one-man show, "Ghetto Klown," has been extended, the play's producers said.
Leguizamo headed back to Broadway

Leguizamo headed back to Broadway

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Writer, actor and comedian John Leguizamo is to return to Broadway next year with his new solo play "Ghetto Klown," the show's producers said Wednesday.
Nickelodeon to air 'Dora' TV movie

Nickelodeon to air 'Dora' TV movie

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- Nickelodeon says it plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its U.S. preschool series "Dora the Explorer" by airing a new "Dora" TV movie.
Leguizamo to host poetry-reading contest

Leguizamo to host poetry-reading contest

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Actor, writer and comedian John Leguizamo is to serve as a host of the national finals of the 2010 Poetry Out Loud Competition in Washington, organizers said.
'Holidays' wins big at ALMA Awards

'Holidays' wins big at ALMA Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The film "Nothing Like the Holidays" was the big winner, picking up three prizes, at the 2009 ALMA Awards show in Los Angeles .
Broadway's 'Buffalo' on endangered list

Broadway's 'Buffalo' on endangered list

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The Broadway revival of David Mamet's stage drama "American Buffalo" could close Sunday if ticket sales don't improve, Variety.com reported Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 22, 2008.
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Stars clamor to work with De Niro, Pacino

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars are lining up to work with “Godfather” icons Robert De Niro and Al Pacino on their latest project, "Righteous Kill,” Zap2it.com said Tuesday.
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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)
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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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