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Short Info

Net Worth$14 million
Date Of BirthAugust 28, 1956
SpouseAngelita Galarza-Guzman
MarkHe often plays a cop or a villains' sidekick
FactFrequently cast by film director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Luis Guzmán is an actor who has appeared in over one hundred films and television shows. He was born on August 28, 1956 in Puerto Rico. His parents were both schoolteachers. He has three brothers and two sisters. He was raised in the town of Cayey. He attended the University of Puerto Rico, where he studied theater.

He began his career in the theater, appearing in various productions in Puerto Rico and New York City. In the early 1980s, he began appearing in films. His first film role was in the film El Super in 1979. He has since appeared in such films as Carlito’s Way, The Devil’s Advocate, Out of Sight, Traffic, and Che.

In addition to his work in film, Guzmán has also appeared in numerous television shows. He had a recurring role on the HBO series Oz and has also appeared on such shows as Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and The Sopranos.

Guzmán has been married to his wife, Elvira, since 1982. They have two children together.

As of 2020, Luis Guzmán’s net worth is $5 million.

General Info

Full NameLuis Guzmán
Net Worth$14 million
Salary$14 million
Date Of BirthAugust 28, 1956
Height1.71 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Social Worker, Voice Actor
EducationCity College of New York


SpouseAngelita Galarza-Guzman
ChildrenMargarita Briggs-Guzman, Clare Briggs-Guzman, Cemi Briggs-Guzman, Yemaya Briggs-Guzman, Luna Briggs-Guzman, Yoruba Briggs-Guzman, Jace O' Flynn Guzman
ParentsBenjamin Cardona, Rosa Cardona


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
NominationsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor
MoviesJourney 2: The Mysterious Island, Puerto Ricans in Paris, Boogie Nights, Carlito's Way, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Last Stand, The Taking of Pelham 123, Magnolia, Keanu, Punch-Drunk Love, Turbo, The Bone Collector, Anger Management, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Traffic, We're the Millers, In th...
TV ShowsCode Black, How to Make It in America, John from Cincinnati, House of Buggin', I Love Toys, I Love the '80s Strikes Back, I Love the '90s: Part Deux, I Love the '70s: Volume 2, Luis

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#Marks / Signs
1He often plays a cop or a villains' sidekick
2His wolf-man like face


1[on working as a Nurse on Code Black (2015)] "You're not showing up to do 10 hours as an actor. You're showing up to do 12 hours as a doctor, as a nurse."
2[on working as a Nurse on Code Black (2015)] "You're showing up to do a real shift,"
3[on the expectations on Code Black (2015)] "I've been doing this for a long time but this show is different in that in this show you're showing up to do a real shift."
4[his perception of Code Black (2015)] It's very realistic. I think people are going to be drawn to that.
5(On landing his role in Oz (1997)) It's funny, because the first year Oz came on the air, so many of my friends were telling me about it, "You've gotta watch this show, you've gotta watch this show." So one of my friends sent me three episodes of it, and I watched it. I called my agent and I said, "Bro, you've got to get me on this show." My agent tells me, "Nobody's getting paid to do this show." I said, "I don't care that nobody's getting paid, it's a great show, man." I called Tom Fontana and I said, "Tom, please, put me on the show, [give me] anything." I did three years of it, and it was a great experience. We had the best cast in the world. Everybody was really working together. The story lines that were coming out were mind-boggling. It was like a quilt: You got the white supremacist, the Muslim, the Latinos, the Italians, the gays, you got this, you got that, you got the prison guards. It made for such great storytelling. It was like a prison soap opera that was so well-conceived and put together. And again it was one of those things that I was fortunate to have found.
6(On Boogie Nights (1997)) _Paul Thomas Anderson_ sent me that script. It sat in my office for six months. One day I walk in and I go, "I've got to clean this place up, what a mess." I had piles and piles of scripts and papers. I got to the bottom of the pile and I said, "Oh, wow, Boogie Nights. All right, let me check it out." Because I'm sorting and seeing what I'm throwing away and what's going into the fireplace. I sat down and I started to read the script. I kept reading it, and I read the whole thing in one reading. I was blown away at how well the story was written, how eloquent it was. It was an incredible story. I called him up, and I said, "Dude, I just read your script. Blew me away!" Because he captured that era so well, the characters were so amazingly well-written, the whole storyline and all that stuff. So I had this conversation with him, and I think I was in my mid-30s, so I ask him, "Dude, how old are you?" And he says [Makes mumbling noise.] and I go, "44? Oh, okay." And he says, "No, no, I'm 24." There was a silence on the phone, and he goes, "You there? You okay?" I go, "Dude, 24 years old, and you captured that era so well?" I said, "Oh my goodness." So I signed onto it. It was probably one of the most amazing experiences, shooting that movie, especially that whole opening sequence. It's just one long camera take. Just seeing Paul's passion for it and everything, and all the cats who were involved in it. Of course, I didn't know who half of the people were that I was working with, I might have seen this guy or this girl, but for the most part, I was just blended into this awesome group of people. It was an amazing experience, he shot it so well. We became so tight on that movie. He showed me a rough cut of that movie. I'm walking out, and he goes, "What do you think?" I go, "Oh, I don't know, man, I don't know, I've got to think about it." Because when I first saw it, it was shocking. It blew me away. It messed up my senses. After a couple of days, I said, "Bro, you got an amazing movie here." That's a tribute to Paul, because when you see a movie like that, it takes a while to sink in. You've really got to process it. You know you just saw something special. Sometimes you see a movie and you say, "It's great." But this movie had so many different avenues going on, and so many different story lines and things just weaving out of each other. And my question to Paul was, "Are they gonna let you release this movie, bro?" Because it was shocking. But it was shocking because there was so much truthfulness. This is the industry. But it wasn't a movie about pornography. It was a movie about the people that make those movies, and their story, and the stuff that they go through. I was so proud of him, of the cast of that movie and of how well that movie turned out. I thought that movie should have gotten an Academy Award nomination, because it was one of the best movies to have come around of that genre, maybe the only one of its kind.
7(On The Brave) You know, that movie was never released. It was Johnny [Depp]'s first stab at directing. I play his main nemesis in that movie. I love Johnny. Johnny's a great guy. I had fun working side-by-side with him. It's a struggle, man. It's a struggle to be as young as he was and be directing a movie like that and just trying to make it all work. He was trying his own path to it. [It was] the first movie I had ever been in with Marlon Brando, except I never got to meet Marlon on the set. But just knowing I got to work on a movie with one of my idols was awesome. It was work, you know? I just put myself into that role, being the most badass motherfucker that I could be. That's how I approach it. The thing about some of these characters, it's like you've got to really fucking go for it. You have to strip yourself of everything and just go for it. Whether it's being a cop, whether it's being somebody's sidekick, there are certain elements to those characters that you've got to bring all this stuff to the table. It's something I'm really proud of. I don't think I've played the same role twice in a movie. When I show up it's, "Okay, it's a fresh slate." To my credit, I grew up on the Lower East Side. Where I grew up, it looked like a bomb hit that neighborhood. I grew up with every single element, good and bad-you want to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly, I got all of that, so my life was always my reference to different characters that I've played. So when I did that movie with Johnny, The Brave, it was a guy [who] just didn't give a fuck who he was. He just went for it, "I'm badder than you." I don't think about that, I just do it.
8(On Carlito's Way (1993) & Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005)) Well, I don't think you can really compare (them), because one, you're working with Sean Penn and Al Pacino, and it was a different kind of movie than the prequel-and mind you, I play two different characters. In Carlito's Way, I play Pachanga, which was Pacino's main sidekick. That for me was such a great movie, because it captured that quote-unquote "criminal element" of someone just trying to make it [who] gets sucked right back into it, and you can't trust nobody. Johnny Leguizamo was in there too, and it was a great story about a guy from the neighborhood who just couldn't get out of it. Then in the prequel, Jay Hernandez played the young Carlito, and I was this guy, Nacho Reyes, who was this Cuban guy who was into Santería and is an assassin and a coke-head, but it was a different movie. I don't think it was nowhere near the level that Carlito's Way was. But for me, anyway, it was just one of those roles where I saturated myself with it and just went for it. It's like jumping off a building without a parachute, but I'm having enough confidence that I'm going to land.
9(On making Q&A) I had done a movie for Sidney Lumet called Family Business (1989). I had only one scene in that movie, and my scene was with Dustin Hoffman. In that one scene, I grew up like, 10 years in the business. Dustin taught me a lot. I learned a lot about my instincts. Sidney Lumet came up to me and said, "Look, I'm putting another movie together, and there might be a little something for you." At the time I was doing one, two, maybe three days' worth of work on movies. When he told me that, I thought, "Oh man, maybe I'll get four days this time." And it ended up being that role. I absolutely consumed myself in it. I worked with some great actors-Charlie Dutton and Armand Assante, Nick Nolte, and Timothy Hutton, working with the genius of Sidney Lumet. I grew up a lot. I learned a lot. I always showed up prepared, but always with the intention of, "What can I learn today? When I did Q&A, I used to do ride-along, where you ride in the squad car and you actually go out for eight hours. You sit in the squad car and you hear everything that goes on in the squad car, what comes in over the talkie. You go into different situations, and you experience them. So this way when you show up to a movie set, you're not acting a cop, but you're living a cop, because you understand some of the psychology involved, the lingo, the attitude, the personality, how you deal with people, how people deal with you, how people react to you, how you react to people. For me, it was absolutely a learning experience, so I benefited from that, because when I show up on set, I know what my attitude is. It's not something I have to make up. I experienced it, I lived it.
10(On getting involved in Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)) I got a call from Freddy [Rodríguez]. He said, "I'm doing this movie in Chicago, and I'd like to know if you would like to do a cameo in it." I go, "Yeah, bro, anything to support you, you're a good buddy of mine." So they sent me the scene-originally it was this scene involving the priest. So I read it, and then we got into a whole conversation, and I said, "It's okay, but I think when a priest shows up to somebody's house, there needs to be more of an impact there. So we need to just beef up the scene, make it worth my while." We talked and I gave him my notes. About a week later, I get a phone call. They said, "Hey man, would you mind checking out the part of Johnny?" I go, "Oh my God, this is right down my alley." Everybody has a cousin Johnny in their family. Everyone has that older cousin who wishes he were still young, and he looks out for all the younger siblings and cousins and stuff like that. I just dug the whole premise of the script, and they were compiling a really great cast of actors. I said, "Oh man, I'd love to be a part of this." I showed up and my whole thing was, "I want to be a part of this family." Pretty much that's how I approached it, and I got so much love from it, and gave so much love back to it. It's one of those projects that I was totally proud of. Not just because I was making a Latin movie about a Latin family, but because I was making a good movie, a good story, a universal story that could apply to any family in any corner of this country or the world, for that matter, because we always come together, the family at least once a year, or once every couple of years.
11I've become, like, this farmer. I live on the top of a mountain and I look out at the birds fighting over the bird table instead of guys fighting over a parking space. It's about as far from my old neighborhood as you can get. But you know what they say: you can take the kid out of the Lower East Side but you can't take the Lower East Side out of the kid.
12Never thought about pursuing acting as a career. Back then we were mainly performing at block parties. It was a labor of love and it was a lot of fun. The best I thought I could do was maybe make a few extra bucks on the side. All I really wanted was to earn enough to buy myself a used car so I could drive out to Orchard Beach at the weekend. This whole thing is a complete fluke.
13Leading men crash and burn. Character actors are around forever.
14My all time favorite actor is Marlon Brando. I admired how effortless and how real he was in his performance in On the Waterfront (1954)." To me, he wasn't acting. He was living the role. And that's what I admire about good acting. It's real.


1Has been in two movies with the word "way" in the title: The Cowboy Way (1994) and Carlito's Way (1993).
2In the show Community, he is portrayed as a former student of Greendale. Ironically he attended City College the rival school of Greendale.
3Was considered for the role of Willie Lopez in Ghost (1990). The role went to Rick Aviles instead. Their resemblance is so uncanny that people often ask Luis why he "killed" Patrick Swayze. He has to explain to them that it wasn't him, it was Rick.
4Performed in several spots for Cabot Cheese, which is based near where he lives in Cabot, Vermont, living the life of a gentleman farmer.
5He prefers his first name pronounced LOO-ee.
6Although he played the father of Nicholas Turturro on two episodes of NYPD Blue (1993), he is in fact only five years older than Turturro.
7He and Chuck Zito are the only actors to appear in both Carlito's Way (1993) and its prequel, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005).
8Formerly of Cabot, VT, now resides elsewhere in the "Northeast Kingdom" area of the state. [2009]
9He was a social worker, working especially with young people. He also was very involved with his community, arranging events, before becoming an actor.
10Born in Puerto Rico, but grew up in the East Village section of Manhattan, in New York City. In an interview, he explained that his mother traveled to New York fifteen minutes after his birth.
11Last name is pronounced gooz-MAHN.
12Frequently cast by film director Paul Thomas Anderson.
13Frequently cast by film director Steven Soderbergh.




Hold On2017/IcompletedPastor Rivera
Literally Right Before Aaron2017post-production
Bread and Games2017Short pre-productionMartin
Nine Eleven2017completedEddie
Aztec Warrior2016completedAztec Warrior
The Duck2016Short post-productionLeonard
Code Black2015-2017TV SeriesJesse Sallander
Noches Con Platanito2016TV Series
Roadies2016TV SeriesGooch
The Do-Over2016Jorge the Shooter Boy
Narcos2015TV SeriesJosé Rodríguez Gacha
Puerto Ricans in Paris2015Luis
Ana Maria in Novela Land2015Licenciado Schmidt
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha2015Farmer (as Luis Guzman)
Mind Games2014TV SeriesNate
Top Five2014Bobby the Cop
Henry & Me2014Lefty Gomez (voice)
The Lookalike2014Vincent
In the Blood2014/IChief Ramón Garza
Two Men in Town2014Terence
We're the Millers2013Mexican Cop
Turbo2013Angelo (voice)
Republic of Doyle2013TV SeriesCharles Alomar
The Last Stand2013Mike Figuerola
Departure Date2012ShortFrank
Counter Culture2012TV MovieAlonzo
IC Places Hollywood2012TV Series
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island2012Gabato
How to Make It in America2010-2011TV SeriesRene Calderon
Community2011TV SeriesLuis Guzmán
Rise of the Damned2011Ramon
The Caller2011George
Old Dogs2009/INick - Child Proofer #2 (uncredited)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 32009Phil Ramos
Still Waiting...2009VideoRaddimus (as Luis Guzman)
He's Just Not That Into You2009Javier (uncredited)
Yes Man2008Jumper (uncredited)
Nothing Like the Holidays2008Johnny
Beverly Hills Chihuahua2008Chucho (voice, as Luis Guzman)
Chicano Blood2008VideoMexican Mule 1
I Kicked Luis Guzman in the Face2008ShortLuis
Cleaner2007Det. Jim Vargas
War2007Benny (as Luis Guzman)
John from Cincinnati2007TV SeriesRamon Gaviota
Maldeamores2007Ismael (segment: "En la Urbanizacion")
Raines2007TV SeriesCharlie Lincoln
Lolo's Cafe2006TV MovieLolo (voice)
Hard Luck2006VideoMillion Dollar Mendez
School for Scoundrels2006Sergeant Moorehead
Fast Food Nation2006Benny (as Luis Guzman)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories2006Video GameRicardo Diaz (voice, as Luis Guzman)
Disappearances2006Brother St. Hilaire (as Luis Guzman)
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power2005VideoNacho Reyes
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story2005Balon
A Series of Unfortunate Events2004Bald Man (as Luis Guzman)
Luis2003TV SeriesLuis Cortez / Luis
Runaway Jury2003Jerry Hernandez (uncredited)
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd2003Ray
Anger Management2003Lou (as Luis Guzman)
Confidence2003Manzano (as Luis Guzman)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video GameRicardo Diaz (voice, as Luis Guzman)
Frasier2002TV SeriesGeorge
The Adventures of Pluto Nash2002Felix Laranga
Welcome to Collinwood2002Cosimo
Punch-Drunk Love2002Lance
The Salton Sea2002Quincy
The Count of Monte Cristo2002Jacopo
Home Invaders2001Peligro
Sam the Man2001Murray (as Luis Guzman)
Double Whammy2001Juan Benitez
Table One2000Xavier
Traffic2000Ray Castro (as Luis Guzman)
Thin Air2000TV MovieChollo
Oz1998-2000TV SeriesRaoul 'El Cid' Hernandez
The Beat2000TV Series
The Huntress2000TV SeriesPaulie Dortmunder
Magnolia1999Luis (as Luis Guzman)
The Bone Collector1999Eddie Ortiz (as Luis Guzman)
The Limey1999Eduardo Roel (as Luis Guzman)
Mind Prey1999TV MovieDet. Black
Trinity1998TV Series
One Tough Cop1998Gunman Popi
Snake Eyes1998Cyrus (as Luis Guzman)
Out of Sight1998Chino (as Luis Guzman)
Michael Hayes1998TV SeriesSantos
Early Edition1998TV SeriesJohn Hernandez
King of New York1998TV Movie
Boogie Nights1997Maurice TT Rodriguez (as Luis Guzman)
Pronto1997TV MovieBuck Torres (as Luis Guzman)
The Brave1997Luis
On Seventh Avenue1996TV MovieEddie Diaz
New York Undercover1995-1996TV SeriesJoaquin / Det. Lopez
The Substitute1996Rem
Stonewall1995Vito (as Luiz Guzman)
Lotto Land1995Ricki
House of Buggin'1995TV Series
El vagabundo con suerte1994Luis
Hand Gun1994Jacks Man Rick
The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story1994TV MovieEstate Boss
The Cowboy Way1994Chango
SeaQuest 20321994TV SeriesGeneral Guzmano
NYPD Blue1993TV SeriesHector Martinez
Carlito's Way1993Pachanga (as Luis Guzman)
Naked in New York1993Auditioner
Mr. Wonderful1993Juice
Walker, Texas Ranger1993TV SeriesGomez
Double Deception1993TV MovieRonald Sharkey
Guilty as Sin1993Lt. Bernard Martinez
Homicide: Life on the Street1993TV SeriesLorenzo 'Larry' Molera
Innocent Blood1992Morales
Empire City1992TV Movie
In the Shadow of a Killer1992TV MovieLouis Velazquez
Quiet Killer1992TV MovieAdelaido (as Luis Guzman)
Civil Wars1992TV SeriesHector Rodriguez
To Catch a Killer1992TV MovieWaiter (uncredited)
Law & Order1991TV SeriesCesar Pescador
Jumpin' at the Boneyard1991Taxi Driver
McBain1991Papo (as Luis Guzman)
The Hard Way1991Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
Monsters1991TV SeriesLuis
Hunter1990TV SeriesCarlos Delgado
Q & A1990Det. Luis Valentin (as Luis Guzman)
Family Business1989Torres (as Luis Guzman)
Black Rain1989Frankie (as Luis Guzman)
True Believer1989Ortega (as Luis Guzman)
Crocodile Dundee II1988Jose (as Luis Guzman)
*batteries not included1987Bystander (uncredited)
Heartbeat1987VideoGang Member #2
No Picnic1986Arroyo
Seven Women, Seven Sins1986Lotto Man (segment "Greed")
Miami Vice1985-1986TV SeriesGoon #1 / Miguel Revilla
The Equalizer1985TV SeriesGypsy Cabbie
Short Eyes1977as Luis Guzman


Aztec Warrior2016executive producer - as Luis Guzman completed
Puerto Ricans in Paris2015executive producer
The NIMBY Experience2013TV Series documentary producer


Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar2009TV Movie documentary special thanks
My Buddy Jack2003Video documentary short special thanks
Skull Session: The Making of 'Anger Management'2003Video documentary short special thanks


Home & Family2016TV SeriesHimself
Being ñ2015Documentary shortLuis Guzmn
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
The Doctors2015TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHimself
Spokesbattle2014TV MovieHimself
Stories from the Road: The Making of 'We're the Millers'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Xfinity Latino Entertainment Weekly2012TV SeriesHimself (2016)
Janela Indiscreta2012TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Habla 22010TV Movie documentaryHimself
El Vacilon2009TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2009TV SeriesHimself
Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love the New Millennium2008TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Free Radio2008TV SeriesHimself
That Little Extra2007Video documentary shortRaddimus
The Manufacturing of 'Fast Food Nation'2007Video documentaryHimself
Mega Especiales: John Leguizamo2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHimself
I Love Toys2006TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love the Holidays2005TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Drop2005TV SeriesHimself
Dinner for Five2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHimself
A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence from the Making of the Film - Costumes and Other Suspicious Disguises2004Documentary shortHimself - In Costume Test Footage (uncredited)
I Love the '90s2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Exploring the Scene: Hackman & Hoffman Together2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Ensemble: Acting2004Video shortHimself
La otra orilla2003Documentary
The Commies2003TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHimself
My Buddy Jack2003Video documentary shortHimself
Skull Session: The Making of 'Anger Management'2003Video documentary shortHimself
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003TV SeriesHimself
Welcome to Collinwood: Uncensored2003Video shortHimself
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHimself
Inside Traffic: The Making of 'Traffic'2000TV Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesMike Figuerola in 'The Last Stand'


Won Awards

2012Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - ComedyHow to Make It in America (2010)
2009Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actor/Feature FilmMaldeamores (2007)
2003Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor - FilmPunch-Drunk Love (2002)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureTraffic (2000)
2000FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastMagnolia (1999)
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleMagnolia (1999)
1998FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastBoogie Nights (1997)

Nominated Awards

2015Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor - Feature FilmAna Maria in Novela Land (2015)
2009ALMA AwardALMA AwardsActor in FilmThe Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
2000Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleThe Limey (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion PictureMagnolia (1999)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastBoogie Nights (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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