John Ortiz

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John Ortiz
Born(1968-05-23) May 23, 1968 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Years active1992–present
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John Ortiz
Born(1968-05-23) May 23, 1968 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Years active1992–present

John Ortiz (born May 23, 1968) is an American actor and artistic director/co-founder of the LAByrinth Theater Company.

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, he is of Puerto Rican ancestry. Ortiz resided in that borough with his wife and son until 2010. At that time they moved to California, where they currently live.[1]


In 1993, John made his film debut as Al Pacino's young cousin ‘Guajiro’ in Carlito's Way. He went on to appear in over 30 films including El Cantante, Take the Lead, Before Night Falls, Amistad, Ransom, and Narc. His recent film performances include those in Ridley Scott's American Gangster, as Russell Crowe's partner Javy Rivera, and Michael Mann's Miami Vice as drug lord Jose Yero.

Among Ortiz's television roles, he has most recently played the lead in J.J. Abrams’ Hope Against Hope for HBO, a series regular on Denis Leary's The Job and CBS’ Clubhouse as well as the NBC cop drama Blue Blood, directed by Brett Ratner.

In 1992, Ortiz formed Latino Actors Base with 13 other Latino actors to provide themselves with a place to work and an opportunity to become a tightly knit ensemble. Today, that ensemble is known as LAByrinth Theater Company: an award winning troupe of over 100 artists from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and creative disciplines.

With LAByrinth, he most recently played the role of Clyde in the world premiere of Jack Goes Boating by Bob Glaudini (Drama Desk nomination). In 2006, he appeared as Che Guevara in the world premiere of School of the Americas by Jose Rivera, a co-production between LAByrinth Theater Company and The Public Theater. Other co-productions between LAByrinth and the Public include the role of Jesus in the world premiere of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, and José Solo in Guinea Pig Solo by Brett C. Leonard. Other LAByrinth Theater credits include Jesus Hopped the A Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis in London and New York (Drama Desk nomination, Drama League Award) and Where's My Money? written and directed by John Patrick Shanley.

In 2003, Ortiz made his Broadway debut in Nilo Cruz’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics. He appeared in three world premiere plays by José Rivera: The Adoration of the Old Woman at La Jolla Playhouse, Sueño at MCC Theater and The Street of the Sun at Mark Taper Forum. He was also featured in two New York premieres of Rivera's plays: References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot at the Public Theater (OBIE Award) and Cloud Tectonics at Playwrights Horizons. Ortiz also appeared in The Skin of Our Teeth and De Donde at the Public Theater; the world tours of The Merchant of Venice and The Persians directed by Peter Sellars; House Arrest at Arena Stage; and the national tour of A Few Good Men; Pentecost at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Recent projects[edit]

He appeared in the feature films Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Pride and Glory, Public Enemies and Fast & Furious, and Jack Goes Boating, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in January 2009. In Summer 2009, he will star on stage in Othello at the Vienna Festival. Beginning in December 2012, he stars as Jackie in the Stephen Adly Guirgis play The Motherfucker with the Hat at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He also co-starred in Silver Linings Playbook.


1992–2008Law & OrderRoberto Martinez / Victor VargasTV series: 2 episodes
1993Carlito's WayGuajiro
1995Lotto LandCoco
Sgt. BilkoSpc. Luis Clemente
Lush LifeNelson 'Margarita' MarquezTV series: 7 episodes
1997Touched by an AngelNickyTV series: 2 episodes
RiotCiacoTV movie
1998Side StreetsRamon Yanes
1999The Last MarshalEnrico
2000The OpportunistsIsmael Espinoza
Before Night FallsJuann Abreu
2001–2002The JobRuben SomarribaTV series: 19 episodes
20013 A.M.Hector
2002NarcOctavio Ruiz
2003The HandlerDEA AgentTV series: 1 episode
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitOfficer ZermeñoTV series: 1 episode
2004–2005ClubhouseCarlos TavaresTV series: 10 episodes
2006El CantanteWillie Colón
Take the LeadMr. Temple
Miami ViceJose Yero
The Deep and Dreamless SleepMervin
2007Aliens vs. Predator: RequiemMorales
American GangsterJavier J. RiveraNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008Pride and GloryRuben Santiago
Blue BloodHectorTV movie
2009Public EnemiesPhil D'Andrea
Fast & FuriousRamon Campos/Arturo Braga
Anatomy of HopeTom HernandezTV movie
MediumAgent Daniel MuñozTV series: 1 episode
2010Jack Goes BoatingClydeAlso executive producer
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2011–2012LuckTuro EscalanteTV series: 9 episodes
2012Silver Linings PlaybookRonnie
2013Fast & Furious 6Arturo Braga
2014The DropDetective Torres
2015BlackhatHenry Pollack

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