Rene Calderon

played by Luis Guzmán

Actor Bio

Luis Guzman's recent feature releases include Tony Scott's 'The Taking of Pelham 1:23' with Denzel Washington and John Travolta, 'Fighting' with Terence Howard and Channing Tatum, 'Nothing Like The Holidays'  with Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina and John Leguizamo; 'Yes Man' with Jim Carrey; 'He's Just Not That Into You' with Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson; as well as 'The Cleaner,' opposite Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Renny Harlin; and 'Maldeamores' produced by Benicio Del Toro . 
Guzman has also played substantial roles in 'War' with Jason Statham and Jet Li; Todd Phillips' 'School for Scoundrels'; Richard Linklater's 'Fast Food Nation'; 'Waiting,' with Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds; 'Dreamer,' with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning; 'Carlito's Way,' with Al Pacino and Sean Penn; 'Carlito's Way: Rise to Power,' with Mario Van Peebles and Sean Combs; 'Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events,' with Jim Carrey; 'Anger Management,' with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson; and 'Confidence' with Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman, directed by James Foley.  Guzman also starred in 'Punch-Drunk Love,' with Adam Sandler, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and 'Welcome to Collinwood' with George Clooney.

The former social worker has become a well-known leading and character actor, appearing in over 60 feature films.  Born in Puerto Rico, Guzman grew up in Manhattan.  He graduated from City College, after which he worked as a youth counselor at the Henry Street Settlement House while performing in street theater and independent films.  Mr. Guzman's first big break was a guest appearance on the NBC series 'Miami Vice.'

Guzman has appeared in three films for Sidney Lumet, two films for Brian De Palma, including 'Snake Eyes' and the original 'Carlito's Way,' and three films for Paul Thomas Anderson: 'Magnolia,' 'Boogie Nights,' and 'Punch Drunk Love.'  He also appeared in three films for Steven Soderbergh: 'Traffic,' 'The Limey' (for which Guzman received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) and 'Out of Sight.'

Guzman's other films include Anthony Minghella's 'Mr. Wonderful,' Ridley Scott's 'Black Rain,' 'The Hard Way,' 'Cadillac Man,' 'True Believer,' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo,' directed by Kevin Reynolds.

For television, Guzman recently played a lead role in the HBO series 'John From Cincinnati.'

Early in his career, Guzman made guest appearances on many television shows, including ABC's 'NYPD Blue,' NBC's 'Law & Order,' and HBO's 'Oz.'