John Leguizamo Helps Promote the Importance of Reading, Writing & the Creative Arts with a Donation to The Boys & Girls Clubs of New York City


{New York City, NY Dec 9, 2014} – Emmy Award winner, John Leguizamo, is giving back to the community with a donation of 300 copies his autobiography and stage works to The Boys & Girls Clubs in New York City.

Growing up in Jackson Heights, John Leguizamo knows the importance of creativity, finding your own voice and mentors. He appreciates the work that The Boys & Girls Clubs of America do for the city of New York and wanted to help where he could. With these book donations, Mr. Leguizamo hopes kid’s can relate to his story and hopes they will be able to find their own creative voice and creative outlet.

“I wanna show kids, that I came from where they came from and everything was against me and it was because of mentors and because I was able to somehow find the dream somehow and believe long enough to put me in a place where somebody could help me. I couldn’t have done it by myself. You need somebody to come in and tell you your worth something. I that’s what I want to give…” - John Leguizamo

“Oh WOW, that’s great! Our kids know him from his movies, but this will be great for them to read his story, to know where he came from and to relate to his struggles. Thank you, John Leguizamo!” - Ashanti (Harlem)

“Amazing & just in time for the holidays!! The kid’s will love them!” – Gina (Bronx)

Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life - Come along on a wild journey with John Leguizamo, from his childhood in Queens to his current home at the top of the Hollywood pyramid. Leguizamo shares the stories behind his many roles—what inspired them and what transpired as he created them—while dishing on his personal relationships with his family, friends, and celebrity colleagues. Here is both an intimate self-portrait and a unique behind-the-scenes look at the magic and chaos of stardom, a keenly intelligent and insanely funny book that celebrates a remarkably talented artist's greatest achievement: growing up Latino in America and succeeding on his own terms.

The Works of John Leguizamo: Freak, Spic-o-rama, Mambo Mouth, and Sexaholix - Mambo Mouth (1991) Leguizamo's portrayal of seven different Latino characters earned him both Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards. His follow up, Spic–O–Rama (1993) four time Cable Ace Award winner; including Writing of an Entertainment Special; Drama Desk Award. Freak (1998) Leguizamo's Broadway debut; nominated for two Tony Awards and Emmy winner. Sexaholix: A Love Story (2001) based on the sold–out national tour of John Leguizamo Live! winner of NAMIC Vision Award and was nominated for an Emmy, Outer Critics Circle Award as well as a Tony Award.

Both books can be purchased here,

For questions or more information please contact Ariadne (Ari) Pineda