Luis Guzman in Fox Searchlight’s Fast Food Nation – 2006

Popular character actor Luis Guzmán came into the world on this day in 1957. Born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, Guzmán soon moved with his family to New York City’s Lower East Side. It was only a short while after graduating from college that the Latino actor landed his first bit part in the 1977 film Short Eyes. In the years since, Guzmán has appeared in almost 100 films including Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love. For his turn as Eduardo Roel in The Limey (one of several collaborations with Steven Soderbergh), the typically overlooked supporting actor was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Most recently, you’ll catch him in Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation.

Filmstar Factoid: When not on location, Guzmán lives in Vermont with his wife and five children. He is the owner of Wild Orchid Stables, which offers lessons in horseback riding.