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John Ortiz


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Birth Name: John Ortiz
Born: 11/21/1969
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA

He was born John Augstin Ortiz into a family of Puerto Rican descent on May 23, 1968, in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in the borough's impoverished Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. He later attended the landmark progressive public secondary institution, John Dewey High School. In 1992, the then 24-year-old aspiring actor and 13 other Latino thespians founded the Latino Actors Base, a cooperative ensemble dedicated to staging artist-driven plays. Also that year, he won his first television role - a guest-shot - on NBC's seminal police procedural drama, "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), which would begin a string of work in gritty crime drama both in film and on TV. The next year, he won a small bu... Continue Bio >>


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