City College of New New York
Foreign much of Guzmán"s career, he has played character roles largely as sidekicks, thugs, or policemen. He is a favorite of director Steven Soderbergh, who cast him in Out of Sight, The Limey, and Traffic, and Paul Thomas Anderson, who cast him in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. He also voiced Ricardo Diaz in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
He recently starred in the Home Box Office original series How to Make lieutenant in America and the Netflix series Narcos.
He currently stars in the Columbia Broadcasting System medical drama Code Black, where he portrays senior nurse Jesse "Mama" Salander. Guzmán was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and was raised in New York City"s Greenwich Village and the surrounding Lower East Side neighborhood.
He began working as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theater and independent films. Guzman"s numerous movie credits include Carlito"s Way, Carlito"s Way: Rise to Power, Welcome to Collinwood, Stonewall, Waiting.., The Salton Sea, and Lemony Snicket"s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
He has also appeared on the television shows Homicide: Life on the Street, Frasier and Oz and had a role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and its prequel Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
Guzmán starred in the short-lived 2003 television comedy Luis, and is a commentator on Video Hits One"s I Love the "80s, as well as I Love Toys and its sequels, including I Love the "70s and I Love the "90s. He co-starred on the canceled 2007 Home Box Office series John from Cincinnati. In early 2008, Guzmán starred in "Naturally Aged Cheddar Hunks" television ads for Cabot Creamery.
He also appeared in the music video "Yes We Canada" He recently starred in Home Box Office"s How to Make lieutenant in America.