John Ortiz is an award-winning actor who honed his craft on the theatrical stage of New York. He won the Obie Award for Best Actor in the off-Broadway production of “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot” and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in the indie film “Jack Goes Boating.” He is equally at home on stage, in feature films and on television.
Ortiz can currently be seen in the studio feature “Kong: Skull Island,” starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. He can also be seen in “Going in Style,” directed by Zach Braff and starring Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. He recently finished shooting “Nostalgia” opposite John Hamm and Catherine Keener. He also recently wrapped “God Particle,” produced by J.J. Abrams, with Chris O’Dowd and Elizabeth Debicki, and “Replicas” with Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve.
Ortiz also starred in “A Woman, A Part” opposite Maggie Siff and Cara Seymour. Additionally, he was in “Steve Jobs” starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, “Blackhat” starring Chris Hemsworth, “The Drop” starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, and Diego Luna’s “Cesar Chavez” opposite Michael Pena. Ortiz was also in the Academy Award-nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook” and the film version of “Jack Goes Boating,” which he not only starred in but also produced with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Other credits are “Public Enemies,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “Pride and Glory,” “American Gangster,” “Alien vs. Predator: AVP2,” “Miami Vice,” “El Cantante,” “Amistad,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Narc,” “Ransom,” “Riot,” “Side Streets,” “Sgt. Bilko,” “Before Night Falls,” “The Opportunists,” and “The Last Marshall.”
On television, Ortiz starred opposite Greg Kinnear in Fox’s “Rake.” He can be seen in the HBO series “Togetherness” starring Amanda Peet and Melanie Lynskey. He also starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in the cable series “Luck” and was a series regular on “Clubhouse,” “The Job,” and “Lush Life.”
Along with acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ortiz is the co-founder of LAByrinth Theater Company, where he has produced and performed in many productions, including “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” directed by Hoffman “Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train,” for which he was awarded a Drama Desk nomination “Guinea Pig Solo ” and “Jack Goes Boating ” all of which were staged at the Public Theater in New York. Most recently, he starred in the title role of “Othello” opposite Hoffman. The production, directed by Peter Sellars, premiered in Vienna and toured internationally.
Other New York theater credits include the Broadway production of “Anna in the Tropics,” “The Skin of our Teeth” with John Goodman at the Public Theater, and “Cloud Tectonics” at Playwrights Horizon. Additionally, Ortiz was in “The Persians” and “Merchant of Venice,” both directed by Peter Sellars and performed in Paris, London, Berlin and Edinburgh, among other cities. Regionally, Ortiz has performed at the Mark Taper Forum, the Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse.
A devoted fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Knicks, Ortiz was born and raised in Brooklyn. He currently resides in Santa Monica with his wife and son.