Manhattan native Luis Guzman has carved out a long and successful career as a character actor on both film and television. After years of performing independent films and street theater while supporting himself as a youth counselor at the Henry Street Settlement House, the City College graduate got his big break in the early 1980s with a role on Miami Vice. Guzman’s profile grew in the 1980s and 1990s with roles in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Mr. Wonderful, Carlito's Way, Magnolia, Out of Sight, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Traffic, Anger Management, School for Scoundrels and countless other films. He appeared on HBO’s recent hit show How to Make it in America and is remembered for roles on Oz, Law and Order, NYPD Blue and Walker, Texas Ranger.


Although I never met Cristian in person, I can say that I’ve met Cristian through the spirit of my friend, and his father, John “Gungie” Rivera. I am so honored to be part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation because I want to be part of finding a cure for Pontine Glioma. As a father of five, and having lost a child myself, I know what a terrible void it creates in someone’s life when their son or daughter passes away. A cure for Pontine Glioma would mean fewer families will have to know that void. Being part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation will give me the opportunity to make a difference.