is currently filming Pride and Glory starring Nick Nolte
, Ed Norton and Colin Farrel. He recently finished filming El Cantante starring Marc Anthony
and Jennifer Lopez
and Michael Mann
's Miami Vice. Oritz has also appeared in Narc, Ransom, Carlito's Way, Amistad, Riot, Side Streets, Sgt. Bilko, Before Night Falls and The Opportunists.
On television, Ortiz was recently a series regular on CBS' Clubhouse. He also spent two seasons playing rookie detective Ruben Sommariba in the ABC series The Job with Denis Leary.
Ortiz is an Obie award-winning stage actor who co-founded LAByrinth Theatre Company and is co-Artistic Director of the company with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Some of the highlights of his 23 theatre credits are Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the A Train (Drama Desk Nomination -- Best Lead Actor) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; the Broadway production of Nilo Cruz' Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics; John Patrick Shanley's Where's My Money?; Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics (New York premiere), Sueno (world premiere), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (world premiere), and the upcoming School of the Americas (Public Theater). Ortiz performed in two world tours of The Persians and Merchant of Venice both directed by Peter Sellars as well as The Skin of Our Teeth (Delacourte Theatre) and The Rose Tattoo (The Goodman). Regionally, he has performed at the Mark Taper Forum, The Goodman, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, South Coast Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse. John was born, raised and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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