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Born May 23, 1968, in Brooklyn, N.Y., John Ortiz grew up in the borough's working-class Bushwick neighborhood, the son of Puerto Rican parents. He made his big-screen debut as Al Pacino's cousin in Carlito's Way (1993) and later co-founded the New York City-based LAByrinth Theater Company with fellow actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In 2008, Ortiz picked up a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of American Gangster. He also received an Independent Spirit Award nod for his work in the character-driven Jack Goes Boating (2010), reprising a role that he originated on stage.

Ortiz's other résumé highlights include turns in the big-screen adaptation of Miami Vice (2006), Fast & Furious (2009) and co-starring with Dustin Hoffman in the HBO gambling drama "Luck" (2011).

John Ortiz in A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose

2017 PG

Unfolding through the prospect of a reincarnated dog, this affecting family tale follows the faithful canine as he learns the purpose of his existence through the lives of his numerous owners.

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