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Leon Ichaso
BornAugust 3, 1948
Havana, Cuba

Leon Ichaso (born August 3, 1948) is a Cuban American writer and film director.[1]


Early life

Leon Ichaso was born in Havana August 3, 1948.[2] At age 14, Ichaso left Cuba for exile in Mexico and the United States, with his mother Antonia Ichaso and sister Mari Rodriguez Ichaso, with his father staying behind to support the Cuban Revolution.[citation needed] Five years later, he joined his family in New York.[citation needed]


Leon Ichaso is a director. His first movie was the spanish-language feature El Super (1979), based on an Off-Broadway play about an immigrant building superintendent trying to make his way in New York City.[citation needed]

When entering the Hollywood scene, Ichaso told stories of the big city slotted into action series on TV (e.g., Miami Vice, Crime Story, The Equalizer) and TV movies as The Fear Inside, The Take, A Table at Ciro's and A Kiss to Die For. Ichaso later directed Wesley Snipes's Sugar Hill (1994), a character study wedded to a violent crime drama of a New York drug empire.[citation needed]

In the Dominican Republic and Cuba in 1996, Ichaso made Azúcar Amarga (Bitter Sugar), a Spanish language film about a disillusioned Cuban Communist.[citation needed]

For the next several years, Ichaso worked on several TV-movies, some of which were adaptations of plays. Zooman (Showtime, 1995) was an adaptation of an Off-Broadway play dealing with a family coping with the murder of child.[citation needed] Execution of Justice (Showtime, 1999) was also derived from a play, which detailed the events behind the murders of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk.[citation needed]

Ichaso next directed small screen biographies Ali: An American Hero (Fox, 2000) and Hendrix (Showtime, 2000). He later wrote and directed Piñero (2001), a biographical movie about the life of Puerto Rican author Miguel Piñero.[3]

After working again for Showtime (Sleeper Cell, 2005), Cane, The Cleaner (A&E), Persons Unknown (Fox/Televisa 2008 and 2009), developing his own future projects ("Monk"), and teaching movie directing in France, in 2004, Ichaso started working on the screenplay of salsa singer Héctor Lavoe's biography, El Cantante. This movie was shot in 2006 and stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.[citation needed]

His last movie Paraiso, filmed in Miami in 2008, opened during the 2009 Miami International Film Festival in March 2009.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Scorsese of Salseros in New York. New York Times 29 July 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Leon Ichaso". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  3. ^ "Leon Ichaso". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-07-15.

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