Comedian Louis C.K.'s first language was Spanish—and he's still a Mexican citizen!
Louis Szekely, known as Louis C.K., is many things. He is a screenwriter, producer, film director, actor, voice actor, and film editor. But he is best known as an American comedian. C.K.'s stage name is derived from an approximate English pronunciation of his surname, Szekely [ˈseːkɛj].
C.K.'s father was born in Mexico and is a Mexican citizen. His paternal grandmother is Rosario Sanchez Morales, who was a Catholic Mexican of Spanish and Indigenous Mexican ancestry. Her European-born family had been in Mexico since the mid-1800's.
Louis lived in Mexico City until the age of seven. His first language is Spanish and he retains his Mexican citizenship. When the family moved from Mexico to suburban Boston, C.K. Decided he wanted to become a writer and comedian. He was influenced by comedians like Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and George Carlin.
When he was 10 years old, his parents divorced and he and his siblings were raised by his mother in Newton, Massachusetts. When he was in fifth grade he became inspired to work on television because his mother returned home to 'bad' shows on TV at night. He felt she deserved better.
Over the course of his career, Louis has been nominated for 25 Primetime Emmy Awards.