Andy Garcia

Andy Garcia

Birth name: Andrés Arturo García Menéndez
Born: April 12, 1956
Age: 68
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956), professionally known as Andy García, is a Cuban American actor and director. He became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in several successful Hollywood films, including The Godfather Part III, The Untouchables, Internal Affairs and When a Man Loves a Woman. More recently, he has starred in Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, and The Lost City.

García was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III.


Early life

García was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez in Havana, Cuba. His mother, Amelie Menéndez, was an English teacher, and his father, René García Núñez, was an avocado farmer and attorney in Cuba, and later owned a fragrance business in the United States. García has two older siblings, a sister named Tessi and a brother named René. When García was five years old, the family moved to Miami, Florida, after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. Over a period of several years, they built up a million-dollar perfume company. García was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Miami Beach Senior High School, where he played on the basketball team. During his last year in high school, he became ill with mononucleosis, which convinced him to pursue a career in acting. He began his acting career taking a drama class with Jay W. Jensen in his senior year at Miami Beach Senior High School. He graduated from Florida International University in Miami.


García began acting at Florida International University but soon went to Hollywood. He had a short role in the first episode of "Murder, She Wrote" as "1st white tough" in 1984. He played the role of a gang member in the first episode of the popular TV series Hill Street Blues. He appeared in a supporting role in 1985's The Mean Season alongside Kurt Russell. Director Brian De Palma engaged him for The Untouchables (1987).

In 1989, García did the Ridley Scott film Black Rain with Michael Douglas. Also in 1989, Francis Ford Coppola was casting The Godfather Part III. García won the part of Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone, and earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

In the 1990s, García appeared in Internal Affairs, in which he engages in a battle of wits with a corrupt fellow police officer, played by Richard Gere. He played a conflicted good samaritan in Hero (1992), the enabling husband of an alcoholic in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), a doomed criminal in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), a crusading lawyer in the drama Night Falls on Manhattan (1997), and a cop trying to save his gravely ill son in the action thriller Desperate Measures (1997). He played mobster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum (1998).

He portrayed the ruthless Las Vegas casino owner Terry Benedict in 2001's Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie. He also appeared in the sequel, Ocean's Twelve (2004), and in the final film, Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

In 2005, he released The Lost City, which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in, alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray.

In 2006, he appeared in the last episode of the Turkish TV series Kurtlar Vadisi, along with Sharon Stone.

Hemingway project

García is slated to direct the upcoming film Hemingway & Fuentes about famous writer Ernest Hemingway co-written by García and Hemingway's niece Hilary Hemingway. Originally, announced stars included Anthony Hopkins, Annette Bening and García himself. Filming was originally to have begun in January 2013, but due to delays, Hopkins left the project and Garcia announced that the role of Hemingway would be played by actor Jon Voight.

Personal life

In 1982, García married Marivi Lorido. García and his wife have four children: daughters Dominik García-Lorido (b. 1983), an actress, Daniella (b. 1988), and Alessandra (b. 1991); and son Andres (b. 2002). Garcia was ranked one of "Newsmax's 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans" in 2016.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Blue Skies Again Ken
1983 Guaguasi Ricardo
1983 A Night in Heaven T. J. The Bartender
1984 The Lonely Guy Uncredited
1985 The Mean Season Ray Martínez
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Angel Moldonado
1987 The Untouchables Agent George Stone/Giuseppe Petri
1988 Stand and Deliver Dr. Ramírez
1988 American Roulette Carlos Quintas
1989 Black Rain Det. Charlie Vincent
1990 Internal Affairs Raymond Avilla
1990 A Show of Force Luis Ángel Mora
1990 The Godfather Part III Vincent Mancini Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1991 Dead Again Gray Baker
1992 Hero John Bubber
1992 Jennifer 8 Sgt. John Berlin
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Michael Green Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Jimmy "The Saint" Tosnia
1995 Dangerous Minds Scenes deleted
1995 Steal Big Steal Little Ruben Partida Martinez/Robert Martin/Narrator
1996 Night Falls on Manhattan Sean Casey Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
1996 The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Federico García Lorca Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
1997 Hoodlum Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
1998 Desperate Measures Frank Conner ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
1999 Just the Ticket Gary Starke Also producer
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
2000 Lakeboat Guigliani
2001 The Unsaid Michael Hunter Also executive producer
Direct-to-DVD release
2001 The Man from Elysian Fields Byron Tiller Also producer
2001 Ocean's Eleven Terry Benedict ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—DVD Exclusive Award for Best Audio Commentary
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2003 Confidence Special Agent Gunther Butan
2003 Just Like Mona
2004 Twisted Mike Delmarco
2004 Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani Also executive producer
2004 Ocean's Twelve Terry Benedict Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2005 The Lazarus Child Jack Heywood
2005 The Lost City Fico Fellove Also executive producer/director
Imagen Foundation Award for Best Director
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Director - Motion Picture
Nominated—Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor
2006 Smokin' Aces Stanley Locke
2007 The Air I Breathe Fingers
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Terry Benedict Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry
2008 New York, I Love You Garry
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delgado Voice only
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Inspector Vicenzo Brancaleone
2009 City Island Vince Rizzo Also producer
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2009 La Linea Javier Salazar
2010 Across the Line Jorge Garza
2011 5 Days of War Mikheil Saakashvili
2012 For Greater Glory Enrique Gorostieta Velarde
2012 A Dark Truth Jack Begosian
2013 Open Road Chuck
2013 At Middleton George Hartman
2014 Let's Be Cops Detective Brolin
2014 Kill the Messenger Norwin Meneses
2014 What About Love Peter Tarlton Post-production
2014 Rob the Mob Big Al
2014 Rio 2 Eduardo Nominated-Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2015 Max Steel Dr. Miles Edwards Post-production
2015 Headlock Gerald Hotchkiss Filming
2016 Geostorm President of the United States Filming
2016 Ghostbusters Mayor of New York City Post-production
2016 The True Memoirs of an International Assassin Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1978 ¿Qué Pasa, USA? Pepe (Carmen's Boyfriend) Episode: "Here Comes the Bride"
1979 Archie Bunker's Place Manuel Episode: "Building the Restaurant"
1981, 1984 Hill Street Blues Street Kid
Episode: "Hill Street Station"
Episode: "Hair Apparent"
1983 For Love and Honor Medic Episode: "For Love and Honor" (pilot)
1984 Murder, She Wrote 1st White Tough Episode: "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" (pilot)
1984 Brothers Jose Episode: "Happy Birthday Me!"
1985 The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alejandro Episode: "Breakdown"
1986 Foley Square A movie star seeking to sue his business manager Episode: "The Star"
1988 Clinton and Nadine Clinton Dillard TV movie
1999 Swing Vote Joseph Michael Kirkland ABC television movie
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Arturo Sandoval Also producer
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
2001 Frasier Terrance Episode: "Bully for Martin"
2003 Will & Grace Milo Episode: "Field of Queens"
2005 Kurtlar Vadisi Amon Episode: 4.96
Episode: 4.97
2006 George Lopez Ray Episode: "George Doesn't Trustee Angie's Brother"
2008 Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show Himself TV movie
2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea Various historical figures Voice only
2010 Top Gear Himself Series 15, episode 4
2011 The Simpsons Slick Publisher Episode: "The Book Job"
2012 Dora the Explorer Don Quixote Episode: "Dora's Royal Rescue"
2012 Dora's Royal Rescue Don Quixote TV movie
2013 Christmas in Conway Duncan Mayor TV movie
2013 Doll & Em Andy Episode: 1.5
TV mini-series
2014 Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu Amon Episode: 9.230
Episode: 9.231
Episode: 9.232
Episode: 9.235
Episode: 9.238

Other awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special" - 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards
  • 2006: Won, "Anthony Quinn Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures"

Nostros Golden Eagle Awards

  • 1997: Won, "Outstanding Performer in Film"

Andy Garcia supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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