Jorge Garcia

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Jorge Garcia
Jorge Garcia by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Garcia at the 2012 WonderCon in March 2012.
Born (1973-04-28) April 28, 1973 (age 40)
Omaha, Nebraska
United States
Occupation Actor/Comedian
Years active 1997–present

Jorge García (born April 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker and later for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the television series Lost. Garcia also performs as a stand-up comedian. He most recently starred in the FOX television series Alcatraz, as well as playing a minor character on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Early life[edit]

García was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Dora Mesa, is a Cuban-born professor, and his father, Humberto Garcia, is a Chilean-born doctor.[1][2] He grew up in Southern California and went to San Clemente High School. As a senior, he was selected by the faculty as "Triton of the Year", the highest award given to a graduating senior.

Garcia graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1995 as a Communication Studies major.

Career[edit]

García was the first actor to be cast on Lost after the producers saw him on Curb Your Enthusiasm the night before casting began, and created the character of Hugo Reyes specifically for him.[3] García appeared in the second episode of the eighth season of Celebrity Poker Showdown, where he lost to Michael Ian Black. He was a contestant on an episode of Russian Roulette on Game Show Network. He missed a question about the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 and fell through the trap door.

Garcia is scheduled to star in the movie When We Were Pirates due out in 2012. In the independent film, he will play a man named Jason, who along with a group of close friends, learn that their childhood love of playing pirates helps them overcome some of the difficulties they face later in their lives.[4] He is also seen singing in the studio for the upcoming project on an officially released YouTube clip.[5] During Lost's run, Garcia wrote a blog about the show called Dispatches from the Island.[6] He also hosted a weekly podcast, Geronimo Jack's Beard, in which he discussed the script of Season 6 along with his then girlfriend Bethany Leigh Shady.[7]

Garcia is also featured on the front cover of Weezer's album Hurley, released on September 10, 2010. The album is named after his character from Lost.[8] He performed as a guest vocalist at several Weezer concerts in 2010.

On 21 November 2010, Entertainment Weekly announced that Garcia was cast in the upcoming U.S. television series Alcatraz.[9] On 23 November 2010, Garcia made a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother's episode "Blitzgiving".[10] In the episode references are made to Garcia's time on Lost.

In 2011, Garcia appeared as a recurring character in Mr. Sunshine, portraying a caretaker at the Sunshine Center.[11] Starting in January 2012, Garcia portrayed Dr. Diego Soto, an Alcatraz expert, in the FOX series, Alcatraz. The show was a mid-season replacement for Fox's Terra Nova. Despite an impressive start, the series was officially cancelled by Fox on May 9, 2012, due to dropping viewership throughout its run. Garcia appeared on The Nerdist podcast posted June 18, 2012.[12]

In 2013, Garcia played Steve Wozniak in the parody film, iSteve produced for the Funny or Die website.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1997 Raven's Ridge Monty
1999 Tomorrow by Midnight Jay
2000 King of the Open Mics Meatloag
2002 The Slow and the Cautious Teddy
2003 Tales from the Crapper Racoon Head
2004 Our Time Is Up Gardener
2005 The Good Humor Man Mt. Rushmore
2005 Little Athens Pedro
2006 Deck the Halls Wallace
2007 Sweetzer Sergio
2011 Maktub Carlos
2014 Cooties Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Spin City Taxi Driver Episode: The Arrival
2003 Old School Jorge TV movie
2003 Columbo Julius Episode: Columbo Likes the Nightlife
2003 Rock Me, Baby Vizzy Episode: Would I Lie to You?
2003–2004 Becker Hector Lopez 13 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Drug Dealer Episode: The Car Pool Lane
2005 Higglytown Heroes Dog Trainer Hero Episode: Me and My Shadow/Out to Sea
2004–2010 LOST Hugo "Hurley" Reyes 114 episodes
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2006)
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Television Series (2008)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006) (shared with cast)
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie (2007)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor - Television (2007)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor - Television (2008)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Actor - Television
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2009)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2005)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male (2005)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2006)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2007)
2010, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Steve (The Blitz) 2 Episodes: Blitzgiving and Gary Blauman
2011 Mr. Sunshine Bob Bobinson Bobert 2 Episodes: Pilot, Hostile Workplace
2011 Fringe Kevin Episode: Os
2012 Alcatraz Dr. Diego Soto 13 episodes
2012 Phineas and Ferb Rodrigo Episode: Minor Monogram
2012-2013 Once Upon a Time Anton, the Giant 3 Episodes: Tallahassee, Tiny and Lacey
2013 Californication Drug Dealer Episode: Rock and a Hard Place
2013 iSteve Steve Wozniak Internet Movie[13]
2013-present Hawaii Five-0 Jerry Ortega Season 4 recurring, Season 5-present main cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Lost' takes an odd path to diversity". The Los Angeles Times. February 13, 2005. 
  2. ^ "EspectĂĄculos - Jorge GarcĂ­a lleva su vida real a "Lost"". El Universal. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2006-05-14). "On 'Lost,' the Castaway Who Stands Out Without Even Trying". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ New Transmissions: News from the Lost world and beyond Lost: The Official Magazine Issue 24 (September/October 2009): p 10
  5. ^ "Kanaal van whenwewerepirates". YouTube. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Dispatches from the Island". Dispatchesfromtheisland.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  7. ^ GJB (2010-05-25). "Geronimo Jack's Beard". Geronimojacksbeard.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  8. ^ Koch, Karl (2010-08-25). "A Retraction from Brian". Weezer Band Blog. 
  9. ^ Ward, Kate (2010-11-21). "Jorge Garcia swims to J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  10. ^ "How I Met Your Mother Recap: Blitzgiving". CBS.com. 
  11. ^ "Jorge Garcia Books TV Return". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jorge Garcia". nerdist.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Funny Or Die (15 April 2013). "'iSteve". funnyordie.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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