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Andy García
Andy Garcia at the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival-01A.jpg
García in 2009
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez[1]

(1956-04-12) April 12, 1956 (age 66)[1]
Havana, Cuba[1]
CitizenshipUnited States[2]
Alma materMiami Beach Senior High School[3]
Florida International University[4]
  • Actor
  • director
Years active1978–present
Marivi Lorido García
(m. 1982)
Children4, including Dominik García-Lorido

Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956), known professionally as Andy García, is a Cuban-born American actor, director and musician. He first rose to prominence acting in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) alongside Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Robert De Niro. He continued to act in films such as Stand and Deliver (1988), and Internal Affairs (1990). He then starred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III (1990) as Vincent Mancini alongside Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Eli Wallach. He won a Latin Grammy in 2005 and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

He continued to act in Hollywood films such as Stephen Frears' Hero (1992), the romantic drama When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), and the action thriller Desperate Measures (1998). In 2000, he produced and acted in the HBO television film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000), where he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award nominations. He also starred in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). In 2005, García directed and starred in the film The Lost City alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray. He also starred in New York, I Love You (2008), the dramedy City Island (2009), the romantic comedy At Middleton (2013), and the crime thriller Kill the Messenger (2014). In recent years he has had a career resurgence in such films as Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Book Club, The Mule (all 2018), the HBO television movie My Dinner with Hervé (2018), and Father of the Bride (2022).

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 attorney in Cuba.[5] García has two older siblings, a sister named Tessi and a brother named René.[6] When he was five years old, his family moved to Miami, Florida after the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion. Over a period of several years, they built up a million-dollar perfume/fragrance company. García was raised as a Catholic[7][8] and attended Miami Beach Senior High School, where he played on the basketball team. During his senior year of high school, he became ill with mononucleosis,[9] which convinced him to pursue a career in acting. He began his acting career that year by taking a drama class with Jay W. Jensen. He graduated from Florida International University.[4]



García began acting at Florida International University but soon went to Hollywood. He had a short role alongside Angela Lansbury 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 TV series Hill Street Blues. He appeared in a supporting role in The Mean Season in 1985, alongside Kurt Russell.[10]

In 1987, Garciá received an acting breakthrough in Brian De Palma's crime drama The Untouchables. The film starred Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Patricia Clarkson, and Robert De Niro. The film follows Eliot Ness as he forms the Untouchables law enforcement team to bring Al Capone to justice during the Prohibition era. It received widespread critical acclaim and was a financial success.[11]

In 1989, García acted in the Ridley Scott action thriller Black Rain with Michael Douglas. The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a financial success earning $134 million.[12]


In 1989, Francis Ford Coppola cast García as Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone, in The Godfather Part III (1990).[13] The film stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Eli Wallach. The film concludes the story of Michael Corleone, the patriarch of the Corleone family, who attempts to legitimize his criminal empire. For his performance, García earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination.[14]

In the 1990s, García appeared in the Mike Figgis film Internal Affairs, in which he engages in a battle of wits with a corrupt fellow police officer, played by Richard Gere. In 1992, he played a cynical everyman in Stephen Frears' Hero starring Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, and Joan Cusack. In 1994, he played the enabling husband of an alcoholic played by Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman. In 1995, he portrayed a tragic criminal in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead alongside Christopher Lloyd, Steve Buscemi, and Christopher Walken. He starred as a hotshot lawyer in the 1996 Sidney Lumet drama Night Falls on Manhattan alongside Richard Dreyfus, and James Gandolfini. He played mobster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum (1997) alongside Tim Roth, and Laurence Fishburne. He portrayed a cop trying to save his gravely ill son in the 1998 action thriller Desperate Measures starring Michael Keaton and Marcia Gay Harden.


At the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival with Julianna Margulies (left) and his daughter Dominik García-Lorido

In 2000, García starred and produced the HBO film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. The film is about Cuba's jazz scene and the life of trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval. It starred Gloria Estefan as Maria, and Charles S. Dutton as jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. For his performance, García received Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.

He portrayed the arrogant Las Vegas casino owner Terry Benedict in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001), a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts. The film was a massive commercial success earning $450 million at the box office. He also appeared in the sequel, Ocean's Twelve (2004), and in the third film, Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

He co-wrote, directed, and starred in The Lost City alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray.[15] In 2006, he appeared in the last episode of the Turkish TV series Kurtlar Vadisi, along with Sharon Stone. In 2008, he starred in the first segment of New York, I Love You which was directed by Jiang Wen starring Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson.

Since 2009, García has been slated to direct the film Hemingway & Fuentes about writer Ernest Hemingway, co-written by García and Hemingway's niece Hilary Hemingway. They secured financing for the film in 2012, and García himself, Anthony Hopkins, and Annette Bening were announced as stars. Filming was originally to have begun in January 2013,[16][17] but due to delays, Hopkins left the project in 2014 and was replaced by Jon Voight.[18][19]


Towards the end of the 2010s, García had a career resurgence. He starred in four films in 2018.

He appeared as Fernando Cienfuegos in the critical and commercial success Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again alongside Cher, Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgaard, and Pierce Brosnan.[20] When asked about singing with Cher, García told NBC's Today show, "It was sublime. One thing is to act with Cher who is a great actress and then to be asked to sing with her".[21]

García also starred in the Paramount romantic comedy, Book Club, alongside Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen. The film was a box office success grossing over $89 million worldwide against its $10 million budget.[citation needed]

He also starred in Clint Eastwood's drama film, The Mule alongside Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña. It grossed $174.8 million and received positive reviews from critics.[citation needed]

García appeared in the HBO movie My Dinner with Hervé alongside Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan. The film received generally positive reviews from critics,[22] and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.


In 2020, García starred in Charles McDougall's comedic film Ana. Also that year, he starred in Thor Freudenthal's critically acclaimed coming of age drama Words on Bathroom Walls. The following year, he made an uncredited cameo in the comedy film Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar starring Kirsten Wiig and Jamie Dornan. That same year, he starred in the action films Redemption Day and the Guy Ritchie film Wrath of Man.

In 2022 he starred in the comedy Big Gold Brick. He also starred opposite Gloria Estefan in the romantic comedy HBO Max film Father of the Bride. It is the third filmed version of the 1949 novel of the same name by Edward Streeter.Time praised García on his comedic turn writing, "Garcia carries the film ably with his gruff elegance".[23]

García will appear in the action film The Expendables 4 as a CIA agent.

Personal life

In 1982, García married Marivi Lorido.[24] They have four children: three daughters, including actress Dominik García-Lorido, and a son.[25][26] The family divides their time between Toluca Lake, Los Angeles and Key Biscayne, Florida.[27][28]

García has often expressed his distaste for the communist regime that has ruled Cuba since the revolution that occurred there from 1953 to 1959.[29][30][31] Following Fidel Castro's death in November 2016, García criticized his legacy, stating: "It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people...that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime."[29]

García is Catholic,[32] and a naturalized citizen of the United States.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Blue Skies Again Ken
Guaguasi Ricardo
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
American Roulette Carlos Quintas
1989 Black Rain Det. Charlie Vincent
1990 Internal Affairs Raymond Avilla
A Show of Force Luis Ángel Mora
The Godfather Part III Vincent Mancini
1991 Dead Again Gray Baker
1992 Hero John Bubber
Jennifer 8 Sgt. John Berlin
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Michael Green
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Jimmy "The Saint" Tosnia
Dangerous Minds Scenes deleted
Steal Big Steal Little Ruben Partida Martinez
Robert Martin/Narrator
1996 Night Falls on Manhattan Sean Casey
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Federico García Lorca
1997 Hoodlum Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
1998 Desperate Measures Frank Conner
1999 Just the Ticket Gary Starke Also producer
2000 Lakeboat Guigliani
2001 The Unsaid Michael Hunter Also executive producer
Direct to DVD release
The Man from Elysian Fields Byron Tiller Also producer
Ocean's Eleven Terry Benedict
2003 Confidence Special Agent Gunther Butan
Just Like Mona
2004 Twisted Mike Delmarco
Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani Also executive producer
Ocean's Twelve Terry Benedict
2005 The Lazarus Child Jack Heywood
The Lost City Fico Fellove Also executive producer/director
2006 Smokin' Aces Stanley Locke
2007 The Air I Breathe Fingers
Ocean's Thirteen Terry Benedict
2008 New York, I Love You Garry
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delgado (voice)
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Insp. Vicenzo Brancaleone
City Island Vince Rizzo Also producer
La Linea Javier Salazar
2010 Across the Line Jorge Garza
2011 5 Days of War Mikheil Saakashvili
2012 For Greater Glory Enrique Gorostieta Velarde
A Dark Truth Jack Begosian
2013 Open Road Chuck
At Middleton George Hartman
2014 Let's Be Cops Detective Brolin
Kill the Messenger Norwin Meneses
Rob the Mob Big Al
Rio 2 Eduardo (voice)
2016 Ghostbusters[33] Mayor Bradley
Max Steel Dr. Miles Edwards
True Memoirs of an International Assassin El Toro
Passengers Admiral Norris
2017 Geostorm President Andrew Palma
2018 Bent Jimmy Murtha
Book Club Mitchell
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Fernando Cienfuegos
The Mule Laton
2019 Against the Clock[34] Gerald Hotchkiss
2020 Ana Rafael "Rafa" Rodriguez
Words on Bathroom Walls Father Patrick
2021 Redemption Day Ambassador Williams
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Tommy Bahama Uncredited[35]
Wrath of Man FBI Agent King
2022 Big Gold Brick Floyd Deveraux
Father of the Bride Guillermo "Billy" Herrera Also executive producer
2023 Book Club: The Next Chapter Not yet released Mitchell Post-production
The Expendables 4 Not yet released Post-production[36]
TBA What About Love Not yet released Peter Tarlton Completed
Miranda's Victim Not yet released Alvin Moore Post-production
Pain Hustlers Not yet released Post-production
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1978 ¿Qué Pasa, USA? Pepe Episode: "Here Comes the Bride"
1979 Archie Bunker's Place Manuel Episode: "Building the Restaurant"
Hill Street Blues Street Kid
Episodes: "Hill Street Station" & "Hair Apparent"
1983 For Love and Honor Medic Episode: "For Love and Honor" (pilot)
1984 Murder, She Wrote Tough Guy #1 Episode: "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" (pilot)
Brothers Jose Episode: "Happy Birthday Me!"
1985 The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alejandro Episode: "Breakdown"
1986 Foley Square Performer Episode: "The Star"
1988 Clinton and Nadine Clinton Dillard Television movie
1999 Swing Vote Joseph Michael Kirkland
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Arturo Sandoval Television movie; also producer
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"
2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea Various roles Voice; Documentary
2010 Top Gear Himself Series 15, episode 4
2011 The Simpsons Slick Publisher Voice; Episode: "The Book Job"
2012 Dora the Explorer Don Quixote Voice; Episode: "Dora's Knighthood Adventure" & "Dora's Royal Rescue"
Dora's Royal Rescue Television movie
2013 Christmas in Conway Duncan Mayor
Doll & Em Andy Episode: "Five"
2014 Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu Amon 5 episodes
2016 Ballers Andre Allen 6 episodes, HBO
2018 My Dinner with Hervé Ricardo Montalbán Television movie, HBO
2018–19 3Below: Tales of Arcadia King Fialkov Voice; 7 episodes
2019 Modern Love Michael 2 episodes, Amazon
Raul Julia: The World's a Stage Himself Documentary, American Masters
2020 Flipped Rumualdo 5 episodes, Quibi
Elena of Avalor Hetz, the Weather Shade Voice; Episode: "Coronation Day"
2021 Rebel[37] Julian Cruz[38] Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor The Godfather Part III Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
2001 Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
Outstanding Made for Television Movie Nominated
2005 Grammy Awards Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album ¡Ahora Si! (Shared with Cachao and Eric Schilling)[citation needed] Won

Miscellaneous awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1986 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor 8 Million Ways to Die Nominated
1991 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Godfather Part III Nominated
1995 MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Male When a Man Loves a Woman Nominated
1997 Nostros Golden Eagle Awards Outstanding Performer in Film Won
1998 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film Night Falls on Manhattan Nominated
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Nominated
1999 Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role Desperate Measures Won
2000 Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film Just the Ticket Nominated
2001 Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special Latin Grammy Awards
(Shared with Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Smits)
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Nominated
2002 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Ocean's Eleven Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2005 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Ocean's Twelve Nominated
2007 ALMA Awards Best Director – Motion Picture The Lost City Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry Ocean's Thirteen Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy City Island Nominated
2012 ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actor For Greater Glory Nominated
2013 Boston Film Festival Best Actor At Middleton Won
2015 Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting in a Feature Production Rio 2 Nominated
2022 San Diego International Film Festival Gregory Peck Award Lifetime Achievement Awarded

Other honors

See also


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  2. ^ a b "Celebrity Circuit". CBS News. July 7, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2021. Actor Andy Garcia, a naturalized citizen from Cuba, fights back tears while watching others take part in a mass naturalization ceremony at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., July 3, 2009. Garcia was the keynote speaker as more than 1,000 immigrants gathered in front of Cinderella's Castle for the naturalization ceremony to become American citizens.
  3. ^ "Miami Beach Senior High". Retrieved October 20, 2022.
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  5. ^ Blau, Eleanor (July 24, 1987). "New Face; A Fervor For Film Pays Off: Andy Garcia". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  6. ^ "Tessi Garcia Website". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
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  13. ^ Writer, CANDICE RUSSELL, Film. "CHARACTERS POWER STRONG STORY OF 'GODFATHER III'". Retrieved December 17, 2019.
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  16. ^ Chitwood, Adam (May 16, 2012). "HEMINGWAY & FUENTES Finally Moving Forward with Anthony Hopkins, Annette Bening, and Andy Garcia". Collider. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
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  18. ^ staff (January 29, 2014). "Sir Anthony Hopkins exits Andy Garcia's Ernest Hemingway movie". Express. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
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  20. ^ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), retrieved December 17, 2019
  21. ^ Diaz, Johnny. "Miami's Andy Garcia talks about playing 'Fernando' and singing with Cher in 'Mamma Mia' sequel". Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  22. ^ My Dinner with Hervé (2018), retrieved December 17, 2019
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  25. ^ "'Steal Big' star Andy Garcia was ready for a more light-hearted role.(Originated from The Virginian-Pilot)". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. September 29, 1995. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008.
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  27. ^ Ojito, Mirta (February 12, 2005). "His Homeland, His Obsession". The New York Times.
  28. ^ "Andy Garcia's House in Key Biscayne, FL (Google Maps) (#3)". September 25, 2011.
  29. ^ a b "Andy Garcia condemns late Fidel Castro's 'totalitarian' regime". Belfast Telegraph. November 27, 2016. Archived from the original on August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  30. ^ Ojito, Mirta (February 12, 2005). "His Homeland, His Obsession". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  31. ^ Strauss, Bob (January 28, 2014). "Andy Garcia lightens up in rom-com 'At Middleton'". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  32. ^ "Actor Andy Garcia Fights for Religious Freedom in 'For Greater Glory'". National Catholic Register. April 13, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  33. ^ Sullivan, Kevin (July 6, 2015). "Ghostbusters adds Andy Garcia and Michael K. Williams to the cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  34. ^ Polish brothers: Headlock Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ Ebiri, Bilge (February 11, 2021). "Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar Arrives Preordained for Cult Status". Vulture. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
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  37. ^ "Rebel Drama From Grey's Boss, Starring Katey Sagal, Gets Series Order at ABC". Retrieved September 18, 2020.
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