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Andy García
Andy Garcia at the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival-01A.jpg
Born
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez

(1956-04-12) April 12, 1956 (age 63)
ResidenceToluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Height5’10
Spouse(s)
Marivi Lorido García (m. 1982)
Children4, including Dominik García-Lorido

Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956) is an American actor and director of Cuban and English descent, who became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in successful Hollywood films, including The Godfather Part III, The Untouchables, Internal Affairs and When a Man Loves a Woman. In the 2000s, he starred in Ocean's Eleven and its sequels:, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, and in The Lost City. In recent years he's had a career resurgence in such films as Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Book Club, The Mule, and My Dinner with Hervé.

García was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III. He was Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated for his titular role in For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.

Early life

Garcia 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 who later owned a fragrance business in the United States.[1][2] García has two older siblings, a sister named Tessi and a brother named René.[3] When García was 5 years old, his 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[4][5][4] 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,[6] which convinced him to pursue a career in acting. He began his acting career by 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.[7]

Career

At the flight line tower, İncirlik Air Base, Turkey, December 7, 2001

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 The Mean Season (1985), alongside Kurt Russell. Director Brian De Palma engaged him for The Untouchables (1987).

García acted the Ridley Scott film Black Rain (1989) with Michael Douglas. That same year, Francis Ford Coppola was casting The Godfather Part III (1990). 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 (1990), 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 Ocean's Eleven (2001), a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie. 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 (2005) alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray.[8]

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

Career resurgence

Garcia has had a recent career resurgence in film. He starred in 4 films in 2018. He starred in the critical and box office success Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as Fernando Cienfuegos alongside Cher, Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgaard, and Pierce Brosnan. The film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 81%, with the critics consensus reading, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original -- and my my, how can fans resist it?"[9] When asked about singing with Cher, Garcia 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".[10]

Garcia 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.

He also starred in Clint Eastwood's drama film, The Mule alongside Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Pena. It has grossed $166 million and received positive reviews from critics, who called it "poignant and charming" and praised Eastwood's performance.

He also appeared in the acclaimed HBO movie My Dinner with Hervé alongside Peter Dinklage, and Jamie Dornan. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 83% with the site's critical consensus reading, "My Dinner with Hervé offers a standard narrative on celebrity and infamy, but formidable performances by Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan find the dimensionality and pathos of Hervé Villechaize the man."[11] The film received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Movie/Miniseries.

Hemingway project

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

García has been 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,[12][13] but due to delays, Hopkins left the project and Garcia announced that the role of Hemingway would be played by actor Jon Voight.[14][15]

Personal life

In 1982, García married Marivi Lorido.[16] The couple has four children: daughters Dominik García-Lorido (b. 1983), an actress, Daniella (b. 1988), and Alessandra (b. 1991); and son Andres (b. 2002).[17][18]

García has expressed, on a number of occasions, his opposition to the communist regime that has ruled Cuba since the revolution that occurred there from 1953 to 1959.[19][20][21] Following Fidel Castro's death in November 2016, García condemned 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."[19]

Filmography

Film

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 Inspector 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[22] 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 What About Love Peter Tarlton Post-production
Headlock[23] Gerald Hotchkiss Completed
TBA Words on Bathroom Walls Father Patrick Post-production
TBA Big Gold Brick Floyd Post-production

Television

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
Ernesto
Episode: "Hill Street Station"
Episode: "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 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 TV movie
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Arturo Sandoval 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"
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) Documentary series
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 Royal Rescue"
Dora's Royal Rescue Don Quixote (voice) TV movie
2013 Christmas in Conway Duncan Mayor TV movie
Doll & Em Andy Episode: 1.5
TV mini-series
2014 Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu Amon 5 Episodes
2016 Ballers Andre Allen 6 episodes
2018 My Dinner with Hervé Ricardo Montalbán HBO TV movie

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
1991 The Godfather Part III Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Nominated work Category Result
1991 The Godfather Part III Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
2001 For Love of Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award

Year Nominated work Category Result
2001 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
2001 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Television Movie Nominated

Miscellaneous awards

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
1986 New York Film Critics Circle Awards 8 Million Ways to Die Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1991 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards The Godfather Part III Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1997 Nostros Golden Eagle Awards Outstanding Performer in Film Won
1998 ALMA Award Night Falls on Manhattan Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film Nominated
1998 ALMA Award Desperate Measures Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role Won
2000 ALMA Award Just the Ticket Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film Nominated
2001 ALMA Award 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special Nominated
2002 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Ocean's Eleven Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2002 ALMA Award Ocean's Eleven Outstanding Supporting Actor Won
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Ocean's Twelve Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2007 ALMA Award The Lost City Best Director Nominated
2013 Boston Film Festival At Middleton Best Actor Won
2015 Annie Award Rio 2 Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Nominated

Other honors

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Andy Garcia Biography (2010–)". Filmreference.com. April 12, 1956. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". tessigarcia.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ Drake, Tim (April 13, 2012). "Actor Andy Garcia Fights for Religious Freedom in 'For Greater Glory'". National Catholic Register. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
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  9. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mamma_mia_here_we_go_again
  10. ^ https://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/fl-reg-mamma-mia-sequel-andy-garcia-plays-fernando-20180718-story.html
  11. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_dinner_with_herve
  12. ^ Chitwood, Adam. "HEMINGWAY & FUENTES Finally Moving Forward with Anthony Hopkins, Annette Bening, and Andy Garcia". Collider. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (May 16, 2012). "Cannes 2012: Anthony Hopkins and Andy Garcia to Film 'Hemingway & Fuentes'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  14. ^ staff (January 29, 2014). "Sir Anthony Hopkins exits Andy Garcia's Ernest Hemingway movie". Express. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  15. ^ Molina, Melissa (February 4, 2014). "Interview: Andy Garcia Talks About 'At Middleton,' 'Hemingway & Fuentes'". Screen Crave. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  16. ^ "Andy Garcia's 'Twisted' Role". CBS News. February 25, 2004.
  17. ^ "'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.
  18. ^ "Andy Garcia, Family Welcome Arrival of New Son". San Jose Mercury News. January 30, 2002. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  19. ^ a b "Andy Garcia condemns late Fidel Castro's 'totalitarian' regime". Belfast Telegraph. November 27, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Ojito, Mirta (February 12, 2005). "His Homeland, His Obsession". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  21. ^ Strauss, Bob (January 28, 2014). "Andy Garcia lightens up in rom-com 'At Middleton'". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  22. ^ Sullivan, Kevin (July 6, 2015). "Ghostbusters adds Andy Garcia and Michael K. Williams to the cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  23. ^ Polish brothers: Headlock Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ "Andy García recibe Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes del Gobierno español". Diario Las Américas (in Spanish). December 23, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2019.

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