Andy Garcia

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Real Name: Andrés Arturo García Menéndez
Birth Place: Havana, Cuba
Birth Date: April 12, 1956
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director

Andy Garcia Biography

One of Hollywood's most private and guarded leading men, Andy Garcia has created a few iconic characters while at the same time staying true to his acting roots and personal projects. Born on April 12, 1956, in Cuba, Garcia's family was relatively affluent. When he was five years old, Fidel Castro came to power, however, and the family fled to Miami Beach. Forced to work menial jobs for a while, the family started a fragrance company that was eventually worth more than a million dollars. Andy was a popular student in high school, a good basketball player and good-looking. In his senior year, though, he contracted mononucleosis and hepatitis, and unable to play sports, he turned his attention to acting. He first began acting at Florida International University, but soon he was headed out to Hollywood. His first break came as a gang member on the very first episode of the popular TV series "Hill Street Blues" (1981). His role as a cocaine kingpin in 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) put him on the radar of Brian De Palma, who was casting for his gangster classic The Untouchables (1987). At first, he envisioned Garcia as Al Capone's sadistic henchman Frank Nitti, but fearing typecasting as a gangster, Garcia campaigned for the role of "George Stone", the Italian cop who gets accepted into Eliot Ness' famous band of lawmen. Garcia's next notable role came in Black Rain (1989) by acclaimed director Ridley Scott, as the partner of police detective Michael Douglas. He then co-starred with Richard Gere in Internal Affairs (1990), directed by Mike Figgis. In 1989, Francis Ford Coppola was casting for the highly anticipated third installment of his "Godfather" films. The Godfather: Part III (1990) included one of the most sought-after roles in decades, the hot-headed son of "Sonny Corleone" and mob protégé of "Michael Corloene", "Vincent Mancini". A plum role for any young rising star, the role was campaigned for by a host of actors. Val Kilmer, Alec Baldwin, Vincent Spano, Charlie Sheen, and even Robert De Niro (who wanted the role changed to accommodate his age) were all beaten out by the up-and-coming Garcia. His performance was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actor, and secured him international stardom and a place in cinematic history. Now a leading man, he starred in such films as Jennifer Eight (1992) and Hero (1992/I). He won raves for his role as the husband of Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) and gave another charismatic gangster turn in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). He then returned in Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), directed by Sidney Lumet, as well as portraying legendary mobster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum (1997). In perhaps his most mainstream role, he portrayed a cop in the action film Desperate Measures (1998). Garcia then starred in a few lower-profile projects that didn't do much for his career, but things turned around in 2001, with the first of many projects being his role as a cold casino owner in Ocean's Eleven (2001), directed by Steven Soderbergh. Seeing his removal from Cuba as involuntary, Garcia is proud of his heritage which influences his life and work. One such case is his portrayal of renowned Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval in For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000) (TV). He is an extremely private man, and strong believer in old-fashioned chivalry. Married to his wife, Maria Victoria, since 1982, the couple has three daughters. One of the most talented leading men around, Garcia has had a unique career of staying true to his own ideals and thoughts on acting. While some would have used some of the momentum he has acquired at different points in his career to get rich off lightweight projects, Garcia has stayed true to stories and films that aspire to something more. But with a presence and style that never seem old, a respect from directors and film buffs, alike, Andy Garcia will be remembered for a long time in film history.

Andy Garcia Movies / TV-Shows

Geostorm (2017)
Passengers (2016)
Max Steel (2016)
True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)
Ghostbusters (2016)
Ballers (2015)
Rob the Mob (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Let's Be Cops (2014)
Rio 2 (2014)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)
Open Road (2013)
Christmas in Conway (2013)
Nash (2013)
Doll & Em (2013)
At Middleton (2013)
Pablo (2012)
A Dark Truth (2012)
Gottes General - Schlacht um die Freiheit (2012)
5 Days of War (2011)
I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac (2011)
His Way (2011)
Conan (2010)
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright (2010)
The Line (2009)
City Island (2009)
The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show (2008)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
New York, I Love You (2008)
The Air I Breathe (2007)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Smokin' Aces (2006)
The Lost City (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
The Lazarus Child (2005)
Modigliani (2004)
Twisted - Der erste Verdacht (2004)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Jimmy Kimmel (2003)
Confidence: After Dark (2003)
Cold Case (2003)
Top Gear (2002)
George Lopez (2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
The Unsaid (2001)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
A Galaxy Far, Far Away (2001)
The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
Dora the Explorer (2000)
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)
Lakeboat (2000)
Just the Ticket (1999)
Desperate Measures (1998)
Will & Grace (1998)
The View (1997)
Hoodlum (1997)
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Death in Granada (1996)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Steal Big Steal Little (1995)
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Frasier (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Accidental Hero (1992)
Maury Povich (1991)
Dead Again (1991)
Internal Affairs (1990)
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
A Show of Force (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)
Black Rain (1989)
American Roulette (1988)
Blood Money (1988)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Biography (1987)
The Untouchables (1987)
8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
American Masters (1985)
The Mean Season (1985)
The Lonely Guy (1984)
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
A Night in Heaven (1983)
Hill Street Blues (1981)
Archie Bunker's Place (1979)
Great Performances (1971)

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