Name:
Andy Garcia
Birth Date:
April 12, 1956
Birth Place:
Havana, Cuba
Height:
5' 11
Nationality:
Cuban
Famous for:
His role as Vincent Corleone in 'The Godfather: Part III' (1990)
Profession:
actor, director, producer
Education:
Florida International University in Miami, Florida (majored in Theater)
BIOGRAPHY
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Mancini-Corleone

Background:

"I like for my guys, my characters, to make some type of choice that shows responsibility. That's all. They don't have to be saints, by any means. I just want, I suppose, for them to make sense." Andy Garcia

One of Hollywood's most renowned leading men, Andy Garcia became a worldwide star as the scene-stealing, illegitimate, quarrelsome Don Vincent 'Vinnie' Mancini-Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part III (1990), in which he received an Oscar nomination.

In 1999, he gained phraise after playing San Francisco police officer Frank Conner in the action film Desperate Measures (1998). Due to his outstanding acting, Garcia won an ALMA Award. He took home another ALMA for his good performance as Terry Benedict in the star-filled film Ocean's Eleven (2001). On the small screen, Garcia also made a name for himself with the starring role of legend Cuban musician Arturo Sandoval in director Joseph Sargent's television film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000), where he nabbed Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.

As for a musician/composer, Andy Garcia netted the 1994 prestigious Grammy for his work in the music of "Cachao Master Session Volume I" and received the 1995 Grammy nomination for "Cachao Master Sessions Volume II." He also wrote and sang for the motion picture Steal Big, Steal Little (1995) and Just The Ticket (1999) soundtracks.

Garcia, who formed his own production company CineSon Productions in 1991, has also established himself as a producer and a director in his own right. His directorial debut was the documentary film Cachao... Like His Rhythm There Is No Other (1993), where he received high praise from critics worldwide.

Off screen, 5' 11" tall Garcia was listed as the 65th of Empire magazine's 100 Sexiest Stars in film history in 1995. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995. As for his private life, Garcia lives outside of the spotlight with wife Maria Victoria and his four children, daughters Dominik Garcia, Daniella Garcia and Alessandra Andrea Garcia-Lorido, and son Andres Antonio Garcia-Lorida.

Cuban Immigrant

Childhood and Family:

"We left Cuba in 1961 with nothing. We moved to Miami and I didn't realize we were leaving for good. I thought we were going on a short visit. The transitional process was a little difficult because you can't speak the language, but I learnt quickly. " Andy Garcia

Son of Rene Garcia (attorney; died in 1993) and Amelie Garcia (former English teacher), Andres Arturo Garcia Menendez, who would later be famous as Andy Garcia, was born on April 12, 1956, in Havana, Cuba. As a result of Fidel Castro's takeover of his homeland, five-year-old Andy and his family fled to Miami Beach, Florida. After having diverse kinds of work to earn a living, the Garcia family established a million-dollar fragrance company.

Andy attended Natilus Junior High School and went on to study at Miami Beach Senior High School. While in high school, Andy was very popular because he was handsome and an excellent basketball player.

In his senior year, however, poor health banned him from playing ball and he took acting as an alternate. Andy first studied acting with South Florida legend Jay W. Jensen, then continued his drama studies at the Florida International University. In 1978, Andy headed for Hollywood to give acting a try.

In 1982, Andy married long-time girlfriend Maria Victoria Garcia, whom he met while studying at Florida International University. His first daughter, Dominik Garcia, was born in 1984, and four years later, daughter Daniella Garcia was born. Wife Maria then gave birth to their third daughter, Alessandra Andrea Garcia-Lorido, on June 20, 1991, and a son named Andres Antonio Garcia-Lorida on January 28, 2002.

Desperate Measures

Career:

Andy Garcia received his first acting exposure onstage when he was a college student by performing with regional Florida theater groups before he relocated to Hollywood. He next performed with improvisational theater groups and appeared at the Comedy Store and other local Los Angeles improvisational clubs while also working in a storehouse and as a waiter. Garcia landed guest spots in "¿Qué pasa, U.S.A.?" (1978) and "Archie Bunker's Place" (1979), and received his first break as a gang member in the premiere episode of the popular television series "Hill Street Blues" (1981).

In 1983, Garcia made his film debut in a movie about baseball called Blue Skies Again (1983). He went on to take roles in Guaguasi (1983), A Night in Heaven (1983), The Lonely Guy (1984), The Mean Season (1985), and appeared in his television film debut in The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984). Garcia's acting blossomed in 1986 when he was cast as cocaine kingpin Angel Moldonado in 8 Million Ways to Die, in which his fine acting caught the attention of film critics.

Led by his role in 8 Million Ways to Die, Garcia experienced his first blockbuster film when director Brian De Palma cast him as one of Eliot Ness' men, George Stone, in his gangster classic The Untouchables (1987, starring Kevin Costner). As soon as the film became a hit, Garcia was on his way to stardom.

The following years saw Garcia in a small role in Stand and Deliver (1988, starring Edward James Olmos), starring as Carlos Quintas in the spy thriller American Roulette (1988), in the title role of Clinton Dillard, opposite Ellen Barkin, in the made-for-television movie Clinton and Nadine (1988) and portrayed Michael Douglas' police partner in the acclaimed director Ridley Scott's Black Rain (1989).

He next costarred opposite Richard Gere, and co-wrote the script for Internal Affairs (1990), and played Luis Angel Mora in A Show of Force (1990).

Garcia's big breakthrough arrived in 1990 with the supporting role of Don Vincent 'Vinnie' Mancini-Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's highly anticipated third installment of his Godfather films, The Godfather: Part III (1990). Portraying the illegitimate and hotheaded son of Sonny Corleone, and mob protégé of Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino), Garcia received widespread recognition and appreciation. He also earned a nomination at the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his bright performance in the film. Combined with his efforts in Internal Affairs, Garcia won The 1991 National Association of Theater Owners Award for Male Star of the Year. Additionally, he was honored with the Harvard University Foundation Award for his outstanding contributions to American performing arts and intercultural relations. As a result, Garcia became a star.

After his previous victories, Garcia was seen starring in such films as the drama/mystery Dead Again (1991, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson), the comedy Hero (1992, also starring Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis) and director Bruce Robinson's thriller Jennifer 8 (1992, with Lance Henriksen and Uma Thurman) before disappearing from the screen for two years.

Garcia made his directorial debut in 1993 with the feature-length documentary Cachao... Like His Rhythm There Is No Other, focusing on the legendary Cuban bass player and composer, as well as being the co-creator for the Mambo Israel Cachao Lopez. The documentary film, where Garcia also served as a producer, received international critical praise. The subsequent years, he produced and recorded "Master Session Volume I" from the music of Cachao, for which Garcia won the 1994 Grammy Award. For his work in "Cachao Master Sessions Volume II," Garcia nabbed a nomination at the 1995 Grammy Awards.

The actor returned to acting in 1994 when he was cast as the husband of alcoholic Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994). Delivering a strong performance, Garcia received rave reviews from critics. He then played mobster Jimmy 'The Saint' Tosnia in the crime film Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) and starred as Ruben Partida Martinez/Robert Martin/Narrator in the comedy Steal Big Steal Little (1995). Garcia also wrote songs and sang for the soundtrack of Steal Big Steal Little.

In 1997, Garcia added three more films to his resume. He first starred as district lawyer Sean Casey in Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1997), then portrayed the early twentieth-century Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca in The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997) and played legendary gangster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum (1997).

In 1998, Garcia again drew the attention of the public with his mainstream role of San Francisco police officer Frank Conner in the action film Desperate Measures (1998). Through his bright performance, Garcia took home the 1999 ALMA award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role. After the film, he starred and produced the comedy/romance Just the Ticket (1999) and worked for the television movie Swing Vote (1999).

Entering the new millennium, Garcia was featured in the film adaptation of David Mamet's comic play Lakeboat (2000) before turning heads again with his work in the made-for-TV film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000). With Joseph Sargent directing, Garcia gave a notable turn as the famous Cuban musician Arturo Sandoval, for which he earned nominations at the Emmys and Golden Globes. The dramatic film, where he also served as an executive producer, won two ALMA Awards for Best Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, and Outstanding Latin Cast in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, as well as nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for the Best Made for Television Movie or Miniseries.

After he starred and produced the independent movies The Unsaid (2001) and The Man from Elysian Fields (2001), Garcia joined an all-star cast, which included Julia Robert, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brat Pitt, for director Steven Soderbergh's remake of the film Ocean's Eleven (2001). He took home an ALMA for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for portraying character Terry Benedict.

Two years later, Garcia appeared in Just Like Mona (2003), portrayed FBI Agent Gunther Butan in the drug world sting drama Confidence (2003), and made a cameo appearance in The Car Keys (2003). Garcia kept busy in 2004 by taking on roles in such films as the cop thriller Twisted (2004, opposite Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson), the independent movie The Lazarus Child (2004, starring Frances O'Connor and Angela Bassett), portraying the title character of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani for director Mick Davis' Modigliani (2004) and reprised the role of Terry Benedict in Ocean's Twelve (2004).

"The photos are all here because I've been developing a movie about Cuba for the last 15 years, The Lost City." Andy Garcia

Cuban native Garcia will star as Fico, opposite Dustin Hoffman and Tomas Milian, in the upcoming drama The Lost City (2005), in which he also directed and produced, and co-wrote with Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

Awards:

  • Imagen Foundation: Creative Achievement, 2002
  • ALMA: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Ocean's Eleven, 2002
  • ALMA: Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role, Desperate Measures, 1999
  • Grammy: "Cachao Master Session Volume I," 1994
  • Nosotros Golden Eagle: Best Actor, 1991
  • NATO/ShoWest: Male Star of the Year, 1991
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