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Andy Garcia

Andy Garcia
Deauville American Film Festival
Born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez
(1956-04-12) April 12, 1956 (age 58)
Havana, Cuba
Alma mater Florida International University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Marivi Lorido García (m. 1982)
Children 4

Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956), professionally known as Andy Garcia, is a Cuban American actor. He became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in several successful Hollywood films, including The Godfather Part III, The Untouchables, Internal Affairs and When a Man Loves a Woman. More recently, he has starred in Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, and The Lost City.

García was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III.

Early life

García was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez in Havana, Cuba.[1] His mother, Amelie Menéndez, was an English teacher, and his father, René García Núñez, was an avocado farmer and attorney in Cuba, and later owned a fragrance business in the United States.[2][3] García has an older brother, René. When García was five years old, the 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] 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,[5] which convinced him to pursue a career in acting. He began his acting career 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.[6]


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

In 1989, Garcia did the Ridley Scott film Black Rain with Michael Douglas. Also in 1989, Francis Ford Coppola was casting The Godfather Part III. 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, Garcia appeared in Internal Affairs, 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 (1998).

He portrayed the ruthless Las Vegas casino owner Terry Benedict in 2001's Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie. He also appeared in the sequel, Ocean's Twelve (2004), and in the final film, Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

In 2005, he released The Lost City, which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in, alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray.

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

Personal life

In 1982, García married Marivi Lorido.[7] García and his wife have four children: daughters Dominik Garcia-Lorido (b. 1983), an actress, Daniella (b. 1988), and Alessandra (b. 1991); and son Andres (b. 2002).[8][9] He is a Republican.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Blue Skies Again Ken
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 Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1991 Dead Again Gray Baker
1992 Hero John Bubber
Jennifer 8 Sgt. John Berlin
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Michael Green Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
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
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan Sean Casey Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Federico García Lorca Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
Hoodlum Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
1998 Desperate Measures Frank Conner ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
1999 Just the Ticket Gary Starke Also Producer
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
2000 Lakeboat Guigliani
2001 The Unsaid Michael Hunter Also Executive Producer
Direct-to-DVD release
Ocean's Eleven Terry Benedict ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — DVD Exclusive Award for Best Audio Commentary shared with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2002 The Man from Elysian Fields Byron Also Producer
2003 Confidence Special Agent Gunther Butan
2004 Twisted Mike Delmarco
The Lazarus Child Jack Heywood
Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani Also Executive Producer
Ocean's Twelve Terry Benedict Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2005 The Lost City Fico Fellove Also Executive Producer/Director
Imagen Foundation Award for Best Director
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Director - Motion Picture
Nominated — Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor
2007 Smokin' Aces Stanley Locke
The Air I Breathe Fingers
Ocean's Thirteen Terry Benedict Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry entire cast
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delgado Voice only
La Linea Javier Salazar
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Inspector Vicenzo Brancaleone
The National Parks: America's Best Idea Various historical figures Voice Only
New York, I Love You Garry
City Island Vince Rizzo Also Producer
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2010 Across the Line Jorge Garza
2012 5 Days of War Mikheil Saakashvili
A Dark Truth Jack Begosian
For Greater Glory Enrique Gorostieta Velarde
2013 Middleton George
2014 Rio 2 Eduardo Voice Only
Let's Be Cops Filming
Rob the Mob Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1978 ¿Qué Pasa, USA? 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
Episode: "Hill Street Station"
Episode: "Hair Apparent"
1983 For Love and Honor Medic Episode: "For Love and Honor" (pilot)
1984 Murder, She Wrote 1st White Tough 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"
1999 Swing Vote Joseph Michael Kirkland ABC Television movie
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Arturo Sandoval Also producer
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie shared with Jellybean Benitez and Celia D. Costas
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
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"
2010 Top Gear Himself Series 15 Episode 4
2011 The Simpsons TweenLit Inc. Publisher

Other awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special" - 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards (shared w/Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez & Jimmy Smits)
  • 2006: Won, "Anthony Quinn Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures"

Nostros Golden Eagle Awards

  • 1997: Won, "Outstanding Performer in Film"


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TCM Movie Database
  • Watch: Andy Garcia interviewed at the 2006 Miami Film Festival on
  • Andy Garcia interview for Smokin’ Aces
  • Andy Garcia interview on his City Island diet
  • Photos "Cristiada": Andy García filming in Durango, México
  • Lisa Bradshaw, "Andy Garcia - Film star returns to Ghent after 22 years: "I've come full circle"" - article in Flanders Today

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