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Andy Garcia: Biography

Andy Garcia
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1956
Place of Birth:
Havana, Cuba

Born Andrés Arturo García-Menéndez, actor Andy Garcia was five-years-old when he fled with his family from his native Cuba to Miami, where Garcia's father, a former lawyer, established a successful cosmetics business upon becoming an American citizen. Following his graduation from Florida International University, Garcia moved to L.A. and performed briefly as a standup comic, working as a furniture expediter and waiter when jobs were scarce. While his TV debut was a small role in the 1981 pilot of Hill Street Blues, Garcia did not have to travel far from his adopted hometown for his film bow, Blue Skies Again (1983), which was shot on location in Florida. (Also making her first screen appearance in this forgettable baseball comedy was actress Mimi Rogers).

It was not until he was cast as a drug kingpin in Hal Ashby's 8 Million Ways to Die (1985) that Garcia's career really took off. After turning in strong roles in both The Untouchables (1987) and Stand and Deliver (1988), he achieved an additional degree of stardom when he was cast as Michael Corleone's hot-headed nephew in The Godfather Part III (1990), a role for which he earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. The range of Garcia's talents was impressive enough for screenwriter Henry Bean to write the script for the 1990 police-corruption drama Internal Affairs with the actor specifically in mind. But after several years of on-the-edge characters, Garcia softened his screen image as the too-good-to-be-true husband of an alcoholic (Meg Ryan) in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994).

Garcia's career waned a bit during the second half of the '90s, and the actor concentrated some of his energies on starring in various made-for-TV movies and such Spanish-made films as Death in Granada (1997). Although Garcia found his place in American cinema -- indeed, he was one of the few Latino stars to successfully cross over into Hollywood films -- his deep connection and loyalty to his Cuban heritage was illustrated by his involvement in projects that reflect that sentiment. He has produced and directed a tribute to Cuban mambo artist Cachoao entitled Cachoao: Like His Rhythm There Is No Other, and, at one time, he planned to direct and star in a film adaptation of The Lost City, an epic novel of revolution and exile by Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante. A devoted family man, Garcia lives outside of the spotlight with his wife Maria Victoria (also a Cuban immigrant) and their three daughters. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Andy Garcia: Photos

Andy Garcia:

The Last Full Measure (2010) (in production)
The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano (2009) (pre-production)
City Island (2009) (post-production)

The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
Linea, La (2008)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) (voice)
New York, I Love You (2008)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
The Air I Breathe (2007)
Smokin' Aces (2006)
George Lopez (1 episode, 2006)
The Lost City (2005)
Kurtlar vadisi (2 episodes, 2005)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Modigliani (2004)
The Lazarus Child (2004)
Twisted (2004)
Confidence (2003)
Will & Grace (1 episode, 2003)
Just Like Mona (2003)
Frasier (1 episode, 2001)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
The Unsaid (2001)
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)
Lakeboat (2000)
Swing Vote (1999)
Just the Ticket (1999)
Desperate Measures (1998)
Hoodlum (1997)
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996)
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Steal Big Steal Little (1995)
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Hero (1992)
Dead Again (1991)
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
A Show of Force (1990)
Internal Affairs (1990)
Black Rain (1989)
Clinton and Nadine (1988)
American Roulette (1988)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
The Untouchables (1987)
8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode, 1985)
The Mean Season (1985)
Brothers(1 episode, 1984)
The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984)
Murder, She Wrote (1 episode, 1984)
Hill Street Blues (1 episode, 1984)
A Night in Heaven (1983)
Guaguasi (1983)
For Love and Honor (1 episode, 1983)
Blue Skies Again (1983)
Archie Bunker's Place (1 episode, 1979)
Qué pasa, U.S.A.? (1 episode, 1978)

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