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Also Known As: Andrs Arturo Garca Menndez Died:
Born: April 12, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cuba Profession: actor, producer, director, songwriter, banquet waiter

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Andy Garcia lived the American dream, but kept a piece of his heart in Cuba. After settling in Florida as a child, Garcia's passion for acting grew, drawing him to Hollywood in the late 1970s, where his smoldering looks and commanding characters in Brian DePalma's brutal "The Untouchables" (1987) and Francis Ford Coppola's epic "Godfather III" (1990) eventually helped establish him as a bankable star of his generation. Instead of following the prescribed path, Garcia came to gravitate towards intimate projects, many of which, over the years, personified his admirable range, without the sacrificing the artistry of his homeland.

Andy Garcia lived the American dream, but kept a piece of his heart in Cuba. After settling in Florida as a child, Garcia's passion for acting grew, drawing him to Hollywood in the late 1970s, where his smoldering looks and commanding characters in Brian DePalma's brutal "The Untouchables" (1987) and Francis Ford Coppola's epic "Godfather III" (1990) eventually helped establish him as a bankable star of his generation. Instead of following the prescribed path, Garcia came to gravitate towards intimate projects, many of which, over the years, personified his admirable range, without the sacrificing the artistry of his homeland.

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 Geostorm (2016)
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 Rio 2 (2014)
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 Admissions (2014)
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 Let's Be Cops (2014)
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 Rob the Mob (2014)
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 Open Road (2013)
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 Truth, The (2012)
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Born in Cuba
1961:
At age five, moved to the U.S. with family and settled in Florida
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Performed with regional Florida theater groups before entering films
1978:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA; worked as a waiter while performing with improvisational theater groups, and appearing at the Comedy Store and other local Los Angeles improv clubs
1981:
Made TV debut as a gang member on premiere episode of NBC's "Hill Street Blues"
1983:
Film acting debut, "Blue Skies Again"
1986:
First garnered attention as a drug dealer in "8 Million Ways to Die"
1987:
Convinced Brian De Palma to cast him as George Stone in "The Untouchables"
1988:
First starring role in a feature film, "American Roulette" (British-Australian)
1988:
Made TV-movie debut opposite Ellen Barkin in the HBO production "Clinton and Nadine"
1990:
Co-starred opposite Richard Gere in "Internal Affairs"
1990:
Portrayed the illegimate son of Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather, Part III"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor
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Formed CineSon Productions
1993:
Directed (also produced) the documentary "Cachao: Like His Rhythm There Is No Other"
1994:
Produced the recording "Master Session Volume I" of the music of Cachao
1994:
Won praise for his turn as the husband of an alcoholic (Meg Ryan) in "When a Man Loves a Woman"
1995:
Wrote songs for and sang on soundtrack to "Steal Big, Steal Little"; also played twins
1995:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September)
1997:
Starred as a district attorney in Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan"
1997:
Played supporting role of mobster Lucky Luciano in "Hoodlum"
1997:
Appeared as the Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca in "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca"
1999:
Produced and starred in "Just the Ticket"
2000:
Portrayed Cuban musician Arturo Sandoval in HBO drama "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story"; also executive produced; earned an Emmy nomination for his performance and shared Emmy nod for Outstanding TV-Movie
2001:
Starred as hotelier Terry Benedict in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven," an all-star remake of the 1960s heist film
2001:
Co-starred with Gregory Hines in the Showtime biopic "Bojangles"
2002:
Produced and starred in "The Man From Elysian Fields"; screened at Toronto Film Festival
2003:
Played FBI agent Gunther Butan in "Confidence"
2004:
Reprised the role of Terry Benedict in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Twelve"
2005:
Made feature directorial debut, co-wrote, and starred in independent film "The Lost City"; film set against the backdrop of Cuban Revolution
2005:
Portrayed Amedeo Modigliani in the drama "Modigliani"
2006:
Made guest appearance on ABC hit sitcom "George Lopez" as Angie's shady brother
2007:
Re-teamed with the original cast for "Ocean's 13"
2008:
Lent voice to live-action comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"
2010:
Co-starred with Julianna Margulies in independent film "City Island"
2012:
Starred in historical drama "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada" along with Eva Longoria and Oscar Isaac
2013:
Co-starred with Longoria and Forest Whitaker in action thriller "A Dark Truth"
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Education

Miami Beach Senior High School: Miami , Florida -
Florida International University: Miami , Florida -

Notes

When asked about how he prepared to play a district attorney in "Night Falls on Manhattan", Garcia told www.roughcut.com: "There are obligations to the text and then there's the homework of knowing the legal system and how it works. But the real challenge comes in how to fill the emotional life of this character in an organic way. You have to start diggin inside your baggage and start pulling out that stuff that sometimes is painful to pull out. And you learn about yourself in the process 'cause the character or different characters will force you to pull differenc things out of that closet."---From "Light Falls on Garcia", May 16, 1997.

"I like for my guys, my characters, to make some tyoe 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."---Garcia to Chicago Tribune, May 23, 1997.

"Commercial success, or the lack of it, means nothing to me. The audience's enjoyment of a film does not affect me as an actor. Artistic mishandling does."---Andy Garcia to Bazaar, January 1996.

"I'm not interested in self-promotion."---Garcia quoted in GQ, July 1995.

"I was born with a cyst on my shoulder. My mother told me this story, and she has this tendency to exaggerate, but she said it had little arms and legs and hair and everything. Now this could be medically untrue, but she told me it was a twin that never developed. I always envisioned that if he lived, we would have been attached, like that movie 'How to Get Ahead in Advertising', where he just got an extra head. My mother said it was quite large, the size of a softball. They just snipped it off."---Garcia responding to Martha Frankel's query about playing twins and her recollection that someone had told her Garcia was a twin, from Movieline, September 1995.

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wife:
Maria Victoria Garcia. Married in 1982; dated while student at Florida International University in the mid-1970s.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Rene Garcia. Lawyer, avocado farmer. Built a multi-million-dollar import-wholesale fragrance concern which his son Rene now runs; died in 1993.
mother:
Amelie Garcia.
brother:
Rene Garcia. Wholesale fragrance businessman. Older.
daughter:
Dominik Garcia-Lorido. Born in 1983; made film debutr as her father's daughter in "Steal Big, Steal Little" (1995).
daughter:
Daniella Garcia-Lorido. Born in 1987.
daughter:
Alessandra Garcia-Lorido. Born in 1991.
son:
Andres Antonio Garcia-Lorido. Born on January 28, 2002.
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