Oscar Actors: Garcia, Andy–Background, Career, Awards (Cum Advantage, Emmy, Globe Noms)

Updated July 1, 2020
Andy Garcia Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance: NA

Social Class: Middle class; mother teacher, father farmer-attorney

Family: Cuban. moved to Miami when he was 5

Education: Florida International University

Training: Acting classes

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Radio Debut:

TV Debut: “Murder, She Wrote,” 1984, age 28

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Broadway Debut:

Film Debut: The Untouchables, 1987; age 31

Breakthrough Role:

Oscar Role: Godfather, Part III, 1990; age 34

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Screen Image: character actor

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Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956) appeared in 1980s and 1990s Hollywood films The Godfather Part III, The Untouchables, Internal Affairs and When a Man Loves a Woman.

In the 2000s, he starred in Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, and in The Lost City. In recent years he’s had a career resurgence in such films as Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Book Club, The Mule and My Dinner with Hervé.

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

He was Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated for his titular role in “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.”

Garcia was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez in Havana, Cuba. His mother, Amelie Menéndez, was an English teacher and his father, René García Núñez, was an avocado farmer and attorney in Cuba who later owned a fragrance business in the US.

[1][2] García has two older siblings, a sister named Tessi and a brother named René. When García was 5, his family moved to Miami, Florida, after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, where they built up a million-dollar perfume company.

García was raised as a Roman Catholic 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, which convinced him to pursue acting. He began acting career by taking a drama class with Jay W. Jensen in his senior year. He graduated from Florida International University.

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 a gang member in the first episode of TV series “Hill Street Blues.” He appeared in a supporting role in The Mean Season in 1985, alongside Kurt Russell, and director Brian De Palma cast him in The Untouchables in 1987.

García acted in the Ridley Scott film Black Rain in 1989 with Michael Douglas.

Francis Ford Coppola cast Garcia as Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone, in The Godfather Part III, for which he earned Best Supporting Actor nomination.

In the 1990s, García 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 cynical everyman in Hero, the enabling husband of an alcoholic in When a Man Loves a Woman, a tragic criminal in Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, a hotshot lawyer in the drama Night Falls on Manhattan and a cop trying to save his gravely ill son in the action thriller Desperate Measures. He played mobster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum.

Ocean’s Movies

He portrayed the arrogant Las Vegas casino owner Terry Benedict in “Ocean’s Eleven,” a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie. He also appeared in the sequel, Ocean’s Twelve and in the third film, Ocean’s Thirteen.

He co-wrote, directed, and starred in The Lost City alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray.

In 2006, he appeared in the last episode of the Turkish TV series “Kurtlar Vadisi,” along with Sharon Stone.

Garcia has had a recent career resurgence in film, starring in 4 films in 2018. He starred in the critical and box office success “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” as Fernando Cienfuegos alongside Cher, Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgaard and Pierce Brosnan. When asked about singing with Cher, Garcia told NBC’s Today show, “It was sublime. One thing is to act with Cher who is a great actress and then to be asked to sing with her”.

Garcia also starred in the romantic comedy, Book Club, alongside Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen.

He also starred in Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” alongside Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Pena. It has grossed $166 million and received positive reviews from critics.

He also appeared in the acclaimed HBO movie My Dinner with Hervé alongside Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan. The film received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Movie/Miniseries.

García has been slated to direct the upcoming film Hemingway & Fuentes about famous writer Ernest Hemingway co-written by García and Hemingway’s niece Hilary Hemingway. Originally, announced stars included Anthony Hopkins, but due to delays, Hopkins left the project and the role of Hemingway would be played by actor Jon Voight.

In 1982, García married Marivi Lorido, and the couple has 4 children: daughters Dominik García-Lorido (b. 1983), Daniella (b. 1988), Alessandra (b. 1991) and son Andres (b. 2002). The family divide their time between Toluca Lake, Los Angeles and Key Biscayne, Florida.

García has expressed his distaste for the communist regime that has ruled Cuba since the revolution that occurred there from 1953 to 1959. After Castro’s death in November 2016, García criticized his legacy: “It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people…that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime.”