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Andy García (born April 12, 1956) is a Cuban-American actor. He became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in several successful Hollywoodmarker films, including The Godfather: Part III, The Untouchables 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.

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 y Menéndez in Bejucalmarker, La Habana Provincemarker, Cubamarker. His mother, Amelie Menéndez, was an English teacher, and his father, René García Núñez, was an avocado farmer and attorney in Cubamarker and later owned a fragrance business in the United States. García has an older brother, René. When Garcia was five years old, the family moved to Miami, Floridamarker 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 and attended Miami Beach Senior High Schoolmarker, where he played on the basketball team. During his last year in high school he became ill with mononucleosis, 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 Schoolmarker.


García began acting at Florida International Universitymarker, but soon went to Hollywoodmarker. He started to perform in very short roles, working part-time as waiter and in a warehouse. His chance arose when he was offered a role as a gang member in the first episode of the popular TV series Hill Street Blues. His solid supporting role in 1985's The Mean Season alongside Kurt Russell brought Garcia wider visibility, although the film fared poorly at the box office. Director Brian De Palma liked his performance in the 1986 movie 8 Million Ways to Die and engaged him the following year for The Untouchables, which made García a popular Hollywood actor.

In 1989, Francis Ford Coppola was casting The Godfather Part III. The character of Vincent, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone, was an exceptional part in a highly anticipated film. García was one of many capable actors who wanted to be cast, but he also bore a resemblance to the young Al Pacino. He won the part, earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance and became an internationally acclaimed star.

Garcia followed that with films such as 1990's Internal Affairs, in which he engages in a war of wills with a corrupt fellow police officer played by Richard Gere. In the years to come, he performed in a wide variety of theatrical and TV films. He has remained equally strong in both leading and supporting roles.

He played a conflicted good samaritan in Hero (1992), the enabling husband of an alcoholic woman in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), a doomed criminal called Jimmy the Saint in the offbeat 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).

One of his most well-known performances came as Terry Benedict, a Las Vegasmarker hotel owner whose casino is robbed in 2001's Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie. García reprised the role for the 2004 sequel, although the part was significantly smaller than the one in the first film. He also appeared briefly in Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

In 2005, he released The Lost City, which he co-wrote, directs, and starred in, alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray. Upon its release, The Lost City sparked controversy among many in Latin America due to its negative portrayal of the Cuban Revolution, and in particular Che Guevara, who continues to have substantial popularity there.

Personal life

In 1982, García married María Victoria Lorido. He is the father of three daughters and one son: Dominik (b. August 16, 1983), Daniella (b. January 3, 1988), Alessandra (b. June 20, 1991) and Andres (b. January 28, 2002). The García family lives in Los Angelesmarker and Miamimarker.

García's niece Jackie was the longtime girlfriend of the late Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was shot by intruders in their Miami-area home on November 26, 2007 and who died from his wounds on November 27, 2007. The two were home with their 18-month old daughter Jackie when the incident took place. García attended Taylor's funeral, and released a statement to the Miami Herald calling Taylor a hero for saving the life of his niece and their infant daughter.


Year Film Role Notes
1983 Blue Skies Again Ken
Guaguasi Ricardo
A Night in Heaven T.J. The Bartender
1984 The Lonely Guy Uncredited
1985 The Mean Season Ray Martinez
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Angel Moldonado
1987 The Untouchables Agent George Stone/Giuseppe Petri
1988 Stand and Deliver Dr. Ramirez
American Roulette Carlos Quintas
1989 Black Rain Det. Charlie Vincent
1990 Internal Affairs Raymond Avilla
A Show of Force Luis Angel 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 Eight 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 also for The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Federico García Lorca Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film also for Night Falls on Manhattan
Hoodlum Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
1998 Desperate Measures Frank Conner ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
1999 Just the Ticket Gary Starke Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
2000 Lakeboat Guigliani
2001 The Unsaid Michael Hunter 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
2003 Confidence Special Agent Gunther Butan
2004 Twisted Mike Delmarco
The Lazarus Child Jack Heywood
Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani
Ocean's Twelve Terry Benedict Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2005 The Lost City Graphic Design & Art Direction by: Adriana Rebold Fico Fellove 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)
New York, I Love You Garry
City Island Vince Rizzo completed
2010 The Last Full Measure Fred Navarro in production
Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili 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"
Brothers Jose Episode: "Happy Birthday Me!"
1985 The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alejandro Episode: "Breakdown"
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.

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"
2009 Lopez Tonight Himself

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"


  1. New Face; A Fervor For Film Pays Off: Andy Garcia - New York Times
  2. Andy Garcia Biography (1956-)
  3. The Biography Channel - Andy Garcia Biography
  4. Andy Garcia's 'Twisted' Role, Actor Talks About Role And Other Projects - CBS News
  5. 'Steal Big' star Andy Garcia was ready for a more light-hearted role. | Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service (September, 1995)
  6. Newsbank

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