Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956) is a Cuban American actor and director who became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in successful Hollywood films, including 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 at the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez
April 12, 1956
|Residence||Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Marivi Lorido García (m. 1982)
|Children||4, including Dominik García-Lorido|
García was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 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 United States. García has two older siblings, a sister named Tessi and a brother named René. When García was 5 years old, his 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 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 a career in acting. He began his acting career by 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.
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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 The Mean Season (1985), alongside Kurt Russell. Director Brian De Palma engaged him for The Untouchables (1987).
García acted the Ridley Scott film Black Rain (1989) with Michael Douglas. That same year, Francis Ford Coppola was casting The Godfather Part III (1990). 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, García appeared in Internal Affairs (1990), 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 (1997). He played mobster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum (1998).
He portrayed the ruthless Las Vegas casino owner Terry Benedict in Ocean's Eleven (2001), a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie. He also appeared in the sequel, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and in the third film, Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
Garcia has had a recent career resurgence in film. He starred in 4 films in 2018. He starred in the critical and box office sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as Fernando Cienfuegos alongside Cher, Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgaard, and Pierce Brosnan. The film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 81%, with the critics consensus reading, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original -- and my my, how can fans resist it?" 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 Paramount romantic comedy, Book Club, alongside Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen. The film was a box office success grossing over $89 million worldwide against its $10 million budget.
He also starred in Clint Eastwood's drama film, The Mule alongside Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Pena. It has grossed $166 million and received positive reviews from critics, who called it "poignant and charming" and praised Eastwood's performance.
He also appeared in the acclaimed HBO movie My Dinner with Hervé alongside Peter Dinklage, and Jamie Dornan. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 83% with the site's critical consensus reading, "My Dinner with Hervé offers a standard narrative on celebrity and infamy, but formidable performances by Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan find the dimensionality and pathos of Hervé Villechaize the man." The film received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Movie/Miniseries.
García is 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, Annette Bening and García himself. Filming was originally to have begun in January 2013, but due to delays, Hopkins left the project and Garcia announced that the role of Hemingway would be played by actor Jon Voight.
In 1982, García married Marivi Lorido. The couple has four children: daughters Dominik García-Lorido (b. 1983), an actress, Daniella (b. 1988), and Alessandra (b. 1991); and son Andres (b. 2002).
García has expressed, on a number of occasions, his opposition to the communist regime that has ruled Cuba since the revolution that occurred there from 1953 to 1959. Following Fidel Castro's death in November 2016, García condemned his legacy, stating: "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."
|1983||Blue Skies Again||Ken|
|1983||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|
|1988||American Roulette||Carlos Quintas|
|1989||Black Rain||Det. Charlie Vincent|
|1990||Internal Affairs||Raymond Avilla|
|1990||A Show of Force||Luis Ángel Mora|
|1990||The Godfather Part III||Vincent Mancini|
|1991||Dead Again||Gray Baker|
|1992||Jennifer 8||Sgt. John Berlin|
|1994||When a Man Loves a Woman||Michael Green|
|1995||Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead||Jimmy "The Saint" Tosnia|
|1995||Dangerous Minds||Scenes deleted|
|1995||Steal Big Steal Little||Ruben Partida Martinez / Robert Martin / Narrator|
|1996||Night Falls on Manhattan||Sean Casey|
|1996||The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca||Federico García Lorca|
|1997||Hoodlum||Charlie "Lucky" Luciano|
|1998||Desperate Measures||Frank Conner|
|1999||Just the Ticket||Gary Starke||Also producer|
|2001||The Unsaid||Michael Hunter||Also executive producer|
|2001||The Man from Elysian Fields||Byron Tiller||Also producer|
|2001||Ocean's Eleven||Terry Benedict|
|2003||Confidence||Special Agent Gunther Butan|
|2003||Just Like Mona|
|2004||Modigliani||Amedeo Modigliani||Also executive producer|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Terry Benedict|
|2005||The Lazarus Child||Jack Heywood|
|2005||The Lost City||Fico Fellove||Also executive producer/director|
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Stanley Locke|
|2007||The Air I Breathe||Fingers|
|2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Terry Benedict|
|2008||New York, I Love You||Garry|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Delgado (voice)|
|2009||The Pink Panther 2||Inspector Vicenzo Brancaleone|
|2009||City Island||Vince Rizzo||Also producer|
|2009||La Linea||Javier Salazar|
|2010||Across the Line||Jorge Garza|
|2011||5 Days of War||Mikheil Saakashvili|
|2012||For Greater Glory||Enrique Gorostieta Velarde|
|2012||A Dark Truth||Jack Begosian|
|2013||At Middleton||George Hartman|
|2014||Let's Be Cops||Detective Brolin|
|2014||Kill the Messenger||Norwin Meneses|
|2014||Rob the Mob||Big Al|
|2014||Rio 2||Eduardo (voice)|
|2016||Max Steel||Dr. Miles Edwards|
|2016||True Memoirs of an International Assassin||El Toro|
|2017||Geostorm||President of the United States Andrew Palma|
|2018||Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again||Fernando Cienfuegos|
|2019||What About Love||Peter Tarlton||Post-production|
|TBA||Words On Bathroom Walls||Father Patrick||Post-production|
|TBA||Big Gold Brick||Floyd||Filming|
|1978||¿Qué Pasa, USA?||Pepe (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||Tough Guy #1||Episode: "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" (pilot)|
|1984||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"|
|1988||Clinton and Nadine||Clinton Dillard||TV movie|
|1999||Swing Vote||Joseph Michael Kirkland||ABC TV movie|
|2000||For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story||Arturo Sandoval||Also producer|
|2001||Frasier||Terrance||Episode: "Bully for Martin"|
|2003||Will & Grace||Milo||Episode: "Field of Queens"|
|2005||Kurtlar Vadisi||Amon||Episode: 4.96|
|2006||George Lopez||Ray||Episode: "George Doesn't Trustee Angie's Brother"|
|2008||Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show||Himself||TV movie|
|2009||The National Parks: America's Best Idea||Various historical figures (voice)||Documentary series|
|2010||Top Gear||Himself||Series 15, episode 4|
|2011||The Simpsons||Slick Publisher||Episode: "The Book Job"|
|2012||Dora the Explorer||Don Quixote||Episode: "Dora's Royal Rescue"|
|2012||Dora's Royal Rescue||Don Quixote||TV movie|
|2013||Christmas in Conway||Duncan Mayor||TV movie|
|2013||Doll & Em||Andy||Episode: 1.5|
|2014||Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu||Amon||5 Episodes|
|2016||Ballers||Andre Allen||6 episodes|
|2018||My Dinner with Hervé||Ricardo Montalbán||HBO TV movie|
Awards and nominations
|1991||The Godfather Part III||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|1991||The Godfather Part III||Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2001||For Love of Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story||Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
Primetime Emmy Award
|2001||For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story||Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Nominated|
|2001||For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story||Television Movie||Nominated|
|1986||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||8 Million Ways to Die||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|1991||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||The Godfather Part III||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|1997||Nostros Golden Eagle Awards||Outstanding Performer in Film||Won|
|1998||ALMA Award||Night Falls on Manhattan||Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|1998||ALMA Award||Desperate Measures||Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role||Won|
|2000||ALMA Award||Just the Ticket||Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|2001||ALMA Award||1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards||Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special||Nominated|
|2002||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Ocean's Eleven||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2002||ALMA Award||Ocean's Eleven||Outstanding Supporting Actor||Won|
|2005||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Ocean's Twelve||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2007||ALMA Award||The Lost City||Best Director||Nominated|
|2013||Boston Film Festival||At Middleton||Best Actor||Won|
|2015||Annie Award||Rio 2||Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
- 1995: Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 2002: Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
- 2006: Received the Anthony Quinn Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures from The American Latino Media Arts Award
- 2019: Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes
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- "Andy Garcia's 'Twisted' Role". CBS News. February 25, 2004.
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- "Andy Garcia, Family Welcome Arrival of New Son". San Jose Mercury News. January 30, 2002. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
- "Andy Garcia condemns late Fidel Castro's 'totalitarian' regime". Belfast Telegraph. November 27, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- Ojito, Mirta (February 12, 2005). "His Homeland, His Obsession". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
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- Sullivan, Kevin (July 6, 2015). "Ghostbusters adds Andy Garcia and Michael K. Williams to the cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
- Polish brothers: Headlock Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- "Andy García recibe Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes del Gobierno español". Diario Las Américas (in Spanish). December 23, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andy García.|
- Andy García on IMDb
- Andy García at the TCM Movie Database
- "Andy Garcia interview on his City Island diet". Finance Foodie. March 2010.
- "Andy Garcia interview for Smokin' Aces". MovieHole.net. Archived from the original on January 11, 2007.
- Boutilier, Corey (Executive Director} (March 21, 2006). "VIDEO: Andy Garcia at the Miami Film Festival and his new independent film 'Lost City' (Andy speaks to independentfilm.com about his new film set in 1950's Cuba. The film had an emotional screening at the 2006 Miami International Film Festival. (TRT 5min, 9MB)". IndependentFilm.com.
- Bradshaw, Lisa. "Andy Garcia – Film star returns to Ghent after 22 years: 'I've come full circle'". Flanders Today. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010.
- "Photos "Cristiada": Andy García filming in Durango, México". HoyCinema.com Blogs.