Jorge Garcia (born April 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker, but is probably best known for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the television series Lost from 2004 to 2010. Garcia performs as a stand-up comedian. He starred in the FOX television series Alcatraz and played a minor character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He stars as Jerry Ortega on Hawaii Five-0 and can be seen in the Netflix original movie Ridiculous 6. Garcia also appeared on the cover of Weezer's 2010 album Hurley in a close-up shot from a photo he took with vocalist Rivers Cuomo.
Garcia at the March 2012 WonderCon
|Born||April 28, 1973|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Birdsall (m. 2019)|
Garcia was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Dora Mesa, is a Cuban-born professor, and his father, Humberto Garcia, is a Chilean-born doctor. He grew up in San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California and went to San Clemente High School. He wrestled in high school, where he was given the nickname "Baby-Faced Killer". As a senior, he was selected by the faculty as "Triton of the Year", the highest award given to a graduating senior.
Garcia spent six years working at Borders Books and Music while auditioning. He was in a few commercials during that time. He later said that his first taste of street recognition came from starring in a Jack in the Box commercial which was aired frequently on local television. He began landing roles in television and film, but his career really took off when he played the role of Hugo Reyes (Hurley) in the television series Lost.
Garcia was the first actor to be cast on Lost after the producers saw him on Curb Your Enthusiasm the night before casting began, and created the character of Hugo Reyes specifically for him. Garcia appeared in the second episode of the eighth season of Celebrity Poker Showdown, where he lost to Michael Ian Black. He was a contestant on an episode of Russian Roulette on Game Show Network. He missed a question about the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 and fell through the trap door.
Garcia is an associate producer and star in the independent film When We Were Pirates, in which he plays Jerry, who along with a group of close friends, learns that his childhood love of playing pirates helps him overcome some of the difficulties he faces later in life. He is seen singing in the studio for the upcoming project on an officially released YouTube clip.
During Lost's run, Garcia wrote a blog about the show called Dispatches from the Island. He also hosted a weekly podcast, Geronimo Jack's Beard, in which he discussed the script of Season 6 along with his then girlfriend Bethany Leigh Shady.
Garcia is also featured on the front cover of Weezer's album Hurley, released on September 10, 2010. The album is named after his character from Lost. He performed as a guest vocalist at several Weezer concerts in 2010.
On 21 November 2010, Entertainment Weekly announced that Garcia was cast in the upcoming U.S. television series Alcatraz. On 22 November 2010, Garcia made a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother's episode "Blitzgiving". In the episode, references are made to Garcia's time on Lost.
In 2011, Garcia appeared as a recurring character in Mr. Sunshine, portraying a caretaker at the Sunshine Center. Starting in January 2012, Garcia portrayed Dr. Diego Soto, an Alcatraz expert, in the FOX series, Alcatraz. The show was a mid-season replacement for Fox's Terra Nova. Despite an impressive start, the series was officially cancelled by Fox on May 9, 2012, due to dropping viewership throughout its run. Garcia appeared on The Nerdist podcast posted June 18, 2012.
In 2013, Garcia played Steve Wozniak in the parody film, iSteve, produced for the Funny or Die website.
|1999||Tomorrow by Midnight||Jay|
|2000||King of the Open Mics||Meatloag|
|2002||The Slow and the Cautious||Teddy||Short film|
|2003||Tales from the Crapper||Racoon Head||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Our Time Is Up||Gardener||Short film|
|2005||The Good Humor Man||Mt. Rushmore|
|2006||Deck the Halls||Wallace|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Lurch / Garvey|
|2015||The Healer||Father Malloy|
|2015||The Ridiculous 6||Herm|
|2016||Get a Job||Fernando|
|2000||The Wild Thornberrys||Ricardo (voice)||Episode: "Spirited Away"|
|2001||Spin City||Taxi Driver||Episode: "The Arrival"|
|2003||Old School||Jorge||TV movie|
|2003||Columbo||Julius||Episode: "Columbo Likes the Nightlife"|
|2003||Rock Me Baby||Vizzy||Episode: "Would I Lie to You?"|
|2003–04||Becker||Hector Lopez||13 episodes|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Drug Dealer||Episode: "The Car Pool Lane"|
|2005||Higglytown Heroes||Dog Trainer Hero (Voice)||Episode: "Me and My Shadow/Out to Sea"|
|2004–10||Lost||Hugo "Hurley" Reyes||108 episodes|
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2006)
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Television Series (2008)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006) (shared with cast)
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie (2007)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor - Television (2007–2008)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Actor - Television
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2009)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2005–2007)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male (2005)
|2010, 2014||How I Met Your Mother||Steve (The Blitz)||Episodes: "Blitzgiving" and "Gary Blauman"|
|2011||Mr. Sunshine||Bob Bobinson Bobert||3 episodes: "Pilot," "Hostile Workplace", and "The Assistant"|
|2012||Alcatraz||Dr. Diego Soto||13 episodes|
|2012||Phineas and Ferb||Rodrigo (voice)||Episode: "Minor Monogram"|
|2012–13||Once Upon a Time||Anton, the Giant||3 episodes: "Tallahassee," "Tiny", and "Lacey"|
|2013||The Ordained||Carlos||TV movie|
|2013||Californication||Drug Dealer||2 episodes: "Rock and a Hard Place" and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen"|
|2013||Maggie||Gaspar||2 episodes: "Gaspar, the Friendly A.D.S.A." and "Gaspar, the Ambiguous"|
|2013||iSteve||Steve Wozniak||Internet movie|
|2013–2019||Hawaii Five-0||Jerry Ortega||Recurring (season 4); Main cast (season 5–10)|
|2014||Food Truck||Kyle||TV movie|
|2016||BoJack Horseman||Himself (voice)||Episode: "The BoJack Horseman Show"|
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- "Jorge Garcia: TV's most lovable castaway". Today.com. November 15, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- "Interview for FMH Magazine Online, 2006". Jorge Online. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- "Jorge Garcia On The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School". Retrieved July 28, 2014.
- "Jorge Garcia biography". Fandango. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
- "Big man on the beach". Honolulu Star Bulletin. January 24, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- "We Want Answers! Jorge Garcia", MAXIM, March 2006
- Itzkoff, Dave (May 14, 2006). "On 'Lost,' the Castaway Who Stands Out Without Even Trying". The New York Times.
- "When We Were Pirates". whenwewerepirates.com. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- New Transmissions: News from the Lost world and beyond Lost: The Official Magazine Issue 24 (September/October 2009): p 10
- "Kanaal van whenwewerepirates". YouTube. June 10, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
- "Dispatches from the Island". Dispatchesfromtheisland.blogspot.com. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
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- Koch, Karl (August 25, 2010). "A Retraction from Brian". Weezer Band Blog. Archived from the original on August 29, 2010.
- Ward, Kate (November 21, 2010). "Jorge Garcia swims to J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz'". Entertainment Weekly.
- "How I Met Your Mother Recap: Blitzgiving". CBS.com. Archived from the original on November 29, 2010.
- "Jorge Garcia Books TV Return". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
- "Jorge Garcia". nerdist.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Jorge Garcia Returning to CBS' 'Hawaii Five-0' as Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. March 13, 2014.
- "Camilla Luddington, Jonathan Pryce Board Rom-Com 'The Healer'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Kaiju Podcast". Kaiju Podcast. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
- casinoskunk (January 2, 2017). "SKREEONK!". Kaiju Podcast. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
- "ALMA Awards Recipients". ALMA Awards. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- Funny Or Die (April 15, 2013). "'iSteve". funnyordie.com. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
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