Andy Garcia

Biography

Date of Birth 12 April 1956, Havana, Cuba Birth Name Andrés Arturo García Menéndez Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Garcia was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez in Havana, Cuba, into a prosperous family. His mother, Amelie Menéndez, was an English teacher, and his father, Rene Garcia Nunez, was a lawyer in Cuba and later a businessman in the United States. He has an older brother, Rene, and was born with a conjoined twin brother who was surgically removed. When Garcia was five years old, the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion forced the family to move to Miami, Florida, where they performed various types of work in order to survive. Over a period of several years, however, they built up a million-dollar perfume company. García was raised as a Catholic and attended Miami Beach Senior High School, where he played on the basketball team. During his last year in high school, however, he became seriously ill with hepatitis, which convinced him to pursue a career in acting. Garcia began acting at Florida International University, but soon went to Hollywood. 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. 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 Garcia a popular Hollywood actor. In 1989, Francis Ford Coppola was casting The Godfather Part III. The character Vincent Corleone, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone, was an exceptional part which many actors wanted. Garcia was not the only one of the few actors capable of carrying the part, but he also bore a resemblance to Robert De Niro, who played the role of young Vito Corleone, Vincent's grandfather, in The Godfather Part II. The role thus went to Garcia, who earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance and became an internationally acclaimed star. In the following years, Garcia has performed in a wide variety of films. He has appeared also in several TV films. While not in the same vein of movie stars dominating the box office, Garcia has remained equally strong in both leading and supporting roles. One of his more well-known films was the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven, in which he played Terry Benedict, the ruthless Las Vegas mogul who just happens to be seeing the estranged wife (Julia Roberts) of George Clooney's character. Garcia reprised the role in the 2004 sequel, although many noted that the part was significantly smaller than the one he played in the first film. He has finished and released The Lost City which he co-wrote, directs, and stars in, alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray. Upon its release, "The Lost City" became a controversial film within the Latin American community due to its depictions of Cuban revolutionary heroes Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The film was not allowed in numerous film festivals and was banned in many parts of Latin America for showing Castro and Guevara as blood-thirsty killers. Garcia is a feverent critic of the Cuban government. From Wikipedia

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Birth Name

Andrés Arturo García Menéndez

Birth Place

La Habana, Cuba

Birth Date

4/12/1956
Known For
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Fernando Cienfuegos

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Black Rain

Charlie Vincent

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Jennifer Eight

Det. Sgt. John Berlin

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The Line

Javier Salazar

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When a Man Loves a Woman

Michael Green

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Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Jimmy 'The Saint' Tosnia

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Kill the Messenger

Norwin Meneses

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Confidence

Gunther Butan

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Internal Affairs

Raymond Avilla

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Dead Again

Gray Baker

Starring In
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Miranda's Victim

Alvin Moore

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Pain Hustlers

Dr. Neel

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The Expendables 4

Marsh

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Book Club: The Next Chapter

Mitchell

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Father of the Bride

Billy Herrera

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Big Gold Brick

Floyd Devereaux

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Sean Connery vs James Bond

Self

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Wrath of Man

Agent King

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Redemption Day

Ambassador Williams

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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Tommy Bahama (as Tommy Bahama)

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What About Love

Peter Tarlton

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Words on Bathroom Walls

Father Patrick

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Ana

Rafa

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Against the Clock

Gerald Hotchkiss

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Fernando Cienfuegos

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Book Club

Mitchell

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Bent

Jimmy Murtha

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My Dinner with Hervé

Ricardo Montalbán

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Geostorm

Andrew Palma, President of the U.S.A.

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True Memoirs of an International Assassin

El Toro

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Max Steel

Dr. Miles Edwards

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Ghostbusters

Mayor Bradley

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Mercury Plains

Benito

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Kill the Messenger

Norwin Meneses

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Let's Be Cops

Brolin

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Rob The Mob

Big Al

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Rio 2

Eduardo (voice)

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Open Road

Chuck

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Christmas in Conway

Duncan Mayor

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At Middleton

George Hartman

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For Greater Glory

Enrique Gorostieta

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A Dark Truth

Jack Begosian

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Pablo

Self

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WWE: WrestleMania XXVIII

Self

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5 Days Of War

President Mikheil Saakashvili

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I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

Self

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Across The Line

Jorge Garza

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City Island

Vince Rizzo

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The Pink Panther 2

Vicenzo

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The Godfather Supplements

Vincent Mancini (archive footage)

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The Line

Javier Salazar

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New York, I Love You

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Delgado (voice)

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Ocean's Thirteen

Terry Benedict

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The Air I Breathe

Fingers

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The House of the Demon

Trick or Treater #3-Pirate

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Smokin' Aces

Stanley Locke

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The Lost City

Fico Fellove

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Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani

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Ocean's Twelve

Terry Benedict

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Twisted

Mike Delmarco

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The Untouchables: The Script, the Cast

Self (archive footage)

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The Lazarus Child

Jack Heywood

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Confidence

Gunther Butan

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The Man from Elysian Fields

Byron

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Ocean's Eleven

Terry Benedict

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The Unsaid

Michael Hunter

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Himself

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America: A Tribute To Heroes

Himself

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Lakeboat

Guigliani

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For Love or Country - The Arturo Sandoval Story

Arturo Sandoval

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Swing Vote

Joseph Michael Kirkland

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Just the Ticket

Gary Starke

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Oscarverleihung 1999

Himself

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Desperate Measures

Frank Conner

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Just the Ticket

Gary Starke

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Night Falls on Manhattan

Sean Casey

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Hoodlum

Lucky Luciano

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Dangerous Minds

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Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Jimmy 'The Saint' Tosnia

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Gloria Estefan : Everlasting Gloria

Waiter (in 'I See Your Smile')

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Strids Brødre

Ruben Partida Martinez / Robert Martin / Narrator

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When a Man Loves a Woman

Michael Green

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Jennifer Eight

Det. Sgt. John Berlin

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Hero

John Bubber

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The Godfather Family: A Look Inside

Himself / Vincent Mancini

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Dead Again

Gray Baker

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The Godfather: Part III

Vincent Mancini

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Internal Affairs

Raymond Avilla

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A Show of Force

Luis Angel Mora

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Black Rain

Charlie Vincent

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Stand and Deliver

Ramirez

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Clinton and Nadine

Clinton Dillard

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The Untouchables

George Stone

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8 Million Ways To Die

Angel Maldonado

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The Mean Season

Ray Martinez

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The Lonely Guy

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A Night in Heaven

T.J. the Bartender

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Guaguasi

Ricardo

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