Star Story: Andy Garcia
Birthday: April 12, 1956
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez was born in Cuba, which his family left when he was very young. Andy grew up in Florida, where the handsome, popular student excelled at sports. In fact, he and Mickey Rourke have known each other for years, since the teenaged Rourke coached Garcia in Little League in Miami Beach. “He was a flawless fielder,” Rourke recalls, “a clutch hitter.” Garcia says they still call each other “Coach” and “Slugger.”
An illness during his senior year in high school benched the young athlete, who then turned his focus and energy to acting. Cast in the first episode of Hill Street Blues, Garcia soon attracted the attention of A-list directors, including Brian De Palma, who cast him in 1987’s The Untouchables, and Francis Ford Coppola, for whose The Godfather: Part III (1990) Garcia earned his first Oscar nomination.
While guarding his privacy, Andy Garcia has created a unique balance between acting in commercial hits and creating high-quality independent films. One such is the forthcoming Hemingway & Fuentes, which Garcia wrote with Hilary Hemingway, and directs and stars in as a Cuban boat captain who inspires Anthony Hopkins’s Ernest Hemingway to write The Old Man and the Sea.
Another Garcia indie project, City Island, became one of our favorite films. It’s an LOL comedy about a dysfunctional family, in which Garcia plays a corrections officer who really wants to be—what else?—an actor.
Selected Films of Andy Garcia
- 2016: Ghostbusters
- 2014: Let’s Be Cops; Rio 2 (voice)
- 2009: City Island; The Pink Panther 2; New York I Love You
- 2008: Beverly Hills Chihuahua (voice)
- 2007: Ocean’s Thirteen; The Air I Breathe
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