García at the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez
April 12, 1956
|Alma mater||Florida International University|
Marivi Lorido García
|Children||4, including Dominik García-Lorido|
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956) is an American actor and director. He first rose to prominence acting in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) alongside Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Robert De Niro. He continued to act in film such as Stand and Deliver (1988), and Internal Affairs (1990). He then starred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III (1990) as Vincent Mancini alongside Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Eli Wallach. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He continued to act in Hollywood movies such as Stephen Frears' Hero (1992), the romantic drama When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), and the action thriller Desperate Measures (1998).
In 2000, he produced and acted in the HBO television film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000), where he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance. He also starred in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). In 2005, Garcia directed and starred in the film The Lost City alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray. He also starred in New York, I Love You (2008), the dramedy City Island (2009), the romantic comedy At Middleton (2013), the crime thriller Kill the Messenger (2014). In recent years he's had a career resurgence in such films as Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Book Club, The Mule (all 2018) and the HBO television movie My Dinner with Hervé (2018).
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 five 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. He graduated from Florida International University.
García began acting at Florida International University but soon went to Hollywood. He had a short role in the alongside Angela Lansbury 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 TV series Hill Street Blues. He appeared in a supporting role in The Mean Season in 1985, alongside Kurt Russell.
In 1987, Garciá received an acting breakthrough in Brian De Palma's crime drama The Untouchables. The film starred Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Patricia Clarkson, and Robert De Niro. The film, adapted by David Mamet, film follows Eliot Ness as he forms the Untouchables law enforcement team to bring Al Capone to justice during Prohibition era within the United States. The film received widespread critical acclaim and was a financial success. The film received four Academy Award nominations including a win for Connery's performance.
In 1989, Francis Ford Coppola cast Garcia as Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone, in The Godfather Part III (1990). The film stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Eli Wallach. The film concludes the story of Michael Corleone, the patriarch of the Corleone family, who attempts to legitimize his criminal empire. The film also includes fictionalized accounts of two real-life events: the 1978 death of Pope John Paul I and the Papal banking scandal of 1981-82, both linked to Michael Corleone's business affairs. Despite the film being both a critical and financial success, it has not lived up to the reputation of the first two Godfather films. However, the film did earn seven Academy Award nominations including for Best Picture. García himself earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In the 1990s, García appeared in the Mike Figgis film Internal Affairs, in which he engages in a battle of wits with a corrupt fellow police officer, played by Richard Gere. In 1992, he played a cynical everyman in Stephen Frears' Hero starring Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, and Joan Cusack. In 1994, he played the enabling husband of an alcoholic played by Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman. In 1995, he portrayed a tragic criminal in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead alongside Christopher Lloyd, Steve Buscemi and Christopher Walken. He also starred as a hotshot lawyer in the Sidney Lumet drama Night Falls on Manhattan alongside Richard Dreyfus, and James Gandolfini. In 1998 he played a cop trying to save his gravely ill son in the action thriller Desperate Measures starring Michael Keaton, and Marcia Gay Harden. He played mobster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum alongside Tim Roth, and Laurence Fishburne.
In Garcia starred and produced the HBO film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. A film which shined a light on jazz scene in Cuba, and the life of trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval. The project also starred Gloria Estefan as Maria, and Charles S. Dutton as jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. For his performance he received a Primetime Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award nomination.
He portrayed the arrogant Las Vegas casino owner Terry Benedict in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001), a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper movie starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts. The film was a massive commercial success earning $450 million at the box office. He also appeared in the sequel, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and in the third film, Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
He co-wrote, directed, and starred in The Lost City alongside Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray. In 2006, he appeared in the last episode of the Turkish TV series Kurtlar Vadisi, along with Sharon Stone. In 2008, he starred in the first segment of New York, I Love You which was directed by Jiang Wen starring Hayden Christensen, and Rachel Bilson.
Garcia has had a recent career resurgence in film. He starred in four films in 2018. He starred in the critical and box office success 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 has been 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), Daniella (b. 1988), Alessandra (b. 1991) and son Andres (b. 2002). The family divide their time between Toluca Lake, Los Angeles and Key Biscayne, Florida.
García has expressed, on a number of occasions, his distaste for 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 criticized 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|
|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
|1988||Stand and Deliver||Dr. Ramírez|
|American Roulette||Carlos Quintas|
|1989||Black Rain||Det. Charlie Vincent|
|1990||Internal Affairs||Raymond Avilla|
|A Show of Force||Luis Ángel Mora|
|The Godfather Part III||Vincent Mancini|
|1991||Dead Again||Gray Baker|
|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|
|Dangerous Minds||Scenes deleted|
|Steal Big Steal Little||Ruben Partida Martinez
|1996||Night Falls on Manhattan||Sean Casey|
|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|
Direct to DVD release
|The Man from Elysian Fields||Byron Tiller||Also producer|
|Ocean's Eleven||Terry Benedict|
|2003||Confidence||Special Agent Gunther Butan|
|Just Like Mona|
|Modigliani||Amedeo Modigliani||Also executive producer|
|Ocean's Twelve||Terry Benedict|
|2005||The Lazarus Child||Jack Heywood|
|The Lost City||Fico Fellove||Also executive producer/director|
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Stanley Locke|
|2007||The Air I Breathe||Fingers|
|Ocean's Thirteen||Terry Benedict|
|2008||New York, I Love You||Garry|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Delgado (voice)|
|2009||The Pink Panther 2||Insp. Vicenzo Brancaleone|
|City Island||Vince Rizzo||Also producer|
|La Linea||Javier Salazar|
|2010||Across the Line||Jorge Garza|
|2011||5 Days of War||Mikheil Saakashvili|
|2012||For Greater Glory||Enrique Gorostieta Velarde|
|A Dark Truth||Jack Begosian|
|At Middleton||George Hartman|
|2014||Let's Be Cops||Detective Brolin|
|Kill the Messenger||Norwin Meneses|
|Rob the Mob||Big Al|
|Rio 2||Eduardo (voice)|
|Max Steel||Dr. Miles Edwards|
|True Memoirs of an International Assassin||El Toro|
|2017||Geostorm||President Andrew Palma|
|Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again||Fernando Cienfuegos|
|2019||Against the Clock||Gerald Hotchkiss|
|2020||Ana||Rafael "Rafa" Rodriguez|
|Words on Bathroom Walls||Father Patrick|
|What About Love||Peter Tarlton||Post-production|
|TBA||Big Gold Brick||Floyd||Post-production|
|1978||¿Qué Pasa, USA?||Pepe||"Here Comes the Bride"|
|1979||Archie Bunker's Place||Manuel||"Building the Restaurant"|
|Hill Street Blues||Street Kid
|"Hill Street Station" & "Hair Apparent"|
|1983||For Love and Honor||Medic||"For Love and Honor" (pilot)|
|1984||Murder, She Wrote||Tough Guy #1||"The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" (pilot)|
|Brothers||Jose||"Happy Birthday Me!"|
|1985||The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Alejandro||"Breakdown"|
|1986||Foley Square||Performer||"The Star"|
|1988||Clinton and Nadine||Clinton Dillard||Television movie|
|1999||Swing Vote||Joseph Michael Kirkland|
|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||Episodes: "4.96" & Episode: "4.97"|
|2006||George Lopez||Ray||"George Doesn't Trustee Angie's Brother"|
|2009||The National Parks: America's Best Idea||Various roles||Voice; Documentary|
|2010||Top Gear||Himself||Series 15, episode 4|
|2011||The Simpsons||Slick Publisher||Voice; Episode: "The Book Job"|
|2012||Dora the Explorer||Don Quixote||Voice; Episode: "Dora's Royal Rescue"|
|Dora's Royal Rescue||Television movie|
|2013||Christmas in Conway||Duncan Mayor|
|Doll & Em||Andy||Episode: "Five"|
|2014||Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu||Amon||5 episodes|
|2016||Ballers||Andre Allen||6 episodes, HBO|
|2018||My Dinner with Hervé||Ricardo Montalbán||Television movie, HBO|
|2018-19||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||King Fialkov||Voice; 7 episodes|
|2019||Modern Love||Michael||2 episodes, Amazon|
|Raul Julia: The World's a Stage||Himself||Documentary, American Masters|
|2020||Flipped||Rumualdo||8 episodes, Quibi|
|Elena of Avalor||Hertz||Voice; Episode: "Coronation Day"|
|1991||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actor||The Godfather Part III||Nominated|
|1991||Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2001||Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film||For Love of Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story|
|2001||Primetime Emmy Award||Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Nominated|
|1986||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actor||8 Million Ways to Die||Nominated|
|1991||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||The Godfather Part III|
|1997||Nostros Golden Eagle Awards||Outstanding Performer in Film||Won|
|1998||ALMA Award||Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film||Night Falls on Manhattan||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film||Desperate Measures||Won|
|2000||Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film||Just the Ticket||Nominated|
|2001||Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special||1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards|
|2002||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Ocean's Eleven|
|ALMA Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor||Won|
|2005||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Ocean's Twelve||Nominated|
|2007||ALMA Award||Best Director||The Lost City|
|2013||Boston Film Festival||Best Actor||At Middleton||Won|
|2015||Annie Award||Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Rio 2||Nominated|