One of Hollywood's most private and guarded leading men, Andy Garcia has created a few iconic characters while at the same time staying true to his acting roots and personal projects. Born on April 12, 1956, in Cuba , Garcia's family was relatively affluent. When he was five years old Fidel Castro came to power, however, and the family fled to Miami Beach . Forced to work menial jobs for a while, the family started a fragrance company that was eventually worth more than a million dollars. Andy was a popular student in high school, a good basketball player and good-looking. In his senior year, though, he contracted mononucleosis and hepatitis, and unable to play sports, he turned his attention to acting. He first began acting at Florida International University, but soon he was headed out to Hollywood. His first break came as a gang member on the very first episode of the popular TV series";Hill Street Blues" (1981). His role as a cocaine kingpin in 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) put him on the radar of Brian De Palma, who was casting for his gangster classic The Untouchables (1987). At first he envisioned Garcia as Al Capone 's sadistic henchman Frank Nitti , but fearing typecasting as a gangster, Garcia campaigned for the role of George Stone, the Italian cop who gets accepted into Eliot Ness ' famous band of lawmen. Garcia's next notable role came in Black Rain (1989) by acclaimed director Ridley Scott , as the partner of police detective Michael Douglas . He then co-starred with Richard Gere in Internal Affairs (1990), directed by Mike Figgis . In 1989 Francis Ford Coppola was casting for the highly anticipated third installment of his "Godfather" films. The Godfather: Part III (1990) included one of the most sought-after roles in decades, the hot-headed son of Sonny Corleone and mob protégé of Michael Corloene, Vincent Mancini. A plum role for any young rising star, the role was campaigned for by a host of actors. Val Kilmer , Alec Baldwin , Vincent Spano , Charlie Sheen , and even Robert De Niro (who wanted the role changed to accommodate his age) were all beaten out by the up-and-coming Garcia. His performance was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actor, and secured him international stardom and a place in cinematic history. Now a leading man, he starred in such films as Jennifer Eight (1992) and Hero (1992). He won raves for his role as the husband of Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) and gave another charismatic gangster turn in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). He then returned in Night Falls on Manhattan (1997), directed by Sidney Lumet , as well as portraying legendary mobster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum (1997). In perhaps his most mainstream role, he portrayed a cop in the action film Desperate Measures (1998). Garcia then starred in a few lower-profile projects that didn't do much for his career, but things turned around in 2001, with the first of many projects being his role as a cold casino owner in Ocean's Eleven (2001), directed by Steven Soderbergh . Seeing his removal from Cuba as involuntary, Garcia is proud of his heritage which influences his life and work. One such case is his portrayal of renowned Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval in For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000) (TV). He is an extremely private man, and strong believer in old-fashioned chivalry. Married to his wife Maria Victoria since 1982, the couple has three daughters. One of the most talented leading men around, Garcia has had a unique career of staying true to his own ideals and thoughts on acting. While some would have used some of the momentum he has acquired at different points in his career to get rich off lightweight projects, Garcia has stayed true to stories and films that aspire to something more. But with a presence and style that never seem old, a respect from directors and film buffs alike, Andy Garcia will be remembered for a long time in film history.IMDb Mini Biography By: Brian Stewart
As a youngster, Andres " Andy" Garcia dreamed of playing professional baseball. Born on the Island of Cuba, Garcia's family fled to Miami Beach, Florida in the United States of America following Fidel Castro's communist revolution. At Natilus Junior High School and later at Miami Beach Senior High School, Garcia excelled in baseball. In his senior year, illness prevented him from playing and he drifted into the drama department. He studied acting with Jay W. Jensen. Jensen is a South Florida legend, counting among his numerous students, Brett Ratner, Roy Firestone, Mickey Rourke, and Luther Campbell. Following his positive high school exeriences in acting, he continued his drama studies at Florida International University. From there he traveled to Holloywood, California to make his mark in movie-stardom. To his friends and fans in Miami Beach, Andy Garcia will always be remembered as a friendly, down-to-earth, all-around good guy.IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained
Marivi Lorido Garcia ( 24 September 1982 - present) 4 children.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#65) (1995).
Family emigrated to the US in 1961.
Father of three girls and one boy.
Was born as a conjoined twin. His twin was no bigger than a tennis ball and was surgically removed. All that remains is a scar on his shoulder.
Refuses to do nude scenes. He once walked out of a audition when asked to remove his shirt.
Gained weight when his wife was pregnant with three of their children.
Children: Dominik, Daniella, Alessandra and Andres.
Fact: Owns 25 conga drums, collects hats, and wears a beret in the winter.
Son, Andres Antonio Garcia-Lorida, was born Monday, January 28, 2002 in Los Angeles , tipping the scales at 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
Actor Mickey Rourke was his little league baseball coach in Miami.
His daughter, Alessandra Andrea Garcia-Lorido was born on June 20, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.
Is said to be very protective of his family's privacy.
Daughter, Daniella, was born on January 3, 1988.
Left Cuba at 5.
"You are defined by who are, by your choices in life, in all regards, not just in doing movies."
"Freedom is not negotiable."
"They say a lot of women would like to see me naked, but there's not a lens long enough for that."
"I never applied to go back to Cuba. They did invite me to the Havana Film Festival, but I am opposed to the regime in Cuba. I'd have liked to go back every day of my life. But in honor of all the people who have died and suffered under that regime, I'm not able to make that leap."
"I'm an exile. My father had the courage to leave with his wife, his mother and three children under twelve. It took more courage to leave, to sacrifice everything for freedom, than to stay."
"I spent seven years without working, so if they're making cop movies, I'll play cops. I got two kids to bring up."
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