Andy Garcia has build himself an outstanding career, earning himself a title of one of today’s most gifted and versatile actors. He is widely known by a “director’s actor” title, because he has successfully worked with many of the industry’s most respected and celebrated directors. Andy has also established himself as a composer, musician, producer, and humanitarian – and as a director in his own right.
One of Garcia’s most memorable experiences was working with Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather III. “I went into the movie as an actor,” he says, “and left a filmmaker.” His performance in The Godfather III was awarded Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He has since made his directorial debut in CineSon’s Cachao…Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There is No Other), a feature-length documentary concert film about the co-creator of the Mambo.
His film acting debut came in 1983 in Blue Skies Again, but he caught the spotlight three years later as a drug dealer in 8 Million Ways to Die. His major break came in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables. He has since appeared in dozens of films including Confidence, Desperate Measures, Hero, Blackout, Internal Affairs, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Twisted, and When a Man Loves a Woman. Garcia was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role of the legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. Garcia was executive producer of the film and also produced the soundtrack and the Emmy-winning score. He formed his own production company, CineSon Productions, in 1991.
In addition to numerous other awards, Garcia has been honored with a Star of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners, a PRISM Award, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Harvard University Foundation Award, and a Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts.