Andy Garcia: Nationality, Age, Parents, Family, Career, Filmography, Net Worth & Much More
Andy Garcia is one of the most well-respected actors in history and has starred in some of the biggest movies of all time. His abilities are vast, playing the love interest, the gangster, and becoming an icon in gambling culture after appearing in the Ocean’s trilogy.
If you are unfamiliar with his work and life or haven’t read about him lately, here is everything you need to know about Andy Garcia.
Andy Garcia, Andres Arturo Garcia Menendez, was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1956. After the failed Bay of Pigs mission that threatened Cuba and its citizens, he moved to Miami with his parents and two siblings when he was five years old.
His parents went on to create a multi-million dollar perfume company and send Garcia and his siblings to Miami Beach Senior High School. He took up acting during his last year at high school and continued when he attended Florida International University.
In the early 80s, Garcia graduated and soon moved to Hollywood. His first on-screen role would be alongside Angela Lansbury on the hit show Murder She Wrote. His breakout role came in 1987 and set his career on track.
He was cast in The Untouchables alongside a star-studded cast that included Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Robert De Niro. The film went on to win numerous awards and put Garcia in the spotlight.
Box Office Hits
While he has an extensive catalog of roles, there are certainly a few standout movies that have defined his legacy as an actor. As mentioned already, The Untouchables is seen as one of the best films in his early career.
What he is probably most famous for is his role in the third Godfather film and the rebooted Ocean’s franchise. In Godfather III, Garcia plays the part of Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone.
The third Godfather film may not be as highly rated as the first. Still, Garcia received two nominations for his work, one for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and another for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes.
His role as the main “villain” and subsequent ally of George Clooney in the Ocean’s trilogy is another fan-favorite role. He played Terry Benedict, a casino mogul, and millionaire that Clooney and his team steal from, and then helps Clooney steal from a rival.
Garcia has been married to Marivi Lorido since 1982, and the couple has four children together, three daughters and a son. He is the father of the actress Dominik Garcia-Lorido, whose most recent role was in 2019’s Bottom of the 9th.
The family spends their time in both Los Angeles and Florida, depending on work commitments. They have a house in the exclusive neighborhood of Toluca Lake in LA and a home in Key Biscayne in Florida.
Criticism of Cuba
Garcia has been very critical of the communist regime in Cuba, especially in his younger days. He has expressed his immense distaste for what they did to his homeland, forcing him, and his parents to leave.
After Fidel Castro died in 2016, Garcia criticized his legacy, discussing how Castro ruined the lives of so many people and made them suffer for his own gain and ego, causing life-long damage in the name of “sticking it” to the West.
For an actor that has had so many iconic roles, it is surprising that he has won very few awards. As mentioned, he has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
His only major award was not even for acting and came in 2005 when he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropic Latin Album. He has also won an ALMA award for his role in Desperate Measures and another ALMA in 2002 for his role in Ocean’s 11.
Andy Garcia has a net worth of about $20 million, with two properties to his name that are now worth millions. His acting career is slowing down and at the age of 66 Garcia is taking on more of a producer and directing role, so his net worth is sure to climb in the coming years.