Andy Garcia has been honored for his work as an actor, director and both film and music producer. His most recent productions include the critically acclaimed Rob the Mob, which he starred and executive produced and Fox’s Rio 2 and Kill the Messenger. His most recent production under his own CineSon Productions, is the romantic comedy At Middleton.
In 2006, he made his feature film directorial debut with The Lost City, a project he had been developing for 17 years. Garcia composed the original score for the film and also produced the soundtrack. He received a Best Director Award nomination at the 2007 Alma Awards.
Garcia’s CineSon productions also released City Island, which won the prestigious “Audience Award” at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. His recent credits include 5 Days of War, New York, I Love You, La Linea, The Exodus of Charlie Wright, The Open Road, The Dark Truth and The Air I Breathe. Garcia was nominated for best actor by the Alma Awards for his performance in For Greater Glory. In addition, Garcia joined the all-star ensemble cast of the hit remake of Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
Garcia earlier garnered Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Godfather: Part III in 1990. He later received an Emmy Award nomination and his second Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. As the executive producer of the telefilm, Garcia also earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. In addition, Garcia produced the movie’s soundtrack and the Emmy-winning score, featuring the music of Arturo Sandoval.
On the music side, Garcia produced and performed on Volumes I and II of Cachao –- Master Sessions, the first a 1994 Grammy Award winner, and the latter a 1995 Grammy Award nominee. The CD Cachao – Cuba Linda, was nominated for a 2001 Grammy and a 2000 Latin Grammy Award. Garcia won both Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards for his latest collaboration with Israel Lopez Cachao, ¡Ahora Sí!. Additionally, Garcia composed songs for the soundtracks of the films Steal Big, Steal Little and Just The Ticket.
Born in Havana, Garcia was only 5 when his family fled to Florida in 1961, two years after Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba. He began acting in regional theatre before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a film career. His credits include 8 Million Ways to Die, The Untouchables, Hero, When A Man Loves A Woman, Night Falls on Manhattan and Desperate Measures.
Garcia has been honored with a Harvard University Foundation Award and Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from St. John’s University. Andy was recognized as an “Outstanding American by Choice,” an award that is presented by the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services. He also gave the keynote address at the 2009 Naturalization Ceremony held at Disney World.