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ANDY GARCIA has been honored for his work not only as an actor, but also as a producer, director, and composer/musician.
In 2006, he made his feature film directorial debut with The Lost City, a project he had been developing for 17 years. It was produced in association with Garcia’s company, CineSon Productions. Garcia composed the original score for the film and also produced the soundtrack, which features several legends from the Cuban music world.
His most recent CineSon production, which opened in March 2010, is Raymond De Felitta’s critically acclaimed City Island. The film, which Garcia produced and stars in premiered and won the prestigious “Audience Award” at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Scheduled for release in October 2011 is the Renny Harlin-directed drama 5 Days of August with Garcia portraying President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Also being released in 2011 will be the Mexican historical drama Cristiada co-starring Eva Longoria Parker and Ruben Blades. Garcia executive produced the coming-of-age movie Magic City Memoirs which recently premiered at the Miami Film Festival.
Other recent films include The Air I Breathe; Beverly Hills Chihuahua; Smokin’ Aces; The Pink Panther Deux; New York, I Love You; La Linea; The Exodus of Charlie Wright; Modigliani (of which he was also executive producer); and Philip Kaufman’s thriller Twisted. In addition, Garcia joined the all-star ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s hit remakes 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 Francis Ford Coppola’s 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.
Born in Havana, Garcia was only 5 1/2 when his family fled to Florida in 1961, 2 1/2 years after Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba. He began acting in regional theater before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a film career. He first gained attention in Hal Ashby’s 8 Million Ways to Die and later appeared in such films as Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, Ridley Scott’s Black Rain, Mike Figgis’ Internal Affairs, Kenneth Branagh’s Dead Again, Stephen Frears’ Hero, Luis Mandoki’s When a Man Loves a Woman, Gary Fleder’s Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Sidney Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan, and Barbet Schroeder’s Desperate Measures.
Garcia has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Star of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners, a PRISM Award, a Harvard University Foundation Award, and a Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts. He is also the recipient of an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award, Father’s Day Council Father of the Year Award, and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from St. John’s University. In 2005, the UCLA Johnson Cancer Center Foundation honored Garcia with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Garcia also received the Indie Producers’ highest honor for “Outstanding Contribution to Film,” and the ALMA Awards honored him with the Anthony Quinn Award for Excellence in Motion Pictures. In June 2006, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival honored Garcia with the Crystal Globe award for artistic contribution. Garcia received the Moet-Hennessey Privilege Award at the Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills. The Covenant House honored him with the Dove Award, which recognizes role models who have found the time to give back to their communities and to at-risk youth. In June 2007, Garcia was honored as Entertainer of the Year at the Vision Awards, and served as an honorary co-chair and host of opening night at the Los Angeles Film Festival. This year 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 Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Garcia was honored at the 36th Ghent Film Festival with the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for Career Achievement and received a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding film career at the Deauville American Film Festival, both in 2009. Recently, Garcia received the Rudolph Valentino International Cinema Award and was honored with the Artistic Excellence Award from the Rome Fiction Fest in Rome, Italy.