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 production 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.
THE LOST CITY earned Garcia Best Director and Best Film Awards at the 2006 Imagen Awards. He also received a Best Director Award nomination at the 2007 Alma Awards.
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 alongside Juliana Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin, Ezra Miller and his daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido premiered and won the prestigious Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie won Best Comedy from the AARP Grown Up Awards and Garcia was nominated for Best Actor in a comedy by the International Press Academy Satellite Awards this year. Also, he was nominated for an Imagen Award as Best Actor and his daughter, Dominik Garcia-Lorido won for Best Supporting Actress. Renny Harlin’s directed drama 5 DAYS OF WAR released in August 2011, with Garcia portraying President Mikheil Saakashvili. Garcia recently was seen in the Columbia Pictures / MGM sequel THE PINK PANTHER DEUX with Steve Martin and NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU with Director, Wen Jiang and James Cotton’s LA LINEA, co-starring Ray Liotta which were all released in 2009 and THE EXODUS OF CHARLIE WRIGHT co-starring Aidan Quinn and Gina Gershon released in 2010. He recently wrapped production on the movie THE OPEN ROAD co-starring Camilla Belle. Garcia also Executive Produced the coming of age movie MAGIC CITY MEMOIRS that premiered at the Miami Film Festival in March, 2011.
He also stars in the independent crime drama THE AIR I BREATHE, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and opened on January 25, 2008. Also, he is the voice of a German Shepherd in the Walt Disney live action film BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA co-starring with Drew Barrymore and George Lopez which opened in October, 2008. He also starred in Joe Carnahan’s SMOKIN’ ACES. His recent film credits also include the title role in the biographical drama MODIGLIANI, of which he was also executive producer; and Philip Kaufman’s thriller TWISTED, with Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson. In addition, Garcia joined the all-star ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s 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 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.” As the executive producer of the telefilm, Garcia also earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film was Golden Globe-nominated for Best Miniseries or Made for Television Movie. In addition, Garcia produced the movie’s soundtrack and the Emmy-winning score, featuring the music of Arturo Sandoval. The film won two ALMA Awards as Best Made For TV Movie or Miniseries and as Outstanding Latin Cast in a Made for TV Movie or Miniseries.
Garcia formed the production company CineSon Productions in 1991. Under the CineSon banner, he made his directorial debut with the documentary concert film CACHAO… COMOSU RITMA NO HAY DOS (Like His Rhythm There Is No Other), about the legendary co-creator of the Mambo, Israel López CACHAO. He recently produced another Cachao documentary, CACHAO UNO MAS that was presented at the 2009 Miami Film Festival.
On the music side, Garcia produced and performed on Volumes I and II of “Cachao –- Master Sessions” (Crescent Moon/Sony), the first a 1994 Grammy® Award winner, and the latter a 1995 Grammy® Award nominee. The CD “Cachao – Cuba Linda” (EMI Latin), produced by Garcia’s CineSon record label, 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!” (Univision), their fourth record on the CineSon label, released in 2004. The CD/DVD also includes a one hour behind the scenes documentary directed by Garcia entitled CACHAO, AHORA SI! A LOOK INSIDE THE LEGEND. Additionally, Garcia composed four songs for the soundtrack of the film STEAL BIG, STEAL LITTLE, in which he also starred. He produced and performed several songs for the soundtrack of JUST THE TICKET, a film he starred in and produced.
Among the many projects in development at CineSon is Garcia’s HEMINGWAY & FUENTES that he has co-written with Ernest Hemingway’s niece Hilary Hemingway. He will direct and co-star as Captain Gregorio Fuentes, with Anthony Hopkins attached to star as Ernest Hemingway and Annette Benning as Mary Welsh.
Born in Havana, Garcia was only 5 1Ž2 when his family fled to Florida in 1961 2 1Ž2 years after Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba. He began acting in regional theatre 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 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 Producer’s 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 prestigious 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 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 Disneyworld 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 honored with the Artistic Excellence Award from the Rome Fiction Fest in Rome, Italy. Most recently he was honored with the Guadalajara Ibero-Americano at the 2012 Guadalajara Film Festival for his career in films.