ANDY GARCIA (Terry Benedict) most recently received a
Golden Globe nomination for his role as legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo
Sandoval in the HBO bio-picture For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval
Story, which he also executive-produced for his own CineSon Productions. He
also produced the soundtrack.
Garcia received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations
for his role of Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III. That same
year, he was voted Star of the Year by the National Association of
Theater Owners for his performances in Internal Affairs and The
Godfather Part III. Among the numerous awards he has received, Garcia was
honored with the Harvard University Foundation Award for outstanding
contributions to the American Performing Arts and Intercultural Relations. He
also received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Hispanic Heritage Award
for the Arts and a Father's Day Council Father of the Year Award. As well, he is
also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from St. John's
University, and an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award.
Garcia established CineSon Productions to produce and
develop films and music of a personal nature. The urban romance Just the
Ticket, in which he starred opposite Andie MacDowell, was released in 1999
and was the company's maiden feature film release. He also produced, performed
and wrote numerous songs for the soundtrack.
Among recent CineSon productions are The Man From Elysian
Fields, in which he co-starred in with Mick Jagger, James Coburn, Julianna
Margulies, Olivia Williams and Angelica Huston. The film was in association with
Pfilmco and Zuckerman Entertainment. He also recently starred in and
executive-produced Unsaid, for CineSon, in association with New Legend
Media and co-starred with Harry Belafonte in Swing Vote, which he
co-executive produced with Jerry Bruckheimer for ABC.
Among his other feature film credits are Desperate
Measures, for which he received an ALMA Award from the National Council of
La Raza for Best Film Actor in a Crossover Role; Sidney Lumet's Night Falls
on Manhattan; Hoodlum, in which he starred as Lucky Luciano and The
Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, in which he portrayed the celebrated Spanish
playwright and poet, Federico Garcia Lorca.
Garcia's other celebrated performances include Things to
Do In Denver When You're Dead, Steal Big Steal Little (for which he
produced, wrote and performed four songs for the soundtrack); When a Man
Loves a Woman (for which he and co-star Meg Ryan won the first ever PRISM
Heritage Award for portraying the turbulence of alcohol abuse in a truthful
manner); Jennifer 8; Hero; Dead Again; Black Rain; The
Untouchables; 8 Million Ways to Die; Stand and Deliver; The
Mean Season; American Roulette and Clinton and Nadine, one of
the first HBO telefilms.
Under the CineSon banner, Garcia made his directorial debut
with Cachaoâ€¦Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There Is No
Other) a feature-length documentary concert film about renowned Cuban bass
player and composer Israel Lopez Cachao, a co-creator of the Mambo. The film,
which he co-produced, received worldwide critical recognition.
He subsequently produced and performed on Volumes I and II
of Cachao — Master Sessions, the former a 1994 Grammy Award
winner and the latter a 1995 Grammy Award nominee, both of which were CineSon
productions, released under the Crescent Moon Records label through Sony/Epic
Music. Garcia and Cachao again teamed up and recorded Cachao — Cuba Linda,
for his CineSon record label. The record was nominated for a Grammy Award as
well as being nominated for the 2000 Latin Grammys.
Born in Havana, Cub
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