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ANDY GARCIA (Terry Benedict) has established himself as one of today's most talented and versatile actors, producer, composer/musician, humanitarian and as a director in his own right.  For his performance in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather III, Garcia received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

  In 1991, he formed his own production company, CineSon Productions. This summer he starred in, produced and made his feature film directorial debut in The Lost City, written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante. He recently wrapped production on the independent features The Lazarus Child and Modigliani, in which he portrays Amedeo Modigliani in the last days of his life, and which he produced along with Philippe Martinez. Garcia starred in and produced the independent films The Unsaid and The Man From Elysian Fields. Other recent film credits include Twisted and Confidence.

  Garcia received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role as the legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO's 2000 biopic For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. He was executive producer of the film and also produced the soundtrack and the Emmy Award-winning score. The film has also received Emmy nominations for Best Made For Television Movie or Mini-Series and Best Cinematography. In addition 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 and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Made for TV Movie or Mini-Series category.

Under the CineSon banner, Garcia made his directorial debut and co-produced Cachao...Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There Is No Other), a feature length documentary concert film about the co-creator of the Mambo, Israel Lopez Cachao.

  Garcia subsequently 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.

 Cachao—Cuba Linda was the duo's third installment for Garcia's CineSon record label and was nominated for a 2001 Grammy and 2000 Latin Grammy Award. The pair re-teamed to record ¡Ahora Sí!, the fourth installment of Cachao's master sessions, again under the CineSon label. The CD will be sold in conjunction with a bonus DVD, containing an hour-long behind the scenes film of the recording sessions. The film, also titled ¡Ahora Sí!, was directed by Garcia.

  In addition to his work with Cachao, Garcia composed four songs for the Disap-pearance of Garcia Lorca soundtrack and produced, wrote and performed several songs on the Just The Ticket soundtrack. 

Born in Havana, Garcia was only five when his family fled to Florida after Fidel Castro's takeover of his homeland. He performed in community theatre productions and variety shows and attended Florida International University as a theater major. He performed in regional theater productions in the Miami area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a film career in the late 1970s.

Garcia has been married to Marivi Lorido Garcia since 1982. The couple live in Los Angeles with their four children Dominik, Daniella, Alessandra and Andres.

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 an 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. 

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