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ANDY GARCIA (Big Al) has been honored for his work as an actor, director and both film and music producer. He earned Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part III (1990). He later received an Emmy nomination and his second Golden Globe 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 won two ALMA Awards and was Golden Globe-nominated (Best Miniseries or Made for Television Movie). The score, which Garcia produced, won an Emmy.

In association with his production company, CineSon, Garcia recently produced and starred in Adam Rodgers' comedy At Middleton, opposite Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga and his daughter, Daniella Garcia-Lorido. Garcia and Farmiga won the best actor and actress awards at the Boston Film Festival. At Middleton premiered at the Seattle Film Festival and Anchor Bay is releasing the film.

Garcia is a member of the voice cast on the new Rio sequel slated to hit theaters in April. He also stars in Luke Greenfield's forthcoming feature Let's Be Cops and recently completed What About Love, co-starring Sharon Stone.

Among the many projects in development at CineSon is Hemingway & Fuentes, which Garcia co-wrote with Ernest Hemingway's niece, Hilary Hemingway. He will direct and co-star as Captain Gregorio Fuentes. Jon Voight is attached to star as Ernest Hemingway and Annette Bening will play Mary Welsh.

Previously, Garcia starred in thriller Open Road, co-starring Camilla Belle; Damian Lee's actioner The Dark Truth, with Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker; Mexican historical drama For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, co-starring Longoria and Ruben Blades (Grace Award and Alma Award nomination for Best Actor); as well as Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

Another CineSon project was Raymond De Felitta's critically acclaimed City Island. Garcia produced and starred alongside Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin, Ezra Miller and his oldest daughter, Dominik García-Lorido. The film premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award. Other honors include Best Comedy at the AARP "Grown Up Awards" and a Best Actor nomination (Garcia) at the International Press Academy Satellite Awards. Garcia also received an Imagen Award nomination (Best Actor) and García-Lorido won Best Supporting Actress.

Previously, Garcia was seen in 5 Days of War, directed by Renny Harlin; The Pink Panther 2, with Steve Martin; New York, I Love You, directed by Wen Jiang; La Linea, co-starring Ray Liotta; The Exodus of Charlie Wright, opposite Aidan Quinn and Gina Gershon; The Air I Breathe, an indie crime drama; Smokin' Aces, directed by Joe Carnahan; Modigliani, in the title role (also executive producer); Twisted, with Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson; and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, voicing a German Shepherd alongside Drew Barrymore and George Lopez.

Additional film credits include 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.

On the small screen, Garcia recently starred in ABC's critically acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Christmas in Conway," starring opposite Mary Louise Parker and Mandy Moore. Garcia formed the production company CineSon Productions in 1991. Under the CineSon banner, he made his directorial debut with the documentary concert film Cachao...Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There Is No Other), about the legendary co-creator of the mambo, Israel "Cachao" López. He recently produced another Cachao documentary, Cachao Uno Mas, which screened at the 2009 Miami Film Festival. Garcia also executive produced the coming-of-age story Magic City Memoirs, which also premiered at the Miami fest (2011).

In 2006 Garcia made his feature directorial debut with The Lost City, a project he developed for 17 years. The film earned Garcia Best Director and Best Film Awards at the 2006 Imagen Awards. He also received a Best Director nomination at the 2007 Alma Awards. Garcia composed the original score for this CineSon production and also produced the soundtrack, which features several legends from the Cuban music world.

On the music side, Garcia produced and performed on Volumes I and II of "Cachao: Master Sessions," earning one Grammy nomination and one win. The CD "Cachao: Cuba Linda," 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 Cachao, "Ahora Sí!"

Garcia composed four songs for the soundtrack of Steal Big Steal Little, in which he also starred. He also produced and performed several songs for the soundtrack of Just the Ticket, a film he produced and starred in.

Born in Havana, Garcia was only 5 when his family fled to Florida 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 for his performance in Hal Ashby's 8 Million Ways to Die.

In 2005 the UCLA Johnson Cancer Center Foundation honored Garcia with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. He is also the recipient of an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award and the Father's Day Council Father of the Year Award. The Covenant House honored Garcia with the prestigious Dove Award, which recognizes role models who give back to their communities and help at-risk youth.

In 2009 Garcia received a lifetime achievement award at the Deauville American Film Festival. He has also 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 Rudolph Valentino International Cinema Award and the Anthony Quinn Award for Excellence in Motion Pictures.

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