Andy Garcia is revered as one of the greatest actors of his generation. The Cuban actor is not only a mastermind of portraying emotions in front of the camera, but has also delved into directing, producing and even contributing to films’ soundtracks.
Before becoming the movie star he is now, Garcia began his acting career in the late '70s with brief roles in series like Murder, She Wrote and Hill Street Blues, before landing his big break opposite Robert De Niro in The Untouchables in 1987. Since then, the Oscar-nominated actor has been a crime boss, jazz musician, pilot, casino owner and even a Spix's macaw in the animated film Rio 2.
The actor's next big-screen production is in Gary Alazraki's Father of the Bride, starring an all-Latinx cast. Garcia takes on the titular role of father of the bride Billy Herrera opposite Gloria Estefan in an updated version of the rom-com that features exciting new twists. Before the film streams on HBO Max on June 16, A.frame takes a look at Garcia's best films.
After almost a decade in the industry, Garcia had his breakthrough performance in the crime drama opposite Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro. In the Prohibition era-set film, an agent assembles a team to take down Al Capone. Garcia portrayed George Stone, an Italian American trainee known for his marksmanship. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, with Connery taking home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the neo-noir action film saw Garcia as Detective Charlie Vincent, who—along with Michael Douglas' Nick Conklin—arrests and escorts a Yakuza member to Japan after he's extradited. The film was nominated for Best Sound and Best Sound Editing Oscars.
Garcia earned his first Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance as Vincent Corleone, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone and eventual successor to the great Michael Corleone's empire. The Godfather: Part III would go on to be nominated for a total of seven Oscars. "The reason why I became an actor was because of The Godfather: Part I and that movie changed my life," Garcia said in a Paramount interview in 2020. "I wanted to desperately be a part of it like all actors of my generation."
Continuing his streak of crime thrillers, Garcia starred as Raymond Avilla, an Internal Affairs agent who attempts to take down corrupt policeman Dennis Peck (Richard Gere). As he and his partner Amy Wallace (Laurie Metcalf) begin their investigation, he realizes his life might be in danger.
Switching gears from crime thrillers, Garcia starred in this romantic drama opposite Meg Ryan. The film followed the actor as Michael, a pilot and husband who deals with his wife Alice’s severe drinking problem. After Alice returns from rehab, her marriage to Michael is put to the test when they realize they might not be the best match for one another.
As part of a star-studded cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, Garcia portrayed multimillionaire Terry Benedict in this casino caper. Terry's casinos become the target of Danny Ocean and his team's money heist. Complicating matters, the businessman also happens to be dating Danny's ex-wife, Tess, played by Julia Roberts. "I know everything that's happening in my hotels," Terry famously says in the film. Garcia would end up co-starring in the two sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.
Garcia embodied the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani in this Mick Davis-directed biopic. The drama centers on Modigliani's rivalry with Pablo Picasso and his romance with Jeanne Hébuterne. Garcia also served as an executive producer on the film.
Garcia made his feature film directorial debut with this political drama. The actor, who also served as an executive producer, starred as Fico Fellove, a Havana club owner who gets tied up in Fidel Castro's Communist Revolution as it sweeps through the streets of Cuba.
Fans couldn't get enough of Garcia's Señor Fernando Cienfuegos in the sequel to the musical Mamma Mia! The actor portrayed the hotel manager and former love of Ruby (the mother of Meryl Streep's character, Donna) and got the chance to sing one of ABBA's greatest hits, “Fernando,” opposite Cher.
Leading man Garcia cozied up to Diane Keaton in this hilarious rom-com about four friends whose perspectives on life change after they read Fifty Shades of Grey for their book club. Garcia's Mitchell strikes up a relationship with Keaton's character, Diane, who is reluctant to start a relationship so soon after the death of her husband. A sequel was announced by Variety in late May with the original cast, including Garcia, reprising their roles.
Garcia took on the role of cartel boss Latón in this Clint Eastwood-starring and -directed crime drama. Latón takes a liking to Eastwood's character Earl Stone, a Korean war vet who becomes a drug mule for the cartel. "Clint is a very easygoing guy. You just show up, there's a camera there, it starts rolling when you're acting, nobody says anything, things happen in a very organic way," Garcia previously said about Eastwood's directing style.