George Stone? What's your REAL name?
Andy Garcia turns the big Five-O today. Think Hawaii Five-O because some of Garcia's best work, especially in the 80s, is playing a cop. Untouchables, The Mean Season, Black Rain. (It'd be years later until he's gain notoriety as a villain in The Godfather Part III and Ocean's Eleven.)
Born Andres Arturo Garcia Menendez in Cuba to a wealthy family, Garcia moved to Miami after Fidel Castro gained power. Getting seriously ill his senior year in high school derailed a promising basketball career and turned Garcia toward the acting profession. His breakthrough role came as "George Stone" in 1987's The Untouchables. Director Brian DePalma wanted to cast the young star as one of Al Capone's henchmen, but Garcia pushed for the heroic role as a crack shot who hid his Italian heritage to get a job on the predominantly Irish police force in Chicago.
For his 1990 role as Vincent Mancini in Godfather Part III, Garcia had to beat out more established actors including Val Kilmer, Alec Baldwin and Charlie Sheen. His work earned him an Oscar nomination.
Five memorable Andy Garcia quotes:
Untouchables: "Much better than you, you stinking Irish pig."
8 Million Ways to Die: "Sometimes in the course of doing business, it becomes necessary to remind people that they bleed when they die."
Black Rain: "What is this, a conspiracy to ruin my evening?"
Godfather Part III: "I am your son. Command me in all things."
Ocean's Eleven: "All right, you proved your point. You broke into my vault. Congratulations, you're a dead man."