Happy Birthday to Andy Garcia, Award-Winning Actor

On April 12, 1956, Andy Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the US with his family at age 5.  The acclaimed actor grew up in Miami, learning English as a second language.  He studied acting at Florida International University and performed in regional theater productions until he moved to Hollywood in 1978.  There he worked as – guess what? – a waiter while auditioning.  In one of his most famous roles, Garcia played an Italian-American in “The Godfather” movie series. Garcia has won numerous awards for his talent and his cultural contributions, including the Star of the Year Prize from the National Association of Theater Owners, the Harvard University Foundation Award, and a Grammy nomination for an album.  The moral of the story: Be polite to Latino waiters – you never know when you’ll be asking them for their autograph or a selfie.

El 12 de abril de 1956, Andy García nació en La Habana, Cuba. El aclamado actor se crió en Miami, el aprendizaje de Inglés como segunda lengua. Estudió actuación en la Universidad Internacional de Florida y actuó en producciones teatrales regionales hasta que se mudó a Hollywood en 1978. Allí trabajó como – ¿adivinen qué? – Un camarero mientras audiciones. En uno de sus papeles más famosos, jugó un italo-americano en “El Padrino”, serie de películas. García ha ganado numerosos premios por su talento y sus contribuciones culturales, entre ellos el Premio Estrella del Año de la Asociación Nacional de Propietarios de Teatro, el Premio de la Fundación Universidad de Harvard, y una nominación al Grammy por un álbum. La moraleja de la historia: Sé amable con los camareros latinos – nunca se sabe cuando se les estará pidiendo su autógrafo o un “selfie”.


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