“We are excited to announce Andy Garcia as the King of Carnaval Miami 2016 and are honored to have him perform on the Club’s 40th Anniversary Stage during the 39th Annual Calle Ocho Festival,” said Jerry Fernandez, president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. “Carnaval Miami is about celebrating South Florida and our heritage so we are proud to have a Miami native and true cultural icon as this year’s King of Carnaval Miami.”
Cuban-born Garcia arrived in Miami, Fla. at the age of five years old and attended Miami Beach Senior High School. While attending Florida International University, Garcia studied acting and performed in regional theater until he departed for Hollywood. Garcia’s breakout role came as Agent George Stone in the Untouchables (1987) and in 1990 he starred as Vincent Mancini in The Godfather: Part III. Along with a variety of television and movie roles, Garcia starred in the acclaimed Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen series, and will be featured in the highly-anticipated, upcoming Ghostbusters film, as well as the new season of Ballers (HBO), True Memoirs of an International Assassin (Netflix), and Geostorm (Warner Brothers). Garcia is also in development of a film titled “Hemingway & Fuentes” based on the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and Gregorio Fuentes.
Along with his love for acting, Garcia has a longstanding-appreciation for music and has honored Cuban bassist Israel Lopez “Cachao,” including his 1993 documentary Cachao…Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos. The bongo and Piano-playing Garcia has led The CineSon All Stars for a number of performances and has also hinted at recording an album of original songs with the legendary Cuban group. Along with honoring Cachao, Garcia has announced he would like to spearhead a movie about Afro-Cuban conga player Chan Pozo, who collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie to pioneer some of the most iconic music in Latin Jazz history.
“It’s an honor for me to be chosen by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana as the King of Carnaval Miami 2016,” said Garcia. “Music has inspired me throughout my career and I am excited to come back to my roots and perform at the legendary Calle Ocho Festival.”