Andres Garcia was an actor, director, and producer who has made a name for himself in the telenovela industry. Born on May 24, 1941, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Andres Garcia was raised in Mexico, where he started his acting career in the early 1960s. He was known to be a ladies man for his good looks, charisma, and his portrayal of the macho man in many of his roles.
Childhood and Early Life:
Andres Garcia’s family moved to Mexico when he was just four years old, and he grew up in Mexico City. His father, Genaro Garcia, was a well-known businessman, and his mother, Elvira Guadarrama, was a homemaker. Andres was the youngest of six siblings, and he grew up in a privileged environment. His family had a house in Mexico City, a ranch in the countryside, and a beach house in Acapulco.
Andres Garcia attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to study law, but he dropped out after a few years to pursue his passion for acting. He started his acting career in 1961, at the age of 20, with a small role in the Mexican film “Las Aventuras de Juliancito.” He then appeared in several other films, including “El Rey de la Montaña,” “El Mexicano,” and “El Asesino Invisible.”
Rise to Fame:
Andres Garcia participated in over 50 different projects, including film, theater, soap opera and photo-opera work. Garcia’s breakthrough came in 1968 when he starred in the telenovela “El cuarto mandamiento” alongside actress Silvia Derbez. The show was a huge success, and Andres became a household name in Mexico. He then went on to star in many other telenovelas, including “Destino,” “Viviana,” and “Los ricos también lloran.”
In the 1970s and 1980s, Andres Garcia became one of the most sought-after leading men in the telenovela industry. He starred in several successful telenovelas, including “El amor tiene cara de mujer,” “El derecho de nacer,” and “El maleficio.”
Garcia was involved in several controversies throughout his life, including challenging longtime friend Roberto Palazuelos to a gun duel after claiming the fellow actor had allegedly threatened one of Garcia’s children. Palazuelos reportedly rejected the duel out of respect for Garcia.
Andres Garcia was known for his good looks and his portrayal of the macho man in many of his roles. He was often cast as the dashing hero who rescues the people (primarily woman in distress). His on-screen chemistry with his leading ladies was undeniable, and he became a heartthrob for many women in Mexico and Latin America.
Andres Garcia was married four times and had four children. His first marriage was to actress Ana Martin, and they had a daughter together, Andrea. His second marriage was to actress and singer Sonia Infante, and they had a son, Leonardo. His third marriage was to actress Mariléa, and they had two children together, Andres Jr. and Leonardo.
Garcia’s wife fourth wife is named Margarita Portillo. She has been supporting him in his old age, as seen on the actor’s Instagram account, where they share beautiful moments as a couple. They first met around 1997 and later got married. Margarita and Garcia were married until Garcia’s death on April 4th 2023.
Garcia was also known for his playboy lifestyle. He was linked to several famous women, including actress Veronica Castro and singer Daniela Romo. In his autobiography, “Entre el Amor y el Poder,” he admitted to having had relationships with over 1,500 women throughout his life.
García was also involved romantically and remained friends with Mexican model Carmen Campuzano and Puerto Rican singer Zeny, from the pop vocal duet Zeny & Zory.
In the 1990s, Andres Garcia shifted his focus to directing and producing. He directed several telenovelas, including “Dulce Desafío” and “Valentina.” He also produced several telenovelas, including “Tres Mujeres” and “La Dueña.”
In 2000, Andres Garcia retired from acting and moved to Acapulco, where he currently resides. However, he made a brief return to acting in 2010 when he appeared in the telenovela “Para Volver a Amar.”
El rey de los gorilas (1977). El cafre (1986), El día de los albañiles (1985), Las traigo muertas (1987), Albur de amor (1984)Una gallina muy ponedora (1982), El mil usos (1981), La pulquería (1981), El patrullero 777 (1978), La otra virginidad (1975)El hombre de la mandolina (1975), El tigre de Santa Julia (1974), La verdadera vocación de Magdalena (1972)
Some of Andrés García’s most notable films in which he acted include “El gallo de oro” (1964), “El ángel exterminador” (1962), “Aventuras de Joselito y Pulgarcito” (1960), “Las cosas prohibidas” (1958), “El hijo de Juan Charrasqueado” (1970), “Pedro Navaja (1984) and “El puente” (1976). He also acted in the film “El sabor de la venganza” (1979), which garnered critical acclaim for his performance.
In addition to his work in film, García has also been a prominent figure in Mexican telenovelas. Some of the most popular telenovelas in which he appeared include “El derecho de nacer” (1981), “Vanessa” (1982), “Amor en silencio” (1988), “Luz y sombra” (1989), “Marisol” (1996), and “Los Sánchez” (2004). He was also a cast member of the telenovela “Rosa Salvaje” (1987), which became a huge success in Mexico and Latin America, and earned him a lot of recognition for his work.
Garcia died on 4 April 2023, at the age of 81 from liver complications, his wife Margarita was at his side in their Acapulco home. His net worth at the time of his death was an estimated $20 million.