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Jorge Garcia
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General Information
Gender: Male
Nicknames: Baby Face Assassin / Baby-Faced Killer
Birthday: April 28, 1973
Age: 44
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Nationality: Cuban
Chilean
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'11½"
Occupation(s): Actor
Comedian
Education: San Clemente High School
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Dora Mesa (mother)
Humberto Garcia (father)
Pet(s): Nunu (dachshund-Chihuahua mix [dog]) (deceased)
Series Information
Character: Anton the Giant / Anton
First appearance: Tallahassee
Last appearance: Lacey

Jorge Garcia is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker, but is probably best known for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the television series Lost from 2004 to 2010. Garcia performs as a stand-up comedian. He starred in the Fox television series Alcatraz and played a minor character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He stars as Jerry Ortega on Hawaii Five-0 and can be seen in the Netflix original movie Ridiculous 6. Garcia also appeared on the cover of Weezer's 2010 album Hurley in a close-up shot from a photo he took with vocalist Rivers Cuomo.

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Early life

Garcia was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Dora Mesa, is a Cuban-born professor, and his father, Humberto Garcia, is a Chilean-born doctor. He grew up in San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California and went to San Clemente High School. He wrestled in high school, where he was given the nickname "Baby-Faced Killer". As a senior, he was selected by the faculty as "Triton of the Year", the highest award given to a graduating senior.

Garcia graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1995 as a Communication Studies major. He also studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school.

Career

Garcia spent six years working at Borders Books and Music while auditioning. He was in a few commercials during that time. He later said that his first taste of street recognition came from starring in a Jack in the Box commercial which was aired frequently on local television. He began landing roles in television and film, but his career really took off when he played the role of Hugo Reyes (Hurley) in the television series Lost.

Garcia was the first actor to be cast on Lost after the producers saw him on Curb Your Enthusiasm the night before casting began, and created the character of Hugo Reyes specifically for him. Garcia appeared in the second episode of the eighth season of Celebrity Poker Showdown, where he lost to Michael Ian Black. He was a contestant on an episode of Russian Roulette on Game Show Network. He missed a question about the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 and fell through the trap door.

Garcia is an associate producer and star in the independent film When We Were Pirates, in which he plays Jerry, who along with a group of close friends, learns that his childhood love of playing pirates helps him overcome some of the difficulties he faces later in life. He is seen singing in the studio for the upcoming project on an officially released YouTube clip.

During Lost's run, Garcia wrote a blog about the show called Dispatches from the Island. He also hosted a weekly podcast, Geronimo Jack's Beard, in which he discussed the script of Season 6 along with his then girlfriend Bethany Leigh Shady.

Garcia is also featured on the front cover of Weezer's album Hurley, released on September 10, 2010. The album is named after his character from Lost. He performed as a guest vocalist at several Weezer concerts in 2010.

On 21 November 2010, Entertainment Weekly announced that Garcia was cast in the upcoming U.S. television series Alcatraz. On 22 November 2010, Garcia made a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother's episode "Blitzgiving". In the episode, references are made to Garcia's time on Lost.

In 2011, Garcia appeared as a recurring character in Mr. Sunshine, portraying a caretaker at the Sunshine Center. Starting in January 2012, Garcia portrayed Dr. Diego Soto, an Alcatraz expert, in the FOX series, Alcatraz. The show was a mid-season replacement for Fox's Terra Nova. Despite an impressive start, the series was officially cancelled by Fox on May 9, 2012, due to dropping viewership throughout its run. Garcia appeared on The Nerdist podcast posted June 18, 2012.

In 2013, Garcia played Steve Wozniak in the parody film, iSteve, produced for the Funny or Die website.

After appearing as a guest star in several season four episodes of Hawaii Five-0, Garcia, who plays the character of Jerry Ortega, was promoted to a series regular starting with season five.

In 2015, he joined the cast of The Healer starring with British actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Camilla Luddington and Jonathan Pryce.

Garcia launched a biweekly podcast with co-host Ralph Apel dedicated to kaiju films titled Kaiju Podcast on November, 14, 2016.

Filmography

Year Title Type Role
1997 Raven's Ridge Monty
2000 The Wild Thornberrys TV Series Ricardo
2000 King of the Open Mics Meatloag
2001 Tomorrow by Midnight Jay
2001 Spin City TV Series Cabbie
2002 The Slow and the Cautious Short Teddy
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie TV Movie Waiter
2003 Columbo TV Series Julius
2003 Rock Me, Baby TV Series Vizzy
2003 Old School TV Movie Jorge
2003 - 2004 Becker TV Series Hector Lopez
2004 Tales from the Crapper Video Racoon Head (as Joge Garcia)
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm TV Series Drug Dealer
2004 Happily Even After Chris
2004 Our Time Is Up Short Gardener
2004 - 2010 Lost TV Series Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
2005 The Good Humor Man Mt. Rushmore
2005 Little Athens Pedro
2005 Higglytown Heroes TV Series Dog Trainer Hero
2006 Hitman: Blood Money Video Game Alvaro D'Alvade (voice)
2006 Deck the Halls Wallace
2006 - 2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV Series Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
2007 Sweetzer Sergio
2007 - 2008 Lost: Missing Pieces TV Mini-Series Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
2010 Lost - Epilogue: The New Man in Charge TV Short Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
2010 - 2014 How I Met Your Mother TV Series Steve Henry (The Blitz) / Steve the Blitz
2011 Fringe TV Series Kevin
2011 Mr. Sunshine TV Series Bobert
2011 Maktub Carlos
2012 Alcatraz TV Series Dr. Diego Soto
2012 - 2013 Once Upon a Time TV Series Anton the Giant / Anton
2013 Californication TV Series Drug Dealer
2013 iSteve Steve Wozniak
2013 The Ordained TV Movie Carlos
2013 - 2017 Maggie TV Series Gaspar
2013 - 2019 Hawaii Five-0 TV Series Jerry Ortega
2014 Cooties Rick
2014 Food Truck TV Movie Kyle
2014 Spade Short Alfred
2015 The Wedding Ringer Lurch / Garvey
2015 The Lummox Short John Mackendrick
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Herm
2016 Get a Job Fernando the Janitor
2016 Rock Dog Germur (voice)
2016 BoJack Horseman TV Series Jorge Garcia
2017 The Healer Father Malloy
2017 Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories TV Series Bryan
2018 Running Out of Time TV Movie Paul Alexander
2020 Nobody Knows I'm Here Memo
2020 The Wrong Missy Guy on Plane
When We Were Pirates (announced) J.T.

Trivia

  • He had to miss his sister's wedding back on the mainland because he was shooting Lost (2004) over in Hawaii.
  • Besides his success as an actor, Jorge has been fairly successful as a stand-up comedian.
  • He is well-known among friends for his enormous record collection.
  • His beloved a dachshund-Chihuahua mix, Nunu, was hit and killed by a car on the day Garcia was scheduled to move to Los Angeles from Hawaii after wrapping "Lost.".
  • The first actor to be cast on Lost (2004).
  • In an interview given to Entertainment Weekly, Jorge says that he was invited to audition for Lost (2004) because someone involved with the show remembered his performance in Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Car Pool Lane (2004).
  • Was on the High School Wrestling team. His nickname was the Baby Face Assassin.
  • Used to be a newsstand operator. He gave this information when he appeared on GSN game show Russian Roulette.
  • Was in the ABC Actors Showcase in Los Angeles.
  • His picture is prominently featured on the cover of Weezer's album "Hurley", released on September 14, 2010. The album is named after his character from Lost (2004).
  • Used to be a news stand operator. Ironically, his character Hector on 'Becker (1998)' became the proprietor of the news stand after the finale when Jake moved to Chicago.
  • He also hosted a weekly podcast, Geronimo Jack's Beard, in which he discussed the script of Season 6 along with girlfriend Bethany Leigh Shady.
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