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.

Miguel Bosé, Spanish Musician and Actor

The amazing voice of Miguel Bosé, Spanish musician and actor, was first heard on April 2, 1956, during his birth in Aries, Panama.  His mother was an Italian actress and his father was a Spanish bullfighter.  The famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, was his godfather, and North American writer Ernest Hemmingway was a family friend.  In 2001, he earned a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Album by a Male Vocalist. Well-known for his diverse interests, Bosé wrote in an online interview, “I believe that we should be engaged with all of these things, because they affect our existence. We can’t pretend to be separate from politics, the economy, science, religion, and the environment. One way or another, all of these things are going to touch us.” (Image by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)