Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia
Born (1973-04-28) April 28, 1973
Omaha, Nebraska,
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1997–present

Jorge Garcia (born April 28, 1973) 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. In 2010, Garcia appeared on the cover of the Weezer album Hurley in a close-up shot from a photo he took with Rivers Cuomo.

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.[1] He grew up in San Juan Capistrano[2] 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".[3] 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.[4]


Garcia spent six years working at Borders Books and Music while auditioning. He was in a few commercials during that time.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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 scheduled to star in the movie When We Were Pirates, for which he is also an associate producer.[9] In the independent film, he will play a man named Jerry,[10] who along with a group of close friends, learn that their childhood love of playing pirates helps them overcome some of the difficulties they face later in their lives.[11] He is also seen singing in the studio for the upcoming project on an officially released YouTube clip.[12] During Lost's run, Garcia wrote a blog about the show called Dispatches from the Island.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] On 22 November 2010, Garcia made a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother's episode "Blitzgiving".[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

In 2015, he joined the cast of The Healer starring with British actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Camilla Luddington and Jonathan Pryce.[21]


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Raven's Ridge Monty
1999 Tomorrow by Midnight Jay
2000 King of the Open Mics Meatloag
2002 The Slow and the Cautious Teddy Short film
2003 Tales from the Crapper Racoon Head Direct-to-video
2004 Our Time Is Up Gardener Short film
2005 The Good Humor Man Mt. Rushmore
2005 Little Athens Pedro
2006 Deck the Halls Wallace
2007 Sweetzer Sergio
2011 Maktub Carlos
2014 Cooties Rick
2015 The Wedding Ringer Lurch / Garvey
2015 The Healer Father Malloy
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Herm
2016 Get a Job Fernando
2016 Rock Dog Germur
Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Ricardo (voice) Episode: "Spirited Away"
2001 Spin City Taxi Driver Episode: "The Arrival"
2003 Old School Jorge TV movie
2003 Columbo Julius Episode: "Columbo Likes the Nightlife"
2003 Rock Me Baby Vizzy Episode: "Would I Lie to You?"
2003–04 Becker Hector Lopez 13 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Drug Dealer Episode: "The Car Pool Lane"
2005 Higglytown Heroes Dog Trainer Hero (Voice) Episode: "Me and My Shadow/Out to Sea"
2004–10 Lost Hugo "Hurley" Reyes 108 episodes
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2006)[22]
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Television Series (2008)[22]
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006) (shared with cast)
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie (2007)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor - Television (2007–2008)
Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Actor - Television
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2009)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2005–2007)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male (2005)
2010, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Steve (The Blitz) Episodes: "Blitzgiving" and "Gary Blauman"
2011 Mr. Sunshine Bob Bobinson Bobert 3 episodes: "Pilot," "Hostile Workplace", and "The Assistant"
2011 Fringe Kevin Episode: "Os"
2012 Alcatraz Dr. Diego Soto 13 episodes
2012 Phineas and Ferb Rodrigo (voice) Episode: "Minor Monogram"
2012–13 Once Upon a Time Anton, the Giant 3 episodes: "Tallahassee," "Tiny", and "Lacey"
2013 The Ordained Carlos TV movie
2013 Californication Drug Dealer 2 episodes: "Rock and a Hard Place" and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen"
2013 Maggie Gaspar 2 episodes: "Gaspar, the Friendly A.D.S.A." and "Gaspar, the Ambiguous"
2013 iSteve Steve Wozniak Internet movie[23]
2013–present Hawaii Five-0 Jerry Ortega Recurring (season 4); Main cast (season 5–present)
2014 Food Truck Kyle TV movie
2016 BoJack Horseman Himself (voice) Episode: "The BoJack Horseman Show"


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  2. "Jorge Garcia: TV's most lovable castaway". 2005-11-15. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  3. "Interview for FMH Magazine Online, 2006". Jorge Online. Archived from the original on 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  4. "Jorge Garcia On The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School". Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  5. "Jorge Garcia biography". Fandango. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  6. "Big man on the beach". Honolulu Star Bulletin. 2005-01-24. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  7. "We Want Answers! Jorge Garcia", MAXIM, March 2006
  8. Itzkoff, Dave (2006-05-14). "On 'Lost,' the Castaway Who Stands Out Without Even Trying". The New York Times.
  9. "When We Were Pirates". Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  10. "When We Were Pirates at IMDB". IMDB. 2014-08-23. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  11. New Transmissions: News from the Lost world and beyond Lost: The Official Magazine Issue 24 (September/October 2009): p 10
  12. "Kanaal van whenwewerepirates". YouTube. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  13. "Dispatches from the Island". Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  14. GJB (2010-05-25). "Geronimo Jack's Beard". Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  15. Koch, Karl (2010-08-25). "A Retraction from Brian". Weezer Band Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-08-29.
  16. Ward, Kate (2010-11-21). "Jorge Garcia swims to J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz'". Entertainment Weekly.
  17. "How I Met Your Mother Recap: Blitzgiving". Archived from the original on 2010-11-29.
  18. "Jorge Garcia Books TV Return". Retrieved September 22, 2010.
  19. "Jorge Garcia". Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  20. "Jorge Garcia Returning to CBS' 'Hawaii Five-0' as Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-03-13.
  21. "Camilla Luddington, Jonathan Pryce Board Rom-Com 'The Healer'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  22. 1 2 "ALMA Awards Recipients". ALMA Awards. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  23. Funny Or Die (15 April 2013). "'iSteve". Retrieved 15 April 2013.
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