(born April 28, 1973) is a U.S. actor and comedian
. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker
and later for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
in the television series Lost
. Garcia also performs as a stand-up comedian
García 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 Southern California
and went to San Clemente High School
. As a senior, he was selected by the faculty as "Triton of the Year", the highest award given to a graduating senior.
García was the first actor to be cast on Lost
. He had originally auditioned for the role of Sawyer
; however, the producers saw him on Curb Your Enthusiasm
the night before casting began, and created the character of Hugo Reyes specifically for him.
García appeared in the second episode of the eighth season of Celebrity Poker Showdown
. He went on to lose 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
" due out in 2012. In the... Read More