Jorge Garcia is probably most well-known for his role as Hurley on LOST, but there are plenty of cool facts that you may not have known about this lovable actor.
Here are the top 30 facts about Jorge Garcia!
Jorge Fernando Garcia was born on April 28, 1973, in Omaha, Nebraska.
In high school, his friends named him the ‘baby-faced killer’, since wrestling was one of his main hobbies.
Although he has trained as an actor, he also got a degree in Communication Studies from UCLA.
His character on LOST, Hugo Reyes, was created by producers specifically for Garcia. Before they spotted him on an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ playing a drug dealer, there was no such character on the show.
Garcia wasn’t entirely new to the show, however. He had previously auditioned for the role of Sawyer.
Jorge Garcia always loved being on the stage, and played Tevye in a school production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.
Jorge was the only main cast member to attend the LOST2014 fan gathering in Oahu, which was exactly 10 years after Oceanic Flight 815 crashed.
The band Weezer released an album in 2010 titled ‘Hurley’. They chose the name based on Garcia’s character in LOST, and as a result, he features on the album cover.
Hugo Reyes appears in 118 out of 121 episodes of LOST, making him the character who appears in the most episodes.
When Garcia first got the part on LOST, he lost a total of 30 pounds in weight before filming started.
Acting isn’t the only thing he’s good at – in his spare time, Garcia likes doing stand-up comedy, including using his jokes to raise money for charities at benefit concerts.
His fans like sending him gifts, and he once received some dieting tea and Slim Fast coupons. He has also been the recipient of religious literature sent by his fans.
Jorge Garcia has tried a vegan diet in the past in an attempt to lose weight.
LOST isn’t the only TV show which Jorge Garcia has starred in. He has had parts in Alcatraz, Hawaii Five-0 and Once Upon a Time.
He spent a total of six years playing Hugo Reyes on LOST.
Apparently, Garcia cried when he read the final script for the show.
Before he broke into the world of acting, he had several jobs in small commercials. During this time, Garcia also had a job at Borders Books and Music.
Dispatches from the Island was a blog which Jorge Garcia wrote while LOST was being filmed.
As of 2015, he has a net worth of $5 million.
Jorge Garcia seems to be a fan of dogs, and owns a small Chihuahua mixed-breed named Nunu.
He’s a big fan of music too, and many of his friends have seen his huge collection of records.
Garcia’s mother was from Cuba, and his father was from Chile. His father was a doctor and his mother a professor.
He stated Sawyer as his favorite character from LOST, but said that Libby was the character who he would bring back from the dead. He said that Hugo and Libby had a great relationship.
One of Garcia’s hobbies is video games, and he is also a fan of Star Wars.
His sister got married during the filming of LOST, which meant that he could not attend the wedding.
Poker is something which Garcia enjoyed playing with the other cast members of LOST. They would bet using real money whenever they played.
He dated Bethany James Leigh Shady, who was also a part of LOST. She doesn’t have a main role, however, and only plays a survivor of Ajira Flight 316 in one of the episodes.
Jorge Garcia learned most of his acting skills by attending the Beverley Hills Playhouse Acting School, a theater school which boasts alumni such as George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Becker was one of the first acting roles which Garcia landed, and he was a part of the show from 2003 to 2004.
He has also starred in some feature films, including The Ridiculous 6, Deck the Halls, When We Were Pirates, Cooties and Little Athens.