Jorge Garcia is a versatile and charismatic actor and comedian who has captivated audiences with his memorable roles in television and film. He rose to fame as the lovable Hugo “Hurley” Reyes in the hit series Lost, and has since appeared in shows like Alcatraz, Once Upon a Time, and Hawaii Five-0. He has also showcased his comedic talent in movies like The Wedding Ringer and The Ridiculous 6, as well as his voice acting skills in Rock Dog. Garcia is not only an entertainer, but also a producer and a writer. He has a passion for music and was featured on the cover of Weezer’s album Hurley. Jorge Garcia is a star who shines with humor, heart, and talent.
April 28, 1973
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Rebecca Birdsall (m. 2019)
Malia Hansen, Bethany Leigh Shady
Dora Mesa (mother), Humberto Garcia (father)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Actor, voice actor, comedian
$50 million (reportedly)
First TV role
Hector Lopez on Becker
Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on Lost
Other TV roles
Jerry Ortega on Hawaii Five, Dr. Diego Soto on Alcatraz, Anton the Giant on Once Upon a Time, Bryan on Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Gaspar on Maggie, Jorge Garcia on BoJack Horseman, and others
First film role
The Slow and the Cautious (1999) as Teddy
Notable film roles
The Wedding Ringer (2015) as Lurch Garvey, Cooties (2014) as Rick, The Healer (2016) as Father Malloy, The Ridiculous 6 (2015) as Herm, Rock Dog (2016) as Germur (voice), Nobody Knows I’m Here (2020) as Memo
Celebrity Poker Showdown (2005), Russian Roulette (2003), When We Were Pirates (TBA), Testing (2015), Extinction Soup (2014), Shredded (2012)
Awards and nominations
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Series for Lost in 2006 and 2008, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Lost in 2006 and 2008, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Male for Lost in 2005
Hobbies and interests
Stand-up comedy, podcasting, blogging, wrestling, playing pirates
Jorge Garcia early life
Jorge Garcia was born on the 28th of April 1973 in the town of Omaha, Nebraska. Born to Dora Mesa and Humberto Garcia, Jorge spent much of his early life in Orange County, California. He attended the San Clemente High School, where he wrestled regularly.
Jorge who was also known as “The baby faced killer”, was also awarded the Triton of the Year award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior. Jorge went onto pursue Communication Studies and graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1995. A student of the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school, Jorge got into acting at a relatively young age.
Before his big-break, Jorge spent six years at Borders Books and Music while trying out different auditions. Jorge was just getting by with normal roles here and there until he was picked by the TV series Lost. The series which aired from 2004 to 2012 let Jorge into the path of stardom while also winning him an ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2006),(2008) and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006). Ever since then, Jorge has made notable appearances in movies and TV series including How I Met Your Mother, Alcatraz, Bojack Horseman, and others.
Jorge Garcia Net Worth
Jorge has been actively involved in the entertainment industry since the late 90s, so it’s obvious that he had been saving a good net worth. As we know that he grabbed two ALMA Awards and one SAG Award for his role in the TV series Lost which aired from 2004 to 2010.
It is reported Jorge Garcia has an estimated net worth of $50 million as of 2023. His major sources of income are his films, TV series, sponsorship, and advertisements deals. He also has investments in stocks and properties that contribute to his wealth.
A happy married life
Garcia is married to Rebecca Birdsall, an actress and producer who has appeared in Hawaii Five-0, Maggie, and Surreal Lounge. The couple tied the knot on June 22, 2019, in a beautiful ceremony at Leixlip Manor, Dublin, in Ireland. They had been dating for six years before getting engaged in 2018. They are very happy together and often share their love on social media.
It seems Garcia and Birdsall, have their child from their marriage, but they have not revealed much information about their kid. They prefer to keep their family life private and away from the public eye.
However, Garcia was previously in a relationship with Bethany Leigh Shady, a writer and artist. They dated for a few years before breaking up. They have remained friends and still support each other’s work.
Did he lose Weight?
It is no secret that Jorge has regularly struggled with his weight. For instance, in the series “Lost” his character was trapped in a deserted island. The producers asked Garcia to lose weight as his character was trapped. While Jorge did manage to lose the initial 30 pounds in time for the show, he was frustrated by the progress and went back to his unhealthy eating habits.
Recent reports suggest that Jorge underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose some weight. The reality star is back exercising and taking a healthy diet. We wish him all the best in his journey.
About 6 ft or 182cm
Around 400 pounds (181 kg)
Round and chubby with a beard and a mustache
Brown and expressive
Curly and dark brown, often worn long or in a ponytail
Obese and heavy-set
Casual and comfortable, usually wearing T-shirts, jeans, jackets, and sneakers