Jorge Garcia was born on the 28th of April, 1973 in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. His parents were Dora Mesa (an academic) and Humberto Garcia (a doctor). Jorge grew up in Orange County, California.
Jorge Garcia was educated at San Clemente High School where he received the highest award upon graduating. He proceeded to the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. Jorge Garcia was schooled in the art of acting at Beverly Hills Playhouse, an excellent acting school.
Everyone was curious when Jorge (pronounced ‘hor-hay) appeared to have lost a considerable amount of weight. The Hollywood actor lost roughly 45kgs (100 lbs) after being asked to shed some weight by the directors of Lost.
Jorge Garcia opened up about his eating habits and drinking problems earlier in his life which contributed immensely to his weight gain.
To lose weight, the 47-year-old went through a tough regimen of exercises and diet. Jorge Garcia has once stated he had no problems being overweight but he had to eventually listen to the advice of his friends and family to lose weight.
Jorge Garcia said in an interview that he spent 2-3 hours every day exercising to lose weight. It initially appeared as if he was not losing weight as fast as he’d hoped so Jorge Garcia became frustrated and went back to his old eating habits.
He eventually tried again and added more effort. There are also reports that the actor underwent some surgery to boost his weight loss. Jorge Garcia disclosed that in order to lose weight, he had to quit alcohol and begin to work out on a regular basis.
Some of the exercises that helped Jorge Garcia lose weight include arms circles, push-ups, sit-ups, and jogging and running. Eventually, Jorge was happy when he started seeing results.
Jorge Garcia has come a long way on his weight loss journey. The actor stated that he had to make drastic changes to his diet and eating habits as his family and friends feared his unhealthy eating habits might make him susceptible to diseases. He substituted greasy and fatty foods for vegetables and fruits and stuck to a low carb, high protein diet.
Jorge who has dropped weight loss tips to help others confessed about his struggle with giving up alcohol. Apparently he didn’t see anything wrong with his weight initially and has always been proud of his large body but after worries from the people around him he put in the work and lost a couple of pounds.
It was also very necessary for Jorge Garcia to lose weight while filming Lost because his character was trapped on an island with no access to food.
After starring in countless television commercials, Jorge Garcia got his first big break after being spotted by the producers of Lost. Garcia was cast as Hugo Reyes (nicknamed Hurley) on the captivating mystery tv series that aired for six seasons. The show follows survivors of a plane crash who are stranded on an island.
Prior to his appearance on Lost, Jorge Garcia had starred in a number of television series and films. He would go on to add appearances in television series Hawaii Five-0 (as Jerry Ortega), How I Met Your Mother, Alcatraz and original Netflix movie Ridiculous 6, rom-com The Wedding Ringer where he starred alongside Kevin Hart, to his already impressive resumé.
The Hollywood star dated Malia Hansen, a former sales rep, from April 2006. They met when they rented different apartments on the same property. The relationship lasted for about two years.
Jorge Garcia also previously dated Bethany Leigh Shady (a.k.a Sidekick 22) whom he produced a weekly podcast with – Geronimo Jack’s Beard. The relationship didn’t work out for both parties.
Jorge Garcia recently got married to Rebecca Birdsall in a private ceremony held at Leixlip Manor, in Ireland. Jorge Garcia once said ‘I definitely try to mix humour into anything I do, even if it is into a drama’ and boy did he do that during his wedding. To add humour to the occasion, Jorge Garcia wore a gorilla mask paired with matching feet along with his three-piece suit (can you believe that?)
His most successful stint as an actor was the period he was cast to play ‘Hurley’ on Lost, a character which was tailor-made for the actor by the producers of the award-winning TV series. Initially, he earned $40,000 per episode but later saw a hundred per cent increment of his salary which had him earning $80,000 subsequently.
Of course, the actor has appeared onscreen in other successful films like The Wedding Planner, Ridiculous 6, Hawaii Five-0, Californication, How I Met Your Mother, BoJack Horseman, Becker and iSteve amongst others.
His estimated net worth is said to be in the region of $5,000,000.
Jorge Garcia is also a comedian and a voice actor. A couple of his stand-up comedy performances can be found online.