Jorge Garcia is an American actor and comedian who gained prominence through his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker. However, fans will best relate to his character, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes, in the TV series Lost which ran from 2004 to 2010. While all these works stand him out in the movie-comedy space, Garcia is perhaps best known for his size. Let’s tell you more of that as we take a peek into his biography, weight loss, wife, and the movies and TV shows he’s starred in.
Jorge Garcia’s Biography
Jorge Garcia was born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 28, 1973, to the family of Humberto Garcia and Dora Mesa. His mother, Dora, is a Cuban-born professor, while his father, Humberto, is a Chilean-born doctor. Quite a mix! Although we’re not sure if he was an only child or if he has siblings, we know he was raised in San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California and attended San Clemente High School.
While in high school, friends called him the Baby-Faced Killer, a name that came about because he was a successful wrestler and had enough victories to prove it. As a high school senior, Garcia was awarded “Triton of the Year” by the faculty board; the highest award given to a graduating senior. He was apparently a good student despite his wrestling stint.
Following graduation from high school, Garcia proceeded to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he majored in Communication Studies; graduating with a BA in 1995. He also attended the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school where he studied acting.
Movies, and TV Shows
Before striking gold, Jorge Garcia worked at Borders Books and Music for six years; he spent much of that time auditioning for roles. Although he’s made a few appearances on commercials before then, his major break came when he starred in a Jack in the Box commercial which aired frequently on local television stations.
From then on, he began landing roles in TV series and films. However, according to Garcia, his career started in earnest in 2004 when he became the first actor to be cast in the celebrated TV series, Lost. It all began when the producers of Lost spotted him on Curb Your Enthusiasm on the eve of casting. The character of Hugo Reyes was reportedly created specifically for Garcia. He appeared in 108 episodes of the series and won a Screen Actors Guild Award, in the process.
While filming Lost, Jorge Garcia began to play in a handful of other films and shows including Little Athens (2005), Deck the Halls (2006) and Sweetzer (2007). Around the same period, he hosted Geronimo Jack’s Beard; a weekly podcast where Garcia discussed the script of the sixth Season of Lost together with Bethany Leigh Shady, his then-girlfriend. In September of 2010, he was also featured on the front cover of Weezer’s album Hurley, which got its name from Garcia’s character in Lost. He also performed as a guest vocalist at several Weezer concerts in 2010. When Lost came to a successful finish in 2010, Jorge Garcia began to play guest roles in films such as, How I Met Your Mother (2010, 2014), Fringe (2011), and Mr. Sunshine (2011).
In January 2012, Garcia appeared as Dr. Diego Soto, in the FOX series, Alcatraz. However, Despite a remarkable start, the series was canceled by Fox on May 9, 2012, due to a dropping viewership and low ratings. In 2013, he played the role of Steve Wozniak in the parody film, iSteve and appeared as Father Malloy in The Healer (2015).
Jorge Garcia has a net worth of $5 million; much of which comes from his on-screen work. In Lost, Garcia was paid $40,000 per episode. That was later reviewed to $80,000. His 2016 movie, Rock Dog, earned him around $15 million at the box office. He also owns a property in New York worth over $40 million.
Jorge Garcia’s Wife
Although Garcia isn’t married as it were, he has a long dating history. Between 2004 and 2006, Garcia dated Malia Hansen. After their break up, he began dating Lost co-star, Bethany Leigh Shady in 2007. At the peak of their romance, Garcia and Shady appeared together at red carpet events and posted photos of each other on social media.
However, there were speculations that they had parted ways in 2013 when they weren’t seen together in public for a while. Neither party made comments about their relationship ever since, but they are also rumors that the couple is probably keeping things low key; off the prying eyes of the media who often throw jabs at them due to the obvious difference in their sizes.
Weight Loss, Height, and Body Measurements
Garcia who weighed about 400lbs soon became a concern to his cast-mates and friends who feared he was the perfect candidate for a heart attack or other weight-related diseases. On their advice, Garcia began taking “Nooch” another name for Nutritional Yeast. However, it didn’t work out.
Two years later in 2014, new concerns about Garcia’s 400 lbs weight began making rounds. Sources reveal that the only way out could be a gastric bypass surgery. The procedure helps overweight people feel full faster, enabling them to lose weight in the process. As of this writing, Garcia still rocks his big body and seems quite comfortable in it even though he has shed some. He stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 300 lbs. He has dark hair and dark brown eyes.