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in New York City, Jsu Garcia was raised by his
Cuban-born parents, who had fled their country for the
promise of a better life in the US. Growing up on the
streets of Newark, New Jersey, Garcia had to deal with a
neighborhood of toughs. He became aware of his acting
talents when a bully intended to mug him and steal his
bicycle and the six-year-old Garcia broke into crocodile
tears and so disheartened his assailant that he allowed
Garcia to leave unharmed--and with his bike. "It was
then I knew I could act," Garcia remembers.
His first break came when he auditioned for the TV show
"Fame" (1982) and got the part. He then landed a role in
Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), in which
he appeared opposite Johnny Depp. This was followed by
an appearance in Universal's Gotcha! (1985) opposite
Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino, and then in quick
succession in features such as Wildcats (1986), Slaves
of New York (1989), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Traffic
(2000) and numerous others. In 2002 Garcia was in
Randall Wallace's We Were Soldiers in which he portrays
Mel Gibson's heroic buddy, the commander of a company
fighting against the Viet Cong; and in Andrew Davis'
Collateral Damage (2002), in which he plays a villainous
Communist guerrilla who battles good guy Arnold
Garcia also played a major supporting role in Along Came
Polly (2004), opposite Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston and
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Jersey Films and Universal,
as the hot salsa dancer. Garcia's most challenging role
as "Che Guevara" came true for him in Andy Garcia's
passionate Cuban story, "The Lost City", in which he
received critical acclaim. Teaming up again with Steven
Soderberg in 2007 in "Che" aka "The Argentine", Garcia
starred opposite Benicio del Toro.
Taking what he learned from some of Hollywood's greatest
actors and directors, he joined with good friend and NY
Times #1 bestselling author and spiritual teacher Dr.
John-Roger, to create their production company Scott J-R
Productions and their first full length feature,
Spiritual Warriors. Inspired by Dr. John-Roger's
bestselling book Spiritual Warrior, together they wrote
and Executive Produced Spiritual Warriors, the movie.
Garcia gathered his crew of ten and filmed on location
in places such as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, and finished
filming in Los Angeles with a much larger crew.
Warriors screened in over 50 cities across 22 countries,
and was officially selected for international film
festivals in Toronto, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Cartagena,
Beverly Hills and Hamburg. Garcia also heads up his
company Gilgamesh LLC, and the current DVD distribution
of Spiritual Warriors online.
John-Roger and Garcia finished their second feature film
in September 2010, as co-writers, co-producers, and
co-directors on the project. 'The Wayshower' stars Eric
Roberts, Peter Stormare and Sally Kirkland, and was
filmed on location in Utah, Morocco, England, France,
Spain and Peru. The Wayshower will tour film festivals
and other private screenings from early 2011.
Garcia has also graduated from Peace Theological
Seminary and College of Philosophy with a Doctor of
Spiritual Science (DSS) in 2008. His Practical Treatise
(PT) is titled 'Living with a Spiritual Warrior', and
explores the lessons he has learnt and blessings
discovered in working closely with Dr. John-Roger for
more than twenty years.
Garcia currently lives in Los Angeles California.
He ran the 2004 Los Angeles Marathon in 6 hours and 18
minutes without training.
He climbed Mount Sinai in 1991 and the pyramids in Egypt
in 1995 during his spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy
Lands which began in 1988. From the Nile to Jerusalem
PAT IV's were trips lead by John-Roger in order to teach
For 18 years he has Studied with John-Roger in the
Movement of Spiritual inner Awareness and Peace
Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy. He plans
to receive his doctorate in spiritual science.
He. John-Roger and the PAT IV group walked through
Hezekiah's Tunnel in Jerusalem just outside the city
walls during their 1988-1992 pilgrimage. In 1994 they
went to Jordan to see Petra. In the Wadi Rum in Jordan,
they met King Hussein's son H.R.H. Prince Ali bin
In 1995 he, John-Roger, and the Pat IV group made up of
over 300 people were on their pilgrimage to Athens, the
Acropolis, Turkey and Asia Minor. In 2000, he,
John-Roger, and followers walked the Great Wall of
In December of 2001, he, John-Roger, and a handful of
friends were taken to Ground Zero in New York City to
bless those that passed and those that lived through it.
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