Juan Cortez

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Juan Garcia Cortez
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Appearances [[Appearance::GTA Vice City]]
Full Name Juan Garcia Cortez
Aliases Colonel Cortez
Gender Gender::Male
Place of Birth Central America
Nationality [[American|American]][[Nationality::American| ]]
Home Unknown Central American Country
Vice City
Family Mercedes Cortez (daughter)
Main Affiliations Mercedes Cortez
Cortez Crew
Ricardo Diaz
Diaz' Gang
Ken Rosenberg
Tommy Vercetti
Lance Vance
Victor Vance
Vehicles Yacht
Businesses Drug Dealing
Military Hardware
Voiced by Robert Davi

Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez, also known as Colonel Cortez is a character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (set in 1986) and is also mentioned in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (in 1984). He is the head of the Cortez Crew and is a retired colonel from an unknown Central American country, and is the father of Mercedes Cortez. He is voiced by Robert Davi, who has starred in such films as Licenced To Kill.

Character history

Before 1986

Juan Cortez was born in an unnamed Central American country and during his time in his home country survived thirty coups and nine death sentences, always managing to survive and get promoted. Cortez has a disliking of the French and accuses them of hypocrisy for stealing from poor nations for centuries. Cortez had his daughter Mercedes by 1968 (assuming she were 18 in 1986) and is a widower.

At some point he became heavily involved in the narcotics trade, eventually deciding to move to Vice City. Cortez, however, first sends his right-hand man Gonzalez, who establishes a place for Cortez in the city, although Gonzalez continues to steal some of Cortez' drugs to sell for a side profit. Ricardo Diaz, another newly arrived drug dealer who has plans on becoming the cities drug baron, discovers Gonzalez' treachery and threatens to kill him if he does not begin to tell Diaz about Cortez' future drug deals in the city.


By 1986 Cortez moved to Vice City and established himself in the city, often throwing parties on his yacht, with the cities most prominent people attending, including Congressman Alex Shrub, drug baron Ricardo Diaz and real estate mogul Avery Carrington. He helps Ken Rosenberg to establish a drugs trade between the Liberty City based Forelli Family, represented by Tommy Vercetti, Harry and Lee, and the Vance Crime Family, represented by Lance and Victor Vance. The deal, however, is ambushed by Ricardo Diaz' men.

Tommy Vercetti later attended one of Cortez' parties and Cortez agreed to look into the ambushed drug deal, later informing Vercetti that Gonzalez had been talking about the deal and sends Vercetti to kill him. He continues to look into the ambushed deal and later confirms his suspicions that Diaz was involved, informing Vercetti. Whilst looking into the ambushed deal, Cortez has Tommy steal missile technology chips that the French government had wanted and had Tommy protect Diaz in a drug deal with the Cubans, allowing Tommy to become friends with Diaz and infiltrate his operation.

Cortez allows Tommy to work for Diaz and openly suggests that he may have been involved in the ambushed deal, but refuses to accuse him because Diaz is a 'dangerous man'. Later, however, Cortez does phone Tommy and asks him to steal a tank from soldiers moving through the town and back to the air base. Tommy steals the tank and continues to work for Diaz, eventually killing him. Cortez, however, would phone Tommy once again to request his help in fleeing Vice City, as French government agents are going to try to get their technology back. Tommy helps Cortez escape to safer waters and is given a boat to go back to shore, with Cortez asking Tommy to take care of his daughter, Mercedes. Cortez phones Tommy from an unknown location, after a major gun battle at the Vercetti Estate to ask about rumours that Mercedes was studying law, which to his relief turn out to be rumours. Cortez seems, however, to be unaware of Mercedes role in a Candy Suxxx film.

A phone conversation between Cortez and Tommy, that was deleted from the final game, states that Cortez has returned to his home country and had been involved in three revolutions, being promoted each time. The canonicity of this, however, is unknown.



  • Juan Cortez enjoys eating endangered species, including tapia snout, considering it a hallmark of fine living.

Mission appearances

GTA Vice City