Allen Garfield

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Allen Garfield
Born Allen Goorwitz
(1939-11-22) November 22, 1939 (age 76)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Allen Goorwitz
Years active 1968-2002

Allen Garfield, born and sometimes credited as Allen Goorwitz (born November 22, 1939), is an American film and television actor.

Life and career[edit]

Garfield was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Alice (née Lavroff) and Philip Goorwitz.[1][2] A graduate of Weequahic High School, he was a sports reporter and Golden Gloves boxer before becoming an actor. He studied acting at The Actors Studio in New York City, studying with both Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and worked in stage before film. Garfield is a quirky and prolific actor who has appeared in over 100 films and television shows. He is known for playing nervous villains, corrupt businessmen and politicians. In addition he has appeared in two art films by German director Wim Wenders, Der Stand der Dinge and Bis ans Ende der Welt. Garfield has one sister, Lois. Quentin Tarantino once Studied with Garfield when Tarantino was starting as a filmmaker.[3][4]

For a year after his father's death and in tribute to him, Allen used his family name, Goorwitz for his screen credits.



  1. ^ Allen Garfield Biography (1939-)
  2. ^ Allen Garfield Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Peary, Gerald (1998). Quentin Tarantino. University Press of Mississippi. p. 12. ISBN 1578060516. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Holm, D. K. (2004). Quentin Tarantino: The Essential Pocket Guide. Summersdale Publishers. p. 28. ISBN 1848398662. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 

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