November 22, 1939
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||April 7, 2020 (aged 80)|
Garfield was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a Jewish family, the son of Alice (née Lavroff) and Philip Goorwitz. He had one sister, Lois. A 1957 graduate of Weequahic High School, he was a sports reporter and Golden Gloves boxer before becoming an actor. He attended The Actors Studio in New York City, studying with both Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and worked on stage before acting in film.
Garfield appeared in over 100 films and television shows. He is known for having played nervous villains, corrupt businessmen and politicians. In addition he appeared in two art films by German director Wim Wenders, Der Stand der Dinge and Bis ans Ende der Welt. Quentin Tarantino studied with Garfield at the beginning his career as a filmmaker. Garfield's lead roles included the 1971 film Cry Uncle!, the 1978 film Skateboard with Leif Garrett and the 1982 film Get Crazy. He appeared in the Tales from the Darkside episode The Deal (1988).
Personal life and death
For a year after his father's death and in tribute to him, Allen used his family name, Goorwitz, for his screen credits.
When Garfield suffered a stroke prior to filming his role in The Ninth Gate (1999), director Roman Polanski opted to use Garfield's paralyzed face for his character rather than conceal it or recast the role. Garfield suffered another massive stroke in 2004 and thereafter was a long-term nursing care resident at The Motion Picture Home.
Garfield died April 7, 2020 of complications related to his previous strokes (autopsy) at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital. He was 80 years old.
|1968||Orgy Girls '69|
|1969||Putney Swope||Elias, Jr.|
|1970||The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful||Moreno|
|1970||Hi, Mom!||Joe Banner||:130|
|1970||The Owl and the Pussycat||Dress Shop Proprietor|
|1971||Bananas||Man on Cross|||
|1971||Cry Uncle!||Jake Masters|
|1971||You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat||Herby Moss|
|1971||Believe in Me||Stutter|
|1972||Top of the Heap||Taxi Driver|
|1972||Get to Know Your Rabbit||Vic||:139|
|1973||Slither||Vincent J. Palmer|
|1973||The Marcus-Nelson Murders||Mario Portello||TV movie|
|1973||Deadhead Miles||Juicy Brucey||Uncredited|
|1974||The Conversation||Bernie Moran|||
|1974||The Front Page||Kruger|
|1976||Gable and Lombard||Louis B. Mayer|||
|1976||Mother, Jugs, and Speed||Harry Fishbine|
|1978||The Brink's Job||Vinnie Costa|||
|1979||Sketches of a Strangler||Jack Garvey|
|1980||The Stunt Man||Sam|||
|1980||One Trick Pony||Cal van Damp|
|1981||One from the Heart||Restaurant Owner|
|1981||Continental Divide||Howard McDermott|
|1982||Der Stand der Dinge||Gordon|||
|1982||Taxi||Mr. Ratledge (as Allen Goorwitz)||Season 5 Episode 6 - Crime And Punishment||1983||The Black Stallion Returns||Kurr|
|1983||Get Crazy||Max Wolfe|||
|1984||Irreconcilable Differences||Phil Hanner|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Abbadabba Berman|||
|1986||Desert Bloom||Mr. Mosol|||
|1987||Beverly Hills Cop II||Harold Lutz|||
|1987||My Best Friend's Birthday||Entertainment Magnate|
|1989||Night Visitor||Zachary Willard|
|1989||Let It Ride||Greenberg|||
|1990||Dick Tracy||Reporter #1|
|1990||Matlock||Detective Richard Cox||Season 4, episodes 20, 21|
|1990||Club Fed||Harrison Farnsworth IV|
|1991||Until the End of the World||Gebrauchtwagenhändler|||
|1992||Citizen Cohn||Abe Feller||TV movie|||
|1992||Miracle Beach||Magnus O'Leary|
|1992||Jack and His Friends||Jack|||
|1995||Stuart Saves His Family||Maitre D'|
|1995||Wild Side||Dan Rackman|
|1995||Destiny Turns on the Radio||Vinnie Vidivici|||
|1997||The Elf Who Didn't Believe||Twisp|||
|1998||Get a Job||Mr. Berger / Psychiatrist|
|1999||The Ninth Gate||Witkin|
|2000||The West Wing||Roger Becker||Episode: "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II"|
|2001||The Majestic||Leo Kubelsky|||
|2002||White Boy||Mr. Rosen|
|2016||Chief Zabu||Ben Sydney||Final film role; filmed in 1986|||
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