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Allen Garfield

Allen Garfield American actor

American actor
Allen Garfield
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Quick Facts

Intro American actor
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Stage actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 22 November 1939, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Age: 80 years
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Allen Garfield, born and sometimes credited as Allen Goorwitz (born November 22, 1939), is an American film and television actor.

Life and career

Garfield was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a Jewish family, the son of Alice (née Lavroff) and Philip Goorwitz. 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.

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


  • Putney Swope (1969)
  • Bananas (1971)
  • Cry Uncle! (1971)
  • Top of the Heap (1972)
  • Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
  • The Candidate (1972)
  • Slither (1973)
  • The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
  • Busting (1974)
  • The Front Page (1974)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Nashville (1975)
  • Mother, Jugs, and Speed (1976)
  • Gable and Lombard (1976)
  • The Brink's Job (1978)
  • Skateboard (1978)
  • One Trick Pony (1980)
  • The Stunt Man (1980)
  • Continental Divide (1981)
  • Der Stand der Dinge (1982)
  • One from the Heart (1982)
  • The Black Stallion Returns (1983)
  • Get Crazy (1983)
  • The Cotton Club (1984)
  • Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
  • Teachers (1984)
  • Desert Bloom (1986)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  • Let It Ride (1989)
  • Dick Tracy (1990)
  • Club Fed (1990)
  • Until the End of the World (1991)
  • Citizen Cohn (1992)
  • Miracle Beach (1992)
  • The Ninth Gate (1999)
  • The Majestic (2001)
  • Chief Zabu (2016)
    • (shot in 1986)
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