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John Garfield (I) (1913–1952)

John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920, when he was 7. He was sent to a special school for... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Stage: Appeared (as "Johann Lang"; credited as Jules Garfield) in "Johnny Johnson" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Written by Paul Green. Music by Kurt Weill. Musical Direction by Lehman Engel. Directed by Lee Strasberg. 44th Street Theatre: 19 Nov 1936-16 Jan 1937 (68 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "English Sergeant"), Peter ... See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | See more »

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Jules Garfield


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Screen acting is my business but I get my kicks from Broadway. See more »


Garfield landed a nonpaying job at Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory, whee he was recommended to legendary acting teachers Maria Ouspenskaya and Richard Boleslavsky. See more »



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