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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 3 wins. See more awards »

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Stage: Appeared (as "Hap Nichols") in "Weep for the Virgins" on Broadway. 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 »


A week before his fatal heart attack, Garfield had separated from his wife, and hours before his death he completed a statement modifying his 1951 testimony about his Communist affiliations. Garfield was the fourth actor to die after being subjected to HUAC investigation. The others were Mady Christiaans, 51, J. Edward Bromberg, 48, and Canada Lee, 45. See more »



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