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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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Spoken word album: Recorded a children's storybook record album for Mercury Records called "Herman Ermine in Rabbit Town" in May of 1946. The three-record- 78-rpm album (Mercury Miniature Playhouse MMP-1) also featured original music by Alec Wilder. 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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[In September 1947 "Screenland"] England has been praised for turning out intelligent, adult pictures whereas Hollywood has been severely censured for turning out junk. I don't think criticism is a valid one because, in defense of Hollywood, we have censorship problems England doesn't have. I'm not speaking of the license to do sexy stuff. I'm speaking of the license to present adult ideas and ... See more »


His six-year-old daughter Katharine died of an allergic reaction in 1945. He never got over the loss. See more »



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