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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 "Bill"; credited as Jules Garfield; Broadway debut) in "Lost Boy" on Broadway. Drama. Written by T.C. Upham. Directed by James Light. Mansfield Theatre: 5 Jan 1932-Jan 1932 (closing date unknown/15 performances). Cast: William Balfour (as "Mr. Gilkey"), Edgar Barrier (as "Joe Hebert"), Charles Berre (as "Dick"), ... 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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No actor can really be good until he's reached forty. [He died at 39.] See more »


Garfield's widow Roberta married labor lawyer Sidney Cohn in 1954. He died in 1991 and Roberta Garfield Cohn died of Alzheimer's Disease in January 2004. See more »



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