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Art Garfunkel Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 November 1941Forest Hills, New York, USA
Birth NameArthur Ira Garfunkel
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Art Garfunkel was born on November 5, 1941 in Forest Hills, New York, USA as Arthur Ira Garfunkel. He has been married to Kim Garfunkel since September 18, 1988. They have two children. He was previously married to Linda Grossman.

Spouse (2)

Kim Garfunkel (18 September 1988 - present) (2 children)
Linda Grossman (12 October 1972 - 1975) (divorced)

Trivia (14)

Also sang with Paul Simon in the late 50s. As the duo "Tom and Jerry", they had a top 50 hit in 1957 with "Hey, Schoolgirl". (Garfunkel used the stage name "Tom Graph"; Simon was "Jerry Landis".) The duo broke up at the end of the 50s after a string of flop follow-ups, only to reunite a few years later under their real names.
Between his stints with musical duos "Tom and Jerry" and Simon & Garfunkel, released some non-charting solo material as "Artie Garr".
Was living with actress Laurie Bird at the time of her suicide in 1979.
Dated Penny Marshall at the same time that Carrie Fisher was dating his musical partner, Paul Simon.
He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Simon & Garfunkel) in 1990.
His all-time favorite pop song is Paul McCartney's "Here, There and Everywhere" and his all-time favorite album is Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours".
Father, with Kim Garfunkel, of a son, James Garfunkel.
Reunited with Paul Simon in a nostalgia tour for the first time in two decades in 2003.
Garfunkel became a father again via surrogate mother, Beau Daniel arrived October 2005.
Has a Masters of Science in Mathematics. Was going to pursue his PhD, but his career took off before that happened.
Is of Romanian Jewish descent.
Is mentioned in the Barenaked Ladies' song "If I Had $1000000" (1993).
Took 40 excursions on his walk across America to complete the route from New York to Los Angeles from 1983 to 1997.
Cousin of former boy band manager, Louis J. Pearlman, who helped launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.

Personal Quotes (5)

I asked myself constantly why I didn't marry her, because surely she was the apple of my eye. She was everything I was looking for in a woman. But I was very hurt by my first marriage, so as far as marriage to Laurie was concerned, I was extra scared. I was heartbroken. It laid me low. I used to get very sad when the sun went down. The nights were very lonely for me. [About his relationship with Laurie Bird]
I have a very sure-footed sense of what I like, and exactly how much I like it. Give me two listenings of a song, and I can tell you exactly how it sits with me, and...I know my musical taste. I know my ears, I know what I respond to.
I thought I was going to go to college and pick one of the more reputable professions and be an upright citizen. All of that seems like so much nonsense now. I guess it doesn't do too well to envision these projected scenarios of the future. What happens in just about every case is you fall into whatever you fall into. The next thing you know, you're looking back in retrospect at what it is you've now been doing for the last how many years.
I really got a kick out of some of my performances. I did my job good. I don't listen to past work often. When I'm making it I play 'em hundreds of times, stroking the record and finessing the mix. When it's over, it's gone for years.
[on guitarist Dean Parks] His nuancy guitar support and the loving, caressing guitar work that Paul Simon does on a Martin acoustic guitar, just kills me and makes me sing lovely. I ride that guitar like a jockey on a horse that is having a fabulous little spring.

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