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Overview (3)

Born in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameAllen Goorwitz
Height 5' 7¼" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

New Jersey-born Allen Garfield was trained at the Actors Studio in New York City. He had a prolific career on the stage before making his film debut in 1968. His stocky build and nervous, jumpy mannerisms fit well with the weaselly criminals, lecherous villains and corrupt businessmen and politicians he excels in playing - a perfect example of which is the Beverly Hills police chief in 1987's Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Midway through his career he reverted to his real name of Allan Goorwitz, but not long afterwards decided to stay with his stage name, and went back to Allen Garfield. In the early 2000s, Garfield suffered from a series of strokes that prevented him from acting again.

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Trivia (7)

Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse
Studied acting with both Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan.
A former Golden Gloves boxer.
Was originally a journalist who worked his way up from copy boy to sports reporter for "The Newark Star Ledger" and worked as a staff writer for Australia's "Sunday Morning Herald.".
He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
Has lived in a Motion Picture & Television Fund long-term nursing home since suffering a massive stroke in 2004.
Suffered a stroke before filming "The Ninth Gate".

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