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Allen Garfield
Allen Goorwitz

(1939-11-22)November 22, 1939
Died April 7, 2020(2020-04-07) (aged 80)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968–2002

Allen Garfield (born Allen Goorwitz; November 22, 1939 – April 7, 2020) was an American film and television actor.

Early life

Garfield was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a Jewish family, the son of Alice (née Lavroff) and Philip Goorwitz. He had one sister, Lois. A 1957 graduate of Weequahic High School, he was a sports reporter and Golden Gloves boxer before becoming an actor. He attended The Actors Studio in New York City, studying with both Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and worked on stage before acting in film.


Garfield appeared in over 100 films and television shows. He is known for having played nervous villains, corrupt businessmen and politicians. In addition he appeared in two art films by German director Wim Wenders, Der Stand der Dinge and Bis ans Ende der Welt. Quentin Tarantino studied with Garfield at the beginning his career as an actor. Garfield's lead roles included the 1971 film Cry Uncle!, the 1978 film Skateboard with Leif Garrett and the 1982 film Get Crazy. He appeared in the Tales from the Darkside episode The Deal (1988).

Personal life and death

For a year after his father's death and in tribute to him, Allen used his family name, Goorwitz, for his screen credits.

When Garfield suffered a stroke before filming his role in The Ninth Gate (1999), director Roman Polanski opted to use Garfield's paralyzed face for his character rather than conceal it or recast the role. Garfield suffered another massive stroke in 2004 and thereafter was a long-term nursing care resident at The Motion Picture Home.

Garfield died of complications related to COVID-19 and his previous strokes at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital on April 7, 2020 at age 80.

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1968 Greetings
1969 Putney Swope Elias, Jr.
1970 The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful Moreno
1970 Hi, Mom! Joe Banner
1970 The Owl and the Pussycat Dress Shop Proprietor
1971 Roommates Martin Axborough
1971 Taking Off Norman
1971 Bananas Man on Cross
1971 Cry Uncle! Jake Masters
1971 You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat Herby Moss
1971 The Organization Benjy
1971 Believe in Me Stutter
1972 Top of the Heap Taxi Driver
1972 The Candidate Klein
1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit Vic
1973 Slither Vincent J. Palmer
1973 The Marcus-Nelson Murders Mario Portello TV movie
1973 Deadhead Miles Juicy Brucey Uncredited
1974 Busting Carl Rizzo
1974 The Conversation Bernie Moran
1974 The Front Page Kruger
1975 Gunsmoke Henry DeCory Season 20, episode 17
1975 Nashville Barnett
1976 The Commitment
1976 Gable and Lombard Louis B. Mayer
1976 Mother, Jugs, and Speed Harry Fishbine
1976 Paco Padre
1978 Skateboard Manny Bloom
1978 The Brink's Job Vinnie Costa
1979 Fyre Preacher
1980 The Stunt Man Sam
1980 One Trick Pony Cal van Damp
1981 One from the Heart Restaurant Owner
1981 Continental Divide Howard McDermott
1982 Der Stand der Dinge Gordon
1982 Taxi Mr. Ratledge (as Allen Goorwitz) Season 5 Episode 6 - Crime And Punishment
1983 The Black Stallion Returns Kurr
1983 Get Crazy Max Wolfe
1984 Irreconcilable Differences Phil Hanner
1984 Teachers Carl Rosenberg
1984 The Cotton Club Abbadabba Berman
1986 Desert Bloom Mr. Mosol
1986 Sins Adam Gore
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Harold Lutz
1987 My Best Friend's Birthday Entertainment Magnate
1989 Night Visitor Zachary Willard
1989 Let It Ride Greenberg
1990 Dick Tracy Reporter #1
1990 Matlock Detective Richard Cox Season 4, episodes 20, 21
1990 Club Fed Harrison Farnsworth IV
1991 Until the End of the World Gebrauchtwagenhändler
1992 Citizen Cohn Abe Feller TV movie
1992 Miracle Beach Magnus O'Leary
1992 Jack and His Friends Jack
1993 Family Prayers Cantor
1993 Cyborg 2 Martin Dunn
1994 The Patriots Eagleman
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Maitre D'
1995 Wild Side Dan Rackman
1995 Destiny Turns on the Radio Vinnie Vidivici
1996 Diabolique Leo Katzman
1997 Obsession Simon Frischmuth
1997 The Elf Who Didn't Believe Twisp
1998 Get a Job Mr. Berger / Psychiatrist
1999 The Ninth Gate Witkin
2000 The West Wing Roger Becker Episode: "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II"
2001 The Majestic Leo Kubelsky
2002 White Boy Mr. Rosen
2016 Chief Zabu Ben Sydney Final film role; filmed in 1986

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