Allen Garfield, born and sometimes credited as Allen Goorwitz (born November 22, 1939), is an American film and television actor.
Garfield in 1986 on the set of Chief Zabu (2016)
November 22, 1939
|Other names||Allen Goorwitz|
Life and career
Garfield was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a Jewish family, the son of Alice (née Lavroff) and Philip Goorwitz. A 1957 graduate of Weequahic High School, he was a sports reporter and Golden Gloves boxer before becoming an actor. He studied acting at The Actors Studio in New York City, studying with both Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and worked in stage before film.
Garfield has appeared in over 100 films and television shows. He is known for playing nervous villains, corrupt businessmen and politicians. In addition he has appeared in two art films by German director Wim Wenders, Der Stand der Dinge and Bis ans Ende der Welt. Garfield has one sister, Lois. Quentin Tarantino once studied with Garfield when Tarantino was starting as a filmmaker.
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 prior to 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 a massive stroke in 2004 and since then has been a long-term nursing care resident at The Motion Picture Home.
|1968||Orgy Girls '69|
|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||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||Believe in Me||Stutter|
|1972||Top of the Heap||Taxi Driver|
|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||The Conversation||Bernie Moran|
|1974||The Front Page||Kruger|
|1976||Gable and Lombard||Louis B. Mayer|
|1976||Mother, Jugs, and Speed||Harry Fishbine|
|1978||The Brink's Job||Vinnie Costa|
|1979||Sketches of a Strangler||Jack Garvey|
|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|
|1983||The Black Stallion Returns||Kurr|
|1983||Get Crazy||Max Wolfe|
|1984||Irreconcilable Differences||Phil Hanner|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Abbadabba Berman|
|1986||Desert Bloom||Mr. Mosol|
|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||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|
|1995||Stuart Saves His Family||Maitre D'|
|1995||Wild Side||Dan Rackman|
|1995||Destiny Turns on the Radio||Vinnie Vidivici|
|1997||The Elf Who Didn't Believe||Twisp|
|1998||Get a Job||Mr. Berger / Psychiatrist|
|1999||The Ninth Gate||Witkin|
|2001||The Majestic||Leo Kubelsky|
|2002||White Boy||Mr. Rosen|
|2016||Chief Zabu||Ben Sydney||(final film role)|
(filmed in 1986)
- Allen Garfield Biography, filmreference.com; accessed July 9, 2017.
- Allen Garfield Biography, Yahoo.com; accessed July 9, 2017.
- Distinguished Weequahic Alumni, Weequahic High School Alumni Association. Accessed December 19, 2019. "Allen (Goorvitz) Garfield (1957) an actor who has appeared in over 100 films and television shows."
- Peary, Gerald (1998). Quentin Tarantino. University Press of Mississippi. p. 12. ISBN 1578060516. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- Holm, D.K. (2004). Quentin Tarantino: The Essential Pocket Guide. Summersdale Publishers. p. 28. ISBN 1848398662. Retrieved August 12, 2015.