Allen Garfield

Actor, Acting coach, Directing coach
Usually plump and always decidedly "ethnic," this dependable character player of stage, screen and TV was already nearly 30 years old when he made his film debut with a memorable bit as a "smut peddler" in Brian De ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1939 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

Leo Kubelsky (Actor)

Sports Night 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ninth Gate 2000 (Movie)

Witkin (Actor)

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chicago Hope 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1988 - 1989, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Thunder Alley 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get a Job 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Obsession 1997 (Movie)

Simon Frischmuth (Actor)

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

Leo Kaztman (Actor)

Wild Side 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 (Movie)

Vinnie Verdici (Actor)

Stuart Saves His Family 1995 (Movie)

Maitre d' (Actor)

Patriots 1994 (Movie)

Eagleman (Actor)

Family Prayers 1993 (Movie)

Cantor (Actor)

Jack and His Friends 1993 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Cyborg II: Glass Shadows 1992 (Movie)

Martin Dunn (Actor)

Law & Order 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miracle Beach 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

Bernie (Actor)

Club Fed 1990 (Movie)

Harrison Farnsworth IV (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Let It Ride 1989 (Movie)

Bernie Greenberg (Actor)

Night Visitor 1989 (Movie)

Zachary Willard (Actor)

The Boys 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chief Zabu 1988 (Movie)

Ben Sydney (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

Harold Lutz (Actor)

Growing Pains: Number One 1987 (Movie)

The Principal (Actor)

Desert Bloom 1986 (Movie)

Mr Mosol (Actor)

Sins 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Again 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Irreconcilable Differences 1984 (Movie)

Phil Hanner (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Rosenberg (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Abbadabba Berman (Actor)

Get Crazy 1983 (Movie)

Max Wolfe (Actor)

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Stallion Returns 1983 (Movie)

Kurr (Actor)

Deadhead Miles 1982 (Movie)

Juicy Brucey (Actor)

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

Howard McDermotte (Actor)

Der Stand der Dinge 1981 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

Restaurant Owner (Actor)

One-Trick Pony 1979 (Movie)

Cal Van Damp (Actor)

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Nowhere to Run 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)

Vinnie Costa (Actor)

Skateboard 1977 (Movie)

Manny Bloom (Actor)

Gable and Lombard 1976 (Movie)

Louis B Mayer (Actor)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

Harry Fishbine (Actor)

The Commitment 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nashville 1975 (Movie)

Barnett (Actor)

Busting 1974 (Movie)

Rizzo (Actor)

Paco 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sonny Boy 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

Kruger (Actor)

Slither 1973 (Movie)

Vincent J. Palmer (Actor)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

Bernie Moran (Actor)

Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

The Candidate 1972 (Movie)

Klein (Actor)

Bananas 1971 (Movie)

Man on Cross (Actor)

Believe in Me 1971 (Movie)

Stutter (Actor)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Top Of The Heap 1971 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

Joe Banner (Actor)

Roommates 1970 (Movie)

Martin Axborough (Actor)

The Organization 1970 (Movie)

Benjy (Actor)

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

Dress Shop Proprietor (Actor)

Cry Uncle 1969 (Movie)

Detective Master (Actor)

Putney Swope 1969 (Movie)

Elias Jr (Actor)

Greetings 1968 (Movie)

Smut Peddler (Actor)

Absence of the Good (TV Show)

Actor

Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

Actor

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Actor

Footsteps (TV Show)

Actor

Killer in the Mirror (TV Show)

Actor

Leave 'Em Laughing (TV Show)

Actor

Ring of Passion (TV Show)

Actor

Serpico: The Deadly Game (TV Show)

Actor

The Marcus-Nelson Murders (TV Show)

Actor

The Million Dollar Rip-Off (TV Show)

Actor

The Virginia Hill Story (TV Show)

Actor

You Ruined My Life (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Der Stand der Dinge 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

Usually plump and always decidedly "ethnic," this dependable character player of stage, screen and TV was already nearly 30 years old when he made his film debut with a memorable bit as a "smut peddler" in Brian De Palma's "Greetings" (1968). This once daring comedy about draft dodging and other happenings in Greenwich Village was fairly typical of the kind youth-oriented films from the counterculture with which Garfield quickly became associated in the late 1960s and early 70s. No one's idea of a hippie, Garfield could typically be found during this period playing sleazy small businessmen, gabby hustlers and lumpen proletarians.

Relationships

Alice Goorwitz

Mother

Philip Goorwitz

Father

EDUCATION

Upsala College

East Orange, New Jersey

Actors Studio

New York, New York
studied under Lee Strasberg, Harold Clurman and Elia Kazan; lifetime member

Anthony Mannino Studio

New York, New York 1965

Milestones

1992

Portrayed UN chief counsel Abe Feller, a political victim of the red-baiting Roy Cohn (James Woods), in the well-received HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn"

1989

Made TV series debut as a regular on "The Boys", a limited Showtime sitcom series, as "Sir" Arnie, the baker and founder of Arnie's Cookies

1986

TV miniseries debut, "Sins", a CBS drama set in the fashion industry

1975

Played the protective husband of a fragile C&W recording star (Ronee Blakely) in Robert Altman's "Nashville"

1974

Played major supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation" as a rival of Gene Hackman's surveillance expert; first collaboration with producer-writer-director Coppola

1974

Starred as 35-year-old mama's boy Sonny Waller on "Sonny Boy", a busted CBS sitcom pilot

1972

TV-movie acting debut, "Footsteps", a CBS crime drama

1970

TV acting debut, a guest shot on "Mod Squad"

1969

Broadway acting debut, "Inquest", a play by Donald Freed about the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

1969

Played Joe Banner, a philosophical porno producer who guides aspiring dirty filmmaker Robert De Niro, in De Palma's "Hi, Mom!", a sequel (of sorts) to "Greetings"

1969

First feature starring role, "Cry Uncle/Super Dick", an X-rated comedy feature

1968

Film acting debut, played Smut Peddler in Brian De Palma's "Greetings", a draft evasion comedy; first collaboration with the writer-director

Played the recurring role of psychiatrist Dr. Ray Kadalski on the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"

Became a sports reporter for the NEWARK STAR LEDGER

Served as managing editor of the LINDEN LEADER in Linden, New Jersey

Staged the NYC and Los Angeles productions of his own play "Four in the Family: Five If You Include the Dog"

Competed as an undefeated Golden Gloves boxer

Received a Filmmakers Grant from the American Film Institute for his original dramatic screenplay "Allegiance", a political thriller; planned to direct and act in the project

Worked as a staff writer for Australia's SUNDAY MORNING HERALD

Became a copy boy for the NEWARK STAR LEDGER

Bonus Trivia

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Garfield is the founding director of the Actors Shelter where he teaches acting and directing.

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Garfield began his movie career taking credit under the pseudonym Allen Garfield, but in the mid-70s he swtiched to his birth name, Allen Goorwitz, for several years (roughly 77-82); he turned again to Garfield circa 1983, and is best known under that name.

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