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Also Known As: Allen Goorwitz, Allen Goorwitz Died:
Born: November 22, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, acting coach, directing coach, screenwriter, director, copy boy, boxer, newspaper editor, journalist, reporter

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Majestic, The (2001) Leo Kubelsky
2.
 Berlin Niagara (2000)
3.
 Ninth Gate, The (2000) Witkin
5.
 Get a Job (1998)
6.
 Obsession (1997) Simon Frischmuth
7.
 Crime of the Century (1996) Lieutenant James Finn
8.
 Diabolique (1996) Leo Kaztman
9.
 Wild Side (1996) Dan Rackman
10.
 Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995) Vinnie Verdici
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Became a copy boy for the NEWARK STAR LEDGER
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Competed as an undefeated Golden Gloves boxer
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Became a sports reporter for the NEWARK STAR LEDGER
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Served as managing editor of the LINDEN LEADER in Linden, New Jersey
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Worked as a staff writer for Australia's SUNDAY MORNING HERALD
1968:
Film acting debut, played Smut Peddler in Brian De Palma's "Greetings", a draft evasion comedy; first collaboration with the writer-director
1970:
Broadway acting debut, "Inquest", a play by Donald Freed about the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
1970:
First feature starring role, "Cry Uncle/Super Dick", an X-rated comedy feature
1970:
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"
1971:
TV acting debut, a guest shot on "Mod Squad"
1972:
TV-movie acting debut, "Footsteps", a CBS crime drama
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
1975:
Played the protective husband of a fragile C&W recording star (Ronee Blakely) in Robert Altman's "Nashville"
1986:
TV miniseries debut, "Sins", a CBS drama set in the fashion industry
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
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"
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Played the recurring role of psychiatrist Dr. Ray Kadalski on the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
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Staged the NYC and Los Angeles productions of his own play "Four in the Family: Five If You Include the Dog"
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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
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Education

Upsala College: East Orange , New Jersey -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Anthony Mannino Studio: New York , New York - 1965

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