John Garfield

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John Garfield (March 4, 1913 – May 21, 1952) was an American actor adept at playing brooding, rebellious, working-class characters. He grew up in poverty in Depression-era New York City and in the early 1930s became an important member of the Group Theater. In 1937, he moved to Hollywood, eventually becoming one of Warner Bros.' major stars. Called to testify before the U.S. Congressional House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), he denied Communist affiliation and refused to "name names," effectively ending his film career. Some have alleged that the stress of this incident led to his premature death at 39 from a heart attack. Garfield is acknowledged as a predecessor of such Method actors as Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and James Dean.

Age: 39 (age at death)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Body and Soul (1947)


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1951 He Ran All the Way Nick Robey
1950 The Breaking Point Harry Morgan
1950 Under My Skin Dan Butler
1949 Jigsaw Loafer with Newspaper
1949 We Were Strangers Anthony L. 'Tony' Fenner
1948 Anni difficili Narrator of American version
1948 Force of Evil Joe Morse
1947 Body and Soul Charley Davis
1947 Gentleman's Agreement Dave Goldman
1946 Humoresque Paul Boray
1946 Nobody Lives Forever Nick Blake


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Screen acting is my business but I get my kicks from Broadway.


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Nominated for 2 Awards | Won

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