|John Garfield Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||March 4, 1913|
|Date of Death||May 21, 1952|
John Garfield was an American actor and radio personality whose film credits include They Made Me a Criminal, Four Daughters, Body and Soul, Dust Be My Destiny, Daughters Courageous, Saturday’s Children, East of the River, Thank Your Lucky Stars, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Pride of the Marines, Force of Evil, The Breaking Point, and He Ran All the Way.
Jacob Julius Garfinkle
John Garfield, Julie
He was born on March 4, 1913.
On May 21, 1952, John Garfield died of coronary thrombosis at the age of 39 in New York City, New York, United States.
Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York, United States
Rivington Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States
John Garfield attended P.S. 45, a school for difficult children. He also received speech therapy class lessons from a teacher named Margaret O’Ryan to help with his stammer.
Afterward, he took acting lessons at a drama school that was part of The Heckscher Foundation.
Actor, Radio Personality
- Father – David Garfinkel (A clothes presser and part-time cantor)
- Mother – Hannah
- Siblings – Max Garfinkel (Younger Brother)
- Others – Philip Garfinkel (Paternal Grandfather), Froim Margolis (Maternal Grandfather), Mariam Glikstein (Maternal Grandmother)
He was signed with Warner Bros. until 1946.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
67 kg or 147.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
John Garfield dated –
- Olivia de Havilland – He was once romantically involved with actor Olivia de Havilland.
- Édith Piaf – He dated celebrated French singer Édith Piaf in the past.
- Ann Rutherford
- Roberta Seidman (1935-1952) – In February 1935, John Garfield got married to his childhood sweetheart Roberta Seidman and they had three children: daughters Katherine Hanna Garfield (1938 – March 18, 1945) (died of an allergic reaction) and Julie Garfield (b. January 10, 1946) and a son named David (July 25, 1943 – November 24, 1994). Julie and David went on to become actors. The couple remained together until his death in 1952.
- Joan Crawford (1940) – John Garfield had an affair with actor Joan Crawford in the year 1940 and they also worked together in the 1946 melodrama film Humoresque.
- Hedy Lamarr (1942) – It was RUMORed that he had an encounter with actor and inventor Hedy Lamarr in 1942. They co-starred in the romantic comedy film Tortilla Flat (1942).
- Lana Turner (1945) – In October 1945, he hooked up with actor Lana Turner and they co-starred in the 1946 film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice.
- Shelley Winters (1950) – John Garfield had a fling with actor Shelley Winters in November 1950.
- June Eckstine (1952)
- Iris Whitney (1952)
Race / Ethnicity
John Garfield was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Often played brooding, rebellious, and working-class characters
John Garfield Facts
- His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
- John Garfield’s mother went through a difficult pregnancy and birth during the time of his younger brother Max and never recovered from it entirely. She died after 2 years.
- After the death of their mother and the financial difficulties faced by their father, the boys were sent to live with various relatives, all poor, scattered across the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx.
- Growing up, John Garfield got involved in many gangs and later recalled: “Every street had its own gang. That’s the way it was in poor sections… the old safety in numbers.” He became a gang leader.
- He once stated, “If I hadn’t become an actor, I might have become Public Enemy Number One.”
- After the expiration of his contract with Warner Bros. in 1946, he opted against renewing it and started his own independent production company instead, becoming one of the first Hollywood actors to do so.
- John Garfield has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.
- In February 2021, he was honored by Turner Classic Movies as Star of the Month.
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