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Birth name Allen Goorwitz
Nationality USA
Birth 22 november 1939 at Newark (USA)
Death 7 april 2020 (at 80 years)

Allen Garfield, born and sometimes credited as Allen Goorwitz (born November 22, 1939), is an American film and television actor.


Garfield was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Alice (née Lavroff) and Philip Goorwitz. A 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 is a quirky and prolific actor who 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.

For a year after his father's death and in tribute to him, Allen used his family name, Goorwitz for his screen credits.

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Filmography of Allen Garfield (57 films)

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The Majestic, 2h32
Directed by Frank Darabont
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films
Actors Jim Carrey, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, Hal Holbrook, David Ogden Stiers, James Whitmore
Roles Leo Kubelsky
Rating68% 3.448953.448953.448953.448953.44895
In 1951 in the midst of the Second Red Scare, Peter Appleton is an up-and-coming young screenwriter in Hollywood. He learns from studio lawyer Leo Kubelsky and his own attorney Kevin Bannerman that he has been accused of being communist because he attended an antiwar meeting in college years before, a meeting he claims he only attended to impress a girl. In an instant, his new film "Ashes to Ashes" is pushed back for a few months, the credit is given to someone else, his movie star girlfriend Sandra Sinclair leaves him, and his contract with the studio is dropped. Peter gets drunk and goes for a drive, where he accidentally drives his car off a bridge to avoid an opossum.
The Ninth Gate, 2h13
Directed by Roman Polanski
Origin Espagne
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Frank Langella, Emmanuelle Seigner, James Russo, Barbara Jefford
Roles Witkin
Rating66% 3.3482653.3482653.3482653.3482653.348265
Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), a New York City rare book dealer, makes his living conning people into selling him valuable antique books for a low price, and then selling them for profit. He meets with wealthy book collector Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), who has recently acquired a copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th-century author Aristide Torchia, one of only three copies known to exist. According to legend, the book is Torchia's adaptation of an older book written by the Devil himself and purportedly contains the means to ritualistically summon the Devil and, through him, acquire invincibility and immortality. Balkan believes two of the copies are forgeries. He hires Corso to authenticate all three copies, and acquire the legitimate copy by any means necessary.
Wild Side
Wild Side (1999)
, 1h36
Directed by Donald Cammell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Christopher Walken, Joan Chen, Anne Heche, Steven Bauer, Allen Garfield, Candace Kita
Roles Dan Rackman
Rating56% 2.8025052.8025052.8025052.8025052.802505
Alex est une employée de banque qui travaille comme call girl pour arrondir ses fins de mois. Après être sortie avec le criminel Bruno Buckingham, elle se voit contrainte de collaborer avec le FBI qui cherche à l'arrêter. Mais Alex et Virginia, la femme de Bruno, tombent amoureuses l'une de l'autre.
Absence of the Good
Directed by John Flynn
Genres Thriller
Actors Tyne Daly, Stephen Baldwin, Lesley Fera, Allen Garfield, Frank Gerrish, Tony Devon
Roles Lieutenant Paul Taylor
Rating53% 2.6515052.6515052.6515052.6515052.651505
Depuis la mort accidentelle de son fils, un jeune flic se sent complétement à côté de la plaque. Il se lance à corps perdu dans une enquête sur une série de meurtres. Ce qu'il découvre du tueur, le renvoie à ses cauchemars, ses "démons du mal"!...
Obsession (1997)
, 1h44
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Musical, Romance
Actors Daniel Craig, Heike Makatsch, Marie-Christine Barrault, Charles Berling, Seymour Cassel, Allen Garfield
Roles Simon Frischmuth
Rating51% 2.5619052.5619052.5619052.5619052.561905
Un été à Berlin. Trois jeunes gens sont pris dans les filets d'une étrange attirance. Myriam, la Berlinoise, étudie l'orgue et joue de la trompette dans un orchestre de salsa rock féminin. Elle rêve de pouvoir voler et veut un enfant. Pierre, le Français, est médecin biologiste et coureur de marathon. John, le blond sculpteur du Zimbabwe, vient à Berlin pour résoudre une énigme.
Diabolique (1996)
, 1h47
Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri, Kathy Bates, Spalding Gray, Shirley Knight
Roles Leo Katzman
Rating54% 2.7015052.7015052.7015052.7015052.701505
The wife and mistress (Adjani and Stone) of a cruel school master (Palminteri) collaborate in a carefully planned and executed attempt to murder him. The plan goes well until the body, which has been strategically dumped, disappears. The strain starts to tell on the two women as a retired police investigator (Bates) who is looking into the disappearance on a whim begins to think that they know more than they are telling, and further complications arise when their victim is seen, apparently alive and well by several of the pupils.
Crime of the Century
Directed by Mark Rydell
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Stephen Rea, Isabella Rossellini, Allen Garfield, Michael Moriarty, J. T. Walsh, Barry Primus
Roles Lt. James Finn
Rating70% 3.5418353.5418353.5418353.5418353.541835
En 1932, le monde apprend avec stupeur l'enlèvement et l'assassinat du fils de Charles Lindberg, alors âgé de quatorze mois. Deux ans plus tard, Bruno Richard Hauptmann est arrêté et condamné. Le film revient sur l'enquête, le procès et les étapes de cette affaire caractérisée par la corruption et la manipulation de la police de l'époque.
Destiny Turns on the Radio, 1h42
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors James LeGros, Dylan McDermott, David Cross, Quentin Tarantino, Nancy Travis, James Belushi
Roles Vinnie Vidivici
Rating45% 2.260312.260312.260312.260312.26031
An incarcerated bank robber, Julian Goddard, escapes from prison. He is rescued in the desert by Johnny Destiny, a bizarre, possibly supernatural character. Destiny takes Julian to Las Vegas and the Marilyn Motel, owned by Harry Thoreau, who was Julian's partner in crime. Julian searches for his girlfriend, Lucille, and the proceeds of the heist. However, Destiny has taken the money and Lucille is pregnant and shacking up with Tuerto, a mob kingpin. Her agent has convinced a record label to send a talent scout to hear her lounge singing act, but Julian’s arrival upsets her plans. As they are hunted by both the police and Tuerto’s henchmen, Destiny toys with their fate.
Stuart Saves His Family, 1h39
Directed by Harold Ramis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Laura San Giacomo, Vincent D'Onofrio, Al Franken, Shirley Knight, Lesley Boone, Harris Yulin
Roles Maitre D'
Rating53% 2.6511252.6511252.6511252.6511252.651125
Stuart Smalley (Al Franken), the disciple of the 12-step program, is challenged by life's injustices. He loses his public-access cable television show, must beg his manipulative overbearing boss for his job back, rehabilitate his alcoholic father and drug abuser brother (Vincent D'Onofrio), and support his overweight mother (Shirley Knight) and sister (Lesley Boone) in their lack of ability in handling their relationships with their husbands. Stuart is supported by his 12 step sponsors as he regresses to his negative behaviors each time he faces these challenges.
The Patriots, 2h18
Directed by Éric Rochant
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Yvan Attal, Richard Masur, Allen Garfield, Yossi Banai, Nancy Allen, Maurice Bénichou
Roles Eagleman
Rating72% 3.630553.630553.630553.630553.63055
Ariel Brenner, un jeune juif parisien de 18 ans, décide de partir pour Israël pour vivre dans un kibboutz. Il est plus tard recruté par les services secrets. Tout d'abord candidat pour entrer au Mossad, il est finalement recruté par un service indépendant appelé Unité 238.
Cyborg 2
Cyborg 2 (1993)
, 1h39
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films set in the future, Robot films
Actors Elias Koteas, Angelina Jolie, Jack Palance, Billy Drago, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Karen Lee Sheperd
Roles Martin Dunn
Rating39% 1.960141.960141.960141.960141.96014
In the year 2074, the cybernetics market is dominated by two rival companies: USA's Pinwheel Robotics and Japan's Kobayashi Electronics. Cyborgs are commonplace, used for anything from soldiers to prostitutes. Casella "Cash" Reese (Jolie) is a prototype cyborg developed for corporate espionage and assassination. She is filled with a liquid explosive called "Glass Shadow". Pinwheel plans to eliminate the entire Kobayashi board of directors using Casella to precipitate a hostile takeover and obtain a monopoly over the cyborg market. She is programmed to mimic human senses and emotions such as fear, love, pain and hate. Guided by Mercy (Palance), a renegade prototype cyborg who can communicate through any electronic device, she and her combat trainer Colton Ricks (Koteas) escape the Pinwheel facility so she can avoid self-destruction, something that most corporate espionage cyborgs face. They're relentlessly pursued by Pinwheel's hired killer or "wiretapper", Daniel Bench (Drago).
Miracle Beach, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Actors Dean Cameron, Ami Dolenz, Felicity Waterman, Pat Morita, Allen Garfield, Alexis Arquette
Roles Magnus O'Leary
Rating55% 2.7549752.7549752.7549752.7549752.754975
Scotty McKay (Cameron) is just an everyday beach-bum who used to have it all, when he finds an attractive genie named Jeannie (Dolenz). Her mission is to assist Scotty. With Jeannie's help, Scotty has everything again and more, as Jeannie does his bidding and answers to his every beck and call; that is until he asks Jeannie to make him more desirable to the next door supermodel, Dana (Felicity Waterman).
Citizen Cohn, 1h51
Directed by Frank Pierson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks, HIV/AIDS in film
Actors James Woods, Joe Don Baker, Joseph Bologna, Lee Grant, Ed Flanders, Jeffrey Nordling
Roles Abe Feller
Rating70% 3.540673.540673.540673.540673.54067
The film spans Cohn's life from childhood through his initial rise to power as McCarthy's right-hand man in the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearings and his eventual public discrediting a month before his death in 1986 from AIDS. It is told mostly in flashback as Cohn lies dying in a Virginia hospital, hallucinating that his many enemies (from Robert Kennedy to Ethel Rosenberg, a convicted Communist spy he sent to the electric chair) are haunting him. It concerns aspects of Cohn's life such as his closeted homosexuality and the measure of his culpability in the "Red Scare" of the 1950s. While the movie portrays Cohn in a decidedly unsympathetic light, it also depicts episodes in his life, such as the death of his beloved mother, in which he showed a more tender, compassionate side.
Until the End of the World, 2h38
Directed by Wim Wenders
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about computing, Seafaring films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Transport films, Films set in the future, Political films, Road movies, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Solveig Dommartin, William Hurt, Sam Neill, Tom Waits, Max von Sydow, Chick Ortega
Roles Bernie, Used Car Dealer
Rating67% 3.3995053.3995053.3995053.3995053.399505
The film takes place in late 1999. India has an out-of-control nuclear satellite in orbit that is about to re-enter the atmosphere at any time, contaminating large areas of the Earth. This has caused a massive panic, with everyone trying to flee the likely impact sites. Caught in a traffic jam, impatient and disconnected Claire Tourneur (Solveig Dommartin) escapes the highway congestion by taking a side road. Her dashboard computer system announces she has left the map zone database and is on her own. She then has a couple of odd encounters, first with a pair of bank robbers (which leaves her with a large amount of cash), then with a hitchhiker being pursued by an armed party. Claire discovers, after falling in love with the enigmatic fugitive, that he is the son of a scientist (played by Max von Sydow), and has absconded with the prototype of a secret research project. Multiple government agencies and freelance bounty hunters are chasing him to recover the device.