Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday's Overlooked Actor: Allen Garfield
For this week's Tuesday's Overlooked, I decided to go in a different direction. Instead of focusing on a specific movie or TV series, I'm looking at an actor. This week, it's character actor Allen Garfield.
Born Allen Goorwitz (he used his real name in credits for a few years), Garfield usually plays officious jerks and comic foils (usually both at the same time). He studied acting at the Actors Studio under Lee Strasburg and Elia Kazan and has appeared in films such as The Conversation, Mother, Jugs, and Speed, The Candidate, and Nashville. He's also appeared in no less than three previous Tuesday's Overlooked Films on this blog: Teachers, Get Crazy, and Continental Divide. In the latter two, he is cast against type as more agreeable, jovial characters. Garfield unfortunately suffered a stroke in the 2000s and hasn't acted since.
In researching this post, I came across a fine retrospective of Garfield's career, which you can read here.