JOHN GARFIELD DIES GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT OBITUARY

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ORIGINAL NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 3 PAGES OF CLIPPINGS FROM MAY, 1952 re: THE PASSING OF ACTOR

********JOHN GARFIELD********

Born Jacob Julius Garfinkle in New York City , the son of Russian Jewish immigrants David and Hannah Garfinkle, Garfield spent the first seven years of his life in Sea Gate, Brooklyn . After the death of his mother, Garfield was sent to a school for difficult children in the Bronx . It was under the guidance of the school's principalâe"the noted educator Angelo Patri âe"that he was introduced to both boxing and acting. [1] He had also contracted a childhood illness, severely damaging his heart and limiting his ability to engage in strenuous athletics. He received a scholarship to Maria Ouspenskaya's acting school, making his Broadway debut in 1932.

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He became a member of the Group Theater . The Group's play Golden Boy was written for him by Clifford Odets , but ultimately he was cast in a supporting role rather than the lead [2] . Garfield decided to leave Broadway and try his luck in Hollywood . In 1938, he received wide critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Four Daughters .

At the onset of World War II , Garfield immediately attempted to enlist in the armed forces, but was turned down due to his heart condition.
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