Allen Garfield, actor in ‘Nashville’ and ‘Beverly Hills Cop II,’ dead of coronavirus at 80

New Jersey-born actor Allen Garfield — who played key roles in movies like “Nashville” and “Beverly Hills Cop II” — has died after getting coronavirus in a Hollywood retirement home.

He was 80.

After suffering a series of strokes, Garfield had been living at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home in Los Angeles, a retirement facility where several people have tested positive for the virus.

He died Tuesday due to complications from COVID-19, his sister, Lois Goorwitz, confirmed.

James Woods — who starred with Garfield in “Citizen Cohn” — remembered him as a “superb” talent.

“Allen and I were friends from our earliest days as actors,” he tweeted. “This is a heartbreaker.”

The author Don Winslow said he “literally never saw a performance by Allen Garfield that wasn’t terrific.”

“One of those not so well known actors that makes everything they are in better,” he said.

Born in Newark, Garfield covered sports by day for New Jersey’s Star-Ledger — while studying at night under Lee Strasberg at Manhattan’s famous Actors Studio.

He would become a supporting-player mainstay of some of the best films of the ‘70s, including “The Conversation,” “The Candidate,” “Nashville” and “The Front Page.”

He continued landing key supporting roles, including in “The Cotton Club” and as the furious police chief in 1987’s “Beverly Hills Cop II.”

Garfield then suffered several strokes, including one shortly before filming Roman Polanski’s “The Ninth Gate” in 1999, and one in 2004 that led to his residence at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home.

With Post wires

 

Source: New York Post

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