Friday, June 14, 2024

RIP Actor Allen Garfield, 80, from Coronavirus, Had Key Roles in “Nashville,” “The Candidate,” “The Stunt Man”


It seems like actor Allen Garfield, who was in movie after movie in the 70s and 80s, is one of two coronavirus deaths at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He’d been living there for some time after two strokes in recent years. He was 80 years old.

Ronee Blakely wrote on Twitter: “RIP Allen Garfield, the great actor who played my husband in “Nashville”, has died today of Covid; I hang my head in tears; condolences to family and friends; I will post more later; cast and crew, sending love.”

It was a memorable turn in a long list of performances for the journeyman actor. His acting career started in 1968 with “Putney Swope,” and from there he worked constantly in a period filled with classic movies.  Garfield had key roles in Robert Redford’s “The Candidate” and in “The Stuntman,” among other films.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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