John Garfield, life snuffed out too soon
Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson were all well known actors remembered for their tough guy portrayals in Warner Brother's films of the 1930s and '40s. Another name to add to that list is John Garfield, although he is little remembered today.
Garfield, an accomplished stage actor, is actually acknowledged as paving the way for Method actors, such as Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and James Dean.
With Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946
Garfield's premature death was most likely caused by his blacklisting in Hollywood during the Communist scare. Although he was not a Communist, Garfiled knew some individuals, from his early theater days in New York, that were--including his wife, Roberta Seidman.
Garfield had contracted scarlet fever as a child, and that sickness weakened his heart. He'd suffered two heart attacks prior his testimony before the U.S. Congressional House Committee on Un-American Activities.
With Hazel Brooks in Body and Soul, 1947
Garfield denied Communist affiliation and refused to "name names." That ended his film career, and eventually his life. Garfield died in 1952 at age 39, from a heart attack.
The only John Garfield film I've ever seen is The Postman Always Rings Twice, which is very steamy and excellent, by the way. Have you ever seen any of John Garfield's films?
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