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Allen Garfield of 'Beverly Hills Cop II' & 'Nashville' Fame Dies at 80 from Coronavirus

Joe Akins
Apr 08, 2020
05:58 P.M.

Allen Garfield, who was famed for his roles in the movies, "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Nashville," and "Gable and Lombard," has died at the age of 80, due to coronavirus.

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Garfield died on Tuesday due to COVID-19. He was aged 80 years old. Ronee Blakley, who starred as Garfield's wife in "Nashville" broke the news in a Facebook post, saying:

"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."

 Allen Garfield attends Fifth Annual Chaim To Life Benefit Telethon on September 14, 1986 | Photo: Getty Images

Allen Garfield attends Fifth Annual Chaim To Life Benefit Telethon on September 14, 1986 | Photo: Getty Images

Some of Ronee's Facebook Friends who viewed her post, commented, sending their deepest condolences to her, as well as the late actor's family. One fan wrote:

"So sorry for the loss of your on-screen partner & his family."

Allen Garfield's death was also confirmed to the "The Hollywood Reporter" by his sister, Lois Goorwitz, during a brief chat with the online publication.

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Allen Garfield as J. Carter Sloan on the set of "In and Out Again" circa 1974 | Photo: Getty Images

Allen Garfield as J. Carter Sloan on the set of "In and Out Again" circa 1974 | Photo: Getty Images

Garfield, in his lifetime, battled several health issues. While preparing to appear in the 1999 film, "The Ninth Gate" by Roman Polanski, he suffered a stroke and suffered yet another one in 2004.

"Star Wars" actor Andrew Jack also died following complications from the virus.

That second stroke led the actor to reside at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital, located in Woodland Hills. It is yet to be confirmed if that was where he was when he died.

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Allen Garfield was born on November 22, 1939. His original name was Allen Goorwitz, which he bore for some of his movies, like "The Brink's Job," and "One From the Heart."

He made his film debut in the movie, "Orgy Girls '69." Before then, Allen was into amateur boxing, had worked as a sportswriter, and also studied at the Actors Studio in New York, along with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan.

The talented actor went on to star in so many other movies after his debut and was famed for playing jumpy types. The veteran actor's death brings an end to a remarkable acting career.

Allen Garfield on the set of "The Cut Man Cometh" on January 18, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

Allen Garfield on the set of "The Cut Man Cometh" on January 18, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

Garfield's death increases the number of celebrities who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It paints the sad picture of the deadly virus, showing that while many have recovered from the disease, others have not been so lucky.

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The list of celebrities that have lost their lives in the battle against the disease includes Adam Schlesinger, the award-winning singer, and songwriter, who died on April 1.

"Star Wars" actor Andrew Jack also died following complications from the virus on March 31. He was 76 years old. 69-year-old songwriter Alan Merill also died at the age of 69.

 Musician/composer, Adam Schlesinger visits SiriusXM Studios on April 19, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Musician/composer, Adam Schlesinger visits SiriusXM Studios on April 19, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Other celebrities to have died due to coronavirus include, Joe Diffie, 61, Japanese comedian, Ken Shimura, 70, Terrence McNally, 81, Mark Blum, 69, Manu Dibango, 86, Floyd Floyd Cadoz.

Julie Benett, 88, Patricia Bosworth, 86, Forrest Compton, 94, Jay Benedict, 68, Lee Fierro, 91, and John Prine, 73, has also died from coronavirus. May their souls rest in peace.

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