Art Garfunkel is a Grammy-award winning singer, poet, and Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for being one half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel.
Highlights of his solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People’s Choice Award. Through his solo and collaborative work, Art Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he and former musical partner Paul Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Art Garfunkel pursued an acting career in the early 1970s, appearing in two Mike Nichols films: Catch-22 (1970), in which he played a supporting role as the 19-year old naive Lieutenant Nately, and Carnal Knowledge (1971), a co-starring role in which he played the idealistic character Sandy. His role as Sandy won him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1972.
Art Garfunkel later appeared in Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1980) as Alex Linden, an American psychiatrist who serves as the film’s main antagonist. The film received the Toronto Film Festival’s highest honour, the People’s Choice Award, in 1980 and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director.
He appeared in Good to Go (1986) directed by Blain Novak, starring as a Washington, D.C. journalist who struggles to clear his name after being framed for rape and murder. Garfunkel then appeared in the medical crime drama Boxing Helena (1993), directed by Jennifer Lynch, as Dr. Lawrence Augustine.
Art Garfunkel’s most recent film is The Rebound (2010), directed by Bart Freundlich, playing Harry Finklestein, the slightly senile and comedic relieving father of the film’s main character, played by Justin Bartha.
Garfunkel has said he turned down numerous film offers in the 1970s. He reportedly turned down the role of Billy Pilgrim in the adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five in 1972.
Art Garfunkel, an avid reader and bibliophile, has admitted that the Garfunkel household was not a literary family, but it was not until his entrance to Columbia College in 1959, that he began to “read a million books and became a reader”. It was through this he began an interest in poetry.
Garfunkel’s poetic career began in 1981, while on the Simon & Garfunkel 1981-1982 tour in Switzerland, he was riding a motorcycle and began writing a poem describing the countryside. In 1989, Still Water, Garfunkel’s collection of prose poetry was released to acclaim. Topics included his depression over the loss of his father; Laurie Bird, his companion who committed suicide; the friendship of Paul Simon; and the joy of returning to music.
Art Garfunkel reportedly has plans to release a second book in the near future.
How Art Garfunkel Made His Money – Music
Estimated Net Worth: $35 Million
Birthday: November 5, 1941