AGENCIES, Los Angeles: Allen Garfield, the American movie and television actor best remembered for portraying important characters in films like Nashville and The Stunt Man, passed away due to complications arising from contracting coronavirus. He was 80 years old.
His Nashville co-star Ronee Blakely, who played his wife in the production, shared the sad news of his death through post on social media on Tuesday.
She wrote, “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.”
Garfield’s acting career took off with the film Putney Swope way back in 1968. The nervous character he portrayed led to a series of films where he was cast in similar roles, reports Deadline.
Though his acting career was more than exemplary, his health seemed to take a dive around the end of the century. He suffered a stroke in 1999 while preparing for a role in Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate followed by another five years later, reports the publication.