Fast Facts

  • Met Paul Simon in an elementary school production of Alice in Wonderland.
  • Began making records with Simon in 1957 under the name Tom and Jerry, and enjoyed a minor hit with their song "Hey Schoolgirl."
  • Parted ways with Simon after the album Wednesday Morning, 3 AM (1964) initially flopped; a year later, electric guitar, bass and drums were added to "The Sounds of Silence," and the song went on to become a No. 1 hit.
  • Made his big-screen debut in 1970, playing Captain Nately in Mike Nichols' adaptation of Catch-22.
  • Separated from Simon in 1970, but subsequently reunited with him several times, including the 1981 Concert in Central Park and tours in the 2000s.
  • First solo release came in 1973 with Angel Clare, which featured a hit cover of Jimmy Webb's "All I Know."
  • Released a book of poetry, Still Water, in 1989.
  • Walked across America, in multiple installments, over a period of more than a decade.


  • 1970, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1970, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1968, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1968, Grammy — Best Contemporary Pop Performance - Vocal Duo or Group: Winner
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1970, Grammy — Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Winner


  • Jacob Garfunkel — Father
  • Rose Garfunkel — Mother
  • Beau Daniel — Son
  • Kim Cermak — Wife
  • Jerome Garfunkel — Brother
  • Laurie Bird — Ex-significant Other
  • Jules Garfunkel — Brother
  • Linda Grossman — Ex-wife
  • James Garfunkel — Son


  • Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY (BA in Art History); Columbia University, New York, NY (Masters in Mathematics)


  • Birth Name: Arthur Ira Garfunkel
  • Birth Place: Queens, NY
  • Profession: Folk singer, Actor

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