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Art Garfunkel Biography

Birth Name:
Arthur Ira Garfunkel
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Folk singer, actor

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


  • 1972Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated


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