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Allen Garfield dead – Beverly Hills Cop II actor dies of coronavirus aged 80 in Los Angeles retirement home for stars


HOLLYWOOD movie actor Allen Garfield has died in Los Angeles after contracting coronavirus aged 80.

The star of 'Beverly Hills Cop II' and 'The Conversation' passed away after picking up the infection at a nursing home.

His sister -  Lois Goorwitz - said the cause of his death was complications from covid-19.

He had been a resident at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home, the industry retirement facility in LA where several staffers and residents have tested positive for the virus

Garfield grew up in New Jersey and first set out as a boxer and a sportswriter.

While covering sports for the Newark Star-Ledger, he studied acting at night and was eventually accepted by the Actors Studio workshop and studied under Lee Strasberg.

Some of the best films of the 1970s, included Woody Allen’s 'Bananas',  'The Candidate' opposite Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola’s 'The Conversation' and Robert Altman’s 'Nashville.'

He also played the furious police chief in 1987’s 'Beverly Hills Cop II' opposite Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold

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