‘Beverly Hills Cop II,’ ‘Nashville’ Actor Allen Garfield Dies of Coronavirus at 80


Actor Allen Garfield, known for his roles in films like “The Conversation,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Nashville,” has died from complications stemming from coronavirus, according to multiple reports.

The actor’s sister, Lois Goorwitz, confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.

Actress Ronee Blakely, who played the role of Garfield’s on-screen wife in “Nashville,” shared the news of the actor’s death from the virus in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“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,” she wrote.

Deadline reports that Garfield, who was born Allen Goorwitz on Nov. 22, 1939, got his start as an amateur boxer. The Newark, New Jersey native also worked as a sportswriter and editor at The Star-Ledger.

Garfield began his acting career on the stage after going to New York and studying under Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio. He shifted course in the 1970s when he began to work in movies.

Fans may remember Garfield from his role as the gruffy chief of police alongside Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Other projects he starred in include Woody Allen’s “Bananas, The Organization,” “The Candidate,” “The Cotton Club,” “The Stunt Man,” “A State of Things” and “Until the End of the World.”

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