Art Garfunkel

Active - 1968 - 2016  |   Born - Nov 5, 1941 in Queens, New York, United States  |   Genres - Music, Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Tall, lanky, and curly topped Art Garfunkel has one of the most beautiful tenor voices in pop music. He is best known for performing with singer/songwriter Paul Simon as Simon and Garfunkel, but he has also had a sporadic acting career. He made his feature-film debut playing Nately in Mike Nichol's adaptation of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 in 1970. The following year, Garfunkel appeared opposite Jack Nicholson in another Mike Nichols film, Carnal Knowledge.

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  • 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.