John Garfield started his career with stage acting. He made his Broadway debut in the play ‘Lost Boy,’ in 1932. He turned down offers from Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures during his early career because he wanted to continue with theatre.
He made his film debut in the role of a tragic young composer in the movie ‘Four Daughters’ (1938), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His initial successes made him an instant star and landed him lead roles in movies like ‘They Made Me a Criminal’ and ‘Blackwell’s Island’ (1939).
His high rated performances came in such films as ‘The Sea Wolf’ (1941), ‘Force of Evil’ (1948), and ‘The Breaking Point’ (1950).
Garfield was blacklisted by the film industry for being pro-communist due to which his career suffered a setback forcing him to return to Broadway where he appeared in the revival of the play ‘Golden Boy’ in 1952 before his death at the age of 39.