Jan 08, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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He discovered some of the best acting talent of the past century as a director at the famed Actor’s Studio in New York in the 1950s.
Jack Garfein, who was born in what is now Ukraine, and survived the Holocaust, has died in Manhattan at the age of 89.
After being rescued from the Belsen Concentration Camp, Garfine came to the United States, where he discovered Ben Gazzara, George Peppard and Steve McQueen at the Actor’s Studio and worked with playwrights like Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.
His career also included a number of Broadway credits as director or producer, countless Off Broadway productions, and a major role in establishing a West Coast branch of the Actors Studio in 1966.
He was married to Actress Carol Baker.

Jack Garfein died of leukemia.  He was 89.

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