From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Garfield (March 4, 1913 – May 21, 1952) was an American actor. Garfield was especially adept at playing brooding, rebellious, working-class character roles. Garfield is acknowledged as the predecessor of such Method actors as Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, and James Dean. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Garfield, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.