Art Ira Garfunkel is an American singer, teacher, poet and actor who has a net worth of million dollars in 2017-2018. He is popularly known for his association with Paul Simon in his earlier years. They were known as the folk-rock duo, Simon & Garfunkel.
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Biography & Wiki
Art Garfunkel was born on November 5, 1941, in Queens, New York, United States. he was born to Rose (née Pearlman) and Jacob “Jack” Garfunkel, a traveling salesman. Art has two siblings, an older brother called Jules and a younger brother called Jerome. His father was from Romania. They were raised in a Jewish family.
He attended the Forest Hills High School where he met his work partner Simon. He also received his tertiary education from Columbia University based in Manhattan. He majored in Architecture. on October 1, 1972, Art Garfunkel married Linda Marie Grossman, an architect, in Nashville. The couple divorced in 1975. According to Art, the marriage was rough and ended on an unpleasant note.
He also dated Laurie Bird from 1974, Laurie, however, committed suicide in 1979. He also dated Penny Marshal in the mid-1980s. he met former model Kathryn Cermak in 1985, the couple tied the knot in 1988. They have two children, James and Beau Daniel.
In 1963, Art and Simon teamed up. Their duo partnership was named “Simon and Garfunkel”. They released their first album titled “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” in 1964. The album did not sell well. The duo split up after that.
A year after, producer Tom Wilson remade “The Sound of Silence”, a song from the duo’s album. He included an electric backing. The song was released as a single and it recorded massive success. The duo came together again after the success of the single.
They released more albums which recorded massive success. They include “Sounds of Silence”, and “Bookends”. They also released” Bridge over Troubled Water” which was incredibly successful. The duo split up again in 1970. They cited personal differences as the reason.
After the split, Art starred in two films, Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge. He also worked as a mathematics teacher in Litchfield Academy, Connecticut. In 1972, “Simon and Garfunkel” reunited briefly to release their “Greatest Hits” album. They also performed at a benefit concert for presidential candidate George McGovern.
In 1973, he released his first solo album titled “Angel Clare”. The album received mixed reviews. It, however, reached no. 5 in the U.S. in 1974. He released his next album titled “Breakaway” in the year 1975. In 1976, he recorded duets with several artists including James Taylor and J.D. Souther. His next album, “Watermark” was released in 1978. His album “Scissors Cuts” did not perform well. The album maked the lowest point in his career.
Art wrote the songs on his album” Everything Waits to Be Noticed” thus debuting as a songwriter. He has also been involved in Poetry. Some topics in his prose poetry collection included the loss of his father, suicide of his girlfriend and his friendship with Simon. He has also done some acting works.
Awards & Achievements
Art Garfunkel has won five Grammy Awards. Three of them were won when he pursues a duo career with Simon and the other three were after he went solo. He also won the Britannia Award in 1977. He was nominated for the Golden Globe awards for his performance in the movie “Carnal Knowledge”.
Net Worth of Art Garfunkel
Art has an estimated net worth of $50 million. He accumulated his wealth primarily from his career as a singer. He has also done some acting work. His poetry collections are also acclaimed. His career as a songwriter also brought in some income. There are no records of him being involved in any other venture.
Art’s voice began to lower as a result of smoking. He quit smoking in 2010 to help in the recovery of his voice. Art is known to have walked long distances and has traveled over mass areas of land by walking. Art and his colleague Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.