Oscar Politics: John Garfield

Few actors have arrived in Hollywood with the established reputation of John Garfield, a member of the famed Group Theater. For his very first film, Four Daughters, Garfield received a supporting nomination, and a few years later, a lead nomination for Body and Soul. However, in 1952, Garfield's career ended abruptly when he died of a heart attack the night before he was supposed to appear before the Committee. Garfield wasn't accused of any particular thing, but he was suspected of leftwing politics because of his membership in The Group Theater.

If you would like to know more about this issue, please read my book, All bout Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards(NY: Continuum International, paperback 2003).