"It's taken me years to realize that the first or the second take is often the one. That's when you're authentically yourself—in spite of yourself."
Arthur Ira Garfunkel (1941– )
Architecture 1960–61, Columbia College 1965
Art Garfunkel first gained renown as half of the 1960s singing duo Simon & Garfunkel before establishing a career as a solo recording artist, actor, and writer. His smooth countertenor stood out on singles such as the number-one hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970) and a cover of the Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes For You" (1975), as well as on albums such as Breakaway (1975), Watermark (1978), and his most recent, Everything Waits to Be Noticed (2002). Garfunkel's several films as an actor include two by director Mike Nichols, Catch-22 (1970) and Carnal Knowledge (1971). He has also written a book of prose poetry, Still Water (1989).