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Name: Art Garfunkel                                                                 
Born: 5 November 1941 Forest Hills, Queens, New York                                 
Art Garfunkel is an American singer-songwriter and actor, best known as half of     
the Grammy Award winning folk duo Simon and Garfunkel.                               
Arthur Ira Garfunkel was born November 5, 1941 in Forest Hills, Queens, in New       
York City. He is of Romanian Jewish ancestry. Garfunkel attended Forest Hills       
High School.                                                                         
He met his future singing partner, Paul Simon, in the sixth grade. Between 1956     
and 1962, the two had performed together as Tom & Jerry. Garfunkel ("Tom Graph")     
chose his nickname because he liked to track, or "graph" hits, on the pop charts.   
Garfunkel attended Columbia University in the early sixties, where he sang with     
the Kingsmen, an all-male a cappella group (not to be confused with The Kingsmen     
of "Louie Louie" fame) and was a Brother in the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. In     
1962, Garfunkel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in art history,           
followed by a Master's degree in mathematics.