Andrew Garfield Once Explained Why Bankruptcy Was the ‘Best Thing’ to Happen to His Family

Although Andrew Garfield is a successful actor now, when he was growing up, his family experienced some financial hardships. However, looking back, Garfield did not see the situation as fully negative. He once shared some important life lessons that came out of the time his family went through bankruptcy and why it was the ‘best thing’ to happen to them.

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What Andrew Garfield’s family is like

Garfield was born in Los Angeles to an American father, Richard, and an English mother, Lynn. When Garfield was 3 years old, his family decided to move to Surrey, England, where he was eventually raised.

“I’m very lucky because it means I don’t identify with any place,” Garfield once said (via The Telegraph). “It means I’ve had my father’s accent and value system in one ear and my mother’s accent and value system in the other, and it’s a wonderful balance.”

Garfield has an older brother named Ben, who now works as a doctor.

Andrew Garfield believes bankruptcy was the ‘best thing’ to happen to his family

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When Garfield was 12 or 13, his father when bankrupt. The actor told Bustle in November 2021 that this experience was ‘the best thing to happen to our family.”

“He realized all the people he loved were still there,” Garfield explained. “His wife, his kids, his friends, himself. He was brought to his knees and totally humbled, and then he started doing more of what he was called to do.”

Garfield’s father ended up becoming a swimming coach at a local club. And this ordeal taught Garfield an important life lesson.

“My main goal in this life is to cultivate and rub up against the people, the places, the projects, the practices — that’s alliteration there with the p’s — that make me feel most alive,” Garfield said.

What is Andrew Garfield’s net worth?

Garfield has built a successful career for himself in the entertainment industry.

He started getting interested in acting at a very young age, and he even studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating in 2004, Garfield landed roles in shows like Doctor Who and movies like Lions for Lambs (2007) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Garfield gained more attention in the 2010s, starting with his role as Eduardo Saverin in the film The Social Network. Then, his international breakthrough came in 2012 when he starred as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the film The Amazing Spider-Man. He reprised the role again in the sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and made a special appearance in the 2021 movie Spider-Man: No Way Home.

In addition to his work on the big screen, Garfield has also notably starred in stage productions in both the U.K. and the U.S. For example, he has appeared in plays such as Death of a Salesman and Angels in America. He has even won a Tony Award for his work in the latter.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Garfield is worth around $16 million.

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