James Garner

Actor, Producer, Merchant marine
An enormously likable and well-respected star since the early 1950s, James Garner was an Oscar-nominated American actor with a knack for playing lovable rogues in scores of films and television series. Though his rugged ... Read more »
Born: 04/06/1928 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (111)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Battle for Terra 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Doron (Actor)

The Ultimate Gift 2007 (Movie)

Howard 'Red' Stevens (Actor)

8 Simple Rules 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dust to Glory 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Maverick 1957 - 1962, 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rockford Files 1957 - 1962, 1974 - 1980, 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Notebook 2004 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

Shep Walker (Actor)

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mark Twain's Roughing It 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Screenings: James Garner 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

of Captain Lyle T Rourke (Voice)

God, the Devil and Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Tank Sullivan (Actor)

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Country 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight 1998 (Movie)

Raymond Hope (Actor)

4 Million Houseguests 1997 (Movie)

of Homeowner (Voice)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

Matt Douglas (Actor)

100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Zane Cooper (Actor)

Fire in the Sky 1993 (Movie)

Lieutenant Frank Watters (Actor)

The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the People 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Jeff Johnson (Actor)

The Year of the Generals 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Take Me to Your Leaders 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinah Comes Home Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

My Name Is Bill W. 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

Wyatt Earp (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy's Romance 1985 (Movie)

Murphy Jones (Actor)

Tank 1984 (Movie)

Sergeant Major Zack Carey (Actor)

Bret Maverick 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily For President 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

King Marchan (Actor)

60 Years of Seduction 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Health 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fan 1980 (Movie)

Jake Berman (Actor)

The Rockford Files 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

One Little Indian 1973 (Movie)

Clint Keyes (Actor)

The Castaway Cowboy 1973 (Movie)

Lincoln Costain (Actor)

Nichols 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Police Chief March (Actor)

Skin Game 1971 (Movie)

Quincy (Actor)

Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 (Movie)

Latigo Smith (Actor)

A Man Called Sledge 1969 (Movie)

Luther Sledge (Actor)

Support Your Local Sheriff 1969 (Movie)

Jason McCullough (Actor)

How Sweet It Is 1968 (Movie)

Grif (Actor)

The Pink Jungle 1968 (Movie)

Ben Morris (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Wyatt Earp (Actor)

Grand Prix 1966 (Movie)

Pete Aaron (Actor)

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

Sam Buddwing (Actor)

A Man Could Get Killed 1965 (Movie)

William Beddoes (Actor)

Duel at Diablo 1965 (Movie)

Jess Remsberg (Actor)

The Art of Love 1965 (Movie)

Casey Barnett (Actor)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Charles E Madison (Actor)

36 Hours 1963 (Movie)

Major Jefferson Pike (Actor)

Boys' Night Out 1962 (Movie)

Fred Williams (Actor)

Move Over, Darling 1962 (Movie)

Nicholas Arden (Actor)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

"The Scrounger" Hendley (Actor)

The Thrill of It All 1962 (Movie)

Dr Gerald Boyer (Actor)

The Wheeler Dealers 1962 (Movie)

Henry Tyroon (Actor)

The Children's Hour 1961 (Movie)

Doctor Joe Cardin (Actor)

Cash McCall 1960 (Movie)

Cash McCall (Actor)

Alias Jesse James 1958 (Movie)

Bret Maverick (Actor)

Up Periscope 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ken Braden (Actor)

Darby's Rangers 1957 (Movie)

Major William Darby (Actor)

Sayonara 1957 (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend 1957 (Movie)

Maitland (Actor)

The Girl He Left Behind 1956 (Movie)

Preston (Actor)

Toward the Unknown 1956 (Movie)

Major Joe Craven (Actor)

Barbarians At the Gate (TV Show)

Actor

Breathing Lessons (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Decoration Day (TV Show)

Actor

Doris Day: It's Magic (TV Show)

Actor

Heartsounds (TV Show)

Actor

Legalese (TV Show)

Actor

Marlowe (Movie)

Philip Marlowe (Actor)

One Special Night (TV Show)

Actor

Promise (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

Captain Woodrow Call (Actor)

The Glitter Dome (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Debate (TV Show)

Actor

The New Maverick (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

("Amazing Grace") (Song Performer)

Biography

An enormously likable and well-respected star since the early 1950s, James Garner was an Oscar-nominated American actor with a knack for playing lovable rogues in scores of films and television series. Though his rugged good looks made him a capable leading man in features like "The Great Escape" (1963), "The Americanization of Emily" (1964), and "Grand Prix" (1969), Garner found his greatest fame on the small screen; most notably in two popular series: the tongue-in-cheek Western, "Maverick" (ABC, 1957-1962) and the detective drama "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-1980). Both programs made excellent use of Garner's folksy, underplayed delivery, earning him an Emmy (for "Rockford") and scores of nominations. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he remained exceptionally active in movies and television, as well as scores of commercials, well into his eighth decade, until he retired following a 2008 stroke. When James Garner died on July 19, 2014, he was mourned by several generations of fans, friends and fellow actors.

Relationships

Weldon Bumgarner

Father
Re-married after his wife's death to a woman who physically and mentally abused James and his brothers

Mildred Bumgarner

Mother
Died when James was four years old

Lois Garner

Wife
Married 14 days after they met on August 17, 1956

Jack Garner Actor

Sibling

Gigi Garner

Daughter
Born c. 1958 mother, Lois Garner

Kimberly Garner

Daughter
Daughter from Clarke's first marriage, whom Garner adopted when she was nine

EDUCATION

HB Studio

New York , New York

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Norman High School

Norman , Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Norman , Oklahoma
Attended for only one semester

Milestones

2009

Lent his voice to the computer animated sci-fi film, "Battle for Terra"

2007

Played the mysterious Red Stevens in "The Ultimate Gift"

2004

Co-starred with Gene Rowlands as husband and wife in Nick Cassavetes' "The Notebook"; earned a SAG nomination for Supporting Actor

2003

Played the father of Sandra Bullock in the film adaptation of "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"

2003

Joined the cast of the ABC sitcom, "8 Simple Rules" after the death of John Ritter

2002

Played a US Supreme Court Justice in the short-lived CBS series, "First Monday"

2000

Had a recurring role on season six of the CBS drama, "Chicago Hope"

2000

Co-starred with Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland in "Space Cowboys"; also produced and directed by Eastwood

1996

Teamed with Jack Lemmon playing two former presidents in "My Fellow Americans"

1995

Played Captain Call in the CBS miniseries "Streets of Laredo," a sequel to Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove"

1994

Reprised role of Jim Rockford in a eight highly-rated CBS TV-movies

1994

Played Zane Cooper in the modern day film version of "Maverick"; starred Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick

1991

Returned to TV as a con man who fills his late ex-wife's city council seat on the short-lived series, "Man of the People" (NBC)

1989

Co-starred with James Woods (who played the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous) in the CBS TV-movie, "My Name Is Bill W."

1986

Debuted as a producer with the 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' presentation, "Promise" (CBS)

1985

Played as a small town pharmacist romancing Sally Field in "Murphy's Romance"; earned Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe nominations

1985

Played the leading role in the CBS miniseries, "Space"

1982

Re-teamed with Julie Andrews for Blake Edwards' "Victor/Victoria"

1981

Reprised role of professional gambler for the revival series, "Bret Maverick" (NBC)

1974

Played private investigator Jim Rockford on the popular NBC drama, "The Rockford Files"; also directed several episodes

1970

Played the title role in the TV Western, "Nichols" (NBC) as an army deserter reluctantly turned sheriff

1968

Starred in the comedy "Support Your Local Sheriff" from director Burt Kennedy

1967

Starred as a most impressive Wyatt Earp in John Sturges' "Hour of the Gun"

1966

Cast in John Frankenheimer's racing drama, "Grand Prix"

1964

Cast opposite Julie Andrews in Arthur Hiller's "The Americanization of Emily"

1963

Cast opposite Doris Day in both "The Thrill of It All" and "Move Over, Darling"

1963

Joined Steve McQueen in the WWII film, "The Great Escape"

1958

First leading role in a feature film, "Darby's Rangers"

1957

Starred as Bret Maverick on the popular ABC Western, "Maverick"; also directed several episodes

1957

Appeared with Marlon Brando in "Sayonara"

1956

Made feature acting debut in "Toward the Unknown"

1956

Cast opposite Natalie Wood and Tab Hunter in "The Girl He Left Behind"

1955

TV debut was a small role in the ABC series, "Cheyenne"

1954

Persuaded by high school friend Paul Gregory to take a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial"

1944

Joined his father in Los Angeles to attend high school

1943

Signed up for the Merchant Marines at age 16

Served in the Army and fought in the Korea War; awarded the Purple Heart after being injured

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted to the Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Garner gave $500,000 to help aspiring actors at the University of Oklahoma. The gift will be used to endow a $1 million faculty chair in the University's School of Drama.

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On April 21, 2006, a ten-foot tall bronze statue of James Garner as Bret Maverick was unveiled in Garner's hometown of Norman, Ok.

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Garner's knees would become chronic problems during the filming of "The Rockford Files" in the 1970s. He underwent several knee operations during that time and in 2000 he had both knees surgically replaced.

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On April 22, 1988, Garner had quintuple bypass heart surgery.

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