James Garner Biography

Birthday: 1928-04-07
Place of Birth: Norman, Oklahoma USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: The son of an Oklahoma carpet layer, James Garner (born James Bumgarner) dropped out of high school at 16 to join the Merchant Marine. He worked in a variety of jobs and received the Purple Heart when he was wounded during the Korean War. He had his first chance to act when a friend got him a non-speaking role in the Broadway stage play "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1954)". Part of his work was to read lines to the lead actors and he began to learn the craft of acting. This play led to small television roles, television commercials and eventually a contract with Warner Brothers. Director David Butler saw something in Garner and gave him all the attention he needed when he appeared in The Girl He Left Behind (1956). After co-starring in a handful of films during 1956-57, Warner Brothers gave Garner a co-starring role in the the western series "Maverick" (1957). Originally planned to alternate between Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly) and Brett Maverick (Garner), the show quickly turned into the Brett Maverick Show. As Maverick, Garner was cool, good-natured, likable and always ready to use his wits to get him in or out of trouble. The series was highly successful, and Garner continued in it into 1960 when he left the series in a dispute over money. In the early 1960s Garner returned to films, often playing the same type of character he had played on "Maverick". His successful films included The Thrill of It All (1963), Move Over, Darling (1963), The Great Escape (1963) and The Americanization of Emily (1964). After that, his career wandered and when he appeared in the automobile racing movie Grand Prix (1966), he got the bug to race professionally. Soon, this ambition turned to supporting a racing team, not unlike what Paul Newman would do in later years. Garner found great success in the western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969). He tried to repeat his success with a sequel, Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), but it wasn't up to the standards of the first one. After 11 years off the small screen, Garner returned to television in a role not unlike that in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969). The show was "Nichols" (1971) and he played the sheriff who would try to solve all problems with his wits and without gun play. When the show was canceled, Garner took the news by having Nichols shot dead, never to return in a sequel. In 1974 he got the role for which he will probably be best remembered, as wry private eye Jim Rockford in the classic "The Rockford Files" (1974). This became his second major television hit, with Noah Beery Jr. and Stuart Margolin, and in 1977 he won an Emmmy for his portrayal. However, a combination of injuries and the discovery that Universal Pictures' "creative bookkeeping" would not give him any of the huge profits the show generated soon soured him and the show ended in 1980. In the 1980s Garner appeared in few movies, but the ones he did make were darker than the likable Garner of old. These included Tank (1984) and Murphy's Romance (1985). For the latter, he was nominated for both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Returning to the western mode, he co-starred with the young Bruce Willis in Sunset (1988), a mythical story of Wyatt Earp, Tom Mix and 1920s Hollywood. In the 1990s Garner received rave reviews for his role in the acclaimed television movie about corporate greed, Barbarians at the Gate (1993) (TV). After that he appeared in the theatrical remake of his old television series, Maverick (1994), opposite Mel Gibson. Most of his appearances after that were in numerous TV movies based upon "The Rockford Files" (1974).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Maverick Marshal Zane Cooper 1959 - 1960 Action
The Great Escape Hendley 'The Scrounger' 1963 Adventure
Nichols Nichols 1971 - 1972
The Rockford Files Jim Rockford 1974 Crime
Bret Maverick Bret Maverick 1981 Drama
Man of the People Councilman Jim Doyle 1991 - 1992
God, the Devil and Bob God 2000 - 2003 Comedy
8 Simple Rules Jim Egan 2002
First Monday Chief Justice Thomas Brankin 2002 Drama
Pioneers of Television 2008 Documentary
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Girl He Left Behind 1957 Comedy, Drama
Alias Jesse James Brett Maverick 1959 Comedy
Up Periscope 1959 Action, Drama
Cash McCall 1960 Drama, Romance
The Children's Hour Dr. Joe Cardin 1961
Boys' Night Out Fred Williams 1962
Move Over, Darling Nicholas Arden 1963 0
The Great Escape 1963 Game Show, Romance, 0, 0
The Thrill Of It All 1963 Comedy, Romance
The Wheeler Dealers 1963 Comedy
The Americanization of Emily Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison 1964 0, Biography, Romance
36 Hours Maj. Jefferson Pike 1965
The Art of Love 1965 Comedy
Grand Prix Pete Aron 1966 0
Duel at Diablo 1966 Fantasy, 0
Hour of the Gun Wyatt Earp 1967 0, 0
The Pink Jungle 1968 Action, Adventure, Comedy
How Sweet It Is! 1968 Comedy
Support Your Local Sheriff! Jason McCullough 1969 Comedy
A Man Called Sledge 1970
Skin Game 1971 0, 0
Support Your Local Gunfighter! Latigo 1971 Comedy, Romance
One Little Indian 1973 0, 0, 0
They Only Kill Their Masters 1973 Mystery, Romance, Thriller
The Castaway Cowboy 1974 0, 0, 0
Castaway Cowboy 1974 Family, Comedy
The New Maverick Bret Maverick 1978
HealtH 1980
Heartsounds 1984 Drama
Murphy's Romance Murphy Jones 1985
Sunset Wyatt Earp 1988 0, Comedy, 0, Game Show
My Name is Bill W. 1989 Drama
Decoration Day 1990 Drama
Fire in the Sky Frank Watters 1993 Sport, 0, Game Show
Barbarians at the Gate 1993 Comedy, Drama
Maverick Marshal Zane Cooper 1994 0, 0, 0
Breathing Lessons 1994 Drama
My Fellow Americans President Matt Douglas 1996 Adventure, Comedy
Twilight Raymond Hope 1998 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Space Cowboys Tank Sullivan 2000 0, Game Show, Sport, 0
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke 2001 0, Sport, Drama
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Shepard James 'Shep' Walker 2002 Drama
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration 2003 Animation, Adventure, Family
Dust to Glory 2004
The Notebook Duke 2004 Biography
Notebook Duke 2004 Drama, Romance
The Ultimate Gift Howard 'Red' Stevens 2006
Battle for Terra Doron 2009 Animation, Action, Adventure