Born In: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
James Garner was an American actor known for his ability to captivate audience with his acting skills in television and films. He was lauded for his performance in shows, such as ‘Maverick,’ ‘The Rockford Files,’ and ‘8 Simple Rules.’ He worked in more than 50 movies over a period of six decades, delivering several successful films, such as ‘Decoration Day,’ ‘Murphy’s Romance,’ ‘The Great Escape,’ and ‘The Notebook.’ He started his career with a non-speaking role in a Broadway production before he was signed for commercials, television roles, and movies. Owing to the hardships suffered by his family during the Great Depression, James dreamed of earning big. After leaving school, he took up a number of odd jobs, including pumping gas, modeling for bathing suits, etc. He never graduated from an academy or school, but received his diploma from the US Army. He was the winner of various notable awards and is widely known as one of America’s greatest ‘Oscar’ award-nominated actors. He had lasting friendships with Paul Newman and Bill Bixby.
Also Known As: James Scott Bumgarner
Died At Age: 86
Spouse/Ex-: Lois Clarke (m. 1956)
father: Weldon Warren Bumgarner
mother: Mildred Scott, Mildred Scott Bumgarner
siblings: Charles Bumgarner, Jack Garner
children: Gigi Garner, Kimberly Garner
Born Country: United States
political ideology: Democratic
place of death: Los Angeles, California, United States
Ancestry: German American
Diseases & Disabilities: Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
U.S. State: Oklahoma
Notable Alumni: University Of Oklahoma
education: University Of Oklahoma
James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner on 7 April 1928, in Norman, Oklahoma, USA, to Weldon Bumgarner and Mildred Bumgarner.
He lost his mother when he was five. Shortly after her death, he and his elder brothers, Jack Garner and Charles Bumgarner, were sent to stay with their kin.
His father remarried and the family reunited in 1934. However, the brothers were ill-treated by their step-mother. His step-mother was forced to leave, which eventually ended the marriage.
When he was 16, he joined the US Merchant Marine, for which he faked his age. A year later, he returned to Los Angeles and applied to ‘Hollywood High School.’ After a couple of years, he left school before graduating and went back to his hometown Norman.
He later enlisted in the ‘Regimental Combat Team’ and fought in the ‘Korean War’ for which he earned two purple hearts, one of which was handed to him 32 years later.
In 1954, his friend Paul Gregory convinced him to take up a non-speaking role in the Broadway classic ‘The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,’ which marked the beginning of his acting career.
He subsequently began receiving roles in commercials. He was then cast in the 1956 classics ‘The Girl He Left Behind’ and ‘Toward the Unknown.’ It was around this time that he changed his last name from Bumgarner to Garner.
From 1957 to 1960, his portrayal of ‘Bret Maverick’ in the critically acclaimed show ‘Maverick’ earned him widespread fame. He was appreciated for his acting skills and on-screen charisma.
In 1969, he appeared in the neo-noir film ‘Marlowe,’ featuring in a karate scene with Bruce Lee. The same year, he worked in the hit comedy film ‘Support your Local Sheriff!’
From 1970 to 1973, he appeared in numerous films, such as ‘A Man Called Sledge,’ ‘Support Your Local Gunfighter!,’ ‘Skin Game,’ and ‘One Little Indian.’
The year 1974 marked the beginning of his role as the famous private investigator ‘Jim Rockford’ in ‘The Rockford Files’ television series, for which he received great critical acclaim. Although he became extremely popular after appearing in the series as ‘Jim,’ he ended his run with the show due to health problems.
In 1985, he appeared in ‘Murphy’s Romance’ opposite Sally Field and Brian Kerwin. He was lauded by critics for his stellar performance in the movie, for which he was nominated for several awards.
During the ‘80s, he also appeared in projects like ‘Promise’ and ‘My Name Is Bill W.’
Garner was cast in ‘Man of the People’ in 1991, which was unfortunately canceled after ten episodes despite good reviews.
In 1993, his critically acclaimed performance in the TV film ‘Barbarians at the Gate’ increased his popularity. He then went on to reprise his role as ‘Jim Rockford’ in ‘The Rockford Files’ TV films.
In 1994, he was cast in the movie adaption of ‘Maverick’ where he played ‘Marshal Zane Cooper.’ The following year, he appeared in ‘Streets of Laredo.’
He played an ex-president in the 1996 comedy ‘My Fellow Americans.’ He was then cast in ‘Chicago Hope,’ ‘God, The Devil and Bob,’ and ‘First Monday.’
In 2001, he voiced ‘Commander Rourke’ in Disney’s ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire.’ Two years later, he was cast in ‘8 Simple Rules’ as ‘Jim Egan.’
In 2004, he played ‘Noah Calhoun’ in the popular romantic movie ‘The Notebook’ for which he was nominated for ‘The Screen Actors Guild Award.’
In 2010, he voiced a wizard named ‘Shazam’ in the animated film ‘Superman/ Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam.’
His autobiography, titled ‘The Garner Files: A Memoir,’ was published in 2011 by ‘Simon & Schuster.’ It was co-written along with Jon Winokur.
His portrayal of ‘Jim Rockford’ in ‘The Rockford Files’ in 1974 earned Garner an ‘Emmy Award.’ The show was ranked 39th in the list of ‘50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time’ by ‘TV Guide.’
In 1985, he appeared in ‘Murphy’s Romance,’ which earned him an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role.’ The film collected $30,762,621 at the box-office.
He was awarded a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ for his contribution to the film and television industry.
He was inducted into the ‘Western Performers Hall of Fame’ in 1990.
In 2005, he received the ‘Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.’
In 2010, he was honored with the ‘Career Achievement Award’ by ‘Television Critics Association.’
He married Lois Clarke on August 17, 1956, two weeks after they first met at a rally. He had a step-daughter named Kim from his wife’s previous marriage. Garner and Lois were blessed with a daughter whom they named Greta Garner.
He was close friends with actors Marlon Brando, Doris Day, Julie Andrews, and Henry Fonda.
He loved playing golf, watching sports, racing, and spending time with family.
His hometown has a street named ‘James Garner Ave’ in his honor.
A ten feet tall bronze statue of ‘Bret Maverick,’ a character which he played, was erected in his hometown.
James Garner Movies
(History, Thriller, War, Drama, Adventure)
(Western, Romance, Comedy)
(Comedy, Western, Romance)
(Adventure, Action, Thriller, Western, Comedy)
(War, Comedy, Drama)
(Romance, Comedy, Musical, Music)
(Comedy, Romance, Drama)
|1994||Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Barbarians at the Gate (1993)|
|1991||Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Decoration Day (1990)|
|1958||Most Promising Newcomer - Male||Sayonara (1957)|
|1987||Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special||Promise (1986)|
|1977||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Rockford Files (1974)|
|1982||Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program||Winner|
|1978||Favorite Male TV Performer||Winner|
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