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James Garner

James Garner
James Garner.jpg
Garner at the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 1987
Born James Scott Bumgarner
(1928-04-07)April 7, 1928
Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died July 19, 2014(2014-07-19) (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Other names James Scott Garner
James Bumgarner
James Scott Bumgarner
Occupation Actor, producer, voice artist
Years active 1954–2013
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke (1956–2014; his death)
Children 2
Military career
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1944–1952
Rank US Army 1951 CPL.png Corporal
Unit
Battles/wars
Awards Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice artist. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files, and played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook (2004).

Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma on April 7, 1928. He was the youngest of three sons of Weldon Warren Bumgarner and Mildred Scott (Meek). His older brothers were Jack Garner (1926–2011) and Charles Bumgarner, a school administrator who died in 1984. His family was Methodist. His mother died when he was 5 years old. After their mother's death, Garner and his brothers were sent to live with relatives. Garner was reunited with his family in 1934, when Weldon remarried.


Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1958 Golden Globe Award Most Promising Newcomer – Male Won
1959 Primetime Emmy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series Maverick Nominated
1963 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actor – Musical/Comedy The Wheeler Dealers Nominated
1978–1980 Golden Globe Award Best TV Actor – Drama The Rockford Files Nominated
1977 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Won
1976, 1978–1980 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical Bret Maverick Nominated
1982 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1984 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Heartsounds Nominated
1985 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Nominated
1985 Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Murphy's Romance Nominated
1985 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical Nominated
1986 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Promise Nominated
1987 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Won
1987 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1989 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special My Name is Bill W. Nominated
1989 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1990 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Decoration Day Won
1991 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Barbarians at the Gate Won
1993 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1994 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Breathing Lessons Nominated
1994 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1994 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Nominated
1998 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries Lagalese Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role The Notebook Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award Life Achievement Award Won
2008 TCA Awards TCA Career Achievement Award Nominated
2010 TCA Awards TCA Career Achievement Award Won
Year Title Role Notes
1956 Toward the Unknown Major Joe Craven
1956 The Girl He Left Behind Preston
1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend Sgt. John Maitland
1957 Sayonara Capt. Mike Bailey, USMC
1958 Darby's Rangers Col. William Orlando Darby
1959 Up Periscope Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden
1959 Alias Jesse James Bret Maverick Scenes deleted from some later reissue prints
1960 Cash McCall Cash McCall
1961 The Children's Hour Dr. Joe Cardin
1962 Boys' Night Out Fred Williams
1963 The Great Escape Flt. Lt. Robert Hendley "The Scrounger"
1963 The Thrill of It All Dr. Gerald Boyer
1963 The Wheeler Dealers Henry Tyroon
1963 Move Over, Darling Nick Arden
1964 Action on the Beach Himself Short documentary
1964 The Americanization of Emily Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison
1965 36 Hours Major Jefferson F. Pike
1965 The Art of Love Casey Barnett
1966 Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions Himself (uncredited) Short documentary
1966 A Man Could Get Killed William Beddoes Also executive producer
1966 Duel at Diablo Jess Remsberg
1966 Mister Buddwing Mr. Buddwing
1966 Grand Prix Pete Aron Also executive producer
1967 Hour of the Gun Wyatt Earp
1968 Once Upon a Wheel Himself Documentary
1968 The Man Who Makes the Difference Himself (uncredited) Short documentary
1968 How Sweet It Is! Grif
1968 The Pink Jungle Ben Morris
1969 The Racing Scene Narrator Also producer; documentary
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff! Jason McCullough
1969 Marlowe Philip Marlowe
1970 A Man Called Sledge Luther Sledge
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter! Latigo Smith Also executive producer
1971 Skin Game Quincy Also executive producer
1972 They Only Kill Their Masters Abel Marsh
1973 One Little Indian Keyes
1974 The Castaway Cowboy Lincoln Costain
1980 HealtH Harry Wolff
1981 The Fan Jake Berman
1982 Victor Victoria King Marchand
1984 Heartsounds Harold Lear TV film
1984 Tank Sgt Maj Zack Carey
1985 Murphy's Romance Murphy Jones
1985 Promise Bob Beuhler TV film; also executive producer
1988 Sunset Wyatt Earp
1989 My Name is Bill W. Dr. Robert 'Dr. Bob' Holbrook Smith TV film; also executive producer
1990 Decoration Day Albert Sidney Finch
1990 Take Me to your Leaders Narrator Documentary
1992 The Distinguished Gentleman Jeff Johnson
1993 Fire in the Sky Frank Watters
1993 Barbarians at the Gate F. Ross Johnson TV film
1994 Breathing Lessons- Ira Moran TV film
1994 Maverick Marshal Zane Cooper
1995 Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call Miniseries
1996 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick Himself Documentary
1996 My Fellow Americans President Matt Douglas
1997 The Hidden Dimension Narrator Documentary
1997 Dead Silence John Potter TV film
1998 Twilight Raymond Hope
1998 Legalese Norman Keane TV film
1999 One Special Night Robert Woodward TV film
2000 The Last Debate Mike Howley TV film
2000 Space Cowboys Tank Sullivan
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice)
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Shepard James Walker "Shep"
2003 The Land Before Time X Pat (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2004 The Notebook Old Noah Calhoun "Duke"
2004 Al Roach: Private Investigator Al Roach Short
2007 The Ultimate Gift Red Stevens
2007 Battle for Terra Doron (voice)
2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Shazam (voice) Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1955 Cheyenne Lt. Brad Forsythe episode: Mountain Fortress
1956 Zane Grey Theater Lt. Jim Collins Episode: "Star Over Texas"
1956 Cheyenne Lt. Lee Rogers episode: Decision
1956 Cheyenne Bret episode: The Last Train West
1956–1957 Conflict Red / Jim Curtis 3 episodes: The People Against McQuade, Man from 1997, and Girl on the Subway
1957–1962 Maverick Bret Maverick / Beau 'Pappy' Maverick 60 episodes
1957 Sugarfoot Bret Maverick Episode: "Misfire"
1957 Cheyenne Willis Peake episode: War Party
1958 Wide Wide World Himself Episode: "The Western"
1958 This Is Your Life Himself Episode: "James Garner"
1960–1964 The Bob Hope Show Himself Episodes: 4-20-1960, and 12-18-1964
1961-1962 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Himself Episodes: 2-26-61, 4-16-61 and 11-11-62
1971–1972 Nichols Sheriff Frank Nichols 24 episodes
1974 Backlash of the Hunter Jim Rockford TV movie, Pilot for "The Rockford Files"
1974–1980 The Rockford Files Jim Rockford 122 episodes; director of episode: "The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club"
1978 The New Maverick Bret Maverick TV movie
1979 Young Maverick Bret Maverick Episode: "Clancy"
1981–1982 Bret Maverick Bret Maverick 18 episodes
1991–1992 Man of the People Councilman Jim Doyle 10 episodes
1993 Return to 'The Great Escape' Himself/Hendley "The Scrounger" Video Documentary Short
1994 The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer – uncredited)
1994 HBO First Look Himself/Bret Maverick TV series Documentary Episode: Maverick
1994 100 Years of the Hollywood Western Himself Documentary TV movie
1995 The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer)
1995 Streets of Laredo Woodrow F. Call Mini-series
1996 The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... Jim Rockford TV movie
1996 The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best Jim Rockford TV movie
1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer)
1996 The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer)
1996 The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda Jim Rockford TV movie
1999 Century of Country Host Mini-series (13 episodes)
1999 The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads Jim Rockford TV movie (also producer)
2000 Chicago Hope Hubert "Hue" Miller 4 episodes
2000 Biography Himself Episode: James Garner: Hollywood Maverick
2000–2001 God, the Devil and Bob God 13 episodes
2002 "Roughing It" Mark Twain TV Movie
2002 First Monday Chief Justice Thomas Brankin 13 episodes
2002 The Making of 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' Himself/Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke Video/Documentary
2003–2005 8 Simple Rules Jim Egan 45 episodes
2005 James Garner On-Camera Interview: Rockford Files Season 1 DVD Himself/Jim Rockford Video Documentary Short
2006 The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy Himself Video
2011 Pioneers of Television Himself/Jim Rockford TV series Documentary episode: Crime Dramas
2011 Pioneers of Television Himself/Bret Maverick TV series Documentary episode: Westerns
2013 The Ultimate Life Howard "Red" Stevens sequel to The Ultimate Gift

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