James Garner


James Garner

Infobox actor



imagesize =
caption = Garner at the 39th Emmy Awards, September 1987
birthname = James Scott Bumgarner
birthdate = birth date and age|1928|4|7
birthplace = Norman, Oklahoma, USA
spouse = Lois Clarke (1956-present)
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series
1977 "The Rockford Files"
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special
1987 "Promise"
sagawards = Life Achievement Award
2005 Lifetime Archievement
goldenglobeawards = Most Promising Newcomer - Male
1958 Lifetime Archievement

1991 "Decoration Day"
1994 "Barbarians at the Gate"

James Garner (born April 7 1928) is an American film and Emmy-award winning television actor.

He has starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades. These included his roles as Bret Maverick, in the popular 1950s western-comedy series, "Maverick"; Jim Rockford, in the popular 1970s detective drama, "The Rockford Files"; and the father of Katey Sagal's character on "8 Simple Rules" following the death of John Ritter. He has starred in dozens of movies, including "The Great Escape" (1963) with Steve McQueen; Paddy Chayefsky's "The Americanization of Emily" (1964) and Blake Edwards' "Victor/Victoria" (1982), both with Julie Andrews; and "Murphy's Romance" (1985) with Sally Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

Biography

Early life

Garner, the youngest of three children, was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, the son of Mildred (née Meek) and Weldon Warren Bumgarner, a carpet layer. [ [http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/jamesg/d0/i0000003.htm#i3 Mildred Meek] - at Genealogy.com] The surname is spelled "Bumgarner" as confirmed by Garner in an interview at [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2133383634683037136&q=%22Archive+of+American+Television+Interview+with+James+Garner%22 Archive of American Television Interview with James Garner Part 1 of 6] ] Dead link|date=August 2008 His mother, who was part Cherokee, died when he was four years old. [http://abc.go.com/primetime/8simplerules/bios/james_garner.html James Garner biography.] ABC.com.] 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.

Garner grew to hate his stepmother, Wilma, who beat all three boys, especially young James. When he was fourteen, Garner finally had enough of his 'wicked stepmother' and after a particularly heated battle, she left for good. James' brother Jack commented, "She was a damn no-good woman".Strait, Raymond . "James Garner". New York, New York: St. Martin's Press. 1985. ISBN 0312439679] Garner admitted that his stepmother punished him by forcing him to wear a dress in public and that he finally engaged in a physical fight with her, knocking her down and choking her to keep her from killing him in retaliation. This incident ended the marriage. [Grobel, Lawrence. "The Art of the Interview". New York: Three Rivers Press. 2004, p. 161. ISBN 1400050715]

Shortly after the breakup of the marriage, Weldon Bumgarner moved to Los Angeles, while Garner and his brothers remained in Norman. After working at several jobs he disliked, at sixteen, Garner joined the United States Merchant Marine. He fared well in the work and with shipmates, but suffered from chronic seasickness. At seventeen, he joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student.

A high school gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits.Cunneff, Tom. - [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20146765,00.html "Jim Dandy"] . - "People". - February 07, 2005. - Retrieved: 2008-05-30] It paid well, $25 dollars an hour, but in his first interview for the Archives of American Television, [http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22archive+of+american+television+interview+with+james+garner%22 James Garner interview] at Archive of American Television - (c/o Google Video) - March 17, 1999] he said he hated modeling and soon quit and returned to Norman. There, he played football and basketball, as well as competing on the track and golf teams, for Norman High School. [http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=070715_1_CE12_spanc35828 "Proud to be an OKIE"] . - "Tulsa World". - 7/15/2007]

Later, he joined the National Guard serving seven months stateside. He then went to Korea for 14 months in the United States Army, serving in the 24th Infantry Division in the Korean War. He was injured twice, first in the face and hand from shrapnel fire from a mortar round, and second in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dove headfirst into a foxhole in April 23 1951. Garner was awarded the Purple Heart in Korea for the first injury. For the second wound, he received second Purple Heart (eligibility requirement: "As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy"), although Garner received the medal in 1983, 32 years after his injury. ["Actor James Garner Receives Purple Heart 32 Years Late". - Associated Press. - (c/o "The Daily Oklahoman"). - January 25, 1983. - | - "Garner Has a Heart...30 Years Late". - United Press International. - c/o "Philadelphia Daily News"). - January 25, 1983. - | - "Jim Garner Gets Behind a Cause". - "Philadelphia Daily News". - May 12, 1995. - | - Retrieved: 2008-08-03] Garner was a self-described "scrounger" for his company in Korea (he would later use this experience for his character in the "The Great Escape"). [Rubin, Steve. - Documentary: "Return to 'The Great Escape". - MGM Home Entertainment. - 1993.]

In 1954, a friend, Paul Gregory, whom Garner had met while attending Hollywood High School, persuaded Garner to take a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial", where he was able to study actor Henry Fonda night after night. Garner subsequently moved to television commercials and eventually to television roles. His first movie appearances were in "The Girl He Left Behind" and "Toward the Unknown" in 1956.

He changed his last name from Bumgarner to Garner after the studio had credited him as "James Garner" without permission. He then legally changed it when his first child was born, as he decided she had too many names. His brother Jack also had an acting career and changed his surname to Garner too. His other, non-actor brother, Charlie, kept the Bumgarner surname.

Acting career

"Maverick"

After forty supporting feature film roles, including "Sayonara" with Marlon Brando, Garner got his big break playing the role of professional gambler Bret Maverick in the comedy Western series "Maverick" from 1957 to 1960. No one but Garner and series creator Roy Huggins thought the series could compete with "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Steve Allen Show", but "Maverick" eventually made Garner a household name. Various actors had recurring roles as Maverick foils, including Efrem Zimbalist, Jr as "Dandy Jim Buckley," Richard Long as "Gentleman Jack Darby," and Diane Brewster as "Samantha Crawford," while the series veered effortlessly from comedy to adventure and back again. The relationship with Huggins, the creator and original producer of "Maverick", would later pay dividends for Garner.

Garner was the sole star of "Maverick" for the first seven episodes but production demands forced the studio, Warner Brothers, to create a Maverick brother, Bart, played by Jack Kelly. This allowed two production units to film different story lines and episodes simultaneously. The series also featured popular cross-over episodes featuring both Maverick brothers, including the famous "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres," upon which the first half of the 1973 movie "The Sting" appears to be based, according to Roy Huggins' Archive of American Television interview. Garner and Clint Eastwood staged an epic fistfight in an episode entitled "Duel at Sundown," in which 29-year-old Eastwood plays a vicious gunslinger. Critics were positive about Garner and Jack Kelly's chemistry, but Garner quit the series in the third season because of a dispute with Warner Brothers. The studio attempted to replace Garner's character with a Maverick cousin who had lived in Britain long enough to pick up an English accent, played by Roger Moore, but Moore quit the series due to a decline in script quality after only 15 episodes, saying that if he had had stories like Garner's early ones, he would have stayed.Fact|date=May 2008 Warner Brothers also dressed Robert Colbert, a Garner look-alike, in Bret Maverick's outfit and called the character Brent, but Brent Maverick did not catch on with viewers and Colbert made only two episodes toward the end of the season, leaving the rest of the series run to Kelly (alternating with reruns of episodes with Garner). When Charlton Heston turned down the lead role of "Darby's Rangers", Garner was selected and performed well in the role, with Warner Brothers subsequently giving him lead roles in other films such as "Up Periscope" and "Cash McCall".

1960s

In the 1960s he starred in such films as "The Thrill of It All" and "Move Over, Darling", both with Doris Day, "Boys' Night Out" with Kim Novak and Tony Randall, "The Great Escape", "The Americanization of Emily" with Julie Andrews and James Coburn, "The Art of Love" with Dick Van Dyke and Elke Sommer, and "Support Your Local Sheriff!" with Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, and Jack Elam.

The racing film "Grand Prix", directed by John Frankenheimer, left Garner with a fascination for car racing. Unlike Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, Garner was not as successful in his real-life racing exploits. "The Americanization of Emily", a literate anti-war D-Day comedy, featured a script by Paddy Chayefsky and has remained Garner's favorite of all his work.Interview with Paul Fischer: [http://www.filmmonthly.com/Profiles/Articles/JGarner/JGarner.html "Lowly Brother Amidst The Sisterhood"] . - "Film Monthly". - June 3, 2002. - Retrieved: 2008-06-02] Murray, Rebecca. - Press Release: "James Garner Honored with the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award". - Screen Actors Guild. - Jan 29 2005. - Retrieved: 2008-06-02] In "The Great Escape", Garner played the second lead for the only time during the decade, supporting fellow ex-TV series cowboy Steve McQueen.

In 1969, Garner joined a long list of actors to play Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe, in "Marlowe". Chandler had written the character while visualizing Cary Grant in the role, but Grant never took the part himself. Dick Powell, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, and even Elliot Gould all took turns at it, but it was Garner's version that featured Bruce Lee dropping by his office to smash everything into pieces in one of the first displays of Kung Fu techniques in popular American media.Fact|date=May 2008

1970s

In 1971, Garner returned to television in an offbeat western called "Nichols". The motorcycle-riding character was killed in what became the final episode of the single-season series. Garner was re-cast as the character's more normal twin brother, in the hopes of creating a more popular series with few cast changes. The network changed the show's title to "James Garner as Nichols" during its second month in a vain attempt to rally the sagging ratings. According to Garner's videotaped Archive of American Television interview, Garner had Nichols killed in the last episode so that a sequel could never be filmed.

"The Rockford Files"

In the 1970s, Roy Huggins had an idea to redo "Maverick", but this time as a modern-day private detective. Huggins teamed with co-creator Stephen J. Cannell, and the pair tapped Garner to attempt to rekindle the success of "Maverick", eventually recycling many of the plots from the original series. Starting with the 1974 season, Garner appeared as private investigator Jim Rockford in "The Rockford Files". He appeared for six seasons, for which he received an Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1977. Veteran character actor Noah Beery, Jr. played Rockford's father, Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, while Gretchen Corbett portrayed Rockford's lawyer and sometime lover, Beth Davenport, until she left the series over a salary dispute with the studio. Garner also invited yet another familiar actor Joe Santos, who played Rockford's friend in the Los Angeles Police Department, Detective Dennis Becker. Rounding out the cast was character actor and friend of Garner's who had previously co-starred with him on "Nichols", Stuart Margolin, playing Jim's ex-cell mate and less-than-trustworthy friend 'Angel' Martin. In the first episode of Season Six, "Paradise Cove", Mariette Hartley guest-starred as Court Auditor Althea Morgan. Critics noted that "The Rockford Files" took iconoclasm to new heights, by portraying almost everyone in authority as mean-spirited, wrong-headed, or plain stupid.Fact|date=May 2008

Garner himself ultimately ended the run of the show, despite consistently high ratings, because of the high physical toll on his body."James Garner: Hollywood Maverick". - "Biography". - October 2, 2000.] Appearing in nearly every scene of the series, doing many of his own stunts — including one that injured his back — was wearing him out. A knee injury from his National Guard days worsened in the wake of the continuous jumping and rolling, and he was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer in 1979.

Garner later appeared with "Rockford Files" co-star Hartley in a series of Polaroid Camera commercials.

Margolin said of his longtime colleague that despite Garner's health problems in the later years of "The Rockford Files", he would often work long shifts, unusual for a starring actor, staying to do off-camera lines with other actors, doing his own stunts despite his knee problems. When Garner made "The Rockford Files" TV movies, he said that 22 people (with the exception of series' co-star Beery, who died late in 1994) came out of retirement, and he was very happy that the entire family was back together again.

In July 1983, Garner filed suit against Universal Studios for $16.5 million in connection with his on-going dispute from "The Rockford Files". The suit charged Universal with, "breach of contract; failure to deal in good faith and fairly; and fraud and deceit. It was eventually settled out of court in 1989. As part of the agreement Garner could not disclose the amount of the settlement. [http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=print_story&articleid=VR1117480358&categoryid=18 Garner files 'Files' suit] . - Reuters. - (c/o "Variety"). - September 14, 1998. - Retrieved: 2008-06-01]

Garner sued Universal again in 1998 for $2.2 million over syndication royalties. In this suit he charged the studio with "deceiving him and suppressing info about syndication". He was supposed to receive $25,000 per episode that ran in syndication, but Universal charged him "distribution fees". He also felt that the studio did not bid the show out to the highest bidder for the episode reruns.

Later career

Garner returned to his earlier TV role in 1981 in the revival series "Bret Maverick", but NBC unexpectedly canceled the show after only one season despite reasonably good ratings.Fact|date=May 2008 Critics noted that most of the scripts did not measure up to the first series, though Garner's performance as a 53-year-old Bret Maverick was almost universally applauded.Fact|date=May 2008 Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick) was slated to become a series regular had the series been picked up for another season, and he appeared in the last scene of the final episode in a surprise guest role.

During the 1980s, Garner played dramatic roles in a number of TV movies, from "Heartsounds" (with Mary Tyler Moore) to "Promise" (starring Piper Laurie) and "My Name is Bill W.".

He was nominated for his first Oscar award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the movie "Murphy's Romance", opposite Sally Field. Field, and director Martin Ritt, had to fight the studio, Columbia Pictures, to have Garner cast, since he was regarded as a TV actor by then (despite having co-starred in the box office hit "Victor/Victoria" opposite Julie Andrews two years earlier). Columbia didn't want to make the picture at all, because it had no "sex or violence" in it. But because of the success of "Norma Rae" (1979), with the same star (Field), director, and screenplay writing team (Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch), and with Field's new production company (Fogwood Films) producing, Columbia agreed. But, Columbia then wanted Marlon Brando to play the part of Murphy, so Field and Ritt had to insist on Garner. [Cameron, Julia. - "Garner Fits Romantic Role, Not Hollywood Pigeonhole". - "Chicago Tribune". - January 19, 1986. - | - Laurence, Robert P. - "Garner doesn't go by the book in role in 'Breathing Lessons'". - "San Diego Union-Tribune". - February 6, 1994. - | - Rosenthal, Phil. - "Garner Remains TV's Class Act". - "Daily News of Los Angeles". - February 6, 1994. - | - Retrieved: 2008-08-03] Part of the deal from the studio, which at that time was owned by the The Coca-Cola Company, included an eight line sequence of Field and Garner saying the word "Coke", and also having Coke signs appear prominently in the film. [Baltake, Joe. - "The Packaging of Hollywood of Advertising". - "Sacramento Bee". - May 13, 1990. - | - "Blowing Smoke - They've Coma a Long Way, Baby, In pushing Cigarettes on Screen. - "Sacramento Bee". - January 14, 1996. - | - Retrieved: 2008-08-03] In A&E's "Biography" of Garner, Field reported that her on-screen kiss with Garner was the best cinematic kiss she had ever experienced.Nelson, Ted. - "James Garner: Hollywood Maverick". - "A&E Biography". - October 2, 2000. - New York, NY: A & E Home Video. - ISBN 9780767033619]

In 1988, Garner underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery. Though he rapidly recovered, the doctors insisted that he stop smoking. In 1993, he played the lead in another well-received TV-movie, "Barbarians at the Gate", and went on to reprise his role as Jim Rockford in eight "The Rockford Files" made-for-TV movies, beginning the following year. The frenetic opening theme song from the original series was rerecorded and slowed to a mournfully funereal pace, and practically everyone in the original cast of recurring characters returned for the new episodes except Beery, who had died in the interim. For the second half of the 80s, Garner appeared in several of the North American market Mazda television commercials as an on screen spokesman.

In 1991, Garner starred in "Man of the People", a television series about a con man chosen to fill an empty seat on a city council, with Kate Mulgrew and Corinne Bohrer. Despite reasonably fair ratings, the show was canceled after only 10 episodes. Garner played Wyatt Earp in two very different movies shot 21 years apart, "Hour of the Gun" in 1967 and "Sunset" in 1988. The first film was a realistic depiction of the OK Corral shootout and its aftermath, while the second centered around a fictional relationship between Earp and silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix. The film featured Bruce Willis as Mix in only his second movie role. Although Willis was billed over Garner, the film actually gave more screen time and more emphasis to Earp. Malcolm McDowell played a villainous silent comedian.

In 1994, Garner played Marshal Zane Cooper in a movie version of "Maverick", with Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick (in the end it is revealed that Garner's character is the father of Gibson's Maverick) and Jodie Foster as a gambling lass with a fake southern accent. In 1995, he played lead character Woodrow Call, an ex-lawman, in the TV miseries sequel to "Lonesome Dove" entitled "Streets of Laredo", based on Larry McMurtry's book.

In 1996, Garner and Jack Lemmon teamed up in "My Fellow Americans", playing two former presidents, both framed for scandalous activity in their days in the White House. In addition to a major recurring role during the last part of the run of TV series "Chicago Hope", Garner also starred in a couple of short-lived series, the animated "God, the Devil and Bob" and "First Monday", in which he played a Supreme Court justice.

In 2000, after an operation to replace both knees, Garner appeared with Clint Eastwood (who had played a villain in the original "Maverick" series) in the movie "Space Cowboys", also featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland. During a mass appearance by the cast on television's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", Leno ran a brief clip from Garner and Eastwood's lengthy saloon fistfight during Eastwood's "Maverick" appearance in "Duel at Sundown" over forty years earlier. In 2002, following the death of James Coburn, Garner took over Coburn's role as TV commercial voiceover for Chevrolet's "Like a Rock" advertising campaign. Garner continued to voice the commercials until the end of the campaign. Upon the death of John Ritter in 2003, Garner joined the cast of "8 Simple Rules" as Grandpa Egan (Cate's father). Originally intended to be a one-shot guest role, he stayed with the series until its end in 2005.

In 2004, Garner starred in the movie version of Nicholas Spark's "The Notebook" alongside Gena Rowlands as his wife (played in flashbacks by Rachel McAdams), directed by Nick Cassavetes, Rowlands' son.

Awards

For his contribution to the film and television industry, Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard). In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In February 2005 he received the Screen Actor's Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award. When actor Morgan Freeman won an award that Garner had also been nominated for, Freeman led the audience in a sing-along of the original "Maverick" theme song, written by David Buttolph and Paul Francis Webster.

tatue of James Garner

On April 21, 2006, a ten-foot tall bronze statue of James Garner as Bret Maverick was unveiled in Garner's hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, with Garner present at the ceremony.

Personal life

Marriage and family

Garner is married to Lois Clarke, whom he met at an Adlai Stevenson for president rally in 1956. They married 14 days later on August 17, 1956. "We went to dinner every night for 14 nights. I was just absolutely nuts about her. I spent $77 on our honeymoon, and it about broke me." [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001258/bio James Garner biography] . - IMDb] According to Garner, "Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist". [Garner, James, with Charlie Rose. - "An Hour with Actor James Garner". - "Charlie Rose". - March 26, 2002]

Garner has two daughters: Kimberly, a stepdaughter, from Clarke's first marriage, and their daughter Greta 'Gigi' Garner. Greta Garner is a book author, song writer and licensed private investigator. [ [http://www.the5thchoir.com/jimgarner.htm James Garner] . - The Fifth Choir]

Health issues

Wounded during the Korean War, with two Purple Hearts, his knees would become chronic problems during the filming of "The Rockford Files" in the 1970s, with "six or seven knee operations during that time". In 2000 he had both knees surgically replaced.

On April 22, 1988, Garner had quintuple bypass heart surgery. ["Garner OK after Heart Bypass Operation". - "Chicago Sun-Times". - April 24, 1988]

Garner underwent surgery on May 11 2008 following a minor stroke on May 9.Gorman, Steve. [http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN1342989220080514 "James Garner undergoes surgery after stroke"] . Reuters. May 14, 2008. Retrieved: 2008-05-14] His prognosis was reported to be "very positive".

Racing

Garner was an owner of the "American International Racers" (AIR) auto racing team from 1967 through 1969. The team fielded cars at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring endurance races, but is best known for Garner's celebrity status raising publicity in early off-road motor-sports events. [ [http://www.ormhof.com/inductees/James-Garner.htm James Garner: 1978 inductee] - Off-Road Hall Of Fame] Garner signed a three-year sponsorship contract with American Motors Corporation (AMC). [Foster, Pat. [http://www.ramblerrogue.com/maverick.htm Maverick's Movin' Machine: James Garner's Racing SC/Rambler"] - Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine - (c/o Rambler Rogue Registry) ] His shops prepared ten 1969 SC/Ramblers for the Baja 500 race. [ [http://www.arcticboy.com/media/american/BajaScram/bajaamer.html "1969 Rambler Americans in Baja"] - at ArcticBoy's Baja Scramble Pictures] Garner did not drive in this event because of a film commitment in Spain that year. Nevertheless, seven of his cars finished the grueling race, taking three of the top five places in the sedan class. [ [http://www.javelinamx.com/JavHome/articles/air4wd.htm "Like Bounding Gazelles"] - Motor Trend - (c/o JavelinAMX.com) - August 1969] Garner also drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 race in 1975, 1977, and 1985 (see: list of Indianapolis 500 pace cars).

Golf

Garner was an avid golfer for many years. Along with his brother Jack, he played in high school. Jack even attempted a professional golfing career after a brief stint in the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball farm system.Montgomery, Ed. cite web |url=http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/entertainment/cnhinsentertainment_story_096092050.html?keyword=topstory |title= "Maverick coming home" |archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20071016071817/http://weatherforddemocrat.com/entertainment/cnhinsentertainment_story_096092050.html?keyword=topstory |archivedate=2007-10-16 - The Norman Transcript - (c/o Weatherford Democrat) - April 06, 2006 ] Garner took it up again in the late 1950s to see if he could beat Jack. He was a regular for years at Pebble Beach Pro-Am. In February 1990 at the AT&T Golf Tournament he won the Most Valuable Amateur Trophy.

University of Oklahoma

James Garner is a supporter of the University of Oklahoma, often returning to Norman for school functions. He could frequently be seen on the sidelines or in the press box at Oklahoma Sooners football games. Garner received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree at OU in 1995. [http://www.normantranscript.com/localnews/local_story_089005605/ "Favorite son returns for '89er Days"] - The Norman Transcript - March 30, 2006] In 2003, to endow the James Garner Chair in the School of Drama, he donated $500,000, half of a pledged $1 million dollars, for the first endowed position at the drama school. [http://www.normantranscript.com/localnews/local_story_071004240/ "Garner will choose movie for Norman celebration"] - The Norman Transcript - March 12, 2006] Tom H. Orr, the Director for the School of Drama (Acting/Camera Acting) and the Artistic Director University Theatre, currently holds the James Garner Chair at the university. [ [http://www.ou.edu/finearts/drama/facultystaff/orr/ Tom Huston Orr] - School of Drama - College of Fine Arts - University of Oklahoma] [ [http://www.ou.edu/finearts/drama/facultystaff/professors.htm Professors] - School of Drama - College of Fine Arts - University of Oklahoma] On April 21, 2006, a ten-foot tall bronze statue of Garner as Bret Maverick was unveiled in Garner's hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, with Garner present at the ceremony.

Politics

Garner is a strong Democratic Party supporter, contributing over $7,500 to Democrats running for Federal office the past seven years, including Dennis Kucinich (for Congress in 2002), Richard Gephardt, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, and various Democratic committees and groups. Since 1982 Garner has given at least $29,000 to Federal campaigns, and over $24,000 of that has been to the Democrats. [ [http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/James_Garner.php James Garner's Federal campaign contributions.] Newsmeat.com.]

For his role in the 1985 CBS miniseries "Space", the character's party affiliation was changed from a Republican (as in the book) to reflect Garner's personal views. Garner said: "my wife would leave me if I played a Republican". [Thomas, Jack. - "Keep Your Eye On This Space". - "Boston Globe". - April 13, 1985]

Prior to the entry of ex-San Francisco Mayor (later U.S. Senator) Dianne Feinstein, there was an effort by Democratic party leaders, led by state Senator Herschel Rosenthal, to persuade James Garner to seek the 1990 Democratic nomination for Governor of California. [Kasindorf, Martin. - "From Hollywood". - "Newsday" - June 4, 1989 | - McGreevy, Patrick. - "Garner Asked to Run for Governor - But Actor Declines to Follow in Reagan's Path". - "Daily News of Los Angeles". - July 25, 1989]

Filmography

*"Toward the Unknown" (1956)
*"The Girl He Left Behind" (1956)
*"Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend" (1957)
*"Sayonara" (1957)
*"Darby's Rangers" (1958)
*"Up Periscope" (1959)
*"Alias Jesse James" (1959) (Cameo)
*"Cash McCall" (1960)
*"The Children's Hour" (1961)
*"Boys' Night Out" (1962)
*"The Great Escape" (1963)
*"The Thrill of It All" (1963)
*"The Wheeler Dealers" (1963)
*"Move Over, Darling" (1963)
*"Action on the Beach" (1964) (short subject)
*"The Americanization of Emily" (1964)
*"36 Hours" (1965)
*"The Art of Love" (1965)
*"Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions" (1966) (short subject)
*"A Man Could Get Killed" (1966)
*"Duel at Diablo" (1966)
*"Mister Buddwing" (1966)
*"Grand Prix" (1966)
*"Hour of the Gun" (1967)
*"Once Upon a Wheel" (1968) (documentary)
*"The Man Who Makes the Difference" (1968) (short subject)
*"How Sweet It Is!" (1968)
*"The Pink Jungle" (1968)
*"The Racing Scene" (1969) (documentary)
*"Support Your Local Sheriff!" (1969)
*"Marlowe" (1969)
*"A Man Called Sledge" (1970)
*"Support Your Local Gunfighter!" (1971)
*"Skin Game" (1971)
*"They Only Kill Their Masters" (1972)
*"One Little Indian" (1973)
*"The Castaway Cowboy" (1974)
*"HealtH" (1980)
*"The Fan" (1981)
*"Victor/Victoria" (1982)
*"Heartsounds" (1984)
*"Tank" (1984)
*"Murphy's Romance" (1985)
*"Sunset" (1988)
*"Decoration Day (1990)
*"The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992)
*"Fire in the Sky" (1993)
*"Barbarians at the Gate" (1993)
*"Maverick" (1994)
*"Streets of Laredo" (1995)
*"Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick" (1996) (documentary)
*"My Fellow Americans" (1996)
*"The Hidden Dimension" (1997) (documentary) (narrator)
*"Twilight" (1998)
*"My Name is Bill W."(1989)(T.V. Movie)
*"One Special Night"(1999)
*"The Last Debate" (2000)
*"Space Cowboys" (2000)
*"" (2001) (voice)
*"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002)
*"" (2003) (voice) (direct-to-DVD)
*"The Notebook" (2004)
*"Al Roach: Private Investigator" (2004) (short subject) (voice)
*"The Ultimate Gift" (2007)
*"Terra" (2007) (voice)

ee also

*"Maverick (TV series)"
*Maverick episode list
*"The Rockford Files"

References

External links

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* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/G/htmlG/garnerjames/garnerjames.htm James Garner] at the Museum of Broadcast Communications
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* [http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22archive+of+american+television+interview+with+james+garner%22 James Garner interview] at Archive of American Television - (c/o Google Video) - March 17, 1999
* [http://www.thesandbox.net/arm/rockford/ Rockford Files site]
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1814078786067513650&q=Roy+Huggins&total=20&start=10&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=1 Roy Huggins' Archive of American Television Interview]
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3939862031835606094&q=%22Archive+of+American+Television+Interview+with+Stephen+J.+Cannell%22&total=9&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=6 Stephen J. Cannell's Archive of American Television explanation of Huggins' approach] Dead link|date=August 2008
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8844857220560459276&q=%22James+Garner%22+%22Charlie+Rose%22&total=4&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0 James Garner Interview on the "Charlie Rose Show"]


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