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James Garner (I) (1928–2014)


The son of an Oklahoma carpet layer, James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner) dropped out of high school at 16 to join the Merchant Marines. He worked in a variety of jobs and received 2 Purple Hearts when he was wounded twice during the Korean War. He had his first chance to act when a friend got him a non-speaking role in the Broadway stage ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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 2007 First Night (Short)
Dr. Curtis
 2007 Battle for Terra
Doron (voice)
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Jeff Johnson
 1984 Tank
Zack
 1980 HealtH
Harry Wolff
 1974 The Castaway Cowboy
Lincoln Costain
 1973 One Little Indian
Keyes
 1972 They Only Kill Their Masters
Abel Marsh
 1971 Skin Game
Quincy
 1970 A Man Called Sledge
Luther Sledge
 1968 How Sweet It Is!
Grif Henderson
 1968 The Pink Jungle
Ben Morris
 1966 Mister Buddwing
Mister Buddwing
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
William Beddoes
 1965 The Art of Love
Casey Barnett
 1962 Boys' Night Out
Fred Williams
 1960 Cash McCall
Cash McCall
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)
 1959 Up Periscope
Lt. J.G. Kenneth M. Braden
 1957 Sayonara
Captain Bailey
 1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend
Sgt. John Maitland
 1956 The Girl He Left Behind
Preston
 1956 Toward the Unknown
Lt. Col. Joe Craven
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Other Works:

Series of TV commercials for Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corporation's reverse mortgage program. Financial Freedom went out of business in March 2011. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm a Spencer Tracy-type actor. His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth. Most every actor tries to make it something it isn't looks for the easy way out. I don't think acting is that difficult if you can put yourself aside and do what the writer wrote. See more »

Trivia:

His father, Weldon 'Bill' Bumgarner, was of European ancestry, and his mother, Mildred Meek Bumgarner, was half Cherokee. See more »

Trademark:

Deep gravelly voice. See more »

Nickname:

"Slick" - as a teen

Star Sign:

Aries

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