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James Garner (I) (1928–2014)

Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, to Mildred Scott (Meek) and... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files Jim Rockford
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The Great Escape
The Great Escape Hendley 'The Scrounger'
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 2007 Battle for Terra
Doron (voice)
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Jeff Johnson
 1984 Tank
 1980 HealtH
Harry Wolff
 1974 The Castaway Cowboy
Lincoln Costain
 1973 One Little Indian
 1972 They Only Kill Their Masters
Abel Marsh
 1971 Skin Game
 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)
 1957 Sayonara
Captain Bailey
 1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend
Sgt. John Maitland
 1956 The Girl He Left Behind
 1956 Toward the Unknown
Lt. Col. Joe Craven
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US Army Infantryman. Served with the 5th Infantry (Regimental Combat Team) in Korea. Wounded Twice and earned two Purple Hearts. After he was released from the Hospital he worked in the base Post Office as a "dog robber like his characters- Charles Madison in the "Americanization of Emily" and Bob Hendley in "The Great Escape." See more »

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[When he got serious into becoming an actor after returning from the Korean War]: I had a wife and an 8-year-old daughter who had just gotten out of the hospital with polio, so I took on that responsibility. See more »


Before his The Rockford Files (1974) co-star, Stuart Margolin, appeared with him on Rockford, they worked together on Garner's short-lived series, Nichols (1971). See more »


Personally honest, wisecracking, self-deprecating, reluctant, naturally masculine hero. See more »



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