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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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The Notebook
The Great Escape
The Great Escape Hendley 'The Scrounger'
The Rockford Files
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 2010 DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection (Video)
Shazam (segment "The Return of Black Adam") (voice)
 2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (Video short)
Shazam (voice)
 2007 First Night (Short)
Dr. Curtis
 2007 Battle for Terra
Doron (voice)
 2006 The Ultimate Gift
Howard 'Red' Stevens
 2003-2005 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Jim Egan / C.J. Barnes
- Ditch Day (2005) ... Jim Egan
- Sleepover (2005) ... Jim Egan
- The Teachers Lounge (2005) ... Jim Egan
- The After Party (2005) ... Jim Egan
- C.J.'s Real Dad (2005) ... Jim Egan
 2004 Al Roach: Private Insectigator (Short)
Al Roach
 2004 The Notebook
 2002 First Monday (TV Series)
Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
- Family Secrets (2002) ... Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
- Showdown (2002) ... Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
- Strip Search (2002) ... Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
- Unprotected Speech (2002) ... Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
- Secrets and Lies (2002) ... Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
 2002 Roughing It (TV Movie)
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice)
 2000 The Last Debate (TV Movie)
Mike Howley
 2000 Space Cowboys
Tank Sullivan
 2000 God, the Devil and Bob (TV Series)
- Bob Gets Involved (2000) ... God (voice)
- God's Girlfriend (2000) ... God (voice)
- Bob's Father (2000) ... God (voice)
- There's Too Much Sex on TV (2000) ... God (voice)
- Lonely at the Top (2000) ... God (voice)
 2000 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Hubert 'Hue' Miller
- Have I Got a Deal for You (2000) ... Hubert 'Hue' Miller
- Everybody's Special at Chicago Hope (2000) ... Hubert 'Hue' Miller
- Thoughts of You (2000) ... Hubert 'Hue' Miller
- Miller Time (2000) ... Hubert 'Hue' Miller
 1999 One Special Night (TV Movie)
Robert Woodward
 1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (TV Movie)
Audience Member (uncredited)
 1999 The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads (TV Movie)
Jim Rockford
 1998 Legalese (TV Movie)
Norman Keane
 1998 Twilight
Raymond Hope
 1997 Dead Silence (TV Movie)
John Potter
 1996 My Fellow Americans
President Matt Douglas
 1996 The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime (TV Movie)
Jim Rockford
 1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (TV Movie)
Jim Rockford
 1996 The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (TV Movie)
Jim Rockford
 1996 The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (TV Movie)
Jim Rockford
 1995 Streets of Laredo (TV Mini-Series)
Captain Woodrow Call
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Captain Woodrow Call
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Captain Woodrow Call
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Captain Woodrow Call
 1995 The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (TV Movie)
Jim Rockford
 1994 The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (TV Movie)
Jim Rockford
 1994 Maverick
Marshal Zane Cooper
 1994 Breathing Lessons (TV Movie)
Ira Moran
 1993 Barbarians at the Gate (TV Movie)
F. Ross Johnson
 1993 Fire in the Sky
Frank Watters
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Jeff Johnson
 1991-1992 Man of the People (TV Series)
Councilman Jim Doyle
- The Freeway Issue (1992) ... Councilman Jim Doyle
- Mr. Doyle Goes to Vegas: Part 2 (1991) ... Councilman Jim Doyle
- Mr. Doyle Goes to Vegas: Part 1 (1991) ... Councilman Jim Doyle
- Kid of the People (1991) ... Councilman Jim Doyle
- Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) ... Councilman Jim Doyle
 1990 Decoration Day (TV Movie)
Albert Sidney Finch
 1989 My Name Is Bill W. (TV Movie)
Dr. Bob
 1988 Sunset
Wyatt Earp
 1986 Promise (TV Movie)
Bob Beuhler
 1985 Murphy's Romance
Murphy Jones
 1985 Space (TV Mini-Series)
Sen. Norman Grant
- Part V (1985) ... Sen. Norman Grant
- Part IV (1985) ... Sen. Norman Grant
- Part III (1985) ... Sen. Norman Grant
- Part II (1985) ... Sen. Norman Grant
- Part I (1985) ... Sen. Norman Grant
 1984 The Glitter Dome (TV Movie)
Sgt. Aloysius Mackey
 1984 Heartsounds (TV Movie)
Harold Lear
 1984 Tank
 1981-1982 Bret Maverick (TV Series)
Bret Maverick
- The Hidalgo Thing (1982) ... Bret Maverick
- The Rattlesnake Brigade (1982) ... Bret Maverick
- Faith, Hope and Clarity: Part 2 (1982) ... Bret Maverick
- Faith, Hope and Clarity: Part 1 (1982) ... Bret Maverick
 1982 Victor Victoria
King Marchand
 1982 The Long Summer of George Adams (TV Movie)
George Adams
 1981 The Fan
Jake Berman
 1980 HealtH
Harry Wolff
 1974-1980 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Jim Rockford
- Deadlock in Parma (1980) ... Jim Rockford
- Just a Coupla Guys (1979) ... Jim Rockford
- The Big Cheese (1979) ... Jim Rockford
- No Fault Affair (1979) ... Jim Rockford
- The Hawaiian Headache (1979) ... Jim Rockford
 1979 Young Maverick (TV Series)
Bret Maverick
- Clancy (1979) ... Bret Maverick
 1978 The New Maverick (TV Movie)
Bret Maverick
 1974 The Castaway Cowboy
Lincoln Costain
 1973 One Little Indian
 1972 They Only Kill Their Masters
Abel Marsh
 1971-1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Sheriff Frank Nichols
- Bertha (1972) ... Sheriff Frank Nichols
- All in the Family (1972) ... Sheriff Frank Nichols
- Wonder Fizz Flies Again (1972) ... Sheriff Frank Nichols
- Man's Best Enemy (1972) ... Sheriff Frank Nichols
- Fight of the Century (1972) ... Sheriff Frank Nichols
 1971 Skin Game
 1970 A Man Called Sledge
Luther Sledge
 1969 Marlowe
Philip Marlowe
 1968 The Pink Jungle
Ben Morris
 1968 How Sweet It Is!
Grif Henderson
 1968 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Fletcher Christian
- Episode #7.2 (1968) ... Fletcher Christian
 1967 Hour of the Gun
Wyatt Earp
 1966 Grand Prix
Pete Aron
 1966 Mister Buddwing
Mister Buddwing
 1966 Duel at Diablo
Jess Remsberg
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
William Beddoes
 1965 The Art of Love
Casey Barnett
 1964 36 Hours
Maj. Jefferson Pike
 1964 The Americanization of Emily
Lt. Commander Charles Edward Madison
 1963 Move Over, Darling
Nicholas Arden
 1963 The Wheeler Dealers
Henry Tyroon
 1963 The Thrill of It All
Dr. Gerald Boyer
 1963 The Great Escape
Hendley 'The Scrounger'
 1962 Boys' Night Out
Fred Williams
 1957-1962 Maverick (TV Series)
Bret Maverick / Beau 'Pappy' Maverick
- The Troubled Heir (1962) ... Bret Maverick (credit only)
- The Maverick Line (1960) ... Bret Maverick
- Greenbacks, Unlimited (1960) ... Bret Maverick
- The Misfortune Teller (1960) ... Bret Maverick
- The Resurrection of Joe November (1960) ... Bret Maverick
 1961 The Children's Hour
Dr. Joe Cardin
 1961 Angel (TV Series)
- The French Lesson (1961) ... Jim
 1960 Cash McCall
Cash McCall
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)
 1959 Up Periscope
Lt. J.G. Kenneth M. Braden
 1958 Darby's Rangers
Col. William Orlando Darby
 1957 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Bret Maverick
- Misfire (1957) ... Bret Maverick (uncredited)
 1957 Sayonara
Captain Bailey
 1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend
Sgt. John Maitland
 1955-1957 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Willis Peake / Bret / Lt. Lee Rogers / ...
- War Party (1957) ... Willis Peake
- The Last Train West (1956) ... Bret
- Decision (1956) ... Lt. Lee Rogers
- Mountain Fortress (1955) ... Lt. Brad Forsythe
 1956-1957 Conflict (TV Series)
Red Donnelly / Jim Curtis
- Man from 1997 (1956) ... Red Donnelly
- The People Against McQuade (1956) ... Jim Curtis
 1956 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Lt. Jim Collins
- Star Over Texas (1956) ... Lt. Jim Collins
 1956 The Girl He Left Behind
 1956 Toward the Unknown
Lt. Col. Joe Craven
 1956 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series)
- Explosion (1956)
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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 »


During the filing of Grand Prix (1966), it was discovered that James Garner was actually too tall for Formula One racing. In order to fit in the cars, the seats had to be removed and Garner sat on the frame with just a towel or a mat protecting his posterior. Additionally, the roll bars needed to be removed and fitted with taller bars, so they would look realistic and not be noticeably shorter ... See more »


His voice was heard at the beginning of every episode of The Rockford Files (1974) on the outgoing message for Jim Rockford's answering machine. See more »



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