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James Garner

Biography

Known most effective for his assignments on the tv screen shows Maverick as well as the Rockford Data files, Garner in addition has starred in a lot more than 50 films. Before signing up for his dad in LA, where he briefly proved helpful being a model for Jantzen swimwear, he joined america Merchant Sea at age group 16. He performed Katey Sagal’s dad on the tv screen show, 8 Basic Rules. He wedded Lois Clarke in 1956. They elevated two daughters, one from Lois’ previous hubby and one that they had jointly. He was nominated for an Academy Prize`for his function in The Notebook, which starred Rachel McAdams.

Quick Facts


Full Name James Garner
Date Of Birth April 7, 1928
Died July 19, 2014, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Norman, OK
Height 1.87 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Hollywood High School, University of Oklahoma
Nationality American
Spouse Lois Clarke
Children Gigi Garner, Kimberly Garner
Parents Weldon Warren Bumgarner, Mildred Scott Bumgarner
Siblings Jack Garner, Charlie Bumgarner
Awards Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor, TCA Career Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama or Comedy Special, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Performer
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, TV Land Favorite Private Eye Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Dramatic or Comedy Series
Movies The Notebook, The Great Escape, Murphy's Romance, The Americanization of Emily, Victor/Victoria, Space Cowboys, Grand Prix, The Thrill of It All, Maverick, Support Your Local Sheriff!, Barbarians at the Gate, Move Over, Darling, Support Your Local Gunfighter, Sayonara, The Children's Hour, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, My Name Is Bill W., Hour of the Gun, Duel at Diablo, My Fellow Americans, Marlowe, Skin Game, Boys' Night Out, Darby's Rangers, The Ultimate Gift, They Only Kill Their Masters, A Man Could Get Killed, Decoration Day, The Art of Love, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Up Periscope, The Wheeler Dealers, 36 Hours, The Girl He Left Behind, Cash McCall, Mister Buddwing, Fire in the Sky, A Man Called Sledge, Toward the Unknown, Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend, Heartsounds, One Little Indian, Dead Silence, The New Maverick, Battle for Terra, The Distinguished Gentleman, The Castaway Cowboy, Alias Jesse James, How Sweet It Is!, The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
TV Shows Maverick, Nichols, The Rockford Files, Bret Maverick, Man of the People, Streets of Laredo, First Monday, God, the Devil and Bob, 8 Simple Rules, Space, Roughing It, Century of Country
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#Fact
1 Greatly enjoyed his late in life role in sitcom '8 Simple Rules', working with such a young and vibrant cast. In his autobiography he paraphrased General Douglas MacArthur's comment on the Korea War describing his casting as "A great gift to an old campaigner'.
2 He appeared in two films which concerned the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944: The Americanization of Emily (1964) and 36 Hours (1964).
3 His brother Jack Garner was a week older than Julie London. His brother guest-starred with her on an episode of Emergency! (1972).
4 Lifelong resident of Brentwood, Los Angeles, California.
5 At age 17, Garner, along with his father, moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1945, where he was voted the most popular student.
6 Robert Fuller's son, Rob, lived not too far away from him.
7 He nearly lost his leg, but he had emergency surgery to unblock an artery. [1998].
8 Had appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 13 times.
9 He called his friend John Hodiak by the nickname "Hody".
10 He was Oklahoma's very first draftee for the Korean War.
11 When he was very young, he lived with his family in the back of his father's country store, in the tiny hamlet of Denver, Oklahoma, which consisted of one building, the country store, and a population of only five persons, his parents, his two brothers and himself. Denver, Oklahoma no longer exists, since it was flooded in order to create Lake Thunderbird, an Oklahoma state reservoir.
12 He considered his first director, Charles Laughton, to be his acting mentor.
13 James Garner passed away on July 19, 2014. A month after his passing, his lifelong best friend, Lauren Bacall died the month before what would have been her 90th birthday. Both Garner and Bacall had worked together on an episode of: The Rockford Files (1974), and in two movies: HealtH (1980) and The Fan (1981).
14 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 than the top of his helmet.
15 Met Doris Day in the romance comedy Move Over, Darling (1963). The two remained close friends for over 50 years.
16 Replaced John Ritter early in the second season of 8 Simple Rules (2002), when Ritter passed away in 2003.
17 His eldest daughter, Kimberly, had suffered polio.
18 In 2008, he was planning to come out of retirement from on camera roles when he was cast in NCIS (2003), but having a stroke soon after being cast, prevented him from doing it. The role was ultimately given to Ralph Waite, who was also born in 1928, but whose health was holding up rather better at that time. In the end, Waite passed away five months before Garner.
19 Shared the same birthday as R.G. Armstrong, who was 11 years Garner's senior. Armstrong guest-starred with Garner on an episode of Maverick (1957).
20 While starring on The Rockford Files (1974), he invited many of his longtime friends and new actors to the set.
21 Had joked that the secret to his long-running marriage to Lois was learning the two words, "Yes, Dear!".
22 Lived in the same house for nearly 58 years, from 1956 until his passing in 2014.
23 Beat out Robert Blake for the lead role on The Rockford Files (1974).
24 Upon his death, he was cremated at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California, and his ashes were given to his family.
25 Ten days after his passing, numerous news sources reported that the Los Angeles County Coroner listed "acute myocardial infarction" (massive heart attack) as the official cause of his death.
26 Garner never shaved the hair off his chest for any of his shirtless scenes.
27 Even though his Cherokee Productions was the production company, or even part owner, of many of his movies and television series (in the case of The Rockford Files (1974), Cherokee owned 37.5% of the series) between 1965 and 1980, more often than not, he chose not to be listed in the on-screen credits as a producer.
28 Lindsay Wagner was the primary guest star on the very first episode of The Rockford Files (1974). Through much of the 1980s, James Garner and Lindsay Wagner were considered the king or queen, respectively, of quality television movies and miniseries of that period.
29 Frequently had drinks with Bill Bixby.
30 Was a celebrity spokesperson for the Office of Energy Conservation in the 1970s, through the Advertising Council's Public Service Announcement (PSA) television and radio commercials.
31 Relaunched his career as a contract player for United Artists in 1961, after successfully suing Warner Brothers in 1960 to be released from his contract for Maverick (1957).
32 Was separated from Lois in 1979, primarily because he was pushing himself too hard and abusing his body while shooting The Rockford Files (1974). Garner was hospitalized in 1979 with an ulcer and other health problems, which eventually caused the cancellation of The Rockford Files, but Lois did not forgive him until they reconciled in 1982.
33 At Norman High School, he played football, basketball, golf, and competed in track.
34 He sued Universal, a second time, for $2.2 million regarding syndication royalties. The suit charged the studio with "deceiving him and suppressing information about syndication". He was supposed to receive $25,000 for each episode running in syndication, but Universal charged him "distribution fees", which was not in the contract. He also felt that the studio did not release the show to the highest bidder for the episode reruns. [1998].
35 In July 1983, Garner filed suit against Universal Studios for $16.5 million (USD) in connection with an ongoing dispute from The Rockford Files (1974). The suit charged Universal with "breach of contract; failure to deal fairly and in good faith; 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, but frequently told the story about his wife, Lois, having to remind him to wipe the silly grin off his face.
36 Was closely advised by financial adviser Irving Leonard, who also advised Clint Eastwood in the late 1950s and 1960s.
37 Until 1988, he was a heavy smoker.
38 He dropped out of Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma, but was able to earn his diploma while in the United States Army.
39 At least three actresses named him as their favorite actor: Mariette Hartley, Joan Van Ark and Lauren Bacall, all three worked with him on The Rockford Files (1974).
40 Was friends with Jack Kelly, for 35 years, from 1957 until his death in 1992.
41 Had suffered a fall while working on 8 Simple Rules (2002). [January 7, 2004].
42 Was friends with Roy Huggins, for 45 years, from 1957 until his death in 2002.
43 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).
44 Had twice worked with Harry Morgan: in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and its sort of sequel, Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971).
45 His ex-Maverick (1957) co-star, Jack Kelly guest-starred with him in a two-part episode of The Rockford Files (1974), in 1977.
46 When Charlton Heston backed out of the lead role in Darby's Rangers (1958) before shooting began, Warner Brothers contract player Garner, who had already been cast in the film in a supporting role, was selected to replace Heston in the lead.
47 Acting mentor and friends with Tom Selleck, Kaley Cuoco and Amy Davidson.
48 Was Roy Huggins first choice for the lead role on the Western series Cheyenne (1955), but that role eventually went to an another largely unknown actor, Clint Walker, because the casting director could not reach Garner in time (according to Garner's autobiography), and Garner wound up playing an Army officer in the pilot instead.
49 Used to play golf with James Woods and Bill Bixby.
50 Is the youngest of three children of Weldon "Bill" and Mildred Meek Bumgarner.
51 After his final two roles, DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection (2010) and Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010), both voice only roles, he completely retired from acting at age 82.
52 Long lives ran in his family.
53 When he was starring on The Rockford Files (1974), having to appear 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, all of which led to his 1979 hospitalization, with a bleeding ulcer.
54 James Garner passed away on July 19, 2014, at age 86, just one month before he would have celebrated his 58th wedding anniversary with his wife, Lois.
55 He changed his last name from Bumgarner to Garner when he became a Warner Brothers contract player. He was credited as Jim Bumgarner for his two stage roles. First as a non-speaking Member of the Court (Martial Tribunal), in the Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial", and second, a featured speaking role in the national touring company of the same play. In part because he hated speaking in public, he never again took a stage role, and the name Bumgarner "died" when his Warner Brothers contract was signed in 1956.
56 Garner survived a series of health problems, from a knee operation, to a bleeding ulcer, to quintuple bypass heart surgery, to a fall, to emergency surgery to unblock an artery and finally to a stroke.
57 James Garner passed away on July 19, 2014, at age 86, and within five months of four other television legends, also born in 1928, either aged 85 or 86: Shirley Temple, Ralph Waite, Maya Angelou, and Horace Silver, and just twenty-four days before his close friend Lauren Bacall, born 1924.
58 He was absent from his role on Maverick (1957), when filming for the fourth season began, because of a contract dispute with Warner Brothers. Garner fought with the studio consistently in court, and his tenacity was rewarded at the end of 1960, when the case was decided in his favor, and the court ordered him to be released from his contract because Warner Brothers had violated several of the provisions in the contract.
59 In the four years (1985-89), he was the television and radio commercial spokesman for Mazda cars, he was reportedly paid $1 million per year, plus one Mazda vehicle of his choice per year. He chose three Mazda RX-7's and one Mazda truck, all of which he was known to drive frequently.
60 He began his film career in 1956 (the same year he got married), as a contract player for Warner Brothers, at a rate of $200 per week.
61 The name of his most famous character, James Scott Rockford, from The Rockford Files (1974), shared his own first and middle name.
62 He was widely known to be a very private man.
63 When speaking at the Summer Special Olympics in Norman, Oklahoma, he took the opportunity to remind the Oklahoma officials, who invited him to speak, of the circumstances of his original departure. "It's nice to be invited back as a VIP after being run out of town on a rail." This was a reference to him being "asked" to leave for his "extracurricular activities".
64 Had played the same character (Bret Maverick) on four different series: Sugarfoot (1957), Maverick (1957), Young Maverick (1979) and Bret Maverick (1981).
65 Had played Wyatt Earp in two movies: Hour of the Gun (1967) and Sunset (1988).
66 A ten foot bronze statue of Garner, as his character Bret Maverick, was unveiled in Garner's hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. He was present for the unveiling ceremony. [21 April 2006].
67 Best known by the public for his starring roles as the title characters on both Maverick (1957) and The Rockford Files (1974).
68 Has a street named after him in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma: James Garner Avenue.
69 Narrated the intro videos for the University of Oklahoma football team as they entered the stadium.
70 James Garner adopted his wife's 8 year-old-daughter, Kimberly, after he and Lois were married. About a year later, Jim's biological daughter, Gigi Garner, was born in Santa Monica, California. So, Kimberly and Gigi are 9 years apart.
71 In 1995, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. This was one month after bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. He was quoted as saying during his commencement ceremony speech, "If there's anything positive to come from this event, it is seeing the character, the toughness with the dignity of the Oklahoma people as they suffer the grief and carry on with their lives. It makes every Oklahoman, where ever we are, to be PROUD to be an Oklahoman.".
72 Once owned a four hundred acre vineyard in Santa Ynez California called "White Rhino" vineyard and bottled his own Chardonnay called "Chateau Jimbeaux".
73 Underwent surgery after suffering a mild stroke in May 2008 and was recovering well enough, his voice was no longer impaired, that he was able to resume voice acting parts, such as DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection (2010).
74 His hobbies included: golfing, spending time with his family, auto racing, liberal causes, political activism and watching sports.
75 He was good friends with the late Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. Garner appeared with both Newman and Woodward in various productions, although all three of them never appeared in the same production.
76 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
77 Driver of pace cars at the 59th Indianapolis 500 (May 25, 1975), the 61st Indianapolis 500 (May 29, 1977), and at the 69th Indianapolis 500 (May 26, 1985).
78 Friends with: Shirley Jones, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, William Windom, Adam West, Alan Hale Jr., Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Clint Eastwood, Lloyd Nolan, Bill Bixby, Mariette Hartley, Ed Bruce, Mac Davis, James Whitmore, James Whitmore Jr., Roy Huggins, Robert Conrad, Larry Manetti, Harry Belafonte, Jack Kelly, David McCallum, Marlon Brando, James Coburn, Abby Dalton, Ruta Lee, Doris Day, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Julie Andrews, Tom Selleck, Stuart Margolin, Luis Delgado, Meta Rosenberg, Juanita Bartlett, Suzanne Pleshette, James Arness, Red West, Mickey Rooney, Beverly Garland and next-door neighbor Steve McQueen.
79 In a 1973 interview, John Wayne named Garner as the best American actor.
80 He was a student of Bruce Lee's in his "jeet kune do" style of martial art, after starring with Lee in the film, Marlowe (1969).
81 Although Garner was a lifelong liberal Democrat, his oldest friend was a conservative Republican.
82 Inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1986.
83 Quit smoking following his quintuple heart bypass. [April 22, 1988].
84 Is a huge fan of the Oakland Raiders. Could be seen on sidelines with the team during games.
85 Enjoyed great celebrity with his Polaroid commercial series with Mariette Hartley, which started in 1977. He and Mariette were so convincing as husband and wife that Mariette had a T-shirt made that proclaimed, "I am not James Garner's wife!". More than 300 commercials were produced.
86 Of all his films, The Americanization of Emily (1964) was his favorite.
87 Had played two different characters named Jim who served in the Korean War: Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files (1974) and Jim Egan in 8 Simple Rules (2002).
88 Had starred on three popular television series: Maverick (1957) for three seasons, The Rockford Files (1974) for six seasons, and 8 Simple Rules (2002), for two seasons.
89 He was attending Hollywood High School in Los Angeles when his gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits. He got the job making $25 an hour.
90 Was a Korean War veteran and began his career as a contract player in 1956 for Warner Brothers.
91 Was the first actor to co-star with Julie Andrews in three movies: The Americanization of Emily (1964), Victor Victoria (1982) and One Special Night (1999).
92 Had helped organize the Hollywood contingent of Martin Luther King's famous "March on Washington" civil rights demonstration.
93 He was very disappointed about his series, The Rockford Files (1974), being cancelled due to his illness. He accepted his doctor's advice and learned that season 6 was his last.
94 Was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer, during filming for the 1979-1980 season of The Rockford Files (1974). [1979].
95 Was a volunteer with Save the Children.
96 Was involved with many humanitarian causes.
97 Lost his mother when he was 5, and he and his two brothers were split up and sent off to live with relatives.
98 He and his wife Lois Clarke were married at the Beverly Hills Court House just two weeks after they met at a political rally for 1956 Democratic Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson.
99 Biological father of Gigi Garner, wrote two books "The Cop Cookbook" and "Girl Talk". Ms. Garner continues her father's legacy through the production company he started, Cherokee Productions and runs her own successful talent management company.
100 Before he was a very successful actor, he had 75 different jobs including everything from pumping gas to modeling men's clothing.
101 Early in his career, he appeared as one of the judges in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" on Broadway. He said his part consisted mostly of listening to the other actors, and he said it was a great lesson, even though he sometimes had to fight to stay awake during the evening performances. He felt listening was just as important as speaking as an actor.
102 Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1990.
103 Has two older brothers: Jack Garner and Charlie Bumgarner. Jack died in 2011 and Charlie died in 1985.
104 James had English, and some German and Irish, ancestry. James's maternal grandfather, Charles Bailey Meek, was described in James's New York Times obituary as a "full-blooded Cherokee". However, James's grandfather had no documented Native American ancestry, and Charles Meek and his own parents, Thomas Jefferson Meek and Delilah Frances Bailey, were all listed as "White" on United States Censuses.
105 Had quintuple heart bypass surgery. [1988].
106 Had both knees replaced. [2000].


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend 1957 Sgt. John Maitland
Cheyenne 1955-1957 TV Series Willis Peake / Bret / Lt. Lee Rogers / ...
Conflict 1956-1957 TV Series Red Donnelly / Jim Curtis
Zane Grey Theater 1956 TV Series Lt. Jim Collins
The Girl He Left Behind 1956 Preston
Toward the Unknown 1956 Lt. Col. Joe Craven
Warner Brothers Presents 1956 TV Series
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection 2010 Video Shazam (voice)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam 2010 Video short Shazam (voice)
First Night 2007 Short Dr. Curtis
Battle for Terra 2007 Doron (voice)
The Ultimate Gift 2006 Howard 'Red' Stevens
8 Simple Rules 2003-2005 TV Series Jim Egan C.J. Barnes
Al Roach: Private Insectigator 2004 Short Al Roach
The Notebook 2004 Duke
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration 2003 Video Pat (voice)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 Shepard James 'Shep' Walker
First Monday 2002 TV Series Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
Roughing It 2002 TV Movie Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
God, the Devil and Bob 2000-2001 TV Series God
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice)
The Last Debate 2000 TV Movie Mike Howley
Space Cowboys 2000 Tank Sullivan
Chicago Hope 2000 TV Series Hubert 'Hue' Miller
One Special Night 1999 TV Movie Robert Woodward
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story 1999 TV Movie Audience Member (uncredited)
Streets of Laredo 1999 TV Mini-Series Captain Woodrow Call
The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads 1999 TV Movie Jim Rockford
Legalese 1998 TV Movie Norman Keane
Twilight 1998 Raymond Hope
The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda 1997 TV Movie Jim Rockford
Dead Silence 1997 TV Movie John Potter
My Fellow Americans 1996 President Matt Douglas
The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime 1996 TV Movie Jim Rockford
The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play 1996 TV Movie Jim Rockford
The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best 1996 TV Movie Jim Rockford
The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... 1996 TV Movie Jim Rockford
The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise 1995 TV Movie Jim Rockford
The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 TV Movie Jim Rockford
Maverick 1994 Marshal Zane Cooper
Breathing Lessons 1994 TV Movie Ira Moran
Barbarians at the Gate 1993 TV Movie F. Ross Johnson
Fire in the Sky 1993 Frank Watters
The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 Jeff Johnson
Man of the People 1991-1992 TV Series Councilman Jim Doyle
Decoration Day 1990 TV Movie Albert Sidney Finch
My Name Is Bill W. 1989 TV Movie Dr. Bob
Sunset 1988 Wyatt Earp
Promise 1986 TV Movie Bob Beuhler
Murphy's Romance 1985 Murphy Jones
Space 1985 TV Mini-Series Sen. Norman Grant
The Glitter Dome 1984 TV Movie Sgt. Aloysius Mackey
Heartsounds 1984 TV Movie Harold Lear
Tank 1984 Zack
Bret Maverick 1981-1982 TV Series Bret Maverick
Victor Victoria 1982 King Marchand
The Long Summer of George Adams 1982 TV Movie George Adams
The Fan 1981 Jake Berman
HealtH 1980 Harry Wolff
The Rockford Files 1974-1980 TV Series Jim Rockford
Young Maverick 1979 TV Series Bret Maverick
The New Maverick 1978 TV Movie Bret Maverick
The Castaway Cowboy 1974 Lincoln Costain
One Little Indian 1973 Keyes
They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 Abel Marsh
Nichols 1971-1972 TV Series Nichols Sheriff Frank Nichols
Skin Game 1971 Quincy
Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 Latigo
A Man Called Sledge 1970 Luther Sledge
Marlowe 1969 Philip Marlowe
Support Your Local Sheriff! 1969 Jason
How Sweet It Is! 1968 Grif Henderson
The Pink Jungle 1968 Ben Morris
Hour of the Gun 1967 Wyatt Earp
Grand Prix 1966 Pete Aron
Mister Buddwing 1966 Mister Buddwing
Duel at Diablo 1966 Jess Remsberg
A Man Could Get Killed 1966 William Beddoes
The Art of Love 1965 Casey Barnett
36 Hours 1964 Maj. Jefferson Pike
The Americanization of Emily 1964 Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison
Move Over, Darling 1963 Nicholas Arden
The Wheeler Dealers 1963 Henry Tyroon
The Thrill of It All 1963 Dr. Gerald Boyer
The Great Escape 1963 Hendley 'The Scrounger'
Boys' Night Out 1962 Fred Williams
Maverick 1957-1962 TV Series Bret Maverick / Beau 'Pappy' Maverick
The Children's Hour 1961 Dr. Joe Cardin
Angel 1961 TV Series Jim
Cash McCall 1960 Cash McCall
Alias Jesse James 1959 Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)
Up Periscope 1959 Lt. J.G. Kenneth M. Braden
Darby's Rangers 1958 Col. William Orlando Darby
Sugarfoot 1957 TV Series Bret Maverick
Sayonara 1957 Captain Bailey

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads 1999 TV Movie producer
The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda 1997 TV Movie executive producer
The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime 1996 TV Movie executive producer
The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play 1996 TV Movie executive producer
The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best 1996 TV Movie executive producer
The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... 1996 TV Movie executive producer
The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise 1995 TV Movie executive producer
The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 TV Movie executive producer
My Name Is Bill W. 1989 TV Movie executive producer
Promise 1986 TV Movie executive producer
Off the Minnesota Strip 1980 TV Movie executive producer - uncredited
Scott Free 1976 TV Movie executive producer - uncredited
Sidekicks 1974 TV Movie executive producer - uncredited
Cops 1973 TV Movie executive producer - uncredited
Skin Game 1971 executive producer - uncredited
Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 executive producer - uncredited
The Racing Scene 1969 Documentary producer
Marlowe 1969 executive producer - uncredited
Support Your Local Sheriff! 1969 executive producer - uncredited
How Sweet It Is! 1968 executive producer - uncredited
The Pink Jungle 1968 executive producer - uncredited
Grand Prix 1966 executive producer - uncredited
Mister Buddwing 1966 executive producer - uncredited
Duel at Diablo 1966 producer - uncredited
A Man Could Get Killed 1966 executive producer - uncredited
The Art of Love 1965 producer - uncredited
36 Hours 1964 executive producer - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maverick 1994 performer: "Amazing Grace"
Bret Maverick 1981 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Move Over, Darling 1963 music: "Beautiful Dreamer 1862" - uncredited / performer: "Bridal Chorus Here Comes The Bride" 1850, "Beautiful Dreamer 1862" - uncredited
Maverick TV Series 1 episode, 1957 performer - 2 episodes, 1958

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rockford Files 1975 TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary special thanks
Pushing the Limit: The Making of 'Grand Prix' 2006 Video documentary short special thanks
American Masters 2000 TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2000-2012 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Actor
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Pushing the Limit: The Making of 'Grand Prix' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Hollywood Greats 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy 2006 Video Himself (voice)
James Garner On-Camera Interview: Rockford Files Season 1 DVD 2005 Video documentary short Himself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Recipient: Life Achievement Award / Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Live 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2003 TV Series Himself
Intimate Portrait 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
HBO First Look 1994-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998-2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' 2002 Video documentary Himself
Private Screenings 2001 TV Series Himself
The 10th Annual Ella Award Presented a Salute to Julie Andrews 2001 TV Movie Himself
Bravo Profiles 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Space Cowboys' 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 1998-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Nulle part ailleurs: midi 2000 TV Series Himself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute 1999 TV Movie Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
Century of Country 1999 TV Mini-Series Himself - Host
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Byron Nelson: The Legend Series, a Texas Gentleman 1999 TV Movie Himself - Narrator
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama Series
Spirit of American 1998 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
The Hidden Dimension 1997 Documentary short Grandfather's Voice (voice)
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick 1995 Documentary Himself
Great Performances 1995 TV Series Himself
1995 VH1 Honors 1995 TV Movie Himself
Amy Grant: Building the House of Love 1994 Video documentary Himself
Golf: The Greatest Game 1994 TV Movie documentary
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special
100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 1993 TV Series Himself - Guest
Return to 'The Great Escape' 1993 Video documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1991 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The TV Academy Annual Tribute: A Salute to Angela Lansbury 1990 TV Movie Himself - Speaker
Donahue 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
A Conversation with Dinah 1989 TV Series Himself (1991)
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Drama / Comedy Special & Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Actress in Motion Picture
The Dick Cavett Show 1986 TV Series Himself
CBS Early Morning News 1984 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sunday Night Live 1984 TV Movie Himself - Host
James Bond: The First 21 Years 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lily for President? 1982 TV Special Bret Maverick
Sixty Years of Seduction 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Waylon 1980 TV Movie Himself
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1980 TV Special Himself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Himself
The Carol Burnett Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
Superstunt 1977 TV Special
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Actor
Just to Prove It 1972 Documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
Once Upon a Wheel 1971 Documentary Himself
Changing Scene 1970 TV Special Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself - Guest
Laugh-In 1968-1970 TV Series Himself
The Racing Scene 1969 Documentary Himself - Narrator
The Merv Griffin Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Audience Bow
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Man Who Makes the Difference 1968 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game 1967 TV Special Himself - Celebrity
Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions 1966 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards 1966 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Costume Design Awards
Searchers for a Special City 1965 Documentary short Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1960-1965 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Action on the Beach 1964 Short documentary Himself
What's My Line? 1964 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest #2
Juke Box Jury 1964 TV Series Himself - Panellist
I've Got a Secret 1962-1963 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Lee Phillip Show 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself
The Writers Guild Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Performer
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers 1962 TV Special Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1961 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Golf 1960 TV Series Himself
77 Sunset Strip 1959 TV Series Himself
The 11th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Bing Crosby Special 1959 TV Movie Himself
This Is Your Life 1958 TV Series Himself
Wide Wide World 1958 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Football Life 2015 TV Series Himself
Trumbo 2015 Himself (uncredited)
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Actor (In Memoriam)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Días de cine 2014 TV Series
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
I Am Steve McQueen 2014 Documentary Hendley 'The Scrounger' (in 'The Great Escape')
Colorshop: 100 Vintage TV Ads, Vol.1 2013 Video Himself
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary Himself
The Ultimate Life 2013 Howard 'Red' Stevens
The March 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Am Bruce Lee 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Training with Bruce Lee
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon 2008 Documentary Himself
Brando 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Dust to Glory 2005 Documentary Himself
The Unbeatable Bruce Lee 2001 Video documentary Himself
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey 2000 Video documentary Philip Marlowe
Biography 1995-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Bruce Lee: In His Own Words 1998 Video documentary short Phillip Marlowe
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion 1993 TV Movie Himself
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'The Thrill of It All' (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1976-1977 TV Series Corporal Clint Keyes / Lincoln Costain

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Career Achievement Award Television Critics Association Awards
2006 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Actors and Actresses
2005 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story The Notebook (2004) · Gena Rowlands
2005 Life Achievement Award Screen Actors Guild Awards
1999 Honorary Bambi Bambi Awards Lifetime Achievement
1999 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1996 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Television Feature Film Streets of Laredo (1995) · Suzanne De Passe (executive producer)
· Robert Halmi Jr. (executive producer)
· Larry McMurtry (executive producer)
· Diana Ossana (executive producer)
· Larry Levinson (producer)
· Joseph Sargent (director)
· Sissy Spacek (principal actor)
· Sam Sheppard (principal actor)
1994 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
1991 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Decoration Day (1990)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Promise (1986) · Peter K. Duchow (executive producer)
· Glenn Jordan (producer)
· Richard Friedenberg (co-producer)
1987 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Male Star of the Year Together with James Woods
1982 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program
1978 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Rockford Files (1974)
1977 Bambi Bambi Awards TV Series International The Rockford Files (1974)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6927 Hollywood Blvd.
1958 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Male Sayonara (1957)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Career Achievement Award Television Critics Association Awards
2005 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role The Notebook (2004)
2005 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Private Eye The Rockford Files (1974)
2003 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) · Ellen Burstyn
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Action Team (Internet Only) Space Cowboys (2000) · Clint Eastwood
· Tommy Lee Jones
· Donald Sutherland
1999 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries Legalese (1998)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995)
1995 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Breathing Lessons (1994)
1995 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994)
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Breathing Lessons (1994)
1993 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
1993 American Television Award American Television Awards Best Actor in a Made for TV Movie Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Decoration Day (1990)
1989 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special My Name Is Bill W. (1989) · Peter K. Duchow (executive producer)
· Daniel Petrie (producer)
1989 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Promise (1986)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Promise (1986)
1986 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Murphy's Romance (1985)
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Murphy's Romance (1985)
1985 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Heartsounds (1984)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Heartsounds (1984)
1982 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Bret Maverick (1981)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bret Maverick (1981)
1980 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Rockford Files (1974)
1980 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Rockford Files (1974)
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Rockford Files (1974)
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Rockford Files (1974)
1978 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Rockford Files (1974)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Rockford Files (1974)
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Rockford Files (1974)
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star 13th place.
1964 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 9th place.
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Action Performance The Great Escape (1963)
1959 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series Maverick (1957)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Comedy Performance Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Dramatic Performance, Male The Americanization of Emily (1964)

TitleSalary
The Rockford Files (1974) $100,000 per 1 hour episode

#Quote
1 My wife would leave me if I played a Republican.
2 [About his dropping out from high school]: I was a terrible student and I never actually graduated from high school, but I got my diploma in the Army.
3 When I'm pushed, I shove.
4 [Who was never impressed with himself]: I don't like to watch me on the screen, I just don't have a lot of confidence in me, I guess.
5 [When he was married on August 17, 1956, just 14 days after he met Lois]: 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.
6 [About contractual problems from Universal]: The industry is like it always has been. It's a bunch of greedy people.
7 [When he smoked marijuana for most of his adult life]: I started smoking it in my late teens, I drank to get drunk but ultimately didn't like the effect. Not so with grass. It had the opposite effect from alcohol: it made me more tolerant and forgiving. I did a little bit of cocaine in the Eighties, courtesy of John Belushi, but fortunately I didn't like it. But I smoked marijuana for 50 years and I don't know where I'd be without it. It opened my mind and now it eases my arthritis. After decades of research I've concluded that marijuana should be legal and alcohol illegal.
8 My wife and I felt we'd just watch the sunset. But then, the phone started ringing with all these wonderful offers.
9 [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.
10 Something funny happens as you get older, you don't hold back so much.
11 [Who asked Melissa Gilbert warily]: How long does the speech have to be? Well, this will be shorter than others.
12 [When he entered Hollywood High School at the time his gym teacher recommended him for his modeling job]: I made 25 bucks an hour! That's why I quit school. I was making more money than the teachers. I never finished the ninth grade.
13 (on Steve McQueen) Steve was my neighbor for some time, I called him "Crazy McQueen", because, quite frankly, he was crazy. We were friends, but he wanted to play my part in Grand Prix (1966) and because of that we didn't talk for four years. He wasn't a great actor, but he was a star - McQueen had probably the highest amount of star quality I've ever seen in an actor.
14 (on the passing of his good friend Paul Newman) This is such a sad time, I am truly devastated and there are just not enough words to express my sorrow.
15 [on his role as Bret Maverick] I'm playing me. Bret Maverick is lazy: I'm lazy. And I *like* being lazy.
16 I got into the business to put a roof over my head. I wasn't looking for star status. I just wanted to keep working.
17 I don't like to speak in public. It scares the devil out of me.
18 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.
19 [on his conflicts with Warner Brothers, in relation to his contractual obligations to the television series Maverick (1957)] They really stuck it to me. I was young and dumb. I said a couple things about being under contract that they didn't like, like that I felt like a ham in a smokehouse. They were waiting to get back at me by laying me off. We went to court and got out of my contract. I didn't want somebody in an office guiding my career. If I had a failure, I wanted it to be my failure. If I had a success, I wanted it to be my success.
20 [Asked if he would ever do a nude scene] I don't do horror films.
21 Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who reenlist.
22 About everything I ever have done, in the way of lawsuits against studios, I've won them all, because I was right every time.

#Trademark
1 Deep gravelly voice
2 Personally honest, wisecracking, self-deprecating, reluctant, naturally masculine hero.
3 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.

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