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James Garner

Fro 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. On the big screen, Garner made his film debut in Toward the Unknown (1956), landed a good supporting role besides 'Marlon Brando' in Sayonara (1957), and quickly established himself as leading man, starring in Darby's Rangers (1958) and making a strong impression as the young corporate raider in Cash McCall (1960). In the early 1960s, his tall good looks and flair for comedy made him a perfect male lead in amusing sex comedies, such as Boys' Night Out (1962), The Thrill of It All (1963) and Move Over, Darling (1963). While he did not quite make it as a top movie star, he remained very successful through most of the decade, able to play a variety of parts, although predominantly light comedy and adventure roles. His best performances were in The Great Escape (1963), as the charming "scrounger" gathering all the necessary materials for the escape; in The Americanization of Emily (1964), as a self-professed coward, convincing co-star Julie Andrews of the virtues of self-interest and survival in lieu of noble courage; in 36 Hours (1965), as an American officer made to believe by his German captors that he is suffering from amnesia; in Hour of the Gun (1967), as a cynical, vengeful Wyatt Earp (an unusually dark role for him); and in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), as the likeable lawman who cleans up the town with his wits instead of his fists. He also made a relaxed, but effective Marlowe (1969) in the screen adaption of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister. His popularity declined in the early 1970s and after another top-notch performance in Skin Game (1971), he initiated a return to television, first with the rather unsuccessful series Nichols and then, with The Rockford Files (1974), which brought him a new generation of fans. In the 1980s, he had some sporadic success on the big screen with Victor Victoria (1982) and Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he was nominated for an academy award, but he could not re-establish himself as an important leading man. Nevertheless, he delivered some excellent performances in quality TV movies, Heartsounds (1984), Promise (1986) and Barbarians at the Gate (1993), demonstrating that his dramatic ability had been underestimated. He had remained fairly active and popular, often adding some darkness to his previously light characterizations and proving to be an enduring talent. His most recent films have included Maverick (1994), My Fellow Americans (1996) and Space Cowboys (2000). Date of Death: 19 July 2014, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California  (acute myocardial infarction)

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Apr 7, 1928 In Norman - Oklahoma - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Series Heartsounds 2017
Known For
Poster of Battle for Terra
Poster of Century of Country
Poster of The Rockford Files
Poster of Conflict
Series Heartsounds Unknown 2017
Movie Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Shazam (voice) 2010-11-09
Movie Battle for Terra Doron (voice) 2007-09-06
Movie The Ultimate Gift Howard 'Red' Stevens 2006-10-20
Movie Dust to Glory Himself 2005-04-01
Movie The Notebook Duke 2004-06-25
Movie The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration Pat (voice) 2003-12-02
Series First Monday Chief Justice Thomas Brankin 2002-01-15
Series Century of Country 2002-01-01
Series 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter Jim Egan 2002-09-17
Movie Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Shepard James 'Shep' Walker 2002-06-07
Movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice) 2001-06-02
Series God, the Devil and Bob 2000-03-09
Movie Space Cowboys Tank Sullivan 2000-07-31
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Himself - Actor 2000-09-27
Movie One Special Night Robert Woodward 1999-11-28
Movie Legalese Norman Keane 1998-10-04
Movie Twilight Raymond Hope 1998-03-06
Movie Bruce Lee: In His Own Words Himself (archive footage) 1998-07-01
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Dead Silence John Potter 1997-09-22
Movie The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best Jim Rockford 1996-03-18
Movie The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... Jim Rockford 1996-01-14
Movie The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime Jim Rockford 1996-09-18
Movie My Fellow Americans President Matt Douglas 1996-12-20
Movie The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Jim Rockford 1995-05-14
Series Streets of Laredo Captain Woodrow Call 1995-11-12
Movie Maverick Marshal Zane Cooper 1994-05-20
Movie Breathing Lessons Ira Moran 1994-02-06
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Movie The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Jim Rockford 1994-11-27
Movie Fire in the Sky Frank Watters 1993-03-12
Movie Barbarians at the Gate F. Ross Johnson 1993-03-20
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Man of the People 1991-09-15
Movie Decoration Day Albert Sidney Finch 1990-12-02
Movie My Name Is Bill W. Dr. Robert Smith 1989-04-30
Movie Sunset Wyatt Earp 1988-04-29
Movie Promise Bob Beuhler 1986-12-21
Movie Murphy's Romance Murphy Jones 1985-12-25
Series Space Norman Grant 1985-04-14
Movie Tank Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Zack Carey 1984-03-16
Movie Heartsounds Harold Lear 1984-09-30
Movie The Glitter Dome Sgt. Aloysius Mackey 1984-11-18
Series Harty Unknown 1983-09-20
Movie Victor/Victoria King Marchand 1982-04-25
Series Bret Maverick 1981-12-01
Movie The Fan Jake Berman 1981-05-15
Movie HealtH Harry Wolff 1980-09-12
Movie The New Maverick Bret Maverick 1978-09-03
Series The Rockford Files Jim Rockford 1974-09-13
Movie The Castaway Cowboy Lincoln Costain 1974-08-01
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie One Little Indian Keyes 1973-06-20
Movie They Only Kill Their Masters Abel Marsh 1972-11-22
Movie Support Your Local Gunfighter Latigo 1971-05-26
Series Nichols 1971-09-16
Movie Skin Game Quincy Drew / Capt. Nathaniel Mountjoy 1971-09-30
Movie A Man Called Sledge Luther Sledge 1970-11-14
Movie The Racing Scene Himself 1969-01-01
Movie Marlowe Philip Marlowe 1969-09-19
Movie Support Your Local Sheriff! Jason McCullough 1969-03-26
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie The Pink Jungle Ben Morris 1968-10-16
Movie How Sweet It Is! Grif Henderson 1968-08-21
Movie Hour of the Gun Wyatt Earp 1967-11-01
Movie Duel at Diablo Jess Remsberg 1966-06-15
Movie A Man Could Get Killed William Beddoes 1966-03-25
Movie Mister Buddwing Mister Buddwing 1966-07-15
Movie Grand Prix Pete Aron 1966-12-21
Movie The Art of Love Casey Barnett 1965-06-30
Movie The Americanization of Emily Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison 1964-10-27
Movie 36 Hours Major Jefferson F. Pike 1964-11-26
Movie The Thrill of It All Dr. Gerald R. Boyer 1963-07-17
Movie The Great Escape Flight Lt. Hendley 1963-06-20
Movie The Wheeler Dealers Henry Tyroon 1963-11-14
Movie Move Over, Darling Nicholas Arden 1963-12-19
Movie The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers Himself 1962-01-06
Movie Boys' Night Out Fred Williams 1962-06-21
Movie The Children's Hour Joe Cardin 1961-01-01
Movie Cash McCall Cash McCall 1960-01-27
Movie Up Periscope Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden 1959-03-04
Movie Alias Jesse James Bret Maverick (scenes deleted) 1959-03-20
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie Darby's Rangers William Orlando Darby 1958-02-12
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Movie Shoot-Out At Medicine Bend John Maitland 1957-05-04
Series Maverick Bret Maverick 1957-09-22
Movie Bombers B-52 Anchor - Search and Rescue Operation 1957-11-22
Movie Sayonara Capt. Mike Bailey 1957-12-25
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Conflict Unknown 1956-09-18
Movie Toward the Unknown Lt. Col. Joe Craven 1956-09-27
Movie The Girl He Left Behind Preston 1956-10-26
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24