James Garner

American actor (1928–2014) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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James Scott Garner (born Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor. He played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, which included The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen; Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964) with Julie Andrews; Cash McCall (1960) with Natalie Wood; The Wheeler Dealers (1963) with Lee Remick; Darby's Rangers (1958) with Stuart Whitman; Roald Dahl's 36 Hours (1965) with Eva Marie Saint; as a Formula 1 racing star in Grand Prix (1966); Raymond Chandler's Marlowe (1969) with Bruce Lee; Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) with Walter Brennan; Blake Edwards's Victor/Victoria (1982) with Julie Andrews; and Murphy's Romance (1985) with Sally Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination; One Special Night 1999 with Julie Andrews; He also starred in several television series, including popular roles such as Bret Maverick in the ABC 1950s Western series Maverick and as Jim Rockford in the NBC 1970s private detective show, The Rockford Files.[1]

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James Garner
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Garner as Maverick (1959)
Born
James Scott Bumgarner

(1928-04-07)April 7, 1928
DiedJuly 19, 2014(2014-07-19) (aged 86)
Alma materUniversity of Oklahoma
Occupation(s)Actor, producer
Years active1954–2010
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse
Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke
(m. 1956)
Children2
RelativesJack Garner (brother)
Military career
AllegianceFlag_of_the_United_States_%2823px%29.png United States
Service/branchSeal_of_the_United_States_Army_National_Guard.svg United States Army National Guard
Seal_of_the_United_States_Merchant_Marine.svg United States Merchant Marine
Years of service1944–1946 (Merchant Marine)
1950–1952 (Army)
RankArmy-USA-OR-04a_%28Army_greens%29.svg Corporal
UnitCalifornia Army National Guard
5th Regimental Combat Team
24th Infantry Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War
AwardsCombat_Infantry_Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Purple_Heart_ribbon.svg Purple Heart (2)
National_Defense_Service_Medal_ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Korean_Service_Medal_ribbon.svg Korean War Service Medal
MM_Combat_bar.JPG Merchant Marine Combat Medal
USA_Merchant_Marine_Atlantic_War_Zone_Medal_ribbon.png Merchant Marine Atlantic War Zone Medal
Merchant_Marine_Victory_ribbon.svg Merchant Marine World War II Victory Medal
United_Nations_Service_Medal_Korea_ribbon.svg United Nations Service Medal for Korea
U.S._Army_and_U.S._Air_Force_Presidential_Unit_Citation_ribbon.svg United States Army Presidential Unit Citation
Presidential_Unit_Citation_%28South_Korea%29.svg Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
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Garner's career and popularity continued into the 21st century with films such as Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood; the animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (voice work) with Michael J. Fox and Cree Summer; The Notebook (2004) with Gena Rowlands and Ryan Gosling; and in his TV sitcom role as Jim Egan in 8 Simple Rules (2003–2005).

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