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James Garner is a Actor and Executive Producer American born on 7 april 1928 at Norman (USA)

James Garner

James Garner
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Birth name James Scott Baumgarner
Nationality USA
Birth 7 april 1928 at Norman (USA)
Death 19 july 2014 (at 86 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, singer, producer, and comedian. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective comedic drama series The Rockford Files, and played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook (2004).

Biography

Marriage and family

Garner was married to Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke, whom he met at an "Adlai Stevenson for President" rally in 1956. They married 14 days later on August 17, 1956. "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." According to Garner, "Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist."

When Garner and Clarke married, her daughter Kim from a previous marriage was seven years old and recovering from polio. Garner had one daughter with Lois: Greta "Gigi" Garner. In an interview in Good Housekeeping with Garner, his wife, and two daughters conducted at their home that was published in March 1976, Gigi's age was given as 18 and Kim's as 27.

Garner separated from his wife in late 1979 (around the time The Rockford Files stopped filming), splitting his time between living in Canada and "a rented house in the Valley." The two reconciled in September 1981, and remained married for the rest of his life. Garner died less than a month before their 58th wedding anniversary.


Health issues
Garner's knees became chronic problems during the filming of The Rockford Files in the 1970s, with "six or seven knee operations during that time." In 2000, he underwent knee replacement surgery for both of them.

On April 22, 1988, Garner had quintuple bypass heart surgery. Though he recovered rapidly, he was advised to stop smoking. Garner quit smoking 17 years later.

Garner underwent surgery on May 11, 2008, following a severe stroke he had suffered two days earlier. His prognosis was reported to be "very positive."


Racing
Garner was an owner of the "American International Racers" (AIR) auto racing team from 1967 through 1969. Motorsports writer William Edgar and Hollywood director Andy Sidaris teamed with Garner for the racing documentary The Racing Scene, filmed in 1969 and released in 1970. The team fielded cars at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring endurance races, but is best known for Garner's celebrity status raising publicity in early off-road motor-sports events. In 1978, he was one of the inaugural inductees in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Garner signed a three-year sponsorship contract with American Motors Corporation (AMC). His shops prepared ten 1969 SC/Ramblers for the Baja 500 race. Garner did not drive in this event because of a film commitment in Spain that year. Nevertheless, seven of his cars finished the grueling race, taking three of the top five places in the sedan class. Garner also drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 race in 1975, 1977, and 1985 (see: list of Indianapolis 500 pace cars).


Golf
Garner was an avid golfer for many years. Along with his brother, Jack, he played golf in high school. Jack even attempted a professional golfing career after a brief stint in the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball farm system. Garner took it up again in the late 1950s to see if he could beat Jack. He was a regular for years at Pebble Beach Pro-Am. In February 1990 at the AT&T Golf Tournament, he won the Most Valuable Amateur Trophy. Garner appeared on Sam Snead's Celebrity Golf TV series which aired from 1960 - 1963. These matches were 9-hole charity events pitting Snead against Hollywood celebrities.


Football
Garner was noted as an enthusiastic fan of the Raiders in the NFL, particularly when they played in Los Angeles between 1982 and 1994, when he regularly attended games and mixed with the players. He was also present when the Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII over the Washington Redskins in January 1984 at Tampa, Florida.


University of Oklahoma
Garner was a supporter of the University of Oklahoma, often returning to Norman for school functions. When he attended Oklahoma Sooners football games, he frequently could be seen on the sidelines or in the press box. Garner received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at OU in 1995. In 2003, to endow the James Garner Chair in the School of Drama, he donated $500,000, half of a pledged $1 million, for the first endowed position at the drama school. Tom H. Orr, the Director for the School of Drama (Acting/Camera Acting) and the Artistic Director of the University Theatre, currently holds the James Garner Chair at the university.


Politics

Garner was a strong Democratic Party supporter. From 1982, Garner gave at least $29,000 to Federal campaigns, of which over $24,000 was to Democratic Party candidates, including Dennis Kucinich (for Congress in 2002), Dick Gephardt, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, and various Democratic committees and groups.

On August 28, 1963, Garner was one of several celebrities to join Martin Luther King, Jr. in the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." In his autobiography, Garner recalled sitting in the third row listening to King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

For his role in the 1985 CBS miniseries Space, the character's party affiliation was changed from Republican as in the book to reflect Garner's personal views. Garner said, "My wife would leave me if I played a Republican."

There was an effort by California Democratic party leaders, led by state Senator Herschel Rosenthal, to persuade Garner to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of California in the 1990 election. However, future United States Senator and former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein received the nomination instead, losing to Republican Pete Wilson in the election.


Death
On Saturday Morning, July 19, 2014, police and rescue personnel were summoned to Garner's Los Angeles-area home, where they found the actor dead at the age of 86. Ten days later, numerous news sources reported that the Los Angeles County Coroner listed acute heart attack as the official cause of Garner's death. His remains were subsequently cremated.

Best films

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
(Actor)
Maverick (1994)
(Actor)
Space Cowboys (2000)
(Actor)
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
(Actor)
Victor/Victoria (1982)
(Actor)
Sayonara (1957)
(Actor)

Usually with

Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(3 films)
Henry Grace
Henry Grace
(4 films)
George Davis
George Davis
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of James Garner (66 films)

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Actor

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, 25minutes
Genres Action, Animation
Themes Films about children, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors George Newbern, Jerry O'Connell, Arnold Vosloo, Josh Keaton, James Garner, Danica McKellar
Roles Shazam (voice)
Rating70% 3.5487053.5487053.5487053.5487053.548705
The film opens with a young couple sitting in their car on a hillside outside of the city as an apparent meteor streaks across the sky and smashes into the couple's car. It is revealed that that meteorite is actually Black Adam, returning to Earth after a long exile. The film then cuts to young Billy Batson living in a rundown slum, with very little food and rats for pets. He gets out of bed wearing a t-shirt with the Superman crest. He goes to the kitchen to find food, but discovers he only has potato chips, which he ends up feeding to the rats.
Battle for Terra, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, James Garner, Chris Evans, Danny Glover, Vanessa Johansson
Roles Doron (voice)
Rating65% 3.2963253.2963253.2963253.2963253.296325
Mala (Evan Rachel Wood) and her friend Senn (Justin Long) are young alien creatures who live on Terra, a planet from a star system in the Milky Way. Terra is a peaceful planet of alien creatures who have a rich semi-advanced culture.
The Ultimate Gift, 1h54
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about religion
Actors Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs, Ali Hillis, Brian Dennehy
Roles Howard 'Red' Stevens
Rating72% 3.6483153.6483153.6483153.6483153.648315
When his rich grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens (James Garner), died, Jason (Drew Fuller) thought he probably wasn't going to inherit a piece of the old man's multi-billion-dollar estate. He strongly resents his grandfather because his father had died while working for him. There was an inheritance, in fact, but it came with a condition: Jason must complete 12 separate assignments within a year in order to get it. Each assignment is centered around a "gift". Gifts of work, money, friends and learning are among the dozen that Jason must perform before he is eligible for the mysterious "Ultimate Gift" his grandfather's will has for him. Throughout his trials and tribulations, the family attorney, Mr. Hamilton (Bill Cobbs), and his secretary Miss Hastings (Lee Meriwether) attempt to guide Jason along the path his grandfather wishes him to travel. But this is a hard task for the guides, because Jason is a spoiled under-achiever who never had to genuinely work.
Dust to Glory, 1h37
Genres Documentary
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Documentary films about sports, Documentary films about technology, Road movies
Actors James Garner, Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen
Roles Himself
Rating74% 3.7373353.7373353.7373353.7373353.737335
Un documentaire sur une course qui se déroule chaque année à Baja, au Mexique. 267 véhicules différents (motocross, voitures, etc.) se disputent la première place. Le film réunit images d'archives et apparitions de coureurs de courses devenus icônes dans le milieu : Robby Gordon, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser et Mike McCoy, véritable légende du Supercross.
The Notebook, 2h3
Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, James Marsden, Sam Shepard
Roles Duke
Rating78% 3.9499653.9499653.9499653.9499653.949965
At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man named Duke (James Garner) begins to read a romantic story from his notebook to a fellow patient (Gena Rowlands).
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration, 1h25
Directed by Mel Smith
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Films about children, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Children's films
Actors John Ingle, Kenneth Mars, Kelly Marot, Miriam Flynn, Roger Carel, Anndi McAfee
Roles Pat
Rating61% 3.0505853.0505853.0505853.0505853.050585
Littlefoot has nightmares which involve the "Great Circle". He mentions it to his grandparents, who share the same psychedelic trip. Grandpa has a "feeling" that he wants to "go somewhere", and they leave the "next day" with only their gut feeling to guide them. Out of curiosity, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie follow him, starting after them the following night. New characters are introduced throughout the film: Sue (Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz), a Supersaurus, who is driven on by the same sense as Littlefoot and joins his journey. Sue towers above all other longnecks and one day wishes to meet someone taller than herself. Meanwhile, Littlefoot's friends meet Pat (James Garner), an elderly Apatosaurus. He is slow-moving and even scalds his hind foot whilst crossing a magma river, but does arrive at the crater in time for the event.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, 1h51
Directed by Callie Khouri
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Ellen Burstyn, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Angus Macfadyen, Fionnula Flanagan, James Garner
Roles Shepard James 'Shep' Walker
Rating61% 3.0500753.0500753.0500753.0500753.050075
The film opens in 1937 Louisiana with four little girls out in the woods at night, each wearing a home-made headdress. The leader, Viviane Abbott, initiates them into a secret order she dubs the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood," which they seal by cutting their palms and taking a blood oath of undying loyalty.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire, 1h31
Directed by Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Musical films, Children's films, Films set in Atlantis
Actors Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, James Garner, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, John Mahoney
Roles Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice)
Rating68% 3.449933.449933.449933.449933.44993
A large tidal wave, triggered by a distant explosion, threatens to drown the island of Atlantis. In the midst of an evacuation from the capital city, the Queen of Atlantis is caught by a strange, hypnotic blue light and lifted up into the "Heart of Atlantis", a powerful crystal protecting the city. The crystal consumes her and creates a dome barrier that protects the city's innermost district. She leaves behind her young daughter, Princess Kida (Cree Summer), and her husband, King Kashekim Nedakh (Leonard Nimoy), as the island sinks beneath the ocean.
Space Cowboys, 2h10
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Political films, Space opera, Buddy films, Satellite, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, William Devane
Roles Tank Sullivan
Rating63% 3.199493.199493.199493.199493.19949
In 1958, two U.S. Air Force pilots and aspiring astronauts, William "Hawk" Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones) and Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood), are testing a modified X-plane when Hawk decides to try to break a height record. The plane stalls and they are forced to eject, narrowly missing a B-50 Superfortress piloted by navigator "Tank" Sullivan (James Garner) as they parachute to safety. On the ground, Frank punches Hawk for putting their lives at risk, but their fight is broken up by engineer Jerry O'Neill (Donald Sutherland). Their supervising officer, Bob Gerson (James Cromwell), chastises Hawk for his recklessness, before taking them to a press conference, where it is announced that the Air Force will no longer be involved in space flight tests as this has now been handed off to the newly created NASA, ending the four's dreams of reaching space.
Twilight
Twilight (1998)
, 1h34
Directed by Robert Benton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Reese Witherspoon, Stockard Channing, James Garner
Roles Raymond Hope
Rating61% 3.099733.099733.099733.099733.09973
Aging private detective Harry Ross, an ex-cop, is working on a case to return 17-year-old Mel Ames to her home. He tracks down Mel and her sleazy boyfriend, Jeff Willis, at a Mexican resort. During a struggle with the reluctant runaway, Harry's gun is discharged, striking him in the upper thigh.
My Fellow Americans, 1h41
Directed by Peter Segal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Politique, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Political films, Road movies, Buddy films
Actors Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Sela Ward
Roles President Matt Douglas
Rating64% 3.2485653.2485653.2485653.2485653.248565
Republican Senator Russell Kramer of Ohio (Jack Lemmon) wins the Presidential election, narrowly defeating archrival Democratic Governor Matt Douglas of Indiana (James Garner). Four years later, Douglas wins a landslide victory over the now-incumbent Kramer. Another four years later, Kramer's former Vice President, William Haney (Dan Aykroyd), defeats Douglas. His Vice President, Ted Matthews (John Heard), is widely seen as an idiot, and becomes a continuing embarrassment for the administration. A further three years later, Kramer is spending his time writing books and speaking at various inconsequential functions, while Douglas is finishing his own book and going through a divorce.
Maverick
Maverick (1994)
, 2h7
Directed by Richard Donner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Jeu, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Poker
Actors Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn
Roles Marshal Zane Cooper
Rating69% 3.49913.49913.49913.49913.4991
The story, set in the American Old West, is a first-person account by wisecracking gambler Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) of his misadventures on the way to a major five-card draw poker tournament. Besides wanting to win the tournament for the prize money, he also wants to prove, once and for all, that he is the best card player of his time.
Fire in the Sky, 1h49
Directed by Robert Lieberman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors D. B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, James Garner, Henry Thomas
Roles Frank Watters
Rating65% 3.299293.299293.299293.299293.29929
On November 5, 1975 in Snowflake, Arizona, logger Travis Walton (D. B. Sweeney), and his co-workers—Mike Rogers (Robert Patrick), Allan Dallas (Craig Sheffer), David Whitlock (Peter Berg), Greg Hayes (Henry Thomas) and Bobby Cogdill (Bradley Gregg)—head to work in the White Mountains.
Barbarians at the Gate, 1h47
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors James Garner, Jonathan Pryce, Tom Aldredge, Graham Beckel, Joanna Cassidy, Matt Clark
Roles F. Ross Johnson
Rating72% 3.6470953.6470953.6470953.6470953.647095
Self-made multi-millionaire F. Ross Johnson decides to take the tobacco and food conglomerate RJR Nabisco private in 1988 after receiving advance news of the likely market failure of the company's smokeless cigarette called Premier, the development of which had been intended to finally boost the company's stock price.
The Distinguished Gentleman, 1h52
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Politique, L'usurpation d'identité, Political films, Escroquerie
Actors Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker, James Garner, Victoria Rowell
Roles Jeff Johnson
Rating59% 2.9506552.9506552.9506552.9506552.950655
A Florida con man named Thomas Jefferson Johnson uses the passing of the longtime Congressman from his district, Jeff Johnson (who died of a heart attack while having sex with his secretary), to get elected to the United States Congress as a freshman Congressman, where the money flows from lobbyists. Omitting his first name, and abbreviating his middle name, he calls himself "Jeff" Johnson. He then manages to get on the ballot by pitching a seniors organization, the Silver Foxes, to nominate him as their candidate for office.