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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files Jim Rockford
The Notebook
The Great Escape
The Great Escape Hendley 'The Scrounger'
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke


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 2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (Video short)
Shazam (voice)
 2007 First Night (Short)
Dr. Curtis
 2007 Battle for Terra
Doron (voice)
 2004 Al Roach: Private Insectigator (Short)
Al Roach
 2000-2001 God, the Devil and Bob (TV Series)
- Bob Gets Involved (2001) ... God (voice)
- God's Girlfriend (2001) ... God (voice)
- Bob's Father (2001) ... God (voice)
- There's Too Much Sex on TV (2001) ... God (voice)
- Neighbor's Keeper (2001) ... God (voice)
 2000 The Last Debate (TV Movie)
Mike Howley
 1999 One Special Night (TV Movie)
Robert Woodward
 1998 Legalese (TV Movie)
Norman Keane
 1997 Dead Silence (TV Movie)
John Potter
 1994 Breathing Lessons (TV Movie)
Ira Moran
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Jeff Johnson
 1990 Decoration Day (TV Movie)
Albert Sidney Finch
 1989 My Name Is Bill W. (TV Movie)
Dr. Bob
 1986 Promise (TV Movie)
Bob Beuhler
 1985 Space (TV Mini-Series)
Sen. Norman Grant
- Part V (1985) ... Sen. Norman Grant
- Part IV (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
 1982 The Long Summer of George Adams (TV Movie)
George Adams
 1980 HealtH
Harry Wolff
 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 Skin Game
 1970 A Man Called Sledge
Luther Sledge
 1968 How Sweet It Is!
Grif Henderson
 1968 The Pink Jungle
Ben Morris
 1966 Mister Buddwing
Mister Buddwing
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
William Beddoes
 1965 The Art of Love
Casey Barnett
 1962 Boys' Night Out
Fred Williams
 1961 Angel (TV Series)
- The French Lesson (1961) ... Jim
 1960 Cash McCall
Cash McCall
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)
 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
 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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3 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[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. See more »


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). 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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