James Garner

7 Apr 1928 - 19 Jul 2014

Actor

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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. 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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Filmography (67 titles)

Genre: Action, Animation
Role: Actor (as Shazam)
(movie, 2007)
···Battle for Terra
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Doron)
(movie, 2007)
···Terra
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Doron)
(movie, 2006)
···The Ultimate Gift
Genre: Drama, Romance, Family
Role: Actor (as Howard 'Red' Stevens)
(movie, 2004)
···The Notebook
Genre: Romance, Drama
Role: Actor (as Duke)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Pat)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Shepard James 'Shep' Walker)
(movie, 2002)
···Roughing It
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain))
(movie, 2001)
···Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice))
(movie, 2000)
···Space Cowboys
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Tank Sullivan)
(movie, 2000)
···The Last Debate
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mike Howley)
(movie, 1999)
···One Special Night
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Robert Woodward)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
(movie, 1998)
···Legalese
Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime
Role: Actor (as Norman Keane)
(movie, 1997)
···Dead Silence
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John Potter)
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
(movie, 1996)
···My Fellow Americans
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as President Matt Douglas)
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
(mini-series, 1995)
···Streets of Laredo
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Capt. Woodrow F. Call)
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
(movie, 1994)
···Maverick
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Marshal Zane Cooper)
(movie, 1994)
···Breathing Lessons
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ira Moran)
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jim Rockford)
(movie, 1993)
···Fire in the Sky
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Frank Watters)
(movie, 1993)
···Barbarians at the Gate
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as F. Ross Johnson)
(movie, 1990)
···Decoration Day
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Albert Sidney Finch)
(movie, 1989)
···My Name Is Bill W.
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Robert 'Dr. Bob' Holbrook Smith)
(movie, 1988)
···Sunset
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Wyatt Earp)
(movie, 1986)
···Promise
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Bob Beuhler)
(movie, 1985)
···Murphy's Romance
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Murphy Jones)
(mini-series, 1985)
···Space
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sen. Norman Grant)
(movie, 1984)
···Heartsounds
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Harold Lear)
(movie, 1984)
···Tank
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Zack Carey)
(movie, 1984)
···The Glitter Dome
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Aloysius Mackey)
(movie, 1982)
···Victor Victoria
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as King Marchand)
(movie, 1981)
···The Fan
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jake Berman)
(movie, 1978)
···The New Maverick
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Bret Maverick)
(movie, 1974)
···The Castaway Cowboy
Genre: Comedy, Family, Western
Role: Actor (as Lincoln Costain)
(movie, 1973)
···One Little Indian
Genre: Comedy, Family, Western
Role: Actor (as Keyes)
(movie, 1972)
···They Only Kill Their Masters
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Abel)
(movie, 1971)
···Skin Game
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Western
Role: Actor (as Quincy)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Western
Role: Actor (as Latigo)
(movie, 1969)
···Marlowe
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Philip Marlowe)
(movie, 1969)
···Support Your Local Sheriff!
Genre: Comedy, Western
Role: Actor (as Jason McCullough)
(movie, 1968)
···The Pink Jungle
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ben Morris)
(movie, 1967)
···Hour of the Gun
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Wyatt Earp)
(movie, 1966)
···Grand Prix
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Pete Aron)
(movie, 1966)
···Duel at Diablo
Genre: Action, Western
Role: Actor (as Jess Remsberg)
(movie, 1966)
···A Man Could Get Killed
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as William Beddoes)
(movie, 1966)
···Mister Buddwing
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mister Buddwing)
(movie, 1965)
···The Art of Love
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Casey Barnett)
(movie, 1964)
···36 Hours
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Major Jefferson Pike)
(movie, 1964)
···The Americanization of Emily
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison)
(movie, 1963)
···The Great Escape
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Role: Actor (as Flight Lt. Hendley)
(movie, 1963)
···Move Over, Darling
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Nicholas Arden)
(movie, 1963)
···The Thrill of It All
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dr. Gerald Boyer)
(movie, 1963)
···The Wheeler Dealers
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Henry Tyroon)
(movie, 1962)
···Boys' Night Out
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Fred Williams)
(movie, 1961)
···The Children's Hour
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Joe Cardin)
(movie, 1960)
···Cash McCall
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Cash McCall)
(movie, 1959)
···Up Periscope
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden)
(movie, 1958)
···Darby's Rangers
Genre: War, Drama, Action
Role: Actor (as Col. William Orlando Darby)
(movie, 1957)
···Sayonara
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Capt. Mike Bailey)
(movie, 1957)
···Bombers B-52
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Anchor - Search and Rescue Operation)