James Garner

Mostly Credited As: James Garner
Birth Name: James Scott Baumgarner
Date Of Birth: April 07, 1928 (Age 86)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Norman, Oklahoma
Date Of Death: July 19, 2014
Cause Of Death: Heart Attack
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)

James Garner

At 16, James Garner left high school to join the Merchant Marine. He later served in the Korean War, was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He worked different jobs until being offered a non-speaking role in a Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" in 1954. While helping the other actors learn their lines, Garner got a feel for acting. He eventually got roles in television commercials and shows which led to a contract with the Warner Brothers studio.

While under contract to Warner Brothers, he was given the co-starring role in Maverick, a western series that began in 1957. He played Brett Maverick a likeable character who would preferred using his wits over weapons. Although he only played Brett Maverick until 1960 because of a contract dispute, Garner would continue to play men who preferred to use their wits instead of resorting to violence on television and in movies.

After years of varying success in movies and being off television for a prolonged period, Garner returned to television in 1974 as private eye Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. In 1977, he won an Emmy for his protrayal of the likeable Jim Rockford, who didn't like to carry a gun and tried his best to avoid a fight.

Garner continues to divide his time between movies and television. In 1994's big screen remake of Maverick, Garner reprised his role as Brett Maverick opposite Mel Gibson as Brett Maverick, Jr. In 2000, he made Space Cowboys with Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones. 2002 found him as the Chief Justice of the Supreme court, Thomas Brankin, in First Monday (2002). After the untimely death of John Ritter in 2003, Garner joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules as Grandpa Jim Egan.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
First Monday (2002)As: Chief Justice Thomas Brankin
8 Simple Rules (2002)As: Jim Egan (Episodes 40-76; recurring previously)
God, the Devil and Bob (2000)As: God -- [Voice]
Man of the People (1991)As: Councilman Jim Doyle
Bret Maverick (1981)As: Bret Maverick
The Rockford Files (1974) (1974)As: Jim Rockford
Nichols (1971)As: Nichols
Maverick (1957)As: Bret Maverick (S01-S03)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Snoop Dogg, James Garner, Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell 13x78: (Jan/20/2005) As Himself 
  James Garner, Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, No Doubt 10x162: (Jun/08/2002) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  James Garner, Busy Phillips, Air Guitar Champion, Miri Park 11x135: (Jun/23/2004) As Himself 

8 Simple Rules (2002) 
  Consequences 02x12: (Jan/27/2004) As Jim Egan 
  Goodbye (2) 02x05: (Nov/04/2003) As Jim Egan, [Special Guest Stars]
  Goodbye (1) 02x04: (Nov/04/2003) As Jim Egan, [Special Guest Stars]

The View (1997) 
  Season 5, Episode 54 05x54: (Mar/15/2002) As Himself 

Chicago Hope (1994) 
  Have I Got a Deal For You 06x22: (May/04/2000) As Hugh Miller 
  Everybody's Special at Chicago Hope 06x21: (Apr/27/2000) As Hugh Miller 
  Thoughts of You 06x20: (Apr/20/2000) As Hugh Miller 
  Miller Time 06x19: (Apr/13/2000) As Hugh Miller 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Breathing Lessons 43x02: (Feb/06/1994) As Ira Moran 
  Decoration Day 40x01: (Dec/02/1990) As Albert Sidney 
  My Name is Bill W. 38x03: (Apr/30/1989) As Dr. Bob 
  Promise 36x01: (Dec/14/1986) As Bob 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 51x01: (Jan/22/1994) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'Barbarians at the Gate') 
  The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 48x01: (Jan/19/1991) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'Decoration Day') 
  The 15th Annual Golden Globe Awards 15x01: (Feb/22/1958) As Winner: New Star Of The Year - Actor 

Breakfast Time (UK) (1983) 
  Episode 178 01x178: (Sep/21/1983) As Himself 

Harty (1983) 
  Series 1, Show 2 01x02: (Sep/21/1983) As Himself 

Young Maverick (1979) 
  Clancy 01x01: (Nov/28/1979) As Bret Maverick 

The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1973) 
  The American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda 06x01: (Mar/15/1978) As Himself 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with James Garner, George Carlin, and Ken Berry 11x22: (Mar/12/1978) As Himself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 29th Annual Emmy Awards 29x01: (Sep/11/1977) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for 'The Rockford Files') 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #56 03x16: (Jan/05/1970) As Himself 
  Episode #36 02x22: (Mar/03/1969) As Himself 
  Episode #34 02x20: (Feb/17/1969) As Himself 
  Episode #12 01x12: (Apr/15/1968) As Himself 

The Andy Williams Show (1969) (1969) 
  Bob Hope / Dusty Springfield / James Garner / Osmond Brothers 01x11: (Nov/29/1969) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 38th Annual Academy Awards 14x01: (Apr/18/1966) As Presenter, [Featuring]

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #736 16x08: (Oct/25/1964) As Himself 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Season 7, Episode 2 07x02: (Nov/11/1962) As Himself 
  Season 5, Episode 29 05x29: (Apr/16/1961) As Himself 
  Season 5, Episode 22 05x22: (Feb/26/1961) As Himself 

Angel (1960) (1960) 
  The French Lesson 01x19: (Feb/23/1961) As Jim, [Special Guest Stars]

Maverick (1957) 
  Pappy 03x01: (Sep/13/1959) As Beauregard "Pappy" Maverick 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Downbeat 01x31: (May/08/1959) As Himself 

This Is Your Life (1952) (1952) 
  James Garner 06x04: (Jun/25/1958) As Himself 

Sugarfoot (1957) 
  Misfire 01x07: (Dec/10/1957) As Bret Maverick 

Cheyenne (1955) (1955) 
  War Party 02x12: (Feb/12/1957) As Peake 
  The Last Train West 01x15: (May/29/1956) As Rev. Bret Mailer 
  The Black Hawk War (aka Decision) 01x07: (Jan/24/1956) As Lt. Rogers 
  Mountain Fortress 01x01: (Sep/20/1955) As Lt. Brad Forsythe 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  Star Over Texas 01x13: (Dec/28/1956) As Lt. Jim Collins 

Conflict (1956) 
  The People Against McQuade 01x05: (Nov/13/1956) As Jim Curtis 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Bret Maverick (1981)• Main Title Theme Performed By

Episode Crew

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club 02x13 Dec/19/1975 As: Director
Latest news

James Garner dies aged 86 Jul/20/2014

All news

Along with Sir Richard Attenborough and David McCallum, he is one of only three surviving stars of "The Great Escape".

He has been married to Lois Clarke since August 1956. They have two children.

He is 6'3".

He frequently plays golf.

He is a Korean War veteran.

His mother died in 1933, when he was only five years old.

He has both of his knees replaced.

He is the father of Greta Garner-Hewitt.

He has two brothers.

James Garner Quotes
James Garner: Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist.