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Biography

Garner in 1959

Source: Wikipedia

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).

Fact file

  • Born: James Scott Bumgarner April 7, 1928 Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
  • Died: July 19, 2014 (aged 86) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Heart attack
  • Resting place: Cremated
  • Other names: James Scott Garner James Bumgarner
  • Occupation: Actor, Singer, Producer, Comedian, Voice Actor
  • Years active: 1954–2011
  • Spouse(s): Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke (1956–2014; his death)
  • Children: 2
  • Allegiance: United States of America
  • Service/branch: United States Army
  • Years of service: 1944-1945, 1949-1952
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Unit: United States Merchant Marine Oklahoma National Guard 5th Regimental Combat Team
  • Battles/wars: World War II Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart

Read more about James Garner at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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