James Garner

James Garner

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner) was an American actor. He starred in several television series over more than seven decades, including popular roles such as Bret Maverick in the ABC 1950s Western series Maverick and as Jim Rockford in the NBC 1970s private detective show, The Rockford Files, and he 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) with Julie Andrews; John Frankenheimer's Grand Prix (1966) with Toshiro Mifune; Duel at Diablo (1966) with Sidney Portier, Marlowe (1969) with Bruce Lee; Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) with Walter Brennan and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) with Jack Elam; The Castaway Cowboy (1974); Blake Edwards's Victor/Victoria (1982) with Julie Andrews; and Murphy's Romance (1985) with Sally Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Garner's career and popularity continued through another decade in films such as Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood; the animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (voice work) with Michael J. Fox and Cree Summer; The Notebook (2004) with Gena Rowlands; and in his TV sitcom role as Jim Egan in 8 Simple Rules (2003–2005).