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James Garner

James Garner
at the 39th Emmy Awards, September 1987
Personal information
Birth nameJames Scott Bumgarner
Birth dateApril 07, 1928(age 88)
Place of birthNorman, Oklahoma, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
EducationHollywood High School
Alma materUniversity of Oklahoma
OccupationActor
Years active1952 2007, 2010
Home townNorman, Oklahoma
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse-Lois Clarke-1956-
ParentsWeldon Warren Bumgarner,
Mildred (nee Meek)

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James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor, one of the first Hollywood actors to excel in both media.

He has starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades. These included his roles as Bret Maverick, in the popular 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick; Jim Rockford, in the popular 1970s detective drama, The Rockford Files; and the father of Katey Sagal's character on 8 Simple Rules following the death of John Ritter. He has starred in dozens of movies, including The Great Escape (1963), Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982) and Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination.


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