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Biography #2James Garner has continually transitioned easily between film and television. He first came to stardom on the small screen as the quick-witted reluctant hero Bret Maverick in the hit CBS series Maverick. Since then, Garner has appeared in over 40 films, including The Children's Hour, The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Grand Prix, Cash McCall, Move Over, Darling, Support Your Local Sheriff, The Skin Game, Victor/Victoria, and an Academy Award-nominated turn in Murphy's Romance.
In 1974, he returned to television to play private eye Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. The series was immensely popular, and in 1977, Garner earned an Emmy Award for his performance. Beginning in 1994, Garner reprised the role in seven Rockford Files television movies for CBS. Other television work includes the television films Promise (for which Garner was nominated for an Emmy for his acting and awarded an Emmy for his role as executive producer of the Outstanding Television Drama of the year), Heartsounds, My Name is Bill W., Decoration Day (for which he won the Golden Globe), Barbarians at the Gate (winning him another Golden Globe), and Breathing Lessons, and an extended guest stint on Chicago Hope last year.
Born in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1928, Garner bounced around at several jobs starting at age 14, including a stint in the Merchant Marines. He was drafted into the Korean conflict where he was awarded a Purple Heart. After the war, he returned to the States and received his first acting role: a small part in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial on Broadway.
More recently, Garner has appeared in the films Maverick (though he ceded the title role to Mel Gibson), Twilight, and Space Cowboys, as well as the television films One Special Night, Legalese, and The Last Debate."
Bio courtesy Disney (01-Jan-2000)