James Garner

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice artist. 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 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). Description above from the Wikipedia article James Garner, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

The Great Escape (1963)

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The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
36 Hours (1964)

Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Seaton
CAST:  James Garner  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Rod Taylor  •  Werner Peters
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn when the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  Corey Burton  •  Claudia Christian  •  James Garner
Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

A television movie based upon the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, about the leveraged buyout (LBO) of RJR Nabisco.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Jordan
CAST:  James Garner  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Peter Riegert  •  Joanna Cassidy
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Callie Khouri
Fire in the Sky (1993)

A group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them, and despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, their friends' disappearance is treated as murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Lieberman
CAST:  D. B. Sweeney  •  Robert Patrick  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Peter Berg
Grand Prix (1966)

The story tells about the confrontation of four first-class racers of Formula 1. Each of the competitors had their own additional motivation to become a champion. Their world is a risk and extreme, fast driving on the highway. The taste of adrenaline is what race ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  James Garner  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Brian Bedford  •  Yves Montand
Health (1980)

Health is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Glenda Jackson  •  James Garner
Maverick (1994)

Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them, and needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a winner-takes-all poker game that begins in a few days, so he joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvellous southern accent, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Donner
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Jodie Foster  •  James Garner  •  Graham Greene
Murphy's Romance (1985)

Emma is a divorced woman with a teen aged boy who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going along predictably until her ex husband shows up, needing a place to stay. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sally Field  •  James Garner  •  Brian Kerwin  •  Corey Haim
My Name Is Bill W. (1989)

Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support group that would ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie
CAST:  James Woods  •  JoBeth Williams  •  James Garner  •  Gary Sinise
Sayonara (1957)

Air Force Major Lloyd Gruver (Marlon Brando) is reassigned to a Japanese air base, and is confronted with US racial prejudice against the Japanese people. The issue is compounded because a number of the soldiers become romantically involved with Japanese women, in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Logan
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Miyoshi Umeki  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  Miiko Taka
Space Cowboys (2000)

Frank Corvin, ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, Jerry O'Neill and ‘Tank’ Sullivan were hotdog members of Project Daedalus, the Air Force's test program for space travel, but their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA and the use of trained chimps. They blackmail ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
Sunset (1988)

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)

A quick-witted drifter wanders into a lawless town in the midst of a gold rush. Shocked by the prices of food and meals he reluctantly takes the job of sheriff by amazing the Mayor with his lightning quick, dead eye pistol accuracy. He makes the town council know ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  James Garner  •  Joan Hackett  •  Walter Brennan  •  Harry Morgan
The Americanization of Emily (1964)

During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were "oversexed, overpaid, and over here". That's Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  James Garner  •  Julie Andrews  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  James Coburn
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

A Florida con man uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists. But soon he learns the nature of the game and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Lynn
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Lane Smith  •  Sheryl Lee Ralph  •  Joe Don Baker
The Ultimate Gift (2006)

When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael O. Sajbel
CAST:  James Garner  •  Drew Fuller  •  Abigail Breslin  •  Ali Hillis
Victor/Victoria (1982)

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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

A 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet  •  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Ruby Dee  •  James Earl Jones