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James Garner

Fro Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. On the big screen, Garner made his film debut in Toward the Unknown (1956), landed a good supporting role besides 'Marlon Brando' in Sayonara (1957), and quickly established himself as leading man, starring in Darby's Rangers (1958) and making a strong impression as the young corporate raider in Cash McCall (1960). In the early 1960s, his tall good looks and flair for comedy made him a perfect male lead in amusing sex comedies, such as Boys' Night Out (1962), The Thrill of It All (1963) and Move Over, Darling (1963). While he did not quite make it as a top movie star, he remained very successful through most of the decade, able to play a variety of parts, although predominantly light comedy and adventure roles. His best performances were in The Great Escape (1963), as the charming "scrounger" gathering all the necessary materials for the escape; in The Americanization of Emily (1964), as a self-professed coward, convincing co-star Julie Andrews of the virtues of self-interest and survival in lieu of noble courage; in 36 Hours (1965), as an American officer made to believe by his German captors that he is suffering from amnesia; in Hour of the Gun (1967), as a cynical, vengeful Wyatt Earp (an unusually dark role for him); and in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), as the likeable lawman who cleans up the town with his wits instead of his fists. He also made a relaxed, but effective Marlowe (1969) in the screen adaption of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister. His popularity declined in the early 1970s and after another top-notch performance in Skin Game (1971), he initiated a return to television, first with the rather unsuccessful series Nichols and then, with The Rockford Files (1974), which brought him a new generation of fans. In the 1980s, he had some sporadic success on the big screen with Victor Victoria (1982) and Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he was nominated for an academy award, but he could not re-establish himself as an important leading man. Nevertheless, he delivered some excellent performances in quality TV movies, Heartsounds (1984), Promise (1986) and Barbarians at the Gate (1993), demonstrating that his dramatic ability had been underestimated. He had remained fairly active and popular, often adding some darkness to his previously light characterizations and proving to be an enduring talent. His most recent films have included Maverick (1994), My Fellow Americans (1996) and Space Cowboys (2000). Date of Death: 19 July 2014, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California  (acute myocardial infarction)


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Nato:
Apr 7, 1928 In Norman - Oklahoma - USA
Movie/TV Crediti:
101
Prime apparizioni:
nel series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Ultimi progetti:
series Heartsounds 2017
Known For
Poster of Atlantis - L'impero perduto
Poster of Heartsounds
Poster of The Racing Scene
Poster of The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers
Filmography
series Heartsounds Unknown 2017
Film Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Shazam (voice) 2010-11-09
Film Battaglia per la Terra Doron (voice) 2007-09-06
Film L'ultimo regalo Howard 'Red' Stevens 2006-10-20
Film Dust to Glory Himself 2005-04-01
Film Le pagine della nostra vita Duke 2004-06-25
Film Alla ricerca della valle incantata 10 - La grande migrazione Pat 2003-12-02
series First Monday Chief Justice Thomas Brankin 2002-01-15
series Century of Country 2002-01-01
series 8 semplici regole Jim Egan 2002-09-17
Film I sublimi segreti delle Ya-Ya Sisters Shepard James 'Shep' Walker 2002-06-07
Film Atlantis - L'impero perduto Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke 2001-06-02
series God, the Devil and Bob 2000-03-09
Film Space Cowboys Tank Sullivan 2000-07-31
Film Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Himself - Actor 2000-09-27
Film Tutta colpa della neve Robert Woodward 1999-11-28
Film Ripensando a quella notte Norman Keane 1998-10-04
Film Twilight Raymond Hope 1998-03-06
series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Film The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda Jim Rockford 1997-11-21
Film Dead Silence John Potter 1997-09-22
Film The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best Jim Rockford 1996-03-18
Film The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... Jim Rockford 1996-01-14
Film The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime Jim Rockford 1996-09-18
Film Fuga dalla Casa Bianca President Matt Douglas 1996-12-20
Film The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Jim Rockford 1995-05-14
Film Streets of Laredo Capt. Woodrow F. Call 1995-11-12
series Streets of Laredo Captain Woodrow Call 1995-11-12
Film Breathing Lessons Ira Moran 1994-02-06
Film Maverick Marshal Zane Cooper 1994-05-20
series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Film The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Jim Rockford 1994-11-27
Film Bagliori nel buio Frank Watters 1993-03-12
Film Barbarians at the Gate F. Ross Johnson 1993-03-20
series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
series Man of the People 1991-09-15
Film Decoration Day Albert Sidney Finch 1990-12-02
Film My Name Is Bill W. Dr. Robert Smith 1989-04-30
Film Intrigo a Hollywood Wyatt Earp 1988-04-29
Film Promise Bob Beuhler 1986-12-21
Film Space Senator Norman Grant 1985-04-13
Film L'amore di Murphy Murphy Jones 1985-12-25
series Space Senator Norman Grant 1985-04-14
Film Tank Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Zack Carey 1984-03-16
Film The Glitter Dome Sgt. Aloysius Mackey 1984-11-18
Film Heartsounds Harold Lear 1984-09-30
series Harty Unknown 1983-09-20
Film Victor/Victoria King Marchand 1982-04-25
Film Un'ombra nel buio Jake Berman 1981-05-15
series Bret Maverick 1981-12-01
Film HealtH Harry Wolff 1980-09-12
Film The New Maverick Bret Maverick 1978-09-03
series The Rockford Files Jim Rockford 1974-03-27
Film The Castaway Cowboy Lincoln Costain 1974-08-01
series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Film Un piccolo indiano Keyes 1973-06-20
Film Chi ha ucciso Jenny? Abel Marsh 1972-11-22
Film Il magliaro a cavallo Quincy Drew / Capt. Nathaniel Mountjoy 1971-09-30
Film L'infallibile pistolero strabico Latigo 1971-05-26
series Nichols 1971-09-16
Film Sledge Luther Sledge 1970-11-14
Film Il dito più veloce del West Jason McCullough 1969-03-26
Film The Racing Scene Himself 1969-01-01
Film L'investigatore Marlowe Philip Marlowe 1969-09-19
Film Uffa papà quanto rompi Grif Henderson 1968-08-21
series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Film Le stelle si vedono di giorno Ben Morris 1968-10-16
Film L'ora delle pistole Wyatt Earp 1967-11-01
Film M 5 codice diamanti William Beddoes 1966-03-25
Film Duello a El Diablo Jess Remsberg 1966-06-15
Film Una donna senza volto Mister Buddwing 1966-07-15
Film Grand Prix Pete Aron 1966-12-21
Film L'arte di amare Casey Barnett 1965-06-30
Film Tempo di guerra, tempo d'amore Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison 1964-10-27
Film Le ultime 36 ore Major Jefferson Pike 1964-11-26
Film Letti separati Henry Tyroon 1963-01-01
Film La grande fuga Flight Lt. Hendley 1963-06-20
Film Fammi Posto Tesoro Nicholas Arden 1963-12-19
Film Quel certo non so che Dr. Gerald Boyer 1963-07-17
Film The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers Himself 1962-01-06
Film Venere in pigiama Fred Williams 1962-06-21
Film Quelle due Dr. Joe Cardin 1961-01-01
Film Cash McCall Cash McCall 1960-01-27
Film Quota Periscopio Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden 1959-03-04
Film Arriva Jesse James Bret Maverick (scenes deleted) 1959-03-20
series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Film Commandos Col. William Orlando Darby 1958-02-12
series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Film Il cerchio della vendetta John Maitland 1957-05-04
series Maverick Bret Maverick 1957-09-22
Film I giganti toccano il cielo Anchor - Search and Rescue Operation 1957-11-22
Film Sayonara Capt. Mike Bailey 1957-12-05
series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
series Conflict Unknown 1956-09-18
Film Soli nell'infinito Lt. Col. Joe Craven 1956-09-27
Film La ragazza che ho lasciato Preston 1956-10-26
series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24