James Garner is a successful American film and television actor. Known for his handsome looks and amiable nature, Garner is a complete opposite on screen - he is often seen playing anti-hero characters or role of con-man.
More than six decades old in the industry, Garner first started out in the 1950s in theatre. After doing a couple of television commercials, he took up minor roles in films like ‘The Girl He Left Behind’ and ‘Toward the Unknown’. Garner got his career breakthrough with ‘Maverick’, a television series that changed his fate. During the 1960s, Gerner’s film career peaked as he starred in a wide variety of successful films, from war drama ‘The Great Escape’, ‘The Americanization of Emily’ and ‘36 Hours’ to romantic comedy ‘The Art of Love’ and ‘The Thrill Of It All’. His filmography included other hit films such as ‘Grand Prix’, ‘Victor/Victoria’, ‘Murphy’s Romance’, ‘Space Cowboys’, The Notebook’ and so on.
His best role came for the 1985 film ‘Murphy’s Romance’ which won him an Academy nomination as well. Garner did a lot of television films, few of which include ‘Man of the People’, ‘Heartsounds’, ‘Promise’, ‘My Name is Bill W’, ‘The Glitter Dome’ all through his career.
Frustrated with escape attempts, the German army moves a large group of Allied prisoners of war to a high-security POW camp. The film portrays a fictional account of how over 200 prisoners, led by RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett, dug a deep, long tunnel to execute an even greater mass escape plan to further harass the enemy.
Adapted from the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks, the movie begins with an elderly man narrating a romance story from his notebook to a woman suffering from dementia. The story revolves around the love of a young couple in 1940s, who get separated due to the differences in social status but eventually find their way to each other
Gambler Brett Maverick wants to participate in a poker tournament on a steamer, to prove that he is the best card player of his time. Unfortunately, he makes enemies out of the bad-tempered gambler Angel, con artist Bransford, and lawman Copper, on his way to earning the entry fee.
Victor/Victoria is a musical comedy film which tells the story of a woman who has to be pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman, for a show. However, this leads to various complications in her life.
The Ultimate Gift is a drama film which tells the story of a spoiled grandson, who receives some tasks to perform from his grandfather, after the latter passes away. Completing the tasks will get him ‘The Ultimate Gift’ which he himself doesn’t know what might be.
The most courageous drivers in the world have gathered to compete for the 1966 Formula One championship. However, due a wreck in the first race, Pete Aron, an American race car driver is dropped by his sponsor. As he does not want to quit, he decides to join a Japanese racing team. Meanwhile, he is also having problems in his personal life, as he is having a love affair with the wife of an ex-teammate.
Male chauvinist boss Bullard Bear makes Molly Thatcher, the only female broker, the sacrificial lamb for firing after his firm does poorly. He assigns her some worthless stock shares to improve. But Molly convinces Texan Henry Tyroon to invest and turns the stocks around, unfortunately attracting the attention of Federal Securities Commission.
Released in the UK as The Young Invaders, the film is based on the 1945 book by Major James J. Altieri. It begins with the formation of the First Battalion Rangers, an elite strike force similar to the British Commandos and then goes on to depict their training in Scotland, their romances with British lasses and finally their battles.
Frank, Hawk, Tank, and Jerry were top Air force test pilots belonging to Team Daedalus. Trained to become America’s first space travelers, they were later replaced by chimpanzees. Years later, when a failing Soviet communications satellite is in danger of crashing down on earth, NASA approaches Frank for help. He agrees on the condition that the he has the full Daedalus team to help him.
Cash McCall is a cunning businessman who makes his profit by purchasing unsuccessful businesses and turning them around. When Austen Plastics becomes available for sale, Cash buys the company to not only run it but win the heart of Lory Austen, his former flame.
Kramer and Douglas are two former US Presidents who are well-known for their rivalry. However, when they uncover a conspiracy against them by the current corrupt president, they join forces to expose him and clear their names.
Foolish insurance agent Milford Farnsworth unwittingly sells life insurance worth US $100000 to notorious outlaw Jesse James. Farnsworth is then sent to the West to protect James, to protect the investment. But Jesse plans on killing Farnsworth and he must survive while falling in love with the beautiful Cora Lee Collins.
Toward the Unknown is a drama film which tells the story of a dishonored pilot, who is no longer allowed to fly. However, in order to clear his name, he takes part in an experimental aircraft test.
One Little Indian is a Western comedy film which tells the story of a deserter who is on the run from the Cavalry, while being accompanied by two camels and a white boy raised by Indians. His escape, however, becomes complicated, when he meets a widow and her daughter, who may turn him in.
Police chief, Abel Marsh, returns from a holiday to find divorcée Jenny Campbell having been killed by her pet Doberman, Murphy. But further investigations that Murphy is innocent and Jenny was drowned. As Jenny’s multiple affairs are revealed more people in the town become suspects.
This Western action film tells the story of Army veterans who are on a mission to find out who sold faulty ammunition to a cavalry troop.
Mister Buddwing, an Oscar nominated film based on Evan Hunter’s eponymous novel, tells the story of a man in search of his forgotten identity. Unable to remember who he is, the protagonist wanders through the streets of Manhattan, calling himself Buddwing, meeting many women he thinks he knows. Will he be able to regain his memory?.
Luther Sledge, the ruthless leader of a gang of outlaws, learns about a vault deep inside the maximum-security prison of Rockville, where gold cache from the mines is kept overnight. Sledge plots to enter the prison as a captured outlaw, with the help of his gang members; but they have their own plans.
Struggling American artist Paul Sloane tries unsuccessfully to earn money in Paris, but wishes to return home and marry fiancée Laurie. Hatching a plan with his friend Casey, he fakes his death to boost the worth of his paintings, which leads to Casey amassing wealth. Not only that, when Laurie comes to Paris, Casey starts courting her thus infuriating Paul into taking revenge.
A Man Could Get Killed is a comedy thriller film, which tells the story of an American businessman who is mistaken for a British agent in Lisbon. This eventually leads to hilarious consequences.
Based on real events, this drama film tells the story of five men, who are driving home, when they see a mysterious light. They see something resembling a flying saucer, and one of them is sucked into it. The other four men report this event, but they are met with disbelief. Instead the police begin to suspect that they may have murdered the fifth guy.
The Pink Jungle is an adventure comedy film which tells us the story of an American photographer Ben Morris, and his model Alison, who finds a map showing the location of a mythical diamond mine. They join forces with two other men, but one of them turns out to be greedy who wants the treasure only for himself.
When photographer Grif Henderson is assigned to accompany a group of students in France, he decides to take his wife Jenny and son Davey with him. But problem starts from the very beginning. On the ship, they are assigned bunk beds in separate rooms while in Paris, the hotel Jenny booked for herself turns out to be the home of a womanizing lawyer.
The members of an organization called HealtH are trying to select their new President. The candidates are narcoleptic 83 years abstinence proponent Esther Brill, White House aide Gloria Burbank, Isabella Garnell, who hates materialism, and Dr. Harold Gainey, a salesperson. Soon scandals, underhanded tactics, and corruption threatens to undermine the whole operation.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is an American comedy drama film which revolves around Siddalee, a well-known playwright, who openly admits to having an unhappy childhood. This leads to her mother getting infuriated, which leads to a fight between them.
The Distinguished Gentleman is a crime comedy film which revolves around Thomas, a con artist, who shares a similar name with a politician, who has recently passed away. This becomes an advantage and Thomas decides to enter the political arena, and starts fooling people.
One of Walt Disney’s best animated films, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is the story of a modest museum employee who sets out on an expedition to locate the submerged civilization with a diverse crew. But when they finally reach the continent he is forced to go against his companions, who plan to steal the mystery crystal from the aging king and his beautiful daughter.
James Garner Awards
|Barbarians at the Gate||Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||1994|
|Decoration Day||Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||1991|
|Sayonara||Most Promising Newcomer - Male||1958|
|Promise||Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special||1987|
|The Rockford Files||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||1977|
|Winner||Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program||1982|
|Winner||Favorite Male TV Performer||1978|