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James Garner was born April 7, 1928, in Norman, Okla. He dropped out of high school and joined the Merchant Marines, then won a Purple Heart for his Korean War Service. When a friend cast him in the Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," he got the acting bug.

Garner debuted on-screen in 1956's Toward the Unknown (his first of many soldier roles) and the next year was cast in the popular TV Western "Maverick." His easygoing style enlivened many a comedy and action film in the '60s and '70s -- among them The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Grand Prix, Support Your Local Sheriff! and Skin Game -- and he had another TV success with "The Rockford Files."

Garner moved into character roles in the '80s, nabbing a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Murphy's Romance (1985). Other Garner appearances include Victor/Victoria, Maverick (feature version) and Space Cowboys.

James Garner in The Notebook

The Notebook

2004 PG-13

Two young lovers are torn apart by war and class differences in the 1940s in this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel. Their story is told by a man who, years later, reads from a notebook while he visits a woman in a nursing home.

  • James Garner in The Great Escape The Great Escape
  • James Garner in The Children's Hour The Children's Hour
  • James Garner in Maverick Maverick
  • James Garner in Support Your Local Sheriff Support Your Local Sheriff
  • James Garner in Support Your Local Gunfighter Support Your Local Gunfighter
  • James Garner in Murphy's Romance Murphy's Romance
  • James Garner in Space Cowboys Space Cowboys
  • James Garner in Atlantis: The Lost Empire Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • James Garner in Move Over, Darling Move Over, Darling
  • James Garner in The Land Before Time X The Land Before Time X
  • James Garner in The Americanization of Emily The Americanization of Emily
  • James Garner in Barbarians at the Gate Barbarians at the Gate
  • James Garner in The Ultimate Gift The Ultimate Gift
  • James Garner in The Thrill of It All! The Thrill of It All!
  • James Garner in Grand Prix Grand Prix
  • James Garner in Roughing It Roughing It
  • James Garner in My Fellow Americans My Fellow Americans
  • James Garner in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • James Garner in The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A.
  • James Garner in Cash McCall Cash McCall
  • James Garner in One Little Indian One Little Indian
  • James Garner in My Name Is Bill W. My Name Is Bill W.
  • James Garner in The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits
  • James Garner in Alias Jesse James Alias Jesse James
  • James Garner in A Man Called Sledge A Man Called Sledge
  • James Garner in The Rockford Files The Rockford Files
  • James Garner in Tank Tank
  • James Garner in The Hidden Dimension: IMAX The Hidden Dimension: IMAX
  • James Garner in 8 Simple Rules 8 Simple Rules
  • James Garner in Baja 1000 Classic Baja 1000 Classic
  • James Garner in Maverick Maverick
  • James Garner in Up Periscope Up Periscope
  • James Garner in Streets of Laredo Streets of Laredo
  • James Garner in God, the Devil & Bob: The Complete Series God, the Devil & Bob: The Complete Series
  • James Garner in Dust to Glory Dust to Glory
  • James Garner in Battle for Terra Battle for Terra
  • James Garner in Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam