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A photo of James Scott Bumgarner (James Garner) born April 7, 1928, taken in the 1950's. He was born in Norman, Oklahoma, the youngest of 3 boys. His mother died when he was 5 and he and his brothers went to live with relatives until his father remarried. His relationship with his step-mother was rocky at best, and her actions led to a divorce by his father.

He joined the Army during the Korean War and won a Purple Heart during that conflict. After the war, he turned to acting, legally changing his name to "Garner".

He is probably best known to Baby Boomers as Bret Maverick on "Maverick" and Jim Rockford in "The Rockford Files". My favorite movie role of his was in "Support Your Local Gunfighter" - he was good looking and funny!

James Garner died on July 19, 2014 in Brentwood Hollywood of natural causes. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


AncientFaces This weekend we lost James Scott Bumgarner, aka James Garner. Perhaps best remembered as Bret Maverick on Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files, he will be missed.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Filipe Medeiros Don't forget The Great Escape!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Dana Prather He was kin to me, my grandmother was a Garner. James' grandmother was a Garner.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Filipe Medeiros Interesting. Do you know how he fits into the family tree?
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Lori Beeler Growing up my grandmother always told me that he was a cousin of hers not sure if it was 2nd or 3rd or if she was just crazy lol i love her
Sep 03, 2014 · Reply
Georgia Rayne How do you delete photos? There are photos of myself on here that I would rather not be public, is there a way to delete?
Jul 23, 2014 · Reply
Kathy Pinna Georgia, Write [contact link] with a list of the URLs of the photos if you uploaded them. If someone else uploaded photos of you, you should contact them and have the write [contact link] with a list of the URLs.
Jul 23, 2014 · Reply
Lorri French RIP James Garner , A favorite actor . If he really had a Garner line i would be Very interested as i have one in my tree .
Jul 23, 2014 · Reply
Daniel Ryan Brett Maverick in Maverick one of my favourite shows, never missed an episode
Jul 24, 2014 · Reply
Alan Leake As a kid in the early 1960s was when I first got to know James Garner via the tv series Maverick and I always consider myself a fan of his. Alan R. Leake
Jul 24, 2014 · Reply
Jeanet Groenink I guess so, how old did he become?
Jul 30, 2014 · Reply
Nan Hay He'll be missed..RIP James
Aug 04, 2014 · Reply
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