James Garner, actor

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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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.
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Ancient Faces commented
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
Such a handsome, classy guy. Loved him. R.I.P. Jimbo!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Rachael Rawson commented
So handsome!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Marco Peres commented
Very Talented, very handsome.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
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Susie McGibboney commented
He was always handsome & he was such a gentle man. He was married to Lois all their adult lives. I wish they had made a lot of copies of him. I will miss him dearly.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Tina Cox commented
He was so handsome!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Janet Gooden commented
Awww R.I.P
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
One of my favorites...RIP...
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Cheryl Riggi commented
one of my favorites
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Toni Gonzales commented
Loved his movies
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Susan Newman commented
A real gentleman!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Anita Barfield commented
In my book, he was one of a kind! The very best! So sad he is gone!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Kathy Delp commented
I don't know much of his younger acting, but he will always stand out for me in The Notebook!!! :) ♡
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
my earliest onscreen crush. Loved and admired him
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Jennifer Gibson commented
Jinx Gato Loco this almost looks like your cowboy hat pic! ;)
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Deb Accetta commented
Such a handsome, talented man! A fav of mine. He will be missed.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Kris Clayton commented
What a handsome guy♡♥♥♥
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Pam Mitchell commented
Such a handsome man!
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Filipe Medeiros commented
Don't forget The Great Escape!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
So handsome! Reminds me of my dad! One of my favorite actors.... Rest in Peace. James....
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Cathey Watkins commented
Will miss him. Such a handsome man. Enjoyed his movies. Will truly be missed. We're losing alot of actors we grew up with. Don't make them like that anymore!!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Marja Naff Tri commented
Prayers sent for his family and friends. He was a great actor.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Annaka Logan commented
Loved his shows. Always soooooo goodlooking!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Jennifer Gibson commented
Jinx Gato Loco it's pretty scary...you guys are even almost wearing the same shirt!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Lottie Braun commented
Great actor and a very handsome man.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Carmie Womack commented
So danged good looking....RIP. Mr. Bret Maverick...love you...!!!
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Dana Prather commented
He was kin to me, my grandmother was a Garner. James' grandmother was a Garner.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
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Filipe Medeiros commented
Interesting. Do you know how he fits into the family tree?
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
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Lori Beeler commented
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
Rollynne Speer commented
He will be missed
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Shirley Prothro commented
One of our favorites@
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Evonne Accristo commented
He was wonderful.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Rebecca A Brown commented
Will miss you-- another good Okie gone.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Pam Davis Maurer commented
I remember having such a huge crush on him when I was growing up...I adored and admired James Garner up to the very end. He was truly a gem of a Man. ♥
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Ellen Hart commented
He was such a special man, never tire of watching him, he has left us a bounty of his work than goodness...missed already .
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Marsha Jean Berry commented
RIP a great actor
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Ken Flippo commented
I always wanted to buy him a beer.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Marcia Herron commented
Loved him in Victor/Victoria 🎭😘
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Another great personality has gone to Heaven.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Alma Bowser commented
Loved the show. RIP
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Kathy Krone Deaton commented
RIP. Well loved n remembered
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Enjoyed all his work throughout the years
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Charlene Feiner commented
James Garner was a devilishly good actor
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Lynn Knockel commented
Rip good looking
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Susan Boone Elijah commented
RIP. Great actor.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Elizabeth Sam Reed commented
Married to the same woman for 60 years, now that's a man!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Ruth Boyd Parent commented
Oh no I adored him! R.I.P.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Caryl Kidd-Osborn commented
So handsome!
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Kathy Pinna commented
and funny! don't forget funny . . . I loved the combination of good looks and gentle humor
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Filipe Medeiros commented
Who doesn't? :D
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Denita Lynn Arnold commented
Loved him on Maverick
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Karen Floyd commented
RIP mate
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Connie Martin commented
He was so good looking!!!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Shirley Mcmurtray commented
AND ALSO A PURPLEHEART
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Erin O'Keefe commented
Why don't men have jaw lines like that anymore?
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Judy Williams commented
Yes, a real American Hottie. R.I.P. Maverick, happy trails
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Linda Haydell commented
We are losing all of our great actors. I grew up watching him on TV and movies,especially with Doris Day in them. RIP to a fine man and a wonderful actor, Godspeed sir.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Sure loved this man. Was one of my favorites. RIP
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Darlene Reinthaler commented
Drop dead gorgeous
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Vicki Cooper commented
RIP xx
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Kelly Coggeshall commented
Gorgeous man. Nice fella too.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Jo Opheim commented
Yes, he will indeed be missed.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Mary Davis commented
Now wonder he changed is last name
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Dave Kenny commented
One of Hollywood's hottest and most decent.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Betty LaMont commented
❤😰💙
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Gloria Haley commented
very handsome man
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Nancy Weaver commented
A terrific actor and handsome one too. Loved all his movies. Will miss him.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Thomas Breen commented
Rip Rockfish
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Joni Curry commented
Yes he will be missed. :(
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Andrea Smith commented
He certainly will be missed what lovely man with great talent
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
David O'Neal commented
Rest in peace Mr. Garner
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Jackie Lingle commented
James Garner will be missed. A great actor
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Nicole Kruzan commented
Rest in peace James!
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
Iva A. Green commented
RIP went to school in Norman Oklahoma with my parents. Out lived them both.
Jul 21, 2014 · Reply
He'll be missed, he was one of the good ones!
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Rosa De Santis commented
The notebook!!!!
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Angela Matthew commented
Loved him one of my favorite's
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Al Turner commented
Thanks for a lifetime of entertainment.
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Vicki Thomas commented
Super actor.. RIP
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Christiane Gezer commented
Oh. Very sad. R.I.P.
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Maureen LeSuer commented
Loved him in everything he did. A great talented real man.
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
A man of a different era.....classy. Loved this fine, gentle man.
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Darlene Boggs commented
One of my favorites, he will be missed!
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
He will be missed God bless and keep hi mate safe.
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Tina Jones commented
I loved to watch him, he was so talented. I'm going to have to watch Murphy's Romance again, what a great movie!
Jul 22, 2014 · Reply
Stacey Dekam commented
ooo lala
Jul 23, 2014 · Reply
Roelina Tuinstra commented
@ The Notebook..My Favorite!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 23, 2014 · Reply
Elma Palma commented
Handsome guy.. He is a good actor..
Jul 23, 2014 · Reply
❤️💔❤️
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Georgia Rayne commented
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?
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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
Just loved him!!!
Jul 23, 2014 · Reply
Rip James you will live forever in reruns.
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Lorri French commented
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 .
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Daniel Ryan commented
Brett Maverick in Maverick one of my favourite shows, never missed an episode
Jul 24, 2014 · Reply
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Kathy Pinna commented
Always one of my favorite actors
Jul 24, 2014 · Reply
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Daniel Pinna commented
He was such a talented individual
Jul 24, 2014 · Reply
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Alan Leake commented
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
Randall Voss commented
I liked a lot of his acting!
Jul 24, 2014 · Reply
Marie Pulliam commented
Handsome man
Jul 24, 2014 · Reply
Roxanne Loper commented
He was great
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Jeanet Groenink commented
I guess so, how old did he become?
Jul 30, 2014 · Reply
What a Great Guy!~! R.I.P.
Jul 31, 2014 · Reply
Marlene Wilson commented
good actor.
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Nan Hay commented
He'll be missed..RIP James
Aug 04, 2014 · Reply
Lucy Smalley commented
He was always the ultimate gentleman
Aug 05, 2014 · Reply
Ruth Mueller commented
Was my mother's favorite after. Clark Gable!
Aug 06, 2014 · Reply
Melissa Redman commented
he was so handsome I love him
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Ann Bone commented
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Brin Ash commented
Always had a crush on him. xox
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