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James Garner
James Garner
(born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice artist. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick
Bret Maverick
in the 1950s western series Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files,[2] and played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily
The Americanization of Emily
(1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor/Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys
Space Cowboys
(2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook
The Notebook


1 Early life

1.1 Military service

2 Career

2.1 Acting

2.1.1 Earliest roles 2.1.2 Maverick 2.1.3 1960s: Film career peak 2.1.4 1970s 2.1.5 The Rockford Files 2.1.6 The New Maverick 2.1.7 1980s 2.1.8 1990s 2.1.9 Later years 2.1.10 Awards and nominations 2.1.11 Statue

3 Personal life

3.1 Marriage and family 3.2 Health problems 3.3 Racing 3.4 Golf 3.5 Football 3.6 University of Oklahoma 3.7 Politics

4 Death 5 Filmography 6 Television 7 See also 8 References

8.1 Notes 8.2 Bibliography

9 External links

Early life[edit] James Garner
James Garner
was born James Scott Bumgarner on April 7, 1928, in Norman, Oklahoma, the youngest of three sons of Weldon Warren Bumgarner and Mildred Scott (Meek).[3][4] His older brothers were Jack Garner (1926–2011) and Charles Bumgarner, a school administrator who died in 1984.[5][6] His family was Methodist.[7] His mother died when he was 5 years old.[8][9] After their mother's death, Garner and his brothers were sent to live with relatives. Garner was reunited with his family in 1934, when Weldon remarried.[10] Garner's father remarried several times.[11] Garner came to hate one of his stepmothers, Wilma, who beat all three boys (especially him). He said that his stepmother also punished him by forcing him to wear a dress in public. When he was 14 years old, he fought with her, knocking her down and choking her to keep her from killing him in retaliation. She left the family and never returned.[12][13] His brother Jack later commented, "She was a damn no-good woman".[13] Garner's last stepmother was Grace, whom he said he loved and called "Mama Grace", and felt that she was more of a mother to him than anyone else had been.[11] After the war, Garner joined his father in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. A high school gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits.[14] It paid well ($25 an hour), but in his first interview for the Archives of American Television,[15] he said he hated modeling; he soon quit and returned to Norman. He played football and basketball at Norman High School, and competed on the track and golf teams.[16] However, he dropped out in his senior year. In a 1976 Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping
magazine interview, he admitted, "I was a terrible student and I never actually graduated from high school, but I got my diploma in the Army."[9] Military service[edit]

James Garner
James Garner
receives the Purple Heart
Purple Heart
with Oak Leaf Cluster at Los Angeles in 1983.

Shortly after his father's marriage to Wilma broke up, his father moved to Los Angeles, leaving Garner and his brothers in Norman. After working at several jobs he disliked, Garner joined the United States Merchant Marine at age 16 near the end of World War II. He liked the work and his shipmates, but he suffered from chronic seasickness.[10] Garner enlisted in the California Army National Guard, serving his first 7 months in California. He then went to Korea
for 14 months, as a rifleman in the 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand by shrapnel from a mortar round, and the second time in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dove headfirst into a foxhole. Garner received the Purple Heart
Purple Heart
in Korea
for the first wound. He qualified for a second Purple Heart
Purple Heart
(eligibility requirement: "As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy"), but he did not actually receive it until 1983, 32 years after the event.[14][17][18][19] Garner was a self-described "scrounger" for his company in Korea.[citation needed]

Purple Heart Medal World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Service Medal for Korea

Career[edit] Acting[edit] Earliest roles[edit]

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In 1954, Paul Gregory, a friend whom Garner had met while attending Hollywood High School, persuaded Garner to take a nonspeaking role in the Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, where he was able to study Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
night after night.[10] During the week of Garner's death, TCM broadcast most of his movies, introduced by Robert Osborne, who said that Fonda's gentle, sincere persona rubbed off on Garner, greatly to Garner's benefit. Garner subsequently moved to television commercials[20] and eventually to television roles. In 1955, Garner was considered for the lead role in Cheyenne, but that role went to Clint Walker
Clint Walker
because the casting director could not reach Garner in time (according to Garner's autobiography), and Garner wound up playing an Army officer in the pilot, instead. His first film appearances were in The Girl He Left Behind and Toward the Unknown
Toward the Unknown
in 1956. In 1957, he had a supporting role in the TV anthology series episode on Conflict entitled "Man from 1997," portraying Maureen (Gloria Talbott)'s brother "Red"; the show stars Jacques Sernas
Jacques Sernas
as Johnny Vlakos and Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
as elderly Mr. Boyne, a librarian from 1997, and involved a 1997 Almanac that was mistakenly left in the past by Boyne and found by Johnny in a bookstore.[21] The series' producer Roy Huggins
Roy Huggins
noted in his Archive of American Television interview that he subsequently cast Garner as the lead in Maverick due to his comedic facial expressions while playing scenes in Man from 1997
Man from 1997
that were not originally written to be comical. He changed his last name from Bumgarner to Garner after the studio had credited him as "James Garner" without permission. He then legally changed it upon the birth of his first child, when he decided she had too many names.[15]


Garner as Bret Maverick
Bret Maverick
in Maverick (1959)

Garner with Karen Steele
Karen Steele
in 1957

Garner as Bret Maverick
Bret Maverick
and Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick

Garner was closely advised by financial adviser Irving Leonard, who advised Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
in the late 1950s and 1960s.[22][23] After several feature film roles, including Sayonara
with Marlon Brando, Garner got his big break playing the role of professional gambler Bret Maverick in the Western series Maverick from 1957-1960.[24] Only Garner and series creator Roy Huggins
Roy Huggins
thought Maverick could compete with The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
and The Steve Allen Show. The show almost immediately made Garner a household name.[10] Garner was the lone star of Maverick for the first seven episodes, but production demands forced the studio, Warner Brothers (Warners), to create a Maverick brother, Bart, played by Jack Kelly. This allowed two production units to film different story lines and episodes simultaneously. The series also featured popular cross-over episodes featuring both Maverick brothers, including the famous "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres", upon which the first half of the 1973 movie The Sting appears to be based, according to Roy Huggins' Archive of American Television interview. Garner and Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
staged an epic fistfight in an episode entitled "Duel at Sundown", in which Eastwood plays a vicious gunslinger. Critics were positive about Garner and Jack Kelly's chemistry, but Garner quit the series after the third season because of a dispute with Warners.[10] Garner did make one fourth-season Maverick appearance, in an episode filmed in third season but held back. The studio attempted to replace Garner's character with a Maverick cousin who had lived in Britain long enough to pick up an English accent, portrayed by Roger Moore, but Moore quit the series after filming only 14 episodes as Beau Maverick. Warners
then dressed Robert Colbert, a Garner look-alike, in Bret Maverick's outfit and called the character Brent, but Brent Maverick did not have a chance to catch on with viewers since Colbert made only two episodes toward the end of the season.[citation needed] This left the rest of the series run to Kelly, alternating with reruns of episodes with Garner. He still received billing in these newly produced Kelly episodes, aired in the 1961–62 season, although he did not appear in them and had left the series two years previously, but the studio reversed the billing at the beginning of each show and in advertisements during the fifth season, billing Kelly above Garner.[citation needed] When Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
turned down the lead role in Darby's Rangers before Garner's departure from Maverick, Garner was selected and performed well in the role. As a result of Garner's performance in Darby's Rangers, coupled with his Maverick popularity, Warners subsequently gave him lead roles in other films, such as Up Periscope and Cash McCall.[25] 1960s: Film career peak[edit]

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With Bob Hope
Bob Hope
in a 1961 Hope TV special

After his acrimonious departure from Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
in the 1960s he starred in such films as The Children's Hour (1962) with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, Boys' Night Out (1962) with Kim Novak and Tony Randall, The Thrill of It All (1963) with Doris Day
Doris Day
and Move Over, Darling, a 1963 remake of My Favorite Wife, also starring Day, in which Garner played Cary Grant's role. The remake began as Something's Got to Give, but was recast and retitled after Marilyn Monroe died and co-star Dean Martin
Dean Martin
chose not to continue with a new actress. Next came the war dramas The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen, The Americanization of Emily
The Americanization of Emily
(1964) with Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
and 36 Hours (1965) with Eva Marie Saint, the romantic comedy The Art of Love (1965) with Dick Van Dyke, and the westerns Duel at Diablo
Duel at Diablo
(1966) with Sidney Poitier, and as Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp
in Hour of the Gun
Hour of the Gun
(1967) with Jason Robards, Jr. as Doc Holliday. In the smash hit The Great Escape, Garner played the second lead for the only time during the decade, supporting fellow ex-TV series cowboy McQueen among a cast of British and American screen veterans including Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence, David McCallum, James Coburn, and Charles Bronson
Charles Bronson
in a story depicting a mass escape from a German prisoner of war camp based on a true story. The film was released in the same month as The Thrill Of It All, giving Garner two films at the box office at the same time. The Americanization of Emily, a literate antiwar D-Day
comedy, featured a screenplay written by Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
and has remained Garner's favorite of all his work.[26][27] In 1963, exhibitors voted him the 16th most popular star in the US.[28] Grand Prix, directed by John Frankenheimer, left Garner with a fascination for car racing that he often explored by actually racing during the ensuing years.[24] The expensive Cinerama
epic did not fare as well as expected at the box office.[citation needed] In 1969, Garner played Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe
Philip Marlowe
in Marlowe,[29] a detective drama featuring an early karate scene with Bruce Lee.[30] The same year, Garner scored a hit with the comedy Western Support Your Local Sheriff! 1970s[edit] In 1971, Garner returned to television in an offbeat series, Nichols. The motorcycle-riding antihero character was killed in what became the final episode of the single-season series. Garner was recast as the character's more normal twin brother, in the hopes of creating a more popular series with few cast changes.[31] According to Garner's 1999 videotaped Archive of American Television interview, not only did the network change the name of the series to James Garner
James Garner
as Nichols, but Garner had Nichols killed in the last episode so that a sequel could never be made.[32] The year 1971 also had him star in Support Your Local Gunfighter! (with many similarities to Support Your Local Sheriff!), and the frontier comedy Skin Game, featuring Garner and Louis Gossett, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
as con men pretending to be a slave and his owner during the pre-Civil War era.[citation needed] The following year, Garner played a modern sheriff investigating a murder in They Only Kill Their Masters
They Only Kill Their Masters
with Katherine Ross. He appeared in two films co-starring Vera Miles
Vera Miles
as his leading lady, One Little Indian (1973) featuring Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
in an early minor role and The Castaway Cowboy
The Castaway Cowboy
(1974) with Robert Culp, before returning to television with a new detective series.[citation needed] The Rockford Files[edit]

With James Whitmore, Jr.
James Whitmore, Jr.
in The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files

In the 1970s, Roy Huggins
Roy Huggins
had an idea to remake Maverick, but this time as a modern-day private detective. Huggins worked with co-creator Stephen J. Cannell, and the pair selected Garner to attempt to rekindle the success of Maverick, eventually recycling many of the plots from the original series.[citation needed] Starting with the 1974 season, Garner appeared as private investigator Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. He appeared for six seasons, for which he received an Emmy Award for Best Actor[33] in 1977. Veteran character actor Noah Beery, Jr. played Rockford's father, Joseph "Rocky" Rockford. Gretchen Corbett portrayed Rockford's lawyer and sometime lover, Beth Davenport, until she had to leave the series due to a salary dispute between the producers and the studio. Garner also invited another familiar actor, Joe Santos, to play Rockford's friend in the Los Angeles Police Department, Detective Dennis Becker. Rounding out the cast was a character actor and friend of Garner's who had previously co-starred with him on Nichols, Stuart Margolin, playing Jim's ex-cell mate and treacherous "friend" Angel Martin. In the first episode of season six, "Paradise Cove", Mariette Hartley
Mariette Hartley
guest-starred as Court Auditor Althea Morgan.

"Tall Woman in Red Wagon" episode (1974)

Garner had previously appeared with Rockford Files co-star Hartley in a series of Polaroid Camera commercials. After six seasons, The Rockford Files was cancelled in 1980. Although low ratings were primarily to blame, the physical toll on Garner was also an issue.[34] Appearing in nearly every scene of the series, doing many of his own stunts—including one that injured his back—was wearing him out.[34] A knee injury from his National Guard days worsened in the wake of the continuous jumping and rolling, and he was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer in 1979.[34] Margolin said of his longtime colleague that despite Garner's health problems in the later years of The Rockford Files, he would often work long shifts, unusual for a starring actor, staying to do off-camera lines with other actors, doing his own stunts despite his knee problems.[34] When Garner later made The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
television movies, he said that 22 people (with the exception of series co-star Beery, who died late in 1994) came out of retirement to participate.[34] In July 1983, Garner filed suit against Universal Studios
Universal Studios
for US$16.5 million in connection with his ongoing dispute from The Rockford Files. The suit charged Universal with "breach of contract; failure to deal in good faith and fairly; and fraud and deceit." Garner alleged that Universal was "creatively accounting", two words that are now part of the Hollywood lexicon.[35] The suit was eventually settled out of court in 1989. As part of the agreement, Garner could not disclose the amount of the settlement.[13][36] "The industry is like it always has been. It's a bunch of greedy people," he stated in 1990.[37] Garner sued Universal again in 1998 for $2.2 million over syndication royalties. In this suit, he charged the studio with "deceiving him and suppressing information about syndication." He was supposed to receive $25,000 per episode that ran in syndication, but Universal charged him "distribution fees". He also felt that the studio did not release the show to the highest bidder for the episode reruns.[36] The New Maverick[edit] Garner and Jack Kelly reappeared as Bret and Bart Maverick in a 1978 made-for-television film entitled The New Maverick, which served as the pilot for a failed series, Young Maverick, starring Charles Frank as a younger cousin named Ben Maverick. The series itself, which only featured Garner for a few moments at the beginning of the first show, was canceled so rapidly, some of the episodes filmed were never broadcast. 1980s[edit] After the abrupt disappearance of Young Maverick two seasons earlier, an attempt to make a "Maverick" series without Garner, he returned to his earlier TV role in 1981 in the revival series Bret Maverick, but NBC unexpectedly canceled the show after only one season despite reasonably good ratings. Critics noted that most of the scripts did not measure up to the first series. Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick) was slated to become a series regular had the show been picked up for another season, and he appeared in the last scene of the final episode in a surprise guest appearance. During the 1980s, Garner played dramatic roles in a number of television films, including Heartsounds (with Mary Tyler Moore), Promise (with Piper Laurie), and My Name Is Bill W.
My Name Is Bill W.
In 1984, he played the lead in Joseph Wambaugh's The Glitter Dome for HBO
Pictures, which was being directed by his Rockford Files co-star Stuart Margolin. The film generated a mild controversy for a bondage sequence featuring Garner and co-star Margot Kidder.[38]

Garner at the 39th Emmy Awards in September 1987, nominated for producing and performing in Promise (1986)

He was nominated for his only Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the movie Murphy's Romance
Murphy's Romance
opposite Sally Field. Field, and director Martin Ritt, had to fight the studio, Columbia Pictures, to have Garner cast, since he was regarded as a TV actor by then (despite having co-starred in the box office hit Victor Victoria opposite Julie Andrews two years earlier). Columbia did not want to make the movie, because it had no "sex or violence" in it. But because of the success of Norma Rae
Norma Rae
(1979), with the same star (Field), director, and screenplay writing team ( Harriet Frank Jr.
Harriet Frank Jr.
and Irving Ravetch), and with Field's new production company (Fogwood Films) producing, Columbia agreed. Columbia wanted Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
to play the part of Murphy, so Field and Ritt had to insist on Garner.[39][40][41] Part of the deal from the studio, which at that time was owned by The Coca-Cola Company, included an eight-line sequence of Field and Garner saying the word "Coke", and also having Coke signs appear prominently in the film.[42][43] In A&E's Biography of Garner, Field reported that her on-screen kiss with Garner was the best cinematic kiss she had ever experienced.[44] Garner played Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp
in two very different movies shot 21 years apart, Hour of the Gun
Hour of the Gun
in 1967 and Sunset in 1988. The first film was a realistic depiction of the O.K. Corral shootout and its aftermath, while the second centered around a fictional adventure shared by Earp and silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix. The film featured Bruce Willis as Mix in only his second movie role. Although Willis was billed over Garner, the film actually gave more screen time and emphasis to Earp.[citation needed] For the second half of the 1980s, Garner appeared in several of the North American market Mazda
television commercials as an on-screen spokesman.[45] 1990s[edit] In 1991, Garner starred in Man of the People, a television series about a con man chosen to fill an empty seat on a city council, with Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew
and Corinne Bohrer.[46] Despite reasonably fair ratings, the show was canceled after only 10 episodes. In 1993, Garner played the lead in a well-received HBO
movie, the true story Barbarians at the Gate, and went on to reprise his role as Jim Rockford in eight The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
made-for-TV movies beginning the following year.[47] Practically everyone in the original cast of recurring characters returned for the new episodes except Noah Beery, Jr., who had died in the interim.[citation needed] In 1994, Garner played Marshal Zane Cooper in a movie version of Maverick, with Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
as Bret Maverick
Bret Maverick
(in the end it is revealed that Garner's character is the father of Gibson's Maverick) and Jodie Foster as a gambling lass with a fake Southern accent.[48] In 1995, he played lead character Woodrow Call, an ex-lawman, in the TV miniseries sequel to Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
entitled Streets of Laredo, based on Larry McMurtry's book. In 1996, Garner and Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
teamed up in My Fellow Americans, playing two former presidents who uncover scandalous activity by their successor (Dan Aykroyd) and are pursued by murderous NSA
agents.[49] In addition to a major recurring role during the last part of the run of TV series Chicago Hope, Garner also starred in two short-lived series, the animated God, the Devil and Bob and First Monday, in which he played a Supreme Court justice.[citation needed] Later years[edit] In 2000, after an operation to replace both knees,[50] Garner appeared with Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(who had played a villain in the original Maverick series) as astronauts in the movie Space Cowboys,[51] also featuring Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
and Donald Sutherland. In 2001, Garner voiced Commander Rourke in Atlantis: The Lost Empire. In 2002, following the death of James Coburn, Garner took over Coburn's role as TV commercial voiceover for Chevrolet's "Like a Rock" advertising campaign. Garner continued to voice the commercials until the end of the campaign. Also in 2002, he played Sandra Bullock's father in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (film)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (film)
as Shepard James "Shep" Walker. After the death of John Ritter
John Ritter
in 2003, Garner joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules
8 Simple Rules
as Grandpa Jim Egan (Cate's father)[52] and remained with the series until it finished in 2005. In 2004, Garner starred as the older version of Ryan Gosling's character in the film version of Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook alongside Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
as his wife, directed by Nick Cassavetes, Rowlands' son. The Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
nominated Garner as best actor for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role."[53] In 2010, Garner voiced Shazam in Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam.[54] On November 1, 2011, Simon & Schuster published Garner's autobiography The Garner Files: A Memoir. In addition to recounting his career, the memoir, co-written with nonfiction writer Jon Winokur, detailed the childhood abuses Garner suffered at the hands of his stepmother. It also offered frank, unflattering assessments of some of Garner's co-stars such as Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
and Charles Bronson. In addition to recalling the genesis of most of Garner's hit films and television shows, the book also featured a section where the star provided individual critiques for every one of his acting projects accompanied by a star rating for each. Garner's three-time co-star Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
wrote the book's foreword. Lauren Bacall, Diahann Carroll, Doris Day, Tom Selleck, and Stephen J. Cannell, and many other Garner associates, friends, and relatives provided their memories of the star in the book's coda.[55] The "most explosive revelation" in his autobiography was that Garner smoked marijuana for much of his adult life. "I started smoking it in my late teens," Garner wrote.

“ I drank to get drunk but ultimately didn't like the effect. Not so with grass. It had the opposite effect from alcohol: it made me more tolerant and forgiving. I did a little bit of cocaine in the Eighties, courtesy of John Belushi, but fortunately I didn't like it. But I smoked marijuana for 50 years and I don’t know where I'd be without it. It opened my mind and now it eases my arthritis. After decades of research I’ve concluded that marijuana should be legal and alcohol illegal.[55] ”

Awards and nominations[edit] Nominated for 15 Emmy Awards during his television career, Garner received the award in 1977 as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (The Rockford Files) and in 1987 as executive producer of Promise.[56] For his contribution to the film and television industry, Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
(at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard).[51] In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame that same year. In February 2005, he received the Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award.[2][51] He was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role that year, for The Notebook. When Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
won that prize for his work in Million Dollar Baby, he led the audience in a sing-along of the original Maverick theme song, written by David Buttolph and Paul Francis Webster.[citation needed] In 2010, the Television Critics Association gave Garner its annual Career Achievement Award.

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1958 Golden Globe Award Most Promising Newcomer – Male


1959 Primetime Emmy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
(Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series Maverick Nominated

1963 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actor – Musical/Comedy The Wheeler Dealers Nominated

1978–1980 Golden Globe Award Best TV Actor – Drama The Rockford Files Nominated

1977 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Won

1976, 1978–1980 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

1981 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical Bret Maverick Nominated

1982 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

1984 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Heartsounds Nominated

1985 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Nominated

1985 Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Murphy's Romance Nominated

1985 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical Nominated

1986 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Promise Nominated

1987 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Won

1987 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated

1989 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special My Name is Bill W. Nominated

1989 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated

1990 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Decoration Day Won

1991 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated

1993 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Barbarians at the Gate Won

1993 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated

1994 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Breathing Lessons Nominated

1994 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated

1994 Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Nominated

1995 Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Nominated

1998 Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries Lagalese Nominated

2004 Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role The Notebook Nominated

2004 Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Life Achievement Award


2008 TCA Awards TCA Career Achievement Award


2010 TCA Awards TCA Career Achievement Award


Statue[edit] On April 21, 2006, a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) bronze statue of Garner as Bret Maverick
Bret Maverick
was unveiled in Garner's hometown of Norman, Oklahoma,[51] with Garner present at the ceremony. Personal life[edit] Marriage and family[edit]

The Garners in 1961. Greta is on Garner's lap; Kim is looking out between Garner and his wife Lois.

Garner was married to Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke,[57][58][59][60] whom he met at an "Adlai Stevenson for President" rally in 1956. They married 14 days later on August 17, 1956. "We went to dinner every night for 14 nights. I was just absolutely nuts about her. I spent $77 on our honeymoon, and it about broke me."[14] According to Garner, "Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist."[61] His wife was Jewish.[62] When Garner and Clarke married, her daughter Kim from a previous marriage was seven years old and recovering from polio.[9] Garner had one daughter with Lois: Greta "Gigi" Garner.[9] In an interview in Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping
with Garner, his wife, and two daughters, conducted at their home, and published in March 1976, Gigi's age was given as 18 and Kim's as 27.[9] In late 1979, Garner separated from his wife (around the time The Rockford Files stopped filming), splitting his time between living in Canada and "a rented house in the Valley."[63][64] The two reconciled in September 1981, and remained married for the rest of his life. Garner died less than a month before their 58th wedding anniversary. Health problems[edit] Garner's knees became a chronic problem during the filming of The Rockford Files in the 1970s, with "six or seven knee operations during that time." In 2000, he underwent knee replacement surgery for both of them.[14] On April 22, 1988, Garner had quintuple bypass heart surgery.[65] Though he recovered rapidly, he was advised to stop smoking. Garner quit smoking 17 years later.[66] Garner underwent surgery on May 11, 2008, following a severe stroke he had suffered two days earlier.[67] His prognosis was reported to be "very positive."[67] Racing[edit] Garner was an owner of the "American International Racers" (AIR) auto racing team from 1967 through 1969.[68] Motorsports writer William Edgar and Hollywood director Andy Sidaris teamed with Garner for the racing documentary The Racing Scene, filmed in 1969 and released in 1970.[69] The team fielded cars at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring endurance races, but is best known for Garner's celebrity status raising publicity in early off-road motor-sports events.[68] In 1978, he was one of the inaugural inductees in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.[68] Garner signed a three-year sponsorship contract with American Motors Corporation (AMC).[70] His shops prepared ten 1969 SC/Ramblers for the Baja 500 race.[71] Garner did not drive in this event because of a film commitment in Spain
that year. Nevertheless, seven of his cars finished the grueling race, taking three of the top five places in the sedan class.[72] Garner also drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 race in 1975, 1977, and 1985 (see: list of Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis 500
pace cars).[68] Golf[edit] Garner was an avid golfer for many years. Along with his brother, Jack, he played golf in high school.[16] Jack even attempted a professional golfing career after a brief stint in the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball farm system.[73] Garner took it up again in the late 1950s to see if he could beat Jack.[14] He was a regular for years at Pebble Beach Pro-Am.[73] In February 1990 at the AT&T Golf Tournament, he won the Most Valuable Amateur Trophy.[8] Garner appeared on Sam Snead's Celebrity Golf TV series which aired from 1960 – 1963. These matches were 9-hole charity events pitting Snead against Hollywood celebrities.[citation needed] Football[edit] Garner was noted as an enthusiastic fan of the Raiders in the NFL, particularly when they played in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
between 1982 and 1994, when he regularly attended games and mixed with the players.[74] He was also present when the Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII
Super Bowl XVIII
over the Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
in January 1984 at Tampa, Florida. University of Oklahoma[edit] Garner was a supporter of the University of Oklahoma, often returning to Norman for school functions. When he attended Oklahoma Sooners football games, he frequently could be seen on the sidelines or in the press box. Garner received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at OU in 1995.[75] In 2003, to endow the James Garner
James Garner
Chair in the School of Drama, he donated $500,000, half of a pledged $1 million, for the first endowed position at the drama school.[75][76] Tom H. Orr, the Director for the School of Drama (Acting/Camera Acting) and the Artistic Director of the University Theatre, currently holds the James Garner
James Garner
Chair at the university.[77] Politics[edit]

1959 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
series leads Will Hutchins
Will Hutchins
(Sugarfoot), Peter Brown (Lawman), Jack Kelly (Maverick), Ty Hardin
Ty Hardin
(Bronco), Garner, Wayde Preston (Colt .45), and John Russell (Lawman)

Garner was a strong Democratic Party supporter. From 1982, Garner gave at least $29,000 to Federal campaigns, of which over $24,000 was to Democratic Party candidates, including Dennis Kucinich
Dennis Kucinich
(for Congress in 2002), Dick Gephardt, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, and various Democratic committees and groups.[78] On August 28, 1963, Garner was one of several celebrities to join Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
in the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." In his autobiography, Garner recalled sitting in the third row listening to King's "I Have a Dream" speech.[citation needed] For his role in the 1985 CBS miniseries Space, the character's party affiliation was changed from Republican as in the book to reflect Garner's personal views. Garner said, "My wife would leave me if I played a Republican."[79] There was an effort by California Democratic party leaders, led by state Senator Herschel Rosenthal, to persuade Garner to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of California
Governor of California
in the 1990 election. However, future United States
United States
Senator and former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein
received the nomination instead, losing to Republican Pete Wilson
Pete Wilson
in the election.[80][81] Death[edit] A private and introverted man, according to family and friends,[82] on Saturday evening, July 19, 2014, police and rescue personnel were summoned to Garner's Los Angeles-area home, where they found the actor dead at the age of 86.[83][84][85] He had suffered a massive heart attack caused by coronary artery disease.[86] He had been in poor health since a severe stroke in 2008.[87] Longtime friends Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(who worked with Garner on The Rockford Files), Sally Field
Sally Field
(who worked with Garner in Murphy's Romance) and Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(who guest-starred with Garner on Maverick and starred in Space Cowboys) reflected on his death. Selleck said, "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him."[88] Field said, "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond."[89] Eastwood said, "Garner opened the door for people like Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
and myself."[90] Filmography[edit] Main article: James Garner
James Garner

Year Title Role Notes

1956 Toward the Unknown[91] Major Joe Craven

1956 The Girl He Left Behind[91] Preston

1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend[91] Sgt. John Maitland

1957 Sayonara[91] Capt. Mike Bailey, USMC

1958 Darby's Rangers[91] Col. William Orlando Darby

1959 Up Periscope[91] Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden

1959 Alias Jesse James Bret Maverick Scenes deleted from some later reissue prints

1960 Cash McCall[91] Cash McCall

1961 The Children's Hour[91][92] Dr. Joe Cardin

1962 Boys' Night Out[91] Fred Williams

1963 The Great Escape[92] Flt. Lt. Robert Hendley "The Scrounger"

1963 The Thrill of It All[92] Dr. Gerald Boyer

1963 The Wheeler Dealers[91] Henry Tyroon

1963 Move Over, Darling[92] Nick Arden

1964 Action on the Beach Himself Short documentary

1964 The Americanization of Emily[92] Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison

1965 36 Hours[91] Major Jefferson F. Pike

1965 The Art of Love[91] Casey Barnett

1966 Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions Himself (uncredited) Short documentary

1966 A Man Could Get Killed[91] William Beddoes Also executive producer

1966 Duel at Diablo[91] Jess Remsberg

1966 Mister Buddwing[91] Mr. Buddwing

1966 Grand Prix[92] Pete Aron Also executive producer

1967 Hour of the Gun[91] Wyatt Earp

1968 Once Upon a Wheel Himself Documentary

1968 The Man Who Makes the Difference Himself (uncredited) Short documentary

1968 How Sweet It Is! Grif

1968 The Pink Jungle Ben Morris

1969 The Racing Scene Narrator Also producer; documentary

1969 Support Your Local Sheriff![92] Jason McCullough

1969 Marlowe[92] Philip Marlowe

1970 A Man Called Sledge Luther Sledge

1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter! Latigo Smith Also executive producer

1971 Skin Game[91] Quincy Also executive producer

1972 They Only Kill Their Masters[91] Abel Marsh

1973 One Little Indian Keyes

1974 The Castaway Cowboy Lincoln Costain

1980 HealtH[92] Harry Wolff

1981 The Fan Jake Berman

1982 Victor Victoria[92] King Marchand

1984 Heartsounds[92] Harold Lear TV film

1984 Tank Sgt Maj Zack Carey

1985 Murphy's Romance[92] Murphy Jones

1985 Promise[92] Bob Beuhler TV film; also executive producer

1988 Sunset Wyatt Earp

1989 My Name is Bill W.[92] Dr. Robert 'Dr. Bob' Holbrook Smith TV film; also executive producer

1990 Decoration Day[92] Albert Sidney Finch

1990 Take Me to your Leaders Narrator Documentary

1992 The Distinguished Gentleman Jeff Johnson

1993 Fire in the Sky Frank Watters

1993 Barbarians at the Gate[92] F. Ross Johnson TV film

1994 Breathing Lessons-[92] Ira Moran TV film

1994 Maverick Marshal Zane Cooper

1995 Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call Miniseries

1996 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick Himself Documentary

1996 My Fellow Americans[93] President Matt Douglas

1997 The Hidden Dimension Narrator Documentary

1997 Dead Silence[93] John Potter TV film

1998 Twilight Raymond Hope

1998 Legalese Norman Keane TV film

1999 One Special
Night Robert Woodward TV film

2000 The Last Debate Mike Howley TV film

2000 Space Cowboys[92] Tank Sullivan

2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice)

2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood[91] Shepard James Walker "Shep"

2003 The Land Before Time X Pat (voice) Direct-to-DVD

2004 The Notebook[92] Old Noah Calhoun "Duke"

2004 Al Roach: Private Investigator Al Roach Short

2007 The Ultimate Gift Red Stevens

2007 Battle for Terra Doron (voice)

2010 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Shazam (voice) Short film


Year Title Role Notes

1955 Cheyenne[92] Lt. Brad Forsythe Еpisode: "Mountain Fortress"

1956 Zane Grey Theater Lt. Jim Collins Episode: "Star Over Texas"

1956 Cheyenne[92] Lt. Lee Rogers Еpisode: "Decision"

1956 Cheyenne[92] Bret Еpisode: "The Last Train West"

1956–1957 Conflict Red / Jim Curtis 3 episodes: The People Against McQuade, Man from 1997, and Girl on the Subway

1957–1962 Maverick Bret Maverick
Bret Maverick
/ Beau 'Pappy' Maverick 60 episodes

1957 Sugarfoot Bret Maverick Episode: "Misfire"

1957 Cheyenne[92] Willis Peake Еpisode: "War Party"

1958 Wide Wide World Himself Episode: "The Western"

1958 This Is Your Life Himself Episode: "James Garner"

1959 77 Sunset Strip Himself Episode: "Downbeat"

1960–1964 The Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Show Himself Episodes: 4-20-1960, and 12-18-1964

1961–1962 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Himself Episodes: 2-26-61, 4-16-61 and 11-11-62

1971–1972 Nichols[91] Sheriff Frank Nichols 24 episodes

1974 Backlash of the Hunter Jim Rockford TV movie, Pilot for "The Rockford Files"

1974–1980 The Rockford Files Jim Rockford 122 episodes; director of episode: "The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club"

1978 The New Maverick Bret Maverick TV movie

1979 Young Maverick Bret Maverick Episode: "Clancy"

1981–1982 Bret Maverick Bret Maverick 18 episodes

1991–1992 Man of the People Councilman Jim Doyle 10 episodes

1993 Return to 'The Great Escape' Himself/Hendley "The Scrounger" Video Documentary Short

1994 The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer – uncredited)

1994 HBO
First Look Himself/Bret Maverick TV series Documentary Episode: "Maverick"

1994 100 Years of the Hollywood Western Himself Documentary TV movie

1995 The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer)

1995 Streets of Laredo Woodrow F. Call Mini-series

1996 The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... Jim Rockford TV movie

1996 The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best Jim Rockford TV movie

1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer)

1996 The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime Jim Rockford TV movie (also executive producer)

1996 The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda Jim Rockford TV movie

1999 Century of Country Host Mini-series (13 episodes)

1999 The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads Jim Rockford TV movie (also producer)

2000 Chicago Hope Hubert "Hue" Miller 4 episodes

2000 Biography Himself Episode: "James Garner: Hollywood Maverick"

2000–2011 God, the Devil and Bob God 13 episodes

2002 "Roughing It"[94] Mark Twain TV Movie

2002 First Monday[91] Chief Justice Thomas Brankin 13 episodes

2002 The Making of 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' Himself/Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke Video/Documentary

2003–2005 8 Simple Rules Jim Egan 45 episodes

2005 James Garner
James Garner
On-Camera Interview: Rockford Files Season 1 DVD Himself/Jim Rockford Video Documentary Short

2006 The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy Himself Video

2011 Pioneers of Television Himself/Jim Rockford TV series Documentary episode: Crime Dramas

2011 Pioneers of Television Himself/Bret Maverick TV series Documentary episode: Westerns

2013 The Ultimate Life Howard "Red" Stevens sequel to The Ultimate Gift

See also[edit]

Oklahoma portal Film portal Television portal

Karl L. Rundberg, a Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council member who engaged in a public quarrel with Garner at a council meeting

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Robert Young (1956) Robert Young (1957) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1959) Robert Stack
Robert Stack
(1960) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1961) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1962) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1963) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1966) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1967) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1968) Carl Betz
Carl Betz
(1969) Robert Young (1970) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1971) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1972) Richard Thomas (1973) Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1974) Robert Blake (1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1976) James Garner
James Garner
(1977) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1978) Ron Leibman (1979) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1980) Daniel J. Travanti (1981) Daniel J. Travanti (1982) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1983) Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(1984) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1985) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1986) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(1987) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1988) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1989) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd
(1992) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1993) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1994) Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
(1995) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1996) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1997) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(1998) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1999) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2000) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2003) James Spader
James Spader
(2004) James Spader
James Spader
(2005) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2006) James Spader
James Spader
(2007) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2008) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2009) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2010) Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler
(2011) Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
(2012) Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Rami Malek
Rami Malek
(2016) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for New Star of the Year – Actor

Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark
(1948) Richard Todd, Gene Nelson
Gene Nelson
(1950) Kevin McCarthy (1952) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1953) Richard Egan, Steve Forrest, Hugh O'Brian
Hugh O'Brian
(1954) Joe Adams, George Nader, Jeff Richards (1955) Russ Tamblyn, Ray Danton
Ray Danton
(1956) Anthony Perkins, Paul Newman, John Kerr (1957) James Garner, Patrick Wayne, John Saxon
John Saxon
(1958) John Gavin, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dillman
(1959) George Hamilton, James Shigeta, Barry Coe, Troy Donahue
Troy Donahue
(1960) Michael Callan, Brett Halsey, Mark Damon
Mark Damon
(1961) Bobby Darin, Warren Beatty, Richard Beymer
Richard Beymer
(1962) Terence Stamp, Keir Dullea, Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1963) Stathis Giallelis, Robert Walker (actor, born 1940), Albert Finney (1964) George Segal, Topol, Harve Presnell (1965) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1966) James Farentino
James Farentino
(1967) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1968) Leonard Whiting (1969) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1970) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1971) Desi Arnaz, Jr.
Desi Arnaz, Jr.
(1972) Edward Albert
Edward Albert
(1973) Paul Le Mat (1974) Joseph Bottoms (1975) Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
(1976) Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
(1977) Brad Davis (1979) Rick Schroder
Rick Schroder
(1980) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(1983) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1984) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1985) James Woods
James Woods
(1986) Randy Quaid
Randy Quaid
(1987) Michael Caine/ Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
(1988) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1989) James Garner
James Garner
(1990) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1991) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1992) James Garner
James Garner
(1993) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1994) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Ving Rhames (1997) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1998) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1999) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2000) James Franco
James Franco
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2003) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2004) Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
(2005) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2014) Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac
(2015) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2016) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

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Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Life Achievement Award

1962: Eddie Cantor 1963: Stan Laurel 1965: Bob Hope 1966: Barbara Stanwyck 1967: William Gargan 1968: James Stewart 1969: Edward G. Robinson 1970: Gregory Peck 1971: Charlton Heston 1972: Frank Sinatra 1973: Martha Raye 1974: Walter Pidgeon 1975: Rosalind Russell 1976: Pearl Bailey 1977: James Cagney 1978: Edgar Bergen 1979: Katharine Hepburn 1980: Leon Ames 1982: Danny Kaye 1983: Ralph Bellamy 1984: Iggie Wolfington 1985: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward 1986: Nanette Fabray 1987: Red Skelton 1988: Gene Kelly 1989: Jack Lemmon 1990: Brock Peters 1991: Burt Lancaster 1992: Audrey Hepburn 1993: Ricardo Montalbán 1994: George Burns 1995: Robert Redford 1996: Angela Lansbury 1997: Elizabeth Taylor 1998: Kirk Douglas 1999: Sidney Poitier 2000: Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee 2001: Ed Asner 2002: Clint Eastwood 2003: Karl Malden 2004: James Garner 2005: Shirley Temple 2006: Julie Andrews 2007: Charles Durning 2008: James Earl Jones 2009: Betty White 2010: Ernest Borgnine 2011: Mary Tyler Moore 2012: Dick Van Dyke 2013: Rita Moreno 2014: Debbie Reynolds 2015: Carol Burnett 2016: Lily Tomlin 2017: Morgan Freeman

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TCA Career Achievement Award

Grant Tinker
Grant Tinker
(1985) Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
(1986) Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
(1987) David Brinkley
David Brinkley
(1988) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1989) Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1990) Brandon Tartikoff
Brandon Tartikoff
(1991) Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
(1992) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1993) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
(1994) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1995) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1996) Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
(1997) Roone Arledge (1998) Norman Lear
Norman Lear
(1999) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(2000) Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
(2001) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(2002) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(2003) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(2004) Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(2005) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(2006) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(2007) Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels
(2008) Betty White
Betty White
(2009) James Garner
James Garner
(2010) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2011) David Letterman
David Letterman
(2012) Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters
(2013) James Burrows (2014) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(2015) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(2016) Ken Burns
Ken Burns

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Television Hall of Fame Class of 1990

Desi Arnaz Leonard Bernstein James Garner I Love Lucy Danny Thomas Mike Wallace

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