James Garner

James Garner
James Garner
  • Born: April 7, 1928
  • Died: July 19, 2014
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Voice Artist

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James Garner 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 in the 1950s western series Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files, 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 (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor/Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook (2004).

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It is very difficult to run a village just off property taxes alone. I need sales tax. Taxes
Acting is just common sense. It isn't hard if you put yourself aside and just do what the writer wrote.
An hour series is a killer. It's hard on you physically.
Even my stuntman is old.
Everybody wants blockbusters. I like to see a few pictures now and then that have to do with people and have relationships, and that's what I want to do films about. I don't want to see these sci-fi movies, and I don't want to do one of those. I don't understand it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't have any theories about acting, and I don't think about how to do it, except that an actor shouldn't take himself too seriously, and shouldn't try to make acting something it isn't.
I don't like the crowds, I don't like to get out of the house if I don't have to.
I don't take success very well, because I know it's fleeting. And the next day, it can all fall apart. I know that, too. So I don't get too high, and I don't get too low. You get through the world a lot easier that way. Success
I never finished the ninth grade.
I never wanted to be an actor. I got stuck in it and kind of liked what I was doing.
I saw my wife at a pool, flipped over her, and 14 days later we were married.
I spent most of my time playing pool instead of studying. Time
I think my attitude has always been to put food on the table. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I think people like to see a little larceny in their heroes.
I was a Depression kid, growing up in Oklahoma.
I'm a Methodist, but not as an actor.
I'm an actor; I hire out.
I'm working out every day. I'm in very good shape.
In my opinion, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't qualified to be governor of California.
It wasn't until I'd turned 50 and had been in the business 25 years that I realized I might actually have a career as an actor. Business, Commerce & Finance
I've been on the wrong end of violence, and I've done violence myself... I refuse to glorify violence in my movie and television roles.
I've done a lot of casual work, and acting is a lot easier than laying carpets. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've had to work hard at that easy-going manner you see on screen. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My goal has always been longevity. Not fame and fortune, just get a job and keep it.
People who don't know me think I'm easy-going, but I'm a pessimist by nature and an old curmudgeon. Nature
Ronald Reagan wasn't qualified to be governor, let alone president.
The characters I've played, especially Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford, almost never use a gun, and they always try to use their wits instead of their fists.
The only reason I'm an actor is that a lady pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer's office.
There are younger directors, and anybody over 30 is ancient to them, because they're not that old.
There's a lot of room for error with a wound in the rear. It's a wide target.
Too many actors have run for office. There's one difference between me and them: I know I'm not qualified.
What was I qualified to do to make a living? Nothing. You don't need qualifications as an actor or a politician. And I didn't want to be a politician.
When I started working, I didn't have a clue what I was doing, in that I was just wandering around, hoping that I could succeed. Then after I got a little under my belt, it took me about 25 years to feel like I knew what I was doing.
When I'm pushed, I shove.
When people see me in something and say, 'That's just you - that's not acting,' it's the best compliment I can get.
Yeah, I don't have a whole lot of problems.
You can never have too many friends.

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