Academy Award-nominee JAMES GARNER (Raymond Hope)
has been an esteemed member of the acting profession since he
received widespread critical acclaim for his breakthrough performance
in "Sayonara," starring Marlon Brando.
He received his Oscar® nomination in 1984 for his work in
the film "Murphy's Romance" opposite Sally Field and
includes among his many feature film credits starring roles in
such noteworthy films as "The Great Escape," "The
Children's Hour," "Grand Prix," "The Americanization
of Emily," "Skin Game," "Support Your Local
Sheriff," "Victor/Victoria," "Maverick"
and most recently "My Fellow Americans."
Born in Oklahoma, Garner moved to Hollywood when he was a teenager,
but living in Tinseltown did not necessarily whet his appetite
for a career in acting. He held numerous odd jobs before joining
the army and served 14 months in combat as an infantryman in Korea
for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.
Upon his return, Garner looked up an old friend who had become
a producer during his absence. The friend, Paul Gregory, gave
Garner his first acting job in the stage production of "The
Caine Mutiny Court Martial."
His popularity was secured in the 1950s hit television series
"Maverick." He also went on to star in another successful
series, "The Rockford Files," for which he was awarded
an Emmy. To this day, there is still a demand for more episodes
with Garner as the Malibu private investigator.
A Golden Globe winner for his work in the HBO telefilm "Decoration
Day" and "Barbarians at the Gate," Garner has earned
numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his work in the
acclaimed telefilms "Heartsounds," "Promise,"
"My Name is Bill W.," "Decoration Day," and
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