JAMES GARNER (Tank Sullivan) has long been regarded as one of
America's foremost and distinguished actors.
Being able to transition between films and television is Garner's forte. His recent feature films include "Twilight," opposite Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman; with Jack Lemmon in the big screen comedy "My Fellow Americans"; and
with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in "Maverick," bringing to the big screen a character Gamer made popular in the
1 960s television show of the same name.
He has also starred in a number of acclaimed television projects in recent years, including the CBS made-for-television movie "One Special Night," which set a ratings record, and the TNT made-for-television movie "Legalese," for which Gamer received his third Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. He also recently starred in the HBO original movie "Dead Silence," and the critically acclaimed mini-series "Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo," the follow-up to "Lonesome Dove." Audiences will see him later this year in the Showtime
Telefilm "The Last Debate."
In July, Gamer was named the #1 Television Detective of All Time for his portrayal of Jim Rockford. Beginning in 1994, Garner reprised his role of Jim Rockford, one of his best-known and loved television series characters, in seven made-for-television movies of "The Rockford Files," the first of which received the highest rating for television movies of the 1994-95 season. This marked the second season in a row that Garner appeared in the #1 made-for-television movie, the first being the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Breathing Lessons," for which he
earned an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
His performance in the feature "Murphy's Romance" earned him an Oscar nomination in
1985, and his role in the mini-series "Barbarians at the Gate" brought him a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination in 1993. He received both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor for his roles in "Heartsounds" and "Promise," which was the first film produced by his own company, Garner-Duchow Productions, formed in partnership with Peter Duchow. In 1989 Gamer-Duchow produced the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "My Name is Bill W.," which received seven Emmy nominations including two for Garner: Best Supporting Actor and Executive Producer of the Most Outstanding Television Drama of the Year.
Oklahoma-born Garner had no ties to show business. He worked a series of odd jobs in his teens before being drafted into the Army and sent to Korea, where he earned a Purple Heart. Upon returning to the states, he was offered, by a friend, a small part in a Broadway production
of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," which launched his acting career. He appeared in the series "Cheyenne" and made his feature debut in "Sayonara,"
with Marlon Brando. This led to his starring role in the series "Maverick." Since then, Garner has starred in more than 40 films, including "The Children's Hour," "The Great Escape," "The Americanization of Emily," "Grand Prix," "Cash McCall," "Move Over, Darling," "Support Your Local Sheriff," "The Skin Game" and "Victor/Victoria."
In addition to "The Rockford Files," Garner has appeared on television in the series "Nichols," the mini-series "Space" and HBO's "Glitterdome." In 1990 he starred in the Hallmark
Hall of Fame presentation "Decoration Day," earning an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Special.
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