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Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning actor JAMES GARNER (Shep)
continues to transition easily between film and television. Most recently, he
was seen in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys. Prior to that, he starred
with Paul Newman in Twilight and in the film version of Maverick,
though he ceded the role of Bret to Mel Gibson. He currently stars on the CBS
series First Monday.
Garner has appeared in over 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, Victor/Victoria and
Murphy's Romance, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
He first came to stardom on the small screen as the reluctant hero Bret
Maverick in the hit series Maverick. In 1974, he returned to television
and gained his biggest fame as private eye Jim Rockford in the long-running
television series The Rockford Files. The series was immensely popular,
and in 1977 Garner earned an Emmy Award for his performance. Later he reprised
the role in seven Rockford Files television movies for CBS. His more
recent television films include One Special Night, Legalese, The Last
Debate and Roughing It.
Other memorable television work includes the film Promise, for which
he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Actor and awarded an Emmy as Executive
Producer, Outstanding Television Drama. He starred in Heartsounds, My Name
is Bill W., Breathing Lessons, earned Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor
for his roles in Decoration Day and Barbarians at the Gate, and
made several guest appearances on Chicago Hope in its final season.
Born in Norman, Oklahoma, Garner bounced around at several jobs starting at
age 14, including a stint in the Merchant Marines. He was drafted into the
Korean conflict, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. After the war, he
returned to the States where he began his acting career with a small role in The
Caine Mutiny Court Martial on Broadway.
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