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One of Hollywood's most popular actors, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winner JAMES GARNER currently stars in the hit television series "8 Simple Rules” as Katy Segal's father, having been added to the cast following the untimely death of the series star John Ritter.  Garner has long been regarded as one of America's foremost and distinguished actors, easily transiting between film and television. Some of his recent credits include: Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Space Cowboys, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, the Showtime telefilm "The Last Debate,” "Chicago Hope,” the animated series "God, the Devil and Bob,” the ratings hits "One Night Special,” which reunited him with Julie Andrews, and "Legalese,” for which he received his third SAG Award nomination. Since 1994, Garner has starred as Jim Rockford, one of his best-known and loved characters, in seven two-hour made-for-television movies of "The Rockford Files.” Garner earned an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Rockford during the series' initial run. The Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation "Breathing Lessons” earned Garner an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination.  Other film credits include the hit movie Maverick, The Children's Hour, The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Grand Prix, Cash McCall, Move Over Darling, Support Your Local Sheriff, The Thrill of it All, Victor/Victoria and Murphy's Romance, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. For television, notable credits include the Hallmark Channel's "Mark Twain's Roughing It,” the one-hour CBS legal drama series "First Monday,” "Nichols,” "Space,” "Glitterdome” and "Decoration Day,” for which he received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Special. He also received Emmy nominations for his performances in the telefilms "Heartsounds,” "Promise” and "My Name is Bill W.” In total Garner has received one Academy Award nomination, 15 Emmy nominations (with two wins), 13 Golden Globe nominations (with four wins), two People's Choice Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He was the recipient of a Clio Award for the commercials he did for Polaroid.

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