Actor James Garner Death of Brother
November 1, 2011 by staff
Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford on television – two signature roles – to Hendley The Great Escape, The Scrounger and the Americanization of Emily Charlie Madison, the hustler on the big screen, Garner has embodied what he describes as “the hero despite himself. ” It’s cool and calm on the outside, but deep down he is a rebel with a good heart. When pushed, he pushes back. He is especially wary of thugs and fanatics, and recalled with pride attending the March on Washington in the summer of 1963, and until today is still “a good-hearted liberal.”
Garner recounts growing very fast and hard in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. In fact, “he was abused, lonely and private”, as his wife, Lois, succinctly. No wonder Garner (born Bumgarner) escaped to Hollywood after serving in Korea – but not to become an actor. He was looking for decent, honest. He fell into acting by chance when he met fellow Oklahoman Paul Gregory, a producer and an agent, who signed him.
Garner had the good fortune to work with Henry Fonda on Broadway in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (which, as a judge in silence, he learned the art of listening). Later, when the actor / director Charles Laughton took over production, Garner told he needed to overcome their fear of being wrong. It was a revelation.
But fame came to Garner on the small screen when she appeared on 1957-60 Maverick. The successful series back to Western upward with irreverence. Garner played the con artist with a sense of humor and a code of honor, and the image stuck.
Then he perfected his character in the big screen in two dramas World War II: The Great Escape (1963) and The Americanization of Emily (1964). Although he is best known popular escape by jumping motorcycle Steve McQueen, the dramatic climax is the pain comes from Garner and Donald Pleasence.
Meanwhile, Emily deservedly remains the favorite movie of Garner, a coward who, ironically, becomes a hero. Co-starring Julie Andrews, who also reached dramatic new heights, the brilliant but unsuccessful war against the drama was written by the great rice Chayefsky, who had a flair for poetic dialogue.
“The public has gotten around to it, and is now a cult favorite and a minor classic,” says Garner. “Unfortunately, it has become fashionable to war.”
And unfortunately, Garner is a bit too hard on yourself about your best scene (a 12-page speech against war sentiment).
However, The Rockford Files (1974-80) embodies all that is Garner. His iconoclastic and enjoyable detective survives every crisis thrown his way. But Garner’s devotion to the success Rockford was more than a job action, also produced his own company. Fittingly, that is the highlight of this report, as well as his career.
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