James Garner

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Last update: 26/02/2017

James Garner’s death in July 2014, came as no surprise to his close friends and family. The popular actor, who had open-heart surgery in 1988 and suffered a stroke in 2008, died of natural causes at the age of 86. He had been in poor health for a number of years.

How ironic, that news of his death should have broken on the very day that the BBC screened his 1966 movie Grand Prix. According to the film director Ron Howard, ‘people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver’.

Looking fit, tanned and engagingly handsome, the very essence of his popular appeal is encapsulated in that movie. Yet Garner’s ability ran far deeper than mere lightweight froth, a Tv Emmy and Oscar nomination the merest hint of a multi faceted acting talent.

We are fortunate to have this celluloid legacy to enjoy – as a young man, he was wounded twice in the Korean conflict, some years before he commenced his acting career in the late 50’s.

Recommended viewing

The Great Escape (1963)

36 Hours (1965)

Grand Prix (1966)

Support your local sheriff (1969)

Murphy's Romance (1985)

My Fellow Americans (1996)

The Notebook (2004)

Recommended reading

The Garner Files - A memoir (James Garner and Jon Winokur) 2011

“I wanted fortune, but never fame. Not only is fame fleeting, it’s also deceiving. People are constantly telling you how wonderful you are. Your ego blows up like a balloon. You get sucked in by your own publicity and lose your grip on reality. It’s a drug; you need more and more of it. It’s also a bargain with the devil: you win fame and lose anonymity. It sounds like a fair trade. It isn’t.”

Garner’s autobiography – published three years before his death – and a modestly sized volume that offers up some hitherto unknown revelatory aspects to his life; the physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepmother, his active service and war injuries sustained in the Korean conflict, a history of drug use, his political liberalism and a fortuitous entry into the world of acting

The usual preoccupation with golf and racing cars fills two whole chapters, an unwelcome diversion from the central themes of the book for all but the keenest of sport enthusiasts. Nevertheless his avoidance of fairway lessons, and a reliance on his observational skills would stand him in good stead, much in the same way as he had learned his early acting craft.

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James Garner - Charlie Rose interview 2002

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUcB-MQC47s