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James Garner

Born: April 7, 1928, Norman, Oklahoma - USA
Died: July 19, 2014

James Garner was an American actor, producer, and voice actor who had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in “Maverick”, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.

On the big screen, Garner made his film debut in “Toward the Unknown” (1956), landed a good supporting role besides 'Marlon Brando' in “Sayonara” (1957), and quickly established himself as leading man, starring in “Darby's Rangers” (1958) and making a strong impression as the young corporate raider in “Cash McCall” (1960).

In the early 1960s, his good looks and flair for comedy made him a perfect male lead in amusing sex comedies, such as “Boys' Night Out” (1962), “The Thrill of It All” (1963) and “Move Over, Darling” (1963). While he did not quite make it as a top movie star, he remained very successful through most of the decade, able to play a variety of parts, although predominantly light comedy and adventure roles.

His best performances were in “The Great Escape” (1963), as the charming “scrounger” gathering all the necessary materials for the escape in “The Americanization of Emily” (1964), as a self-professed coward, convincing co-star Julie Andrews of the virtues of self-interest and survival in lieu of noble courage in “36 Hours” (1965), as an American officer made to believe by his German captors that he is suffering from amnesia in “Hour of the Gun” (1967), as a cynical, vengeful Wyatt Earp (an unusually dark role for him); and in “Support Your Local Sheriff!” (1969), as the likable lawman who cleans up the town with his wits instead of his fists.

He also made a relaxed, but effective “Marlowe” (1969) in the screen adaption of Raymond Chandler's “The Little Sister”. His popularity declined in the early 1970s and after another top-notch performance in “Skin Game” (1971), he initiated a return to television, first with the rather unsuccessful series “Nichols” and then, with “The Rockford Files” (1974), which brought him a new generation of fans. In the 1980s, he had some sporadic success on the big screen with “Victor Victoria” (1982) and “Murphy's Romance” (1985), for which he was nominated for an academy award, but he could not re-establish himself as an important leading man.

Nevertheless, he delivered some excellent performances in quality TV movies, “Heartsounds” (1984), “Promise” (1986) and “Barbarians at the Gate” (1993), demonstrating that his dramatic ability had been underestimated. He had remained fairly active and popular, often adding some darkness to his previously light characterizations and proving to be an enduring talent.

Several of his most recent films have included “Maverick” (1994), “My Fellow Americans” (1996) and “Space Cowboys&rddquo; (2000). He passed away on 19 July 2014 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California due to acute myocardial infarction.


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Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010)

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Chosen the world’s protector against the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man – pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness and injustice – young Billy Batson accepts his destiny as Captain Marvel. Battling alongside Superman against nefarious Black Adam, Billy soon discovers the challenge super heroes ultimately face: is it revenge or justice?

71 2010 22
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Battle for Terra (2007)

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A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.

67 2007 85
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The Ultimate Gift (2006)

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When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money. Abigail Breslin and Lee Meriwether also star in this coming-of-age drama based on the novel by Jim Stovall.

74 2006 114
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Madagascar (2005)

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Move it! Move it! for "Madagascar" from the studio that brought you "Shrek" and "Shark Tale." When four pampered animals from New York’s Central Park Zoo accidentally find themselves shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar, they discover it really IS a jungle out there! Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith headline an all-star cast of hilarious animals, including a quartet of mischievous penguins and legions of lemurs, led by the outrageous King Julien. "Madagascar" is a roaring good family film that you’ll go wild for again and again!

69 2005 85
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Dust to Glory (2005)

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| 97 Min

An action-adventure documentary chronicling the most notorious and dangerous race in the world--the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Rivaling the Indy 500 and 25 Hours of Daytona, the race across Baja's peninsula is unpredictable, grueling and raw--just like the uncharted American West of yesteryear.

75 2005 97
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The Notebook (2004)

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In Seabrook, North Carolina in the 1940s, teenaged debutante Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and local boy Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) spend one passionate, carefree summer together and deeply in love. But when the summer ends, war and duty separate the young couple. Today, an elderly man (James Garner) visits a nursing home to read from his notebook to a woman (Gena Rowlands) whose memory is fading. As he spins a tale of two young lovers with their whole lives before them, his beloved Allie relives a long-ago passion that has never died, an unbreakable bond between two ordinary people rendered extraordinary by the strength, power and beauty of true love.

79 2004 123
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The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2003)

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A bedtime story leads Littlefoot and his grandparents on a journey to a new land, where Littlefoot discovers someone who vanished before he was born: his father! Now Littlefoot must decide between two worlds. Will he leave to be with his friends in the Great Valley, or stay behind and start a new life with his father?

61 2003 84
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

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The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea.

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Space Cowboys (2000)

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Frank Corvin, \Hawk\ Hawkins, Jerry ONeill and Tank Sullivan were hotdog members of Project DAEDALUS, the Air Forces test program for space travel. Their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA and the use of trained chimps. They blackmail their way into orbit when Russias mysterious Ikon communications satellites orbit begins to degrade and threatens to crash into Earth.

64 2000 130
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Dead Silence (1997)

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Three escaped convicts take a group of deaf students hostage but their teacher is Marlee Matlin!

64 1997 105
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Mission: Impossible (1996)

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When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, hes surprised to learn that hes the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

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My Fellow Americans (1996)

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They used to run the country. Now they're running for their lives! Two on-the-lam former Presidents of the United States. Framed in a scandal by the current President and pursued by armed agents, the two squabbling political foes plunge into a desperately frantic search for the evidence that will establish their innocence.

65 1996 101
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Maverick (1994)

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| 127 Min

Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them. He needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a Winner Take All poker game that begins in a few days. He tries to win some, tries to collect a few debts, and recover a little loot for the reward. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous southern accent as the two both try and enter the game.

70 1994 127
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Fire in the Sky (1993)

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A group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them, and despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, their friends' disappearance is treated as murder.

65 1993 109
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Sunset (1988)

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Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

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Murphy's Romance (1985)

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Emma is a divorced woman with a teen aged boy who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going along predictably until her ex husband shows up, needing a place to stay. The three of them form an intricate circle, Emmas son liking Murphy, but desperately wanting his father back.

69 1985 107
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Victor Victoria (1982)

Documentary
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| 132 Min

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

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The Rockford Files (1974)

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The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974 and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to the present day. Garner portrays Los Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford with Noah Beery, Jr. in the supporting role of his father, a retired truck driver nicknamed "Rocky." The show was created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell. Huggins created the television show Maverick, which starred Garner, and he wanted to recapture that magic in a "modern day" detective setting. He teamed with Cannell, who had written for Jack Webb productions such as Adam-12 and Chase, to create The Rockford Files. The show was credited as "A Public Arts/Roy Huggins Production" along with Universal Studios and in association with Cherokee Productions. Cherokee was owned by Garner, with partners Meta Rosenberg and Juanita Bartlett, who doubled as story editor during most of The Rockford Files' run. The series theme by composers Mike Post and Pete Carpenter was released as a single and went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. and won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for 1975.

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Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

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A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

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A Man Called Sledge (1970)

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James Garner is Luther Sledge, the leader of a pack of rebels who are planning to steal a stash of gold. But after the thieves actually manage to get away with the bounty, they soon discover that the enemy lies within their midst. As they begin to bicker over who should get the biggest cut, the stage is set for a deadly showdown. Claude Akins and John Marley co-star in this Italian Western directed by Vic Morrow.

59 1970 93
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Marlowe (1969)

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Los Angeles private-eye Philip Marlowe is trying to locate the brother of his new client, a woman named Orfamay Quest. The trail leads to two men who deny any knowledge of the brother's existence. Both are soon killed by an ice pick, so Marlowe deduces that there's much more to this than a simple missing-person case. Marlowe's path crosses that of a blackmailed movie star, Mavis Wald, and her friend, exotic dancer Delores. A mobster sends karate expert Winslow Wong to bust up Marlowe's office and warn him off the case, while Lieutenant French also cautions the detective to stay out of the police's way.

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Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)

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A quick-witted drifter wanders into a lawless town in the midst of a gold rush. Shocked by the prices of food and meals he reluctantly takes the job of sheriff by amazing the Mayor with his lightning quick, dead eye pistol accuracy. He makes the town council know that he is really just passing through on his way to Australia and he will pull up and leave anytime he chooses (including at the first sign of real trouble). His first day on the job he takes on the biggest, meanest ranching family and meets his klutzy love interest.

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Hour of the Gun (1967)

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Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

67 1967 100
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Grand Prix (1966)

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| 176 Min

Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his team after a crash at Monaco that injures his teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for another team, and starts dating Stoddard's wife.

72 1966 176
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Duel at Diablo (1966)

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| 103 Min

While crossing the desert, a frontier scout, Jess Remsberg (Garner), rescues Ellen Grange (Andersson) from a pursuing band of Apaches, and returns her to her husband, Willard Grange (Weaver). He is contracted to act as a scout for an Army cavalry unit. Willard, Ellen, and her infant son are along for the ride, as is horse trader Toller (Poitier), a veteran of the 10th Cavalry (the \Buffalo Soldiers\). The party is trapped in a canyon by Chata, an Apache chief and grandfather of Ellen's baby. Willard is captured and tortured. Jess sneaks away and brings reinforcements just in time to save the day. Jess learns that the man he has been hunting is none other than Willard Grange.

67 1966 103
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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

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| 115 Min

During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were \oversexed, overpaid, and over here\. That's Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for an English woman, and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.

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The Great Escape (1963)

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The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security \escape-proof\ camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

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Move Over, Darling (1963)

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Exactly five years after his wife Ellen disappeared at sea, Nicholas marries Bianca and upon arriving at the same honeymoon spot he spent with Ellen, his \missing\ wife shows up to try and stop the honeymoon from proceeding, to comedic results. \Move Over, Darling\ starring Doris Day and James Garner is a remake of the 1940 comedy, \My Favorite Wife,\ which starred Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.

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The Children's Hour (1961)

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A troublemaking student at a girl's school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

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