Profile of the Day: James Garner

Posted July 21, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment

James Garner

Today we remember James Garner, who passed away July 19 at the age of 86.

Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma on April 7, 1928 and was the youngest of three children. Near the end of World War II, he joined the United States Merchant Marine at just 16 years old. However, he suffered from chronic seasickness and was soon back at school. Later, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was wounded twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts.

With a career spanning more than five decades, Garner was best known for staring in two hit television series, Maverick and The Rockford Files, and numerous films, including The Great EscapeVictor Victoria and The Notebook. 

Do you remember watching James Garner on the big and small screen? What was your favorite role?

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  • GenGenie

    So, James Garner had 0% documented Cherokee ancestry, right? The claim that his maternal grandfather was a “full-blooded Cherokee”, as told by Garner in his autobiography and repeated by the New York Times in their obituary of him, is false.