James (Bumgarner) Garner

James Scott (Bumgarner) Garner (1928 - 2014)

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James Scott Garner formerly Bumgarner
Born in Norman, Oklahoma, United Statesmap
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Died in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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James (Bumgarner) Garner is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 1944 & 1949-1945 & 1952
Attained Corporal, served in World War II and Korea in the 5th Regimental Combat Team ; 2 Purple Hearts Received
James (Bumgarner) Garner was Wounded in Action during the Korean War.

James Bumgarner was born in Norman, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children of Mildred Scott (née Meek) and Weldon Warren Bumgarner.[1]

His mother died when he was five years old and he and his brothers were sent to live with relatives in about 1933. He returned to his father in about a year after he remarried. His step-mother was brutal and James joined the US Merchant Marines when he was 16.

At 17 James joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. While at Hollywood High School he was a model for Jantzen swim suits. He returned to Norman and attended high school, but did not graduate. He received his diploma later in the Army.

Military Service

  • United States Merchant Marines
  • Oklahoma National Guard
  • US Army
  • 5th Regimental Combat Team

James joined the Oklahoma National Guard and served in World War II from 1944 to 1945 and in Korea as a Rifleman in the 5th Regimantal Combat team from 1949 to 1952. He received 2 Purple Hearts.


James married Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke,on August 17, 1956 in Los Angeles, California.[2]They met at an "Adlai Stevenson for President" rally. When Garner and Clarke married, her daughter Kim from a previous marriage was seven years old and recovering from polio. Garner had one daughter with Lois: Greta "Gigi" Garner. They were married for 58 years.


James died on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles of a Heart Attack. His body was cremated.[3]

Television and Movie Career

James Garner starred in more than 50 films, including The Great Escape (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000), and The Notebook (2004).

He starred in several television series spanning more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama series The Rockford Files.

James Garner's Star

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6809 Hollywood Boulevard.

James Garner as Bret Maverick in 1959

Awards Won

Golden Globe

  • 1958 - Most Promising Male Newcomer
  • 1990 - Decoration Day
  • Barbarians at the Gate

Prime Time Emmy

  • 1977 - The Rockford Files
  • 1987 - Promise

Screen Actors Guild

  • 1977 - The Rockford Files
  • 1987 - Promise


  • 2010 - Career Acheivement Award

James Garner as Jim Rockford


  • Primetime Emmy Awards
    • 1959 - Maverick
    • 1976, 1978 - 1980 - The Rockford Files
    • 1982 - Maverick
    • 1985 - Heartsounds
    • 1987 - Promise
    • 1989 - My Name is Bill W
    • 1991 - DecorationDay
    • 1993 - Barbarians at the Gate
    • 1994 - Breathing Lessons
  • Golden Globe Awards
    • 1963 The Wheeler Dealers
    • 1978 - 1980 The Rockford Files
    • Bret Maverick
    • 1984 - Heartsounds
    • 1985 - Murphy's Romance
    • 1986 - Promise
    • 1993 - Barbarians at the Gate
    • 1994 - Breathing Lessons
  • Acdemy Awards
    • Murphy's Romance
  • Screen Actors Guild
    • 1994 - The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A.
    • 1995 - The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise
    • 1998 - Legalese
    • 2004 - The Notebook

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James Garner's Star
James Garner's Star

James Garner as Bret Maverick
James Garner as Bret Maverick

James Garner as Jim Rockford
James Garner as Jim Rockford

James Garner and Family
James Garner and Family


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