Fast Facts

  • Drafted into the Korean War, during which he was awarded two Purple Hearts.
  • First acting job was a non-speaking role in a Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, starring Henry Fonda.
  • Won a Clio Award for the popular Polaroid TV commercials he appeared in with Mariette Hartley in the late 1970s.
  • Maverick and The Rockford Files, his two best-known series, both ended in lawsuits, each of which Garner won.
  • In 2006, a statue of him as Bret Maverick was unveiled in his hometown of Norman, OK.
  • Suffered a stroke in 2008.

Awards

  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special: Winner
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program--Drama or Comedy: Winner
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1958, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1978, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1982, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: Winner

Relationships

  • Greta 'Gigi' Garner-Hewitt — Daughter
  • Kimberly Garner — Stepdaughter
  • Mildred Bumgarner — Mother
  • Charles Bumgarner — Brother
  • Jack Garner — Brother
  • Lois Clarke — Wife
  • Weldon Bumgarner — Father

College

  • Attended University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: James Scott Bumgarner
  • Birth Place: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
  • Birthday: April 7, 1928, Aries
  • Died: July 19, 2014
  • Profession: Actor
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